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Giannini: PawSox Stadium Was Never a Priority For RI’s leaders

It’s amazing for me to watch the story of the PawSox leaving RI unfold. The four year saga started when the late Jim Skeffington, co-owner of the PawSox, come up with the idea to build a brand new state of the art stadium in Providence on the I-95 land. Skeffington’s idea was to move the PawSox from McCoy Stadium to...

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello Responds to Pawsox leaving RI

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello issued the following statement today, with respect to the team's decision to leave Rhode Island for Worcester.  “It is very unfortunate and extremely disappointing that the PawSox have decided to leave Rhode Island.  The state’s proposal contained strong protections for the taxpayers and shifted the risk to the investors.  It was responsive to the concerns of...

Giannini: What’s In, What’s Out 8-17

What’s in...   The Chicken Dance They're doing the chicken dance at Cranston City Hall. Gubernatorial candidate Patricia Morgan stood next to an unidentified man in a chicken suit to criticize Cranston Mayor Alan Fung for not participating in more debates. She brought with her a list of scheduled debates in which she challenged him to. Morgan also said he had to...

Big Time Wrestling (And Die-Hard Fans) Came to McCoy Stadium

A good chunk of the area's wrestling fans turned out for Big Time Wrestling promotion's third annual show at Pawtucket's McCoy stadium on Friday evening.  The doors opened around 6 pm. The show didn't begin until 8 pm, but there was plenty to see before the show. Fans lined up in droves to get an autograph from what were legendary, albeit...

Scenes From Patriots Training Camp

Last Friday was Tom Brady's 41st birthday. As usual, fans turned out in droves to watch the team practice.  Brady, however, mostly stood around or knelt on one knee watching the action. He took an occasional snap with the first stringers, but mostly threw the ball around on the sidelines. The team was prepping for their first preseason game this...

Five Years After Accident, Balletto Continues to Inspire

It's been 5-years since his tragic accident. But Gary Balletto continues to inspire.  Anyone who needs a serious attitude adjustment should spend an hour or so with Gary “Tiger” Balletto--the former professional boxer. In the ring, he racked up an impressive 31-3-2 record. He appeared on season two of the ESPN television show “The Contender”, which gave him national exposure. But...

Giannini: What’s in? What’s out this week?

What's In? The Phase out of the car tax The Phase out of the car tax is included in this year’s budget which has just passed the General Assembly. In a good move by the General Assembly, the car tax Phase out will continue in the RI budget during the next fiscal year. But let’s not forget the original car tax...

Pawtucket Red Sox Stadium Bill Reflects the Apathy of RI

Some are acting surprised that the RI House of Representatives is moving to pass a bill that will put state taxpayer money at risk in order to build a new stadium for the millionaire owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox. But the writing has been on the wall for months. Ever since House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said that he...

Gronkowski Bus Spotted today

The bus owned by New England Patriots superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski was spotted heading into Massachusetts earlier today. The bus was spotted around noon and was crossing state lines into Massachusetts.  Gronkowski, who has considered retirement from football earlier this year, has been the subject of much speculation as of late. Rumors emanating from Foxborough indicate that Patriot's head...

Safford: Let’s Take Politics Out of Football

When I was a kid my close-knit Italian American family did not talk about religion and politics. "You're catholic and you never tell people who you voted for", was the motto in my Papa's house. He was a man of few words, but many moral lessons. Every word he has ever said rang true. My Papa was an Italian immigrant. He...

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