Ok, now that I'm done rolling my eyes, I'm here to say that, regardless of Forbes, the Poughkeepsie area is most definitely not a miserable place for a sports fan. In fact, it's quite the opposite.
Here are nine reasons why:
2. Terrific high school and local sports coverage - Ken McMillan, Dan Pietrafesa, Sean McMann, Kevin Gleason, Rich Thomaselli and others cover local sports with a purpose.
3. West Point - Historic setting. Also excellent broadcast voices, such as Dean Darling, John Minko, Rich DeMarco, Tony Morino and the legendary Bob Outer.
4. Proximity to three top sports broadcasting and journalism universities - Fordham (obviously number one), Syracuse and Marist.
5. Hudson Valley Sports-Talk, the Valley's longest-running sports talk show, hosted by the inimitable Carl Garafolo on WHVW Radio. Carl's feel for NY sports and passion for community outreach has made the Hudson Valley a better place. Class act all the way.
6. 9 major professional teams within a couple hours away. Mets, Yankees, Jets, Giants, Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Devils and Islanders. Plus two premier sports-talk sticks - WFAN and ESPN Radio, NY
7. Fabulous local golfing at an array of courses. From The Links at Union Vale to McCann, golfers have quite a choice. College Hill even has a nicely-manicured 9, although this part of downtown really is miserable. Forbes was right in this case.
9. Amazing number of first-rate, national sportscasters and sportswriters to come through or from the Poughkeepsie area. Freddie Coleman, J.W. Stewart, Brian Kenny, Jay Reynolds, Kevin Connors, Ryan Ruocco at ESPN. Bill Rogan dominating Denver. Jason Barrett running stations first in St. Louis and now in San Francisco. Mike Vaccaro with the NY Post and Pete Caldera at the Bergen Record. Oh yeah, Mike Breen is pretty good calling NBA games, after getting his start at Marist. And these are only some of the successful sports voices from the Poughkeepsie area. I'm sure I'm forgetting others.
It's no Flint, Michigan or Gary, Indiana, but Poughkeepsie is a pretty great place - at least if you're a sports fan.
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