Two Tales of Fathers and Sons


By Kris Rusho

It'll be Bufalini versus Bufalini today as John Bufalini takes on his son, Michael Bufalini.

John is looking to 3-peat as tournament champion, while Michael is looking to have the torch passed down from father to son.

No matter what, it will be a match worth following.

Meanwhile, Matthew Melvin is fufilling his own dream by playing for the Red and Black Football Team, a dream his father shared.

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Jenny (Melvin)Witham said on Thursday, Jul 16 at 12:47 PM

Mel, Thank you so much for this story. We as a family are very proud of Matt and his dedication to the community and sports. Our father would be proud of him and having dedicated his life to serving the community and young children, he would be grateful to know that you took the time to tell a story of a young man who donates his time serving his community. I would also like to thank the Red and Black team and especially Coach Ashcroft for supporting Matt. Thank you so much; Jenny Witham

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dustin kirby said on Thursday, Jul 16 at 2:07 PM

oh well he still can watch you play football

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Michele Grobe said on Thursday, Jul 16 at 2:42 PM

Mel,to see this story on the news brought tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat! We are so proud of Matt as a family. If Dad was here he would have been so proud also to see My little brother do what he has wanted to do since he was a little FOOTBALL!! Matt has had it tough in life with his disabilities and I'm Thankful for the Red and Black and for Coach Ashcraft for helping him mature as an adult! Matt looks at them as a 2nd family!Thank u all again for making his dream come true

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Debbie Hearne said on Friday, Jul 17 at 8:24 AM

Congratulations to the entire Bufalini family! It is quite an accomplishment to have father/vs/son in a match. Both athletes have integrity and heart. There are no losers in this tournament...only winners all around! The pride was shining from John's eyes when he spoke about Michael, and Michael stated it all when he said he was his father's biggest fan. Cindy and Maria, you must be so happy. Bless you all.

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Mrs. Lawlor said on Friday, Jul 17 at 11:41 AM

I use to take my kids to see Santa at Christmas - what joy and excitement he brought to them. I also know Matt as a child that rode my bus. He is a good boy and deserves all good things in life. I'm proud of you Matt.

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Jessica P said on Saturday, Jul 18 at 5:52 PM

Mel, you did a good job with Matts story. Spider has always been one to make everyone smile. My finace plays for R & B and Matt always takes the time to say hello and i was very happy to see him play. i hope he gets another chance before the season is over.

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Bret said on Saturday, Jul 18 at 8:52 PM

Spider is without a doubt the nicest person you could ever want to know. If my kids grow up to be a tenth of the man that Matt is then I will have known I did my job right as a father.

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Giff said on Sunday, Sep 13 at 1:50 PM

Spider is the man

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Johnnie D said on Monday, Dec 28 at 10:22 PM

Spider is the nicest man I know. He deserves to represent the Red and Black, and what he did for his dad is commendable !!! Love you Spider !!!!!

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Greg said on Tuesday, Nov 22 at 11:48 AM

Spider rocks!

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Mark Streiff said on Monday, Jan 30 at 4:27 PM

Spider, Congrats on the big run. Next time follow your blockers. Great Story Mel.

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beverly melvin said on Tuesday, Apr 10 at 1:31 PM

this is a very good story it brought butterflies in my stomach. matt treats the red and black as his second family. i have all the respect for the red and black especially for couch ashcraft for what he did. the red and black take care of matt and watch over him. luv all you guys good luck this season you rock.

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