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March 30, 2013 at 4:00 PM

What Seattle Times readers are saying



Why not this year, Seattle?

All I can say about the 2013 Seattle Mariners and the chances of them improving on their record from last year is: Why can’t we be competitive and win a lot of ballgames? The Oakland Athletics came out of nowhere last year to win the division and make the playoffs, so why not the Mariners this year? Sometimes optimism can go a long way.

– Jeff Swanson, Everett


One and out is March Madness

I am neither a fan of, nor a paid apologist for Gonzaga.

But to those who’d now forever chastise the best team in their school’s history, you’d better realize that in the sport of basketball it’s one thing to be outplayed, quite another to be victimized by an avalanche of three-pointers down the stretch.
Not to disparage Wichita State. They’re a tough, well-coached team. But based on what I saw, having seen neither team play previously, I’d pick Gonzaga in a best-of-seven series, time after time and with confidence. Based alone on the number of open, inside shots they missed, this night wasn’t destined to be theirs.

One and out is the magic of March Madness. Still, it makes for many a bridesmaid who but for cruel fate could have been a bride.

– Lew Witham, Seattle

A zig instead of a Zag

Gonzaga zigged when they should have zagged.

– Paul K. Secord, Kirkland

Best team ever in state? Hardly

Following Gonzaga’s early exit from the NCAA tournament, Bud Withers referred to the Zags as “the best college basketball team in our state over the last half century.” He must have missed the 2004-2005 Washington men’s basketball season.

That Husky team won the Pac-10 Conference Tournament, earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and had the second highest scoring average in the country. Their sixth man, Brandon Roy, went on to be an All-American, and four players spent time in the NBA.

Unlike the Zags, however, UW actually won its first two games in the tournament, and made it to the Sweet 16. In terms of talent, production and, most important, achievement, those Huskies were superior.
Maybe Gonzaga could have been the best team the state had seen in 50 years. They just weren’t.

– Ben C. Nelson, Bellingham

Will Times learn from coverage?

Until the Bulldogs move out of the WCC and into a conference that requires them to play 12 to 15 games a year against quality teams they are never going to get beyond the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. I think that is also a lesson The Seattle Times Sports department should learn. Your effusive pretourney coverage was really unrealistic.

– Don R. Pember, Shoreline

Sounders FC

No need to panic

No need to panic. The Sounders have a very powerful team. When all our new players are here, we will be unstoppable. Don’t forget last year that L.A. started out terrible, yet they won it all.

The Sounders and coach Sigi Schmid have an amazing team, with history and depth.
We will be in the playoffs again and we can win it all!

– Kurt Stierle, Kirkland


Biased coverage against women?

I noticed that the Northwest colleges roundup (Sunday) led off with the story of a victory by the 5-15 Husky baseball team over a 9-14 USC team, followed by three other baseball games.

The next story was about women’s gymnastics, reporting that the Husky women had the top score in the first session of the Pac-12 championships, and that fourth-ranked Seattle Pacific women fared well in the Mountain Pacific gymnastics meet.

Two-thirds of the way down the column, we read that the No. 16 Husky women’s softball team defeated No. 16 Arizona in their Pac-12 opener.
How do you justify leading off with a report on a baseball game between two men’s teams with losing records, above reports on clashes between top-rated women’s teams?

– David C. Yao, Seattle


This is no Duck  zone

Dear Mr. Smouse: I understand your desire for Oregon sports results (“Rise above Duck rivalry,” Backtalk, March 24). However, we in Seattle don’t care about Ducks, Beavers, or anyone else outside this state. If it were up to me, the Cougs wouldn’t get any ink either, but I can accept them.

If you want to know about Oregon sports, you have two options: 1) Move to Eugene. 2) Subscribe to The Oregonian newspaper.

Beyond that this town is purple and gold. Go Dawgs!

– Clinton Cantu, Seattle

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