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February 21, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Women’s sports: It’s not about gender — it’s about entertainment

Storm players celebrate with fans at Sea-Tac Airport after winning their second WNBA title in 2010. (DEAn RUTZ/ THE SEATTLE TIMES).

Some Seattleites are upset about local news outlets reporting this was the first national championship a Seattle team has won since the ’79 Sonics [“Hey Super Bowl sports writers, the Seattle Storm won two national titles,” Opinion, Feb. 10]. But the controversy doesn’t seem to be about sports, but about gender.

As an avid sports fan, I would agree with the coverage reporting about our few major championships. Yes, the Storm has captured two titles since the ’79 Sonics — but how much do they bring to the table?


Comments | More in Seattle Storm | Topics: Brady Ballew, seahawks, Seattle Storm

February 21, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Zara is the fad of the month for Seattle

The excitement in Seattle, about the new Zara, will only be able to last a few months before Seattleites gets immersed in other store openings and sporting events [“Big lines and tiny canapés at Zara’s new Seattle location,” Local News, Feb. 17]. The hype around Zara and the inference of a more fashion-forward…


Comments | More in Fashion | Topics: Macklemore, seahawks, Tooba Dilshad

February 8, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Seahawks: Lighten up; Seattle did great job hosting celebration


Skittles tossed by both Marshawn Lynch and spectators litter the bow of a Duck boat carrying Lynch and members of the Sea Gals during Wednesday’s parade through Seattle. (GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES)

Seattle did a great job hosting victory celebration

I want to pass on my congratulations to Seattle Police Chief Harry C. Bailey, his officers and staff, and all the law enforcement personnel from around the region who made the Seahawks Super Bowl victory parade such a tremendous success [“Seattle salutes Seahawks, its Super heroes,” Local News, Feb. 6].

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and City of Seattle staff did an excellent job planning each and every detail of the parade to make sure the 12th Man could celebrate with the Seahawks.


Comments | More in Seattle Seahawks | Topics: John Lovick, parade, seahawks

February 6, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Reader Roundtable: Seahawks’ Super Bowl win and celebration

Fourth Avenue is jammed just south of Yesler Way as fans await the Super Bowl champions parade to CenturyLink Field. (ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES).

I’ve received piles of letters and emails the past couple weeks leading up to, during and after the Seahawks Super Bowl win. Far more than for any other topic. The majority of responses I’ve sent on to sports editor Don Shelton because they addressed the team’s performance on the field, which is better left to the Sports section. But there are a number of topics that the Opinion section has addressed, such as Richard Sherman’s rant, the media’s reaction and the Super Bowl parade and its costs. Below are several readers’ responses to the issues that fall under the purview of Opinion:

Thanks for remembering Storm championships

Not to take anything away from the Seahawks’ fantastic Super Bowl win, but I’m glad The Times’ editorial board at least acknowledged the Seattle Storm [“Seahawks rule the NFL roost,” Opinion, Feb. 5]

I personally consider the Storm a major professional team, and the fact the team brought home championships in 2004 and 2010 puts them as the best of the WNBA in those two seasons. That is worthy of mention on any list of Seattle champions. There aren’t many major professional team sports opportunities for women in the area, even with the recent addition of the Seattle Reign soccer team.


Comments | More in Reader Roundtable, Seattle Seahawks | Topics: Bill Lee, Demitri Anastassopoulos, Liz Strongman

February 4, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Seahawks parade: Why on a school day?

Who decided to have a parade in the middle of a school day? [“Seahawks parade starts at 11 a.m. Better bundle up,” Today File, Feb. 4] For the past four weeks, schools have been going crazy with Seahawk pride. Our children have been dressing up, decorating their classes, raising 12th Man flags, and incorporating…


Comments | More in Seahawks | Topics: education, Leslie and Keith Boyd, parade

January 29, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Trash talking: Save it for the tailgate; sometimes nice doesn’t cut it

Don’t praise uncivil behavior

I am disappointed with your editorial notebook “Seattle needs to do more trash talking like Richard Sherman,” [Opinion, Jan. 24].

