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Excerpts from reader commentary on News stories and staffers' online blog postings last week. Online comments come from registered users, but comments to the blogs can be posted under pen names.

Bruce Andriatch: In response to his column about listening to Sabres games on the radio, Carol Mecca of Buffalo reflected:

This column brought back so many memories for me. I remember as a young child (I am now 68) listening to the boxing matches with my father on the radio. He used to get so excited listening to the announcer. I loved to watch his face, which told me that his choice was doing well. When his favorite won, his excitement was evident. Those are memories that I had forgotten until your comments brought them flooding back. Thanks for the memories.

John Pace of Salt Lake City, Utah, added:

As an out-of-town fan, I listen to Sabres games quite often on WGR streaming audio, since they're almost never televised. I almost prefer listening to watching since Rick Jeanneret makes it sound so much more exciting. Also I can get some work done on the computer at the same time.

David Muscalo of Lafayette, N.J., chimed in:

You missed the number one reason why it is better to listen to Sabres hockey than watch Sabres hockey the radio announcers make a boring and lifeless team sound exciting and motivated.


Jeff Simon: The News arts editor's column on the life and death of Whitney Houston and the sage words from longtime entertainer Lionel Richie brought several comments, including this from Wayde Herneisey of Binghamton:

I just read the comments from Lionel Richie and they really spoke loudly to me. I never really put it into perspective about the life that many individuals such as Lionel or Whitney must endure. I only hope that the media will let her rest in peace, for I do believe she truly is at peace, with whatever demons led her down this path. R.I.P., Ms. Houston. You will forever live in our hearts through the wonderful things you brought to this world. You will not be forgotten.


A star is born: The Associated Press article about singer Adele and her six Grammy Awards, marking this young, up-and-coming artist, brought a few comments, including this observation from Bob Catalano of Derby:

What am I missing about Adele? Obviously she has a great voice and wrote a great song. But her performances are so wooden, it's hard to believe she has fans. And her personality reminds me of Eliza Doolittle. Obviously she has no Henry Higgins to guide her. If she had any competent management, they would not allow her to get within 10 miles of a Grammy stage with that god-awful blue prom dress with the shiny wide zipper down the back. It looked like her Mom made it. During the Grammys a Target commercial advertised Adele's album "21." But instead of showing Adele, the commercial showed a young girl on a bus singing Adele's song. The ad people get it. I hope she finds some stage presence soon.

Beth Cerminara of Lancaster countered:

Adele certainly is talented vocally. I guess as far as judging her as a kind of Eliza Doolittle is pretty inaccurate. Because art is very subjective one cannot base someone's success on a cookie cut-out formula that seemed to work for other artists. Adele is obviously doing fine without the help of Henry Higgins. Keep it up, sister! I know I'm glued!


Jerry Sullivan: The News senior sports columnist's piece on the ongoing "Linsanity" around New York Knick Jeremy Lin elicited this bit of joy from Gregory Wright of Lititz, Pa.,:

Happy Va-LIN-tine's Day, Raptors. The kid's a phenom. He's made the Knicks relevant again. If he can get a me-first player like Carmelo (Anthony) to play team-first basketball, the Knicks will be a team to watch down the stretch. It sure was fun watching Lin drop 38 on Kobe last week I'm sure Kobe knows who the kid is now.

The more Lin plays, the better he will be on defense. He sometimes makes bad decisions (eight TOs vs. Tor) but it takes experience to play the point at a consistent level. Two things for sure -- Lin can shoot the rock and he's cold-blooded.