Excerpts from reader commentary on News staffers' recent online blog postings. Online comments come from registered users, but -- unlike reviewed and verified Everybody's Column letters -- can be posted under pen names.
Sabres Edge: In a response to Steve Jones' blog about Sabres general manager Darcy Regier's announcement that the team would match Edmonton's seven-year, $50 million offer to forward Thomas Vanek, Alexander had this to say:
I am shocked. We should have signed Drury earlier. Now we are definitely overpaying for Vanek. He's good, but not 50 mill good. Watch, now they'll use the money is all tied up excuse the next few years so they don't have to sign marquee free agents.
Michael added this:
Now that's a long-term signing that makes sense. Yeah, it is expensive, but Vanek is still young and will still be in his prime when the contract expires. Briere will be around 38 and already well past prime at the end of his contract.
Inside the News: Gene Warner wrote about concerned parents of teenage drivers, to which Susan responded:
The accident involving the five girls sent a chill throughout my body. I showed the article to my 17-year-old who informed me that he also was driving on his junior license. His driving privileges were immediately taken away until WE went to the DMV . . . which we did together the next business day!
Sovereign added this:
It's a shame that our young people are not being properly supervised. Many parents believe that it "can't" happen to their child . . . well it can and it does. Be more aware of what is going on and keep everyone safe including your children.
College Hoopla: Amy Moritz's blog about Canisius head coach Terry Zeh agreeing to a contract extension drew this response from Hoopster:
Strange that the most deserving of all, Linda Hill-MacDonald, of the Big 4 Women's Basketball coaches has not yet received an extension. She is, hands down, the best of the Big 4.
Inside Pitch: Mike Harrington's blog about a rather drab Home Run Derby, his suggestion that Barry Bonds could have taken one round as an exhibition and a call for outside opinions drew this response from DC Cab:
Here's a suggestion, scrap it altogether. I watched about 30 seconds of this snooze fest and was hardly surprised when it was still going at close to 11. This along with the NBA Slam Dunk contest outlived their usefulness and entertainment value 10 to 15 years ago. And to suggest Barry Bonds take a round as an exhibition, are you serious Mike? Wait, isn't that the same Barry Bonds that MLB is trying their best to distance themselves from, pretending that he isn't going to break 755?
Tom-Tonawanda added this: Money talks. Up the prizes and some of these guys might consider doing it. And it's gotta get cut to two rounds. What about a three-inning rookie all-star game on Monday night like the NBA does? No more risk of injury than the real all-stars and managers wouldn't worry about pitchers because they would only throw one inning. Fans might want to watch that for 60 to 90 minutes instead.