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Take 2

A different spin on sports by The Seattle Times staff and readers.

April 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM

What Seattle Times readers are saying

Coaches

Harshman, Frosty left an impression

I barely knew the two Northwest college coaching icons, Marv Harshman and Frosty Westering, but have the utmost respect for them both. Their message was “winning isn’t everything, but winning with class is.” Their aura and influence will be in my heart forever.

- Robert Moliter, Whidbey Island

Mariners

Too much talk, not enough action

Here we go again! The fastest ride in town is about to happen again. You’ve heard of zero to 60 in four seconds? How about first to last place in one week?

I just don’t get it. They did so well in spring training, then imploded in the regular season. Too much talk and not enough action.

You thought Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s crowds were small? Keep it up, Mariners, and there will be more vendors than fans at the next game.

– Tom Hinkle, Kent

Ackley approach hard to watch

Dustin Ackley has been successful at every level in baseball, including his intro to the major leagues in 2011. I have followed his career since the Mariners drafted him, and I am one of his most devout fans, but he is now too painful to watch.

He experienced his first setback in the 2012 season and has returned in 2013 a very poor imitation. He has a new quirky batting stance, zero confidence and enters the batter box praying for a walk. Dustin has a special talent, and I hope that someone in charge agrees and takes a long-term approach with him.

Fire his current batting guru, send him to Class AAA Tacoma for a minor league assignment for 45-60 days until he figures things out. He’ll return with confidence and a positive mental approach.

– Tom McCann, Kent

Feeling sick?

The Mariners should move the fences back where they were because too many home runs are hit by their opponents and too many Mariners hit the wall as they run out of room while trying to get out of their losing game. The Mariners should also install barf bags for fans sick of losing.

– Noel Freedman, Stanwood

Bring back Moyer to start

Bringing back Raul Ibanez and Michael Morse, trading Jason Vargas for Morales, and keeping Jason Bay instead of Casper Wells, were great management moves not only for their possible on field production, but also the major positive influence concerning the younger core players and day to day clubhouse presence as the team moves forward.

Promoting a Class AA pitcher to fill a rotation spot while they left their best pitching prospects in the minors for experience and future financial considerations, instead of signing Jamie Moyer for all the reasons listed above was a big mistake.

It’s not too late!

– Michelle Hindman, Everett

Soft approach to hitting wall

Michael Saunders is not the first Mariner to be injured after hitting the wall. It looks well-padded but I have my doubts.

The Mariners need to install something much more substantial to protect their players. I suggest a series of upright inner-spring mattresses. They could still be covered with the vinyl panels.If they don’t want to buy new ones, buy used ones. Better yet, give someone like “Sleep Country” the opportunity to donate the mattresses in return for a large sign saying something like “This house protected by Sleep Country.”

One drawback: the fielders will have a learning curve on how to play a ball off a mattress!

– Don Rogers, Camano Island

NBA

Don’t take team from Sacramento

Seattle deserves a team, needs a team, should get a team, but should not accept the Sacramento Kings.

It is wrong for a city to lose a team, especially if there is history behind it. The pain Seattle fans had to go through when they lost the team to Oklahoma City must have been dreadful. So why should another team should go through the same pain?

I believe Seattle should be entitled to new franchise, where they can start their own legacy. It may not be a realistic scenario, but I believe it will be the best solution.

– Simon Mohamed, Morgan Hill, Calif.

Can’t feel sorry for taking team

In regards to the Kings basketball team and its importance to the people of Sacramento, I notice one problem: The home games don’t sellout. A sellout is 17,317 and the team has been drawing about 13,000 or 14,000.

Sacramento has been given a good opportunity to keep its team. It should be standing-room-only on game day. Nope. I used to kind of feel sorry for Sactown and the possibility it might lose the team, but not anymore.

– Richard B. Ellenberger, Normandy Park

Why not wait for actual news?

If The Seattle Times had just waited until the Naismith Hall of Fame announcement Monday you would have learned that Spencer Haywood was not inducted (“Haywood not Hall of Famer, but eligible in

’14,” Saturday). All of this messiness of being wrong could have been avoided.

Why is it that newspapers always want to report the news before it actually happens? Even your correction in the Sunday edition relied on the mythical “source with knowledge.”

Again, why not just wait for the announcement give us an accurate report on Tuesday?

Jeff Dutton, Bellevue

Seahawks

Flynn wasn’t worth high picks

In response to reader Angel Hewit’s letter (“Flynn was worth more,” Backtalk, April 7), the last time I checked, all quarterbacks coming out of college would not have pro experience, not just Brandon Weeden. Matt Flynn’s two NFL starts were of the mop-up variety type. These could hardly be classified as steller and against top competition. He also struggled during 2012 exhibition games for the Seahawks.

Finally, the Seahawks can ask for two first-round picks, but if the going market rate is a mid round pick, then they can take mid-round pick or leave it.

– Bill Hickey, Seattle

NCAA final

Waste of time watching final

Watching the final men’s tournament was a disgrace! Allowing two teams to play alley ball has caused us to loose all respect for the schools, players, coaches and the referees. The importance of winning has come to this? As far as we are concerned, watching this was a waste of time. This was a free-for-all, not a game.

– Doyle and Janet Watson, Woodinville

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