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Paying for a new Bills stadium, Cuomo versus Panepinto and the skull of the bard

It’s no wonder NFL owners are pushing for a new Bills stadium. They get a piece of the revenue-sharing pie and want to make sure each slice is as rich and buttery as possible. Here’s a thought: They should help come up with the money to fund new digs, and not just through the NFL’s G4 revolving fund. That fund allows the league to match the amount any team provides toward a new stadium or major renovation. But that’s only up to a certain point and requires strong public investment.

Buffalo Bills fans have been invested through thick and thin. So where does that leave a new stadium? If NFL owners want a new stadium, they should pony up a chunk of the money needed to build it.

It’s a depressing sign of the times when the governor of New York feels compelled to excoriate any sitting senator, let alone one of his own party.

That’s what happened this week, when Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo pointedly commented on the announcement by freshman Sen. Marc C. Panepinto that he would not seek re-election. Someone “who will respect the position” should run, Cuomo said, rather than someone who “winds up involved in a sordid affair.”

Precisely what the governor was referring to remains unknown, but Albany has been a cesspool of misconduct, recently reaching a crescendo with the criminal convictions of two top leaders of the Legislature.

Disturbing, but that’s Albany for you.

Sleuths still looking for Jimmy Hoffa might have to add the skull of William Shakespeare to the to-do list. Recent media reports indicate researchers’ doubts about the whereabouts of the Bard of Avon’s, well, head. As reported in the New York Times, researchers at the Center of Archaeology at Staffordshire University, “have uncovered evidence that they say indicates that Shakespeare’s skull was stolen from his grave by a local doctor in 1794.” The reasons may have had something to do with a 300-pound bet placed by politician and man of letters Horace Walpole.

It so happens this mystery was delivered by Channel 4, a British television station working with researchers for a documentary airing this weekend across the pond titled, “Secret History: Shakespeare’s Tomb.”

Researchers using ground-penetrating radar may want to check for any signs of Hoffa. Either way, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” Or, in this case, Stratford Upon Avon.