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Letters (May 22): Readers speak out

Gamble on Lawson is latest questionable draft move

Shaq Lawson should run right to the bank and cash the check he’ll be getting from the Buffalo Bills.

Maybe he’ll play this year and maybe miss half the season?

Really? Where is the thought of paying someone who cannot contribute to the team immediately?

Way too many question marks regarding one of the Buffalo Bills’ top draft choices again. But that’s how the management operates lately.

Oh! Let’s not forget the time and money that led to the failure of yet another draft choice bust – EJ Manuel.

On to the next …

Ken Drzymala

Buffalo

Bills once again fail in drafting a quarterback

Again in the draft, the Buffalo Bills’ brass failed to pick a top-tier quarterback. We picked a very raw talent in the fourth round, another EJ Manuel, who has been a huge disappointment. We’ve had five QB picks in 20 years, all colossal failures. For some reason the No. 1 position on the team is of little interest to the crew at One Bills Drive.

They prove it year after year. We had many chances at top picks over the years but instead choose guys like Mike Williams and many others that ended in disaster. It’s time to wake up.

Daniel Botzko

Tonawanda

Number retirement well-deserved for Bruce

Bruce Smith, who was the force on the defensive line of the Buffalo Bills for many years, will have his number retired this year. He thrilled the fans for many years with his voracious pass rush that put fear in opposing quarterbacks.

A relentless worker, pass rusher and sackmaster, this is a great honor for Bruce and for his fans who got to see him play every Sunday while he was a Bill.

John Jendrysek

Orchard Park

Reader appreciative of rowing article

Budd Bailey’s May 14 article on high school rowing was marvelous. He captured the excitement and passion of this sport, which has a long and rich history in Buffalo that is nationally and internationally recognized.

The West Side Rowing Club, located near the Peace Bridge, is one of the oldest rowing clubs in America. The new Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association on Ohio Street is quickly gaining stature. We are very lucky in this area to have such high caliber rowing crews compete in local regattas for all sports fans to come and watch on local waters. Many high schools – public and private, boys and girls – compete, plus club crews compete as well.

His article gave a great comprehensive view of rowing in this area and who some of its stars are.

Joyce Wilson

Amherst

Bandits are important part of Buffalo sports scene

Thank you, Mr. Sullivan, for finally recognizing that Buffalo has a championship team, the Buffalo Bandits.

They have lived in the shadows too long. I have been a fan for 25 years, 24 of those as a season-ticket holder. The Bandits’ lacrosse fans are an awesome group. We’re just as dedicated as those fans of the Bills and Sabres.

The origin of lacrosse itself has a unique history, its Native American legacy being for the creator and sacred, and well before that of football, hockey and baseball. But lacrosse, worldwide, has caught up.

It’s fast, exciting and our Bandits deserve the recognition as they are the best.

Cheryl Sundown

Tonawanda Indian Reservation

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