Niagara Gazette — •••
LANGUAGE BARRIER: During the Hot Stove Luncheon at Adam's Mark Friday, with the spotlight on the new link between the Toronto Blue Jays and its Triple-A franchise, the Buffalo Bisons, there were lots of stories about the earlier days. One writer recalled how former Blue Jays general manager Pat Gillick was frustrated because he could never convince a free agent to come to Toronto. When he was completing a trade in 1977, the player protested, "I don't want to go some place where they speak Canadian."
THE ODD COUPLE: Overheard in The Village Diner, Youngstown: "That Notre Dame linebacker (Manti Te'o) insists he did not make up that story about a girlfriend who didn't exist — she supposedly died — just to bolster his chances to win the coveted Heisman Trophy" — a restaurant customer who added Te'o was at least worthy of an Oscar for the best supporting role.
On a more serious note, shame on Notre Dame for covering up the incident that should have been reported to proper authorities in the first place.Contact reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2259