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Letters for September 1

Football games are no place for loud music

The writer about the ridiculously loud music at the Bills game after every play was 110 percent correct. We hated it. Not just the selection, which seemed more for 16-year-olds who can’t afford tickets anyway, but how unnecessary it was.

If they don’t play football games at rock concerts, we don’t need music after every play at football games.

Let us enjoy the game and be able to talk to the people next to us without having to yell. Maybe a Bills executive should sit under the speakers for a whole game and see how enjoyable it is? Do they blast this music in the press room or the corporate boxes?

If you think people need this noise to enjoy or have more fun at a football game, you’re nuts! Whoever decided this would be enjoyable should be fired.

Donald & Darnell Beal


It’s a mystery why A-Rod is still playing

With all the A-Rod turmoil surrounding baseball and the Yankees, I can’t help but wonder how it is, out of all the players suspended for PEDs, the only one who continues to play is the one that had the longest suspension?

How do owner Hal Steinbrenner, General Manager Brian Cashman, and Manager Joe Girardi avoid criticism?

Memo to Steinbrenner: Buy-out A-Rod. Trying to squeeze another title out of a player who is now suing your team doctors for malpractice is ludicrous.

Memo to Cashman: By planning to play A-Rod you’ve encouraged him to appeal in the first place.

Memo to Girardi: You have promoted this open season by actually playing A-Rod. By playing someone who, unlike everyone else, refuses to pay for his crime, you give every pitcher an open season to hit A-Rod. Sleep well, Joe, if A-Rod is seriously injured, you can always blame the pitcher.

Memo to Hal, Brian, and Joe: Have some integrity. You owe it to players, such as Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, who proudly wear your jersey.

Henry Biggie


Bills’ uniforms need a splash of color

The Bills are in the middle of an attitude change for the better, I hope.

And this change seems to coincide with a uniform change. Recently the Bills went from probably the worst uniforms in all of football, you know, those white ‘hockey’ jerseys they wore for away games, to arguably the best looking uniforms in the NFL. They even got rid of the only negative glitch on the new unis, the ‘toilet seat’ around the collar.

Since the Bills seem to be transitioning to better things on the field and in the field of uniforms maybe they should also think “outside the box” and be a little bold. Why not jettison the present alternate throwback Bills jersey that looks almost like the one they are wearing now and substitute it with a red alternate that uses the same scheme as the blue ones? It would add much more color to the uniforms and would certainly be a bigger boon to customer sales. The Patriots, who wear blue as a base color, use an alternate red throwback and the Giants use an alternate red jersey to complement their blue jersey. Houston wears red at times besides their home blacks. Even the Bears use a colorful alternate orange jersey sometimes to brighten up a rather conservative uniform.

And as long as we are talking about the Bills why not encourage the Sabres to be just as bold and offer a gold alternate jersey to brighten up a somewhat colorless team?

John W. Kowalski


What happened to respect for officials?

I had the fortunate experience to grow up through the Butler Mitchell Boys Club on Massachusetts Avenue on the West Side of Buffalo beginning at age seven. I also had the opportunity of receiving my first job at the Boys Clubs. Not only was I taught how to play sports and excel in some, but I was taught how to win and accept loss. Most of all, I was taught to accept and respect authority from coaches, umpires, referees, etc.

Baseball was one of the sports I played starting at the Buffalo Evening News Police Athletic League when I was 12 years of age. I was lucky enough to pitch the only no-hit no-run game in the history of BEN-PAL. However, watching little league baseball on TV, I began to think why this society is in my opinion going nowhere fast. The respect for umpires of which I was one for 13 years is ridiculous, instant replay at this level and quite frankly at the major league level is in my estimation teaching kids to not only to question authority but also taking the human element out of a game that is supposed to be fun.

We were taught at the Boys Club never to question the umpire. This was the job of the coach to speak with the umpire. The example given today by Little League coaches toward umpires, and that also includes the media announcers, constantly questioning calls is a terrible example. By no means do I say that umps, referees, etc., are always correct but I was brought up with the idea of respect for authority.

We all have our opinions, and we all sometimes question what others are doing. As time goes on your children grow up and finish college and get their first job and then may come to you as parents because they have been criticized or fired all because they do not know how to accept authority. I thank the Butler Mitchell Boys Club for teaching me my values and Bishop Fallon High School teachers for doing the same.

Ray Spasiano


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