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For the first time in about two decades, the Buffalo Bills will not train in Pittsford, and both sides wish it wasn’t so.

The NFL has decided that all training camps must happen at team facilities this year. That’s a break from tradition for the Bills, who’ve held their camp at St. John Fisher College for two decades. They typically arrive in mid-July.

Indianapolis Colts star quarterback Andrew Luck announced his retirement over the weekend. ESPN staff writer Bill Barnwell called the 29 year old’s decision “the most shocking retirement American pro sports has seen since Michael Jordan left the NBA in 1993.” Luck chose to leave the NFL in the prime of his career due to a number of injuries. While fans booed Luck as he left the field, he has received support from a number of NFL greats, including Troy Aikman, Bo Jackson, and Aaron Rodgers.

Luck’s retirement raises questions about the future of the sport: will this be a spark for change? Will more pro players retire early? Will more kids decide not to pursue football at all? The Rensselaer City School District had to cancel its varsity football program for the 2019 season because it didn’t have enough players.

Our panel discusses the implications of Luck’s retirement. Our guests:

  • Mike Catalana, sports director for 13WHAM News
  • Daniel Kelley, former college football player
  • Dr. Mike Maloney, professor of orthopaedics, chief of the Sports Medicine Division, and director of the Center for Human Athleticism and Musculoskeletal Performance and Prevention at UR Medicine

A Buffalo Bill from the team’s glory years in the 1990s will join Mayor Lovely Warren on Saturday to announce one of this year’s draft picks.

The NFL said five picks in all could be announced at Corn Hill Landing, where the league and the city are also planning an event with family games and giveaways.

All this is part of NFL 100, a year-long celebration of a century of NFL football.

A Buffalo News editorial is making the case for substantial taxpayer support for a new Buffalo Bills stadium. The editorial claims that this will be the price for Western New York to keep a professional football franchise. Our panels responds to the editorial and discusses what taxpayers should and should not do for the team. Our guests:

  • Scott Pitoniak, longtime Rochester sports columnist and author
  • Dennis O'Brien, longtime Buffalo Bills fan
  • (phone) Matt Warren, chief of "Buffalo Rumblings"

Following the death of University of Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair, several current players and people close to the football program are speaking out about what they describe as a toxic coaching culture led by head coach DJ Durkin. They say Durkin runs a program based on fear and intimidation, humiliation, and verbal abuse meant to mock their masculinity.

This hour, we discuss football culture, toxic masculinity, and how to create healthy environments. Our guests:

It's Buffalo Bills mania in Western New York. The Bills are back in the NFL playoffs for the first time in 17 years. But as fans celebrate, something ominous is happening for the league. Ratings are down. More parents are refusing to allow their kids to play football.

We have some fun toasting the Bills, but we ask some serious questions, starting with this: if you won't allow your children to get on the field, should you be supporting the NFL at all? And what is causing the ratings decline? Our guests:

New rules for youth sports were recently introduced with the goal of mandating rest and reducing injuries.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has approved rules that limit pitch counts for modified, freshman, junior varsity, and varsity athletes. U.S.A. Football, the national governing body for amateur football, created a new format called "modified tackle" that reduces tackling and pileups. This comes after declining participation among young athletes, whose parents think the game is not safe for children.

Are the new rules realistic? Do they go far enough? We discuss these questions with student athletes and members of the medical community. Our guests:

  • Dr. Michael Maloney, M.D., chief of sports medicine and professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at UR Medicine
  • Dr. Gregg Nicandri, M.D., sports medicine physician and associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at UR Medicine
  • Caleb Punter, member of the Webster Schrader baseball team
  • Ashton Fantigrassi, member of the Webster Thomas football team

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Syracuse has its next football coach.

Dino Babers will leave the Mid-American Conference champion Bowling Green State University and become the 30th coach of Orange football.

According to a post on the Syracuse University Athletic website Cuse.com, Babers will be introduced in Syracuse Monday morning at 10.
 

Rochester, get ready for some football.
The new Roc City Thunder will join American Indoor Football for the 2013 season.
Jeff Teed is the owner and general manager.
He also owns and coaches the amateur Finger Lakes Impact outdoor team.
But he'll oversee a new indoor team in 2013.
Teed says bringing a new indoor pro football team to Rochester fills a void left when the Rochester Raiders stopped play in 2010.
Teed says they'll be recruiting players for the Thunder from the Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse areas.