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March 9, 2013 at 2:00 PM

What Seattle Times sports readers are saying



No. 1 ranking isn’t deserved

How can Gonzaga be No. 1? The Zags have played only three teams who were ranked at the time, losing to two No. 13 teams, (Illinois and Butler) and beating one No. 22 team (Oklahoma State) by one point.

The West Coast Conference has no powerhouse teams, so Gonzaga’s record is mostly meaningless. If the Zags had even one win against a top 10 team, it might be reasonable, but with their schedule, it’s just not warranted.

New Mexico is No. 12 after going 4-0 against top 25 teams — No. 21 UConn, No. 8 Cincinnati, No. 24 UNLV and No. 22 Colorado State.

– Jim Diffendorfer, Renton

Is Romar paying attention?

I know that I am far from the first to wonder how it is that Gonzaga can make it to 14 straight NCAA tournaments and now the No. 1 national rankings while Washington has a problem making into the top 100.

I used to think all the Division I teams in this state faced a geographical handicap, but Spokane is not exactly the center of the known universe.

Are you listening, Coach Romar?

– Don Curtis, Clinton

Finally, some Zags coverage?

Do my eyes deceive me? Can it really be true? The Seattle Times mentioning the Gonzaga University Basketball program on its front page? Have you run out of accolades for the local denizens?

Be still my quaking heart, it is so. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are indeed the TOP DOGS – not the Huskies. Finally, the Times sports writers have realized that the little school from Eastern Washington has a superior program built on dedication and hard work and is capable of national renown.

Congratulations Gonzaga Bulldogs. You are No. 1!

– Jean-Claude de Raoulx, Redmond

Bill Walton

American History from Big Redhead

If readers (“Making a bad game worse,” March 3) aren’t making it past halftime with Bill Walton, they may have missed this gem from the UCLA- Stanford game.

After the network showed scenes of San Francisco Bay and the Palace of Fine Arts, Walton intoned: “Ah California, if the pilgrims had landed on the west coast the east coast would still be wilderness.” Or something to that effect.

– Peter Marsh, Seattle

Joan Bonvicini

Brewer column heartfelt, sincere

What a wonderful column Jerry Brewer wrote about Seattle University women’s basketball coach Joan Bonvicini (“Reinvention by example,” March 3). I’ve always enjoyed reading his stories because they’re heartfelt and sincere. This piece was no exception.

– Jose G. Gonzales, Seattle

Women’s sports

More Storm, Reign FC coverage

As the Storm season approaches, I would appreciate more coverage of them in the paper. The team in Seattle that’s made playoffs for 10 straight years and has the best record of all time still isn’t consistently making the front page after a crucial win.

And what about Reign FC? The new women’s soccer team that features world stars such as Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo is being upstaged by the possible arrival of the Kings.

Based on the Title IX articles you’ve run, I’ve expected way more coverage of the women sports teams in Seattle.

C’mon, Seattle Times! These teams deserve that spot in the middle of the front page.

– Anna Goldberg, Seattle


Stone’s analysis on roster welcome

I really enjoyed reading Larry Stone’s blog post (“A quick look at where Mariners stand in roster battles”). It gave me a quick breakdown of how each player is doing. Without having to read long articles or find my own stats, Stone was able to combine them all into a short report. I also like how he included his opinion of whom he thought would make the roster. He provided 19 players and noted that there were six spots to fill. He then debated who might win those six spots.

I’ve been too busy to stay up to date on who is performing and who isn’t. This was a nice summary of Spring Training so far.

– Nicole Rogers, Bellingham


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