Tonawanda News


October 25, 2013

Patron of the arts, in a Bills shirt


Tonawanda News — Unless you’re Pablo Casals or Katherine Dunham or Wayne Gretzky, your career arc, the time and timing of your art, is short. You’re not here for a long time, you’re here to leave your mark and move on.

Record sales, ticket sales, endorsement deals. You’re one injury or screw-up from the end, so you work from a mindset of mortality. Samurai basketball player. Samurai dancer. 

You’re only as good as your last season. The ones coming up are better, younger and cheaper. Run into colleagues, rivals, in airports all over the world. Use the body and brain to convey artistic expression. Wow ‘em in Cleveland and Shreveport, then take your act to the Big Apple, or Paris or Shanghai — they play the same game by the same rules, there.

If you value the skills of a hockey player more than that of a French horn player, or maybe it’s the other way around, try taking what you know about the performing arts and apply it to sport, or do it the other way around.

The fan sits in the arena, or on the living room couch, in his Buffalo Bills regalia, the detritus of whatever not-good-for-you food at his feet, and ponders what he just saw. What he saw was an art form, however crude its origin (hey, look up where opera, or the tango, came from), and it may be years before he realizes he’s more than just another slob of a sports fan, he’s a patron, and lover, of the arts.

Ed Adamczyk is a Kenmore resident whose column appears Fridays in the Tonawanda News. Contact him at

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