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Power outage made for a nice change

There was an electric atmosphere at The Ralph.

Sunday's Bills game against San Diego was a close, hard-fought game on a beautiful fall afternoon, made even better by the surprising power outage. The lack of scoreboard noise, music and advertisements made the game between two original AFL teams seem like one from the old NFL Films archives. In the commercialized and revenue-driven NFL, the day was a nice reminder that the game can still be played with just a ball, hand signals, and first down markers.

Michael Tiso

Buffalo

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Television's big boys could learn a lesson

The big boys at the television network could learn a thing or two from the boys at our local radio station that broadcasts Bills games. When the power went out Sunday, John Murphy's crew immediately switched to cell phones and their broadcast continued without missing a beat.

What did the national network do?

They switched us to the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati game that held little interest to Bills fans. The network, with highly paid engineers and trailers full of equipment at the stadium could have easily switched Gumbel and Dierdorf to cell phones and give us a play by play broadcast until power came back on.

Seems like our local radio broadcasters are ready for any eventuality, and the national big boys should take notes on how to be creative.

Mike Borton

West Seneca

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