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Letters for March 13

Norwood’s missed kick doesn’t define him

Scott Norwood’s famous “Wide Right” kick is a reminder that life’s success isn’t about winning football games.

To this day, he is still reminded of his missed field goal every Super Bowl and that it still haunts him. People fail at life everyday and are much worse off than just missing a kick in a football game.

Scott Norwood should be thankful that he was given an opportunity to even play professional football. Sports today is not only about winning and losing but how you pick yourself up after defeat. When you can lose with grace and honor after a defeat, then you are a winner forever.

John Jendrysek

Orchard Park

A spilled drink inspires a kind gesture from fan

Our Canadian family made our first trip to Buffalo for a Sabres game recently. We had an experience at the game that I think should be shared.

During the second period of the game, our six-year-old son fumbled and dropped his large container of soda pop and some of it spilled onto the young man sitting directly in front of him. We were very apologetic.

We weren’t sure how the young man would react but he calmly and quietly got up and left his seat for a while, presumably to clean up. When he returned, he had a brand new cup of soda for our son. We were amazed at this kind gesture. If this kind and thoughtful act is reflective of the people of Buffalo, then they are very good people indeed. We look forward to our next visit.

Dan Mailer

London, Ontario

Arias deserved a slot on Buffalo’s Best list

I very much enjoyed reading the series on the top 10 male and female athletes in Western New York history. However, I believe there is one glaring oversight. Jimmy Arias certainly deserves to be in the top 10.

He grew up in Grand Island and was the No. 1 12-and-under player in the country. He had a pro career that lasted 10 years. In 1983 he won the Italian Open and reached the U.S. Open semifinals and was ranked as high as No. 5 in the world. He won five singles titles and played in the Davis Cup and Olympics.

Richard Abbott


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