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Griffs are golden for many reasons

It’s a great time to be a Canisius sports fan. The basketball team had a 20-win season for the first time in over a decade and won two games in the CIT tournament. Billy Baron was a finalist for the national Lou Henson award for outstanding mid-major basketball player and coach Jim Baron a finalist for mid-major coach of the year.

The hockey team won the Atlantic Hockey tournament after two wins at Air Force and played Quinnipiac to the wire in the East semis of the NCAAs. It was ranked No. 20 in the national polls. Kudos to the student-athletes and their respective coaches, Jim Baron for basketball and Dave Smith for hockey.

David Wrotniak

Elma

Hurley’s addition was a good move

Congratulations to the University of Buffalo for hiring Bobby Hurley as its new basketball coach.

It took a bold and audacious risk but because of the vision of AD Danny White, UB is now on the national map because of the public relations coup this has brought to Western New York.

Hurley understands what he has to do to compete with the Ohios, Akrons, and Kents, not to mention the rest of the competitive Mid-American Conference.

Just one more thing, Mr. Hurley. There are good prospects in Metro Toronto and the Rochester area worth a look.

John Poole

Kenmore

Radio show offers party line only

I can appreciate why the Sabres would create a daily (except weekends) radio show during the “coveted” hours of 10 am to noon mid-summer of last year on WGR. They wanted to capture all the fan enthusiasm of the upcoming season of promise and provide a feel good outlet for believers in Hockey Radio Heaven. Instead, it’s the season that went South … again.

I decided to give it a shot over four days recently. Objectivity? Out the window. There’s an embargo on it those two hours. After all, these guys are paid by the hockey team and rarely is heard a discouraging word. If you’re one of those folks who think the Sabres are on the right track and enjoy the hosts referring to players and correspondents as “Millsie,” “Patty,” “Petey,” “Snowy,” and RJ, among others, by all means go for it.

If you’re looking for objectivity, turn off your radio when the morning show guys at WGR are through at 10.

Mike Jankowski

West Seneca

There’s nothing new about new-look Sabres

Several weeks ago, my comments in this column urged Lindy Ruff to have the Sabres shoot the puck more.

Now that Ron Rolston is the interim coach it seems to be just a continuation of Ruff’s style of play.

What the Sabres organization needs to do after this experiment with Rolston is over is two things. First, Darcy Regier must be replaced. As GM it is his position to evaluate talent, but it is obvious he has failed.

Second, seriously consider Rob Ray as the new head coach.

No joke here. Just listening to his comments during games shows me he knows what the Sabres problems are. If he was at the helm, I am sure he would correct them.

Jack Silverstein

Williamsville

Very little return on investment

Approximately two years ago a Terry Pegula rode into Buffalo promising to offer cures for the struggling Sabres. He promised us a Stanley Cup within three years, but the current Sabres have become the laughing stock of the NHL. He brought along his crew of Ted Black, Ken Sawyer and kept an old standby by the name of Darcy Regier, aka “Hockey Genius.” When the crew arrived the Sabres were but a few players away from advancing in the playoffs.

Pegula gave the “Hockey Genius” his checkbook only to have the Genius spend the money foolishly. The Genius overpaid for underachievers. The current Sabres are a disaster. The “Hockey Genius” now decides to look to the future and is accumulating a bunch of draft choices. I’m sure the Sabres will develop these draft choices into top prospects only to trade them when they develop for fifth-round draft choices. Please Mr. Pegula, take a good look at the crew you assembled and send them packing. The hard working fans of Buffalo deserve better.

Ray Nowicki

Caneadea

Standards lowered for local teams

It seems that for many years now, our professional sports teams and the media are obsessed with idea of only making the playoffs. Back in the day, the goal was to win your league or division or even try to win every game. Now it seems the Sabres are aiming for eighth place and the Bills aiming for a wild card. Is this where our billionaire owners are? Seems sad to me.

Alan R. Bojarski

North Tonawanda

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