Thanks to reader Adam Bussey for passing along the response he received from the public affairs division of the state lottery agency when he protested how Sunday night's numbers drawing during halftime of the Super Bowl downsized Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band on everyone's TV screens. Here it is:
Thanks for your e-mail. We appreciate comments and concerns from our players. Maryland Lottery drawings are conducted at the same time every day and hundreds of thousands of Maryanders tune in to see the numbers drawn. With millions of dollars wagered on last night's 90-second evening drawing, we've found that the great majority of those who bought tickets want to see the game played with their own eyes. If there are any further concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thanks again.
Mr. Bussey wasn't responding as a "player," but rather as a TV viewer who wanted to see The Boss, not the numbered ping-pong balls. But I suppose the agency views all the citizens of Maryland as "players." And lots of people wanted to see Springsteen's entire performance "with their own eyes," without having to squint those eyes.