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July 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Seattle Times sports readers sound off

Randy Polliard

Randy Polliard

Mariners

Ibanez deserves ultimate compliment

When Raul Ibanez was traded a while back, I was crushed. And now that he’s back, I love it. His appeal extends far beyond on-field performance. He is a good man, an upstanding citizen, and doesn’t do anything to embarrass the team or himself.
He deserves my ultimate compliment: if by some miracle I was a professional athlete, I’d want sports fans to think of me the way I think of him.

– Tom Likai, Shoreline

Hold top execs accountable

If Boeing was failing as a company, would we be blaming the supervisors? No, we would be looking at the CEO or CFO. The same with Microsoft, Amazon and Starbucks. Middlemen (and women) can only work with what the people at the top provide them.

It’s time CEO Howard Lincoln and president Chuck Armstrong be held accountable for the Mariners’ failures. They are virtually the only constants that are still part of the organization.
They’ve had no trouble trading away many solid players. Now it’s time for Seattle to place both of these inadequate executives on waivers.

– Robert Van Curen, Enumclaw

Perfect way to watch M’s

ROOT Sports showed Felix Hernandez’s perfect game the other night. I recorded it so whenever I want I can watch the Mariners winning a baseball game. It’s my only hope. No hitting, crappy coaching and $9 beers just don’t do it for me anymore.

– Marshall Weiss, Seattle

Simms, Blowers good together

Dave Simms and Mike Blowers do an excellent job describing each Mariners game. They are very compatible, witty,and interesting to watch.

When they use a third commentator it is very distracting. Let’s stick with two.

– Jim McDonald, Auburn

NFL

Too much time for trouble?

As has been well-reported, the number of NFL players getting in trouble this offseason is way up. I blame the NFL Players Association. As part of the last contract, the Players Association made it a priority to reduce mandatory offseason participation in on-site training and minicamps. Under the new contract, the number of days players are with coaches and in team facilities has been reduced. The time and attention needed to prepare for and absorb the lessons from the practice sessions has been reduced. The amount of time players have away from the stabilizing influence of coaches and leaders on the team during the off-season has been expanded.

I was once a dumb and randy 22-year-old male, but I didn’t have the time or money to get into too much trouble. Young NFL players do not share that restriction.

– Martin A. Stever, Bainbridge Island

Media

Another icon off the air

It happened again, didn’t it? Another Seattle sports icon is off the air.

Pat O’Day was bullied. I won’t watch this year’s Seafair unlimited hydroplane races.

– Gary Sutherland, Seattle

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