It wasn't the buzzer that expired

Friday, March 18, 2011; 5:50 PM

In the March 12 Sports article "The clock strikes for Virginia Tech," Mark Giannotto wrote that a Florida State player "hit what appeared to be a game-winning jumper as the buzzer expired . . . ." Poor buzzer; may it rest in peace. I wonder how a buzzer expires: Does it give one last little "buzz" and then is never heard from again? The usual term for a game-ending event is that it occurred as "time" expired.

Roger Hartman, Annandale

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