While it is not enough that the rest of the country has used Sherman’s diatribe to fill the cyberspace in the two weeks of filler between the NFC Championship and the Super Bowl, the last thing I expected was trash talking in the editorial pages of the newspaper of a city that prides civility; a city whose citizens read more books than any other city in U.S. and loves its coffee.

By eulogizing such behavior, we as a society send a message that what matters is winning, and not how you behave. But then we become disappointed why we as a society have become less civil.

It is unfortunate that Sherman is getting national attention and corporate endorsements not because of what he did on the field, rather off the field. Would Sherman have had the same recognition had he not made those comments in the TV interview.

If not, what message are we sending as a society? That it pays to be uncivil and be called out in the editorial of your local newspaper?

Hyder Ali, Issaquah

Sometimes being nice doesn’t cut it

I have never read such a great editorial. You are so right in saying Seattle is too nice. And you know, there are times when nice doesn’t cut it.


Comments | More in Seattle Seahawks | Topics: Hyder Ali, Jen Gouge, Richard Sherman

January 27, 2014 at 7:02 AM

School suspensions: Teachers must encourage coopeartive classrooms

Nancy Ohanian / Op Art

And just how much time has guest columnist Linda Mangel spent teaching in a high-school classroom that can mimic a Seahawks game? [“How to end the senseless cycle of school suspensions and expulsions,” Opinion, Jan. 20]

It is the job of a high-school teacher to offer the opportunity for an education to students who are willing to work for it in a cooperative classroom setting, not to make up for the failure or inability of parents or society to support and promote responsible adult behavior.


Comments | More in Education | Topics: expulsions, School suspensions, seahawks

January 18, 2014 at 6:13 AM

Seahawks caption contest winner

On Wednesday, I asked readers to caption this photo with what coaches Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh will say after the game on Sunday between the Seahawks and 49ers at CenturyLink Field. Congratulations to Tony Kimpo from Kenmore for the winning caption. Thanks for playing and enjoy the game. Here are the runners-up: Pete Carroll: “Have I…


Comments | More in Caption Contest | Topics: Jim Harbaugh, Pete Carroll, seahawks

January 14, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Caption contest: NFC Championship showdown between Pete Carroll, Jim Harbaugh

CAPTION THIS (Photo from John Lok/The Seattle Times)

CAPTION THIS: What will the two coaches say to each other on Sunday? Submit your caption predicting their exchange. (Photo from John Lok/The Seattle Times, 2012)

San Francisco may have won the last battle, but the war and its spoils is Seattle’s for the taking. With a win on Sunday against the 49ers in the NFC Championship (kickoff at 3:30 p.m. on FOX), the Seahawks would punch their ticket to Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2. These are two very similar teams, defensive juggernauts that will pound it out over possession. But each has a unique personality, and it could be argued that their styles represent the traits of their head coaches. Sunday will be a battle of temperaments, and emotions may very well boil over. They have in the past.

Remember the famous incident from 2009 when the two were coaches in the former Pac-10, at Stanford University (Harbaugh) and University of Southern California (Carroll)? The two coaches met in the middle of the field after Harbaugh and his Stanford team ran up the score 55-21 against USC, Carroll asking Harbaugh “What’s your deal?” To which the Stanford coach responded, “What’s your deal?”


Comments | More in Caption Contest, Seattle Seahawks | Topics: Jim Harbaugh, Pete Carroll, seahawks

December 23, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Wash. state Rep. Fitzgibbon’s tweet about Arizona was ‘completely offensive’

You may have missed it while sulking in the Seahawks loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, but Washington state Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon tweeted and later deleted a Twitter message stating that it’s hard to lose to a “racist wasteland.” We received several submissions in response, this one from a reader in Arizona:

I’ve just read an article in an Arizona newspaper about the sports trash talk. Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, I would like to respond [“Lawmaker calls Arizona ‘racist wasteland,’” NWMonday, Dec. 23].


Comments | More in Sports | Topics: Arizona, Cardinals, Joe Fitzgibbon

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