Voic­ing sup­port for in­de­pen­dent thought

The Buffalo News - - SPORTSTALK - Lou Sper­anza

Memo to Buf­falo so­cial me­dia sports fans: It’s not the lo­cal sports re­porter’s job to root for the home team. I’m sur­prised at the num­ber of on­line com­ments fault­ing Buf­falo News sports re­porters for not root­ing for the Bills. Amaz­ing. I re­al­ize we have been get­ting bi­ased me­dia root­ing from both sides in the po­lit­i­cal world but now some fans are ex­pect­ing the same thing from our sports jour­nal­ists? In Buf­falo’s own “The Nat­u­ral,” circa 1983, Roy Hobbs calls time out when he re­al­izes his pitcher is throw­ing the game by throw­ing fat pitches to the op­po­nent’s bat­ters to hit. Hobbs trots in to the pitch­ing mound and says “Al, give them the real stuff.” Please, News sports re­porters, con­tinue to do your job and give us the real stuff. I’ll make my own de­ci­sions on how the team is do­ing. You’ve made your opin­ion and re­port­ing pieces ob­vi­ous to me. Sorry that there are fans out there that need you to be lem­mings.

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