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January 17, 2013

FROM THE VALLEY: Some things should be left unsaid, some can't be

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — At first, I thought it would be best to bite my tongue and not say a word. I seriously agonized over writing this column. No joke. But I felt compelled to respond to something I’d read. It was two separate columns written by the same person - someone whom I’d come to respect and still do - in the field of sports reporting. But this time he was wrong. A rebuttal was in order.

He was so far off-base that I can’t help but try to right the dis-service done to an honest, hard-working family man.

The man who I felt was wronged is newly promoted Buffalo Bills CEO and President, Russ Brandon. A couple columns - published in the last several weeks, - made charges that impugned Mr. Brandon’s integrity, his ability to make decisions and his intelligence.

He was described as a “yes man” and a “moron” in two separate opinion pieces. Why? I have no idea.

The ‘yes man’ accusation insinuated that he (Brandon) was gutless for not telling his boss, Ralph Wilson, “No! I won’t do as you wish.” Supposedly, Brandon should have walked up to the man who hired him and explained that he had absolutely no plans on executing the duties he (Wilson) paid him to do. (Good luck to anyone attempting that philosophy).

And he was called a “moron” for making moves that football people in-the-know agreed upon as bold, gutsy and sound decisions. It was bewildering as to what the thought process was for such a venomous and unfounded attack. (Another reason given for the moron status was because he was charged with not knowing the definition of the word “exhaustive.” Petty? Yes, no?)

Personally, I’m not a fan of caustic journalism. It (malicious chatter) is bad enough in gossip but it seems absolutely uncalled for in the media. It echos too loudly and too emphatically. And leaves the maligned person defenseless - with no (immediate) opportunity to fend-off ridiculously callous charges.

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