Dear Editor:On April 18, 2018, Bruno Sammartino went to the great wrestling ring in the sky. Bruno Sammartino, “The Living Legend,” was a wrestling favorite throughout the local metropolitan area. His unique wrestling style – coupled with a sincere, humble charisma – has endeared him to many wrestling fans.Contrary to the silly, pretentious “soap opera story lines” – known as “kayfabe” – that are annoying prevalent throughout the “sport’s entertainment industry” of today, Bruno grappled during a time when wrestling was a “morality play” set to the “squared circle.” In these “plays” – these positive, life-affirming “lessons” that unfolded in the wrestling ring – no matter how bad it looked for the “hero,” the clean-wrestling “good guy” eventually triumphed over the cheating “bad guy” heel.I fondly remember Bruno wrestling at the Jersey City Armory on Montgomery Street. His shows always attracted a tremendous turn-out from a huge, widely-diverse fan base.Simply put: Everyone loved Bruno Sammartino.I, along with his legions of fans, hope that Bruno Sammartino wRESTles in peace. Respectfully yours,John Di Genio
By Alan BaldwinMEXICO CITY, (Reuters)-Lewis Hamilton won the Mexican Formula One Grand Prix yesterday to cut Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg’s lead to 19 points and prevent the German taking his first title with two races to spare.The pole-to-flag victory was the triple world champion’s eighth of the season and put him level with France’s Alain Prost in the all-time lists with 51 career victories. Only Michael Schumacher (91) has won more.Rosberg, who would have clinched the title had he won and Hamilton finished 10th or lower, finished 8.354 seconds behind to anchor champions Mercedes to their sixth one-two finish of the season.The German can clinch the title if he wins the penultimate round at Sao Paulo’s Interlagos circuit in Brazil in two weeks’ time.“Lewis has been too fast this weekend,” said Rosberg. “I just have to accept second place.”Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took third place when Red Bull’s Dutch teenager Max Verstappen, who provided much of the afternoon’s entertainment and controversy, was penalised after the chequered flag for gaining an advantage when going off.That triggered the main drama of the day.“He has to let me go, he has to let me go,” Vettel, who had been trying to pass the Red Bull driver on the 67th of the 71 laps, exclaimed furiously over the team radio as Verstappen refused to concede the place.The German, who also directed a foul-mouthed outburst at race director Charlie Whiting, swerved across to the Red Bull driver after they crossed the line and wagged a raised finger theatrically.“I was using a lot of sign language. You have to understand the adrenaline,” said the four-times champion.Verstappen defended himself with vigour, saying Vettel should go back to school.“I don’t know how many times he is using very bad language,” said the teenager. “I will speak to him because this is how ridiculous he is handling it, he is just a very frustrated guy at the moment.”TIME PENALTYVerstappen joined the Mercedes drivers in the waiting room before the podium ceremony but was hauled out after stewards imposed a five second time penalty and Vettel had to run down the pit lane to the podium.The arguments and accusations continued after the ceremonies, with Vettel and Verstappen’s Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo under investigation for some late wheel-banging.“He (Vettel) is smiling now. He doesn’t deserve to be up there (on the podium),” declared the Australian. “I thought I had every right to be there but he kept closing the door under braking. I was frustrated with that.”In a race that saw all but one of the 22 starters finish, the safety car was deployed on the second lap when Mexican Esteban Gutierrez tagged Pascal Wehrlein’s Manor and pushed him into Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber.