Draft prowess set up savvy move
Those that say the Seahawks gave up too much to acquire Percy Harvin, especially given the John Schneider/Pete Carroll prowess in the NFL draft, have it completely backward.
Because the tandem is so savvy and intelligent with their picks they put the team in the position to make such a bold move. They’ve developed a highly competitive club in a very short time by leveraging the draft. In the near term, such reliance on building through the draft will not be necessary, as they only have a few holes to fill, one of which was just filled by Harvin.
Some fans and analysts have said the picks given away have too much value given Schneider/Carroll’s talent evaluation skills – i.e., they have more value to the Seahawks than the average team. Again, flip that view on its head. For the picks that remain, a second-rounder for them is like a first; a fourth-rounder is like a second, and so on.
Let’s not ridicule them for being great at the draft. They’ve earned our confidence and trust that, for the picks that remain, they will acquire high-quality football players that will either fill a gap or add depth, and get our team to the Super Bowl.
– Jon Engman, Newcastle
Quit catering to well-to-do
The University of Washington athletic department under athletic director Scott Woodward caters only to the well-to-do. The lowest cost for so-called premium men’s basketball games was an outrageous $48. A recent home football against Oregon cost at least $80. And students are being moved to the end zone in renovated Husky Stadium to make way for high-priced seats.
The price of premium seats should be increased so that some others can carry lower prices that are affordable to supporters, including families of more modest means. Not everyone makes $655,000 per year as you do, Mr. Woodward. Your department’s first priority in setting ticket prices should be fairness to everyone, not outright greed.
– Jim Lockerbie, Seattle
Glad women went to Seattle
I just wanted to let you know what a good time my husband and I, and many other Cal fans, had in Seattle, despite our disappointment at the Bears’ semifinal loss. KeyArena staff were unfailingly helpful and welcoming; The Seattle Times, especially Jayda Evans, covered the tournament in a way that I wish the San Francisco Chronicle would or could emulate; and I understand that the Storm’s administration played an important role as well.
Moreover, I made a point of telling staff at our hotel and various restaurants that we were here for the tournament; the invariable response was something like, “That’s great! I hear Cal’s doing well — good luck to them.” (It must be nice living in a real basketball town.)
In other words, we’re very glad that the Pac-12 decided on Seattle for the women’s basketball tournament, and we look forward to returning next year.
– Melanie Lawrence and John Smail, Berkeley, Calif.
Give Seattle a new NBA team
NBA: Leave the Kings in Sacramento and give Seattle a new team! Seattle’s proposed arena is too expensive for an old franchise, or even a used one. Let Sacramento be!
– Gary Sutherland, Seattle
Calling out major oversight
I usually ignore your ignorance toward bowling, but when you listed the major championships and all-star events in Seattle (March 7), you neglected to include the 1954 ABC Masters held at the Armory on the Seattle Fairgrounds and the U.S. Open, which was the richest bowling event at that time with prize money of $500,000 held at Narrows Plaza Bowl in Tacoma.
There are still over 20,000 organized league bowlers in the Seattle-Tacoma-Everett area and to overlook them is a major oversight.
– Marv Schmidt, Seattle