Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Reader Reaction

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Reader Reaction

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Editor's note: The following are reader responses, edited for clarity and grammar, to a column by Bud Polquin of the Syracuse (N.Y.) Post-Standard criticizing the Gator Bowl's selection of Virginia Tech over Syracuse.

In the column, which appeared in the Times-Union on Nov. 29, Polquin referred to Jacksonville as Cowford, the city's original name, and wrote: "By any name, the town does not deserve the Syracuse University Orangemen, who are bound over the Christmas holidays for a better city, to a better team in a better facility."

Syracuse (9-3) plays Kansas State (6-5) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Bowl in Phoenix, while Virginia Tech (8-3) plays Florida State (7-4) at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 1 in the Gator Bowl.

If the Orangemen will take a cut in their "take" of the Gator Bowl proceeds, they're welcome. Hey, if you can't sell your tickets at home, why should we pay you for empty seats? This IS a business. Where have you been?

As far as Jax being "no place at all," we like it like that. Maybe you'll take back some of "your" New Yorkers who have moved down here. They always say how "they" do it up north! If it's so great "up there," why are they down here?


I grew up in upstate New York and always get a chuckle when I hear opinions regarding Jacksonville such as yours coming from people that live in places like Syracuse, Utica, and Troy. I visit upstate New York yearly just to remind myself why it was that I left the armpit of the U.S. in the first place. I encourage you to continue to belittle Jacksonville to discourage the thousands who yearly relocate from the paradise of upstate New York for the likes of Cowford. Lately, the area seems to be getting a bit too crowded for my tastes. By contrast, Syracuse seems to be able to handle all those desiring to relocate, but I don't think that will ever be an issue for which you should be too concerned. …

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