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Letters for Feb. 22

Pettitte, other Yanks deserve to be honored

Last week, sports reporter Mike Harrington wrote a column purportedly about the opening of Baseball’s Spring Training. Instead he spent most of his column criticizing the team he loves to hate, the New York Yankees.

He apparently feels that the Yankees shouldn’t honor Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams and Andy Pettitte. He spews most of his venom on Andy Pettitte, calling him a “noted HGH cheater!”

What Harrington fails to mention is that Pettitte admitted to using HGH for two days in 2002. Pettitte was one of 100 ballplayers on a congressionally devised list of PED users and as far as I recall, he was just about the only one who admitted anything and who then apologized to the fans.

Pettitte said that he used HGH as he thought it would help his injured elbow to heal faster, which just happens to be a known use for the drug. HGH is not a steroid and was not even banned by baseball until 2005. Coincidently, cortisone is a steroid and is used regularly by athletes in all sports.

As far as Pettitte’s record, he has more strikeouts than any other Yankee pitcher, more postseason wins (19) than any pitcher, five World Series rings, and a record of 256-153 which makes him one of only 25 pitchers in baseball history to have a career record of 100 games over .500. He also never had a losing record.

Yes, he played on some good Yankee teams and he also played on some bad ones, but this isn’t the Hall Of Fame, it’s a Yankee team tribute and it’s well deserved.

Bob Mauger

East Aurora

Super Bowl halftime could use a few laughs

As an avid football fan, I’m growing tired of watching the same Super Bowl halftime show every year.

Consisting of either an overrated pop star or has-been musical talent, these shows’ performers compete with each other on a yearly basis of who can wow America the most with their over-the-top theatrics. Why not just nix the whole ordeal all together? I would be much more inclined to not get up and use the restroom if the show was transformed from a musical venue to a comedy routine. Would you rather watch, say, Jerry Seinfeld and Ellen DeGeneres and maybe one or two other established humorists tell joke after joke? Or watch Katy Perry ride a monstrous tiger that may or may not be a transformer?

With the commercials now losing their comical touch, this new setup could potentially draw more viewers. Not everyone is into the type of music displayed in the halftime show, but everyone likes to laugh and really that’s what is most important: appealing to a broader demographic.

Matt Neidhart


Rex’s ‘bullies’ are those that we want with Bills

Ever since Richie Incognito has been the topic of interest, the word “bully” has been bantered back and forth. The “bully” that Rex Ryan alludes to is not the usual definition that implies abusive action to an individual by habitually being cruel to those who are weaker.

The Rex Ryan “bully” is basically players whose object is to get to the quarterback, or commit as much mayhem as possible on either side of the ball.

Bully for you, Rex.

Don Weimer


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