Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Let the Games begin

OK, so I am not a photographer, but this is the view that I have from the press area of University of Buffalo Stadium in Amherst for the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Empire State Games, which will be held in Western New York through Sunday.

“This feels pretty cool,” said Darnell Cummings of Millbrook, shortly before the athletes were moved indoors because of impending bad weather. “I didn’t make it my first year trying out, so I wanted to get up here. I always loved this track and the environment just feels great.”

The Games issued a media guide with statements from state dignitaries on the return of the Games.

"These exciting Games have long represented an important standard of measure for athletic success, and moreover, they are symbolic of the drive and spirit inherent in all New Yorkers," Gov. David A. Paterson said. "Over the next few days, our State's finest amateur athletes will engage in contests of skill, endurance, and ability against other equally talented individuals in Olympic style sports events."

"The real stars of this event are the many outstanding athletes who inspire us with their talent, their dedication and sportsmanship," said Carol Ash, commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. "I am very pleased that we could return these Games to you this year."

Well, Third Eye Blind — tonight's headlining band — just hit the stage. Gonna check that out and then get ready for a full day of sports on Thursday.

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