Rick “Rico” Cassata was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 for his quarterback play with the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League (CFL), winning the MVP award in the Grey Cup Championship in 1973 and highlighting a nine-year CFL career. However, in 1964 after graduating from Tonawanda High School, Cassata h...

Charley Trippi, one of the most celebrated athletes in Georgia history, turned 99 yesterday. The old warhorse was low key and subdued, advancing age having robbed him of the electric energy and suppleness that once drove him to remarkable athletic achievement.Yet, he was up to blowing out 99 candles on a cake, made by Joyce Phillilps of Winterville...

Nunzio Campanile loves to share this favorite story about his brother, Anthony, a Miami Dolphins assistant coach, and their family. “When Anthony was in college, he was dating some girl or whatever. So, we sat down for dinner on Sunday early, around 2 o’clock. Sit down, and this girl calls around 2:30,” Nunzio Campanile said. Well, I’ll call you ba...

At times in our lives, we run across people who have an inexplicable impact on whoever they meet. Catholic Priest, MSU faculty member and former MSU football chaplain, Father Jake Foglio, was exactly that person for many. Foglio, who worked at St. John’s Catholic Church in East Lansing, died Monday, Oct. 5 at age 91. His funeral service was held on...

With a name like Ben DiNucci you would think he is made to be a character from the Sopranos but apparently he is the Cowboys third string QB who made his debut against the Eagles tonight. He set the world on fire with his crazy side arm through (it was an incomplete pass) and his name alone had everyone going crazy but the real question is who is h...

Sarà presentata mercoledì 7 ottobre, la docuserie “Foodball High - Cucina Italiana & Football Americano” che racconta l'avventura di 4 giovani giocatori italiani in una High School di San Diego, dove all'amore per il football americano abbinano quello per la cucina italiana. La docuserie nata a Modena sarà disponibile nella versione italiana sul ca...

His name adorns American football’s ultimate prize thanks to his outstanding record as a coach with the Green Bay Packers, but Vince Lombardi was also a humanitarian ahead of his time. A five-time champion and tactical innovator but also a promoter of gay rights and torch-bearer for racial equality, Lombardi’s legacy goes far beyond the gridiron. F...

When Bears running back Brian Piccolo died at 26 of embryonal cell carcinoma 50 years ago Tuesday, a crestfallen George Halas said, ‘‘He was so young to die with a future that held so much for him. But Brian made the most of the brief 26 years allowed to him.” Then he added, “And he will not be forgotten.” Even Halas probably didn’t realize how rig...

When folks across the state recall Dick Fossa’s remarkable career as a high school football coach, they easily identify it with the 15 seasons he spent as Narragansett High’s head coach, which included four Super Bowl appearances, two Division IV championships, and four Providence Gridiron Coach of the Year honors. But what some people tend to forg...

Henry Poggi’s return to the U.S. from Italy last month, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in that country, was a meandering journey that has all the makings of an adventure movie. It involved three Americans, a couple of Italians, an official police-endorsed permission to travel, empty trains that were late or didn’t show up at all, a long...