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Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014: Do these guys look at their own website?

   Leading off today: Let me say up front I'm not especially thrilled with the juxtaposition of Thursday's blog entries -- earlier today I summarized details of the death of Shoreham-Wading River junior Tom Cutinella during a varsity football game -- but I guess I've already stuck my foot in it and will proceed:

   If the editorial page staff of Syracuse.com (i.e., The Post-Standard) wants to speak out against the Liverpool students who wore headdresses, feathers and similar fare at Friday's football game against Cicero-North Syracuse, that's their prerogative.

   After all, the debate over the Washington Redskins' decision to stick with their nickname remains in the news, the subject of how Native American names and images are used in New York high schools has been a source of discussion and the topic has deeper implications in our state than in many others because of our history.

   But you know what? It is patently absurd for the editorial page to write "adopting those denigrating and cartoonish images for the purposes of rooting for your team was insensitive and offensive" ... and then illustrate the editorial with a photo gallery containing some of the very images they find disturbing.

   It simply reeks of "do as I say, not as I do" journalism, and you don't get dispensation just because you're "the media." Several of the more than 500 comments on the story page make points along those lines, and the authors are right.

   If you want to take a more thorough look at the general topic, then I commend to your attention a good piece of reporting regarding Elmira-area schools with Indian nicknames or mascots done last week by Andrew Legare of the Star-Gazette.

   Updates to the Tom Cutinella story: Here are a few quick notes today in the aftermath of Wednesday's tragedy at the football game between Shoreham-Wading River and John Glenn:

   The Shoreham-Wading River district postponed all of its scheduled Thursday sports contests, Section 11 Executive Director Don Webster told Newsday. A decision on how to handle events for the remainder of the week is likely to come later Thursday.

   John Glenn officials also canceled after-school activities.

   Section officials in Suffolk and Nassau counties have asked schools hosting varsity football games the remainder of this week to observe a moment of silence in memory of Tom Cutinella, who sustained a head injury while blocking during a running play in the third quarter and was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

    • Section 11 has not determined whether the game between S-WR and John Glenn will be resumed.

    •Grieving S-WR students were starting to gather at the school's football field for a late afternoon candlelight vigil. Cutinella's No. 54 jersey was displayed in lights on the scoreboard. Counselors were on hand in the school library to address needs of students and faculty members during the day.

    At John Glenn, a flag outside the school flew at half-staff as students arrived for classes.

    • In Manhattan, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said safety on the field is "a concern to everyone" and one that the state health department studies.

    "I'm not familiar with the facts and circumstances about last night's incident, but these are obviously tragic and anything we can do to prevent them, we should," Cuomo

  
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    • The NYSPHSAA issued a statement expressing sympathy.

    "As the father of two children, my thoughts and prayers go out to the Cutinella family during this difficult and challenging time, said Robert Zayas, executive director of NYSPHSAA.

   Streak ends: With the fifth-place runners from each team diving across the finish line, Onondaga pulled out a 27-28 win over Tully in boys cross country on Tuesday, handing the Black Knights their first dual-meet loss since 1994 -- unofficially a string of 142 meets.

   Tully's Brad Phelps won in 16:50, followed across the line by Onondaga's Alex DiBella (17:09) and Noah Dardaris (17:10).

   The final two scoring spots went to Tully's Doug Wehbe and Onondaga's Michael Stafford, who each lunged across the line in 18:47. Wehbe was awarded ninth place after officials looked at a tape of the finish, but it wasn't quite enough.

   The outcome avenged a 27-29 loss a year ago.

   "We've been talking about this all week," first-year Onondaga coach Andy Dolloff told Syracuse.com. "It's been the buzz around school that we had a chance."

   Weekend football: Here are the schedules for all the NYSSWA's ranked football teams and the full Week 5 schedule.

   Some assorted notes:

    • If not for a pair of safeties, Saranac Lake would be unscored upon heading into this week's game vs. Moriah. Saranac Lake, ranked 11th in Class C, has posted scores of 48-0, 40-2, 30-2 and 7-0 in a 4-0 start.

    • Coxsackie-Athens is 4-0 to open a season for the first time since 1999 and has surrendered just six points.

    • Homer running back Alec Bush has 15 touchdowns and 753 yards rushing in four games ... and looks kind of pedestrian alongside the numbers put up by Mechanicville's Chase DeLossantos. The senior running back has a Section 2-best 1,075 yards through four games.

    • When Trent White caught eight passes for 135 yards vs. Niagara Falls last weekend, he became the Kenmore West career co-leader with 62 receptions. Keith Haut set the mark in 1990.


  
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