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>Stith remembered as 'almost unstoppable

The recent passing of Tom Stith brought to mind some fond memories and recollections of all the great players I've seen in my lifetime, both college and pro.

Starting with my attendance at "The Aud" doubleheaders after the war, through the TV age, I think I can safely say that I saw them all.

Some stand out more than others in certain facets of the game. Bill Russell's rebounding and defense, Pistol Pete's ball-handling, passing and shooting, David Thompson's and Dr. J's leaping ability and Larry Bird's all-around play come to mind.

When it comes to operating in the lane and under the basket, Tom Stith was without peer.

With his soft touch, wide variety of shots and uncanny ability to seem to hang suspended in the air, he was almost unstoppable.

I can still envision him slowly dribbling the ball down the left side of the court, stopping between half court and the top of the key monitoring for his teammates with his right arm, to "clear the side." He was taking it to the hoop. It must have been a defensive player's nightmare.

Ed Bujalski

Buffalo

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>Miller shouldn't be Tiger's cheerleader

I love to watch golf and was especially looking forward to the U.S. Open held this past week. However, someone should really rein in sportscaster Johnny Miller.

On Saturday, according to Mr. Miller, nearly every shot Tiger Woods made was spectacular or near perfect. But what was really insulting was when Mr. Miller referred to a shot Tiger made as brave and heroic. I was aghast.

Really, this is only a game. Brave and heroics should be used as adjectives when referring to police, fireman, or our military personnel. Not a golf shot.

Mr. Miller should be sent back to Q school for broadcasting. He should be giving an unbiased play-by-play of the action -- not acting as Tiger's personal cheerleading squad.

Arlene Helmbrecht

Akron

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>Gailey should learn one thing from Jauron

If head coach Chan Gailey is leaning toward Trent Edwards as the quarterback during pre-season to take reps with the first team he might want to re-think.

The best evaluation a coach will ever get on appraising a quarterback is to review films on how he did under actual fire when games really count. Those films will show that former coach Jauron finally had enough, sat Trent Edwards down, and brought in Ryan Fitzpatrick for the remainder of the season.

Now what was unusual was that virtually the entire team applauded the move. Edwards is a fine person but a lousy quarterback for reasons too many to go into here.

Now I'm not suggesting that coach Gailey take a vote among team members to decided on a QB. But I am suggesting that the coach take into account how Edward's teammates felt.

Cheryl Cranston

West Seneca

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>Bills generate little reason for excitement

It's been years since I've witnessed so much negativity and lack of interest heading into the upcoming Bills season.

Other than the addition of the rookie running back C.J. Spiller I can't think of many other reasons to get excited or hope of winning more than six games.

If the team falters I can't help but wonder if this may be the end of the Bills in Buffalo.

Martin Farrell

West Seneca

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>Let's stop the clock after every NFL play

So the NFL and Players Association are discussing an 18 game regular season. Why don't they agree on something that will really benefit their millions of fans and supporters: 60 minute games.

That's right, they now play, give or take 15 minutes. That's all the ball is in play. The NHL has live action for 60 minutes, the NBA 48 and college basketball 40 minutes.

Baseball has dead time between pitches, but there is no game clock and no ties. Keep in mind that the NHL and NBA play two or three times a week and they play both offense and defense. Are their 80 games any less grueling than the NFL's 16? Stop the clock after every play.

Wayne Landesman

Orchard Park

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