Niagara Gazette


November 28, 2013

MROZIAK: From snow to sports, what makes me thankful

Niagara Gazette — It was both laughable and frustrating to see some of CNN’s coverage of this week’s wintry weather which, if you were to believe the longtime network, was absolutely paralyzing for us here in Western New York.

On one hand it’s hurtful to our region because it paints an ignorant picture for those who might consider bringing business here from out of town but then think twice, believing they may as well be coming to Siberia. 

On the other hand, the wintry weather is one of the many things for which I’m thankful this Thanksgiving. For all the slagging we get about our winters, it’s more an inconvenience than a catastrophe. When we get a few snowflakes, we go out and play in them. Our houses are still standing, unlike other natural disasters where families have to pick up the remains of their once-standing shelters. 

Take that into consideration, and I’m thankful to be living in Western New York. Of course, with this being a sports section let me share what makes me thankful in local sports..

• I’m thankful for the diversity in teams in our region, not just in terms of teams but in terms of affordability. Since having kids I gained an all-new appreciation for what it really costs to take a family to a sporting event. If you cannot afford to bring the youngsters to one of the big league teams in Buffalo, or simply don’t want to put up with the crowds, you have your choice of teams up in Niagara County ranging from Niagara University sports to other smaller but still competitive teams including baseball’s Niagara Power or soccer’s FC Buffalo and Empire Revs. 

In the latter case, the soccer clubs, many locally produced players continue to represent the region on those teams, long after getting their high school diplomas.

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