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August 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Seattle Times sports readers weigh in


Don’t book Super Bowl yet

I have as high of expectations for the Seahawks this year as everyone else, but people need to quit booking their flights to New York for the Super Bowl. Anything can happen, as was evident a few years ago when the 7-9 Seahawks beat the defending champion New Orleans Saints in an NFC playoff game. The NFL has more parity than any other professional sport, and anything can happen.

Everyone needs to take a deep breath and let things unfold. We haven’t won anything yet.

– Jeff Swanson, Everett

Alex Rodriguez

No sympathy for A-Rod

Anyone with even a hint of humanity has to feel for Alex Rodriguez’s plight. An after-career of talk shows and book signings would not yield him the adulation he once had (if he really ever had it). I’d deem the situation sad, but fortunately my conscience won’t let me.

Maybe the Madonna connection still has some shelf value.

– Creig Hamstad, Kenmore


Playoffs at Safeco? It could happen

Thanks for the recent Take 2 blog (“Sir Paul, Safeco truly outstanding,” July 22) McCartney’s glorious night makes me fall for Safeco all over again,” July 22) about the recent Paul McCartney concert at Safeco Field and the Mariners. I’ve been a Beatles fan — and especially a McCartney fan — all my life as well as a daily Mariners fan since I moved here 25 years ago. I was in a nostalgic mood after recently watching a replays of the 1995 American League Division Series when the McCartney concert came up. What a perfect night.

I remember the delirious excitement of the playoffs in 1995 at the Kingdome, and I think it would be even more incredible at Safeco. We’re getting a taste of some good baseball now. Let’s hope this is the start of a new era!

– Bill Bennett, Sammamish

Why not just call the action?

The score was tied at Fenway Park on Thursday, Seattle was batting in the 11th inning, and there was a runner on second base with two out. Dustin Ackley hit a low line drive to center field. ROOT Sports announcer Dave Sims called it a hit before the ball hit the ground. Boston’s center fielder caught the ball. Side out.

I’d say the guys at announcers school would term that a cardinal sin. What worse thing could a man with a microphone do? Why is Sims unwilling or unable to describe what happened, rather than what he
wants to have happen?

– Tom Likai, Shoreline

Magnificent in Red Sox marathon

Thursday night’s game at Boston (“M’s take Boston to 15th in loss,” Friday) was a truly magnificent effort. No matter that they lost; it was a great example to everyone, especially our kids, about hanging in, fighting back, etc.

We have a fabulous collection of dedicated athletes. Michael Saunder’s throw to home was remarkable. But the Mariners’ other Saunders, Joe, made some recent remarks about his teammates’ sloppy play that were ill-placed and inappropriate.

– Rosanne Cohn, Redmond


Raw brutality brings out worst in viewers

I believe you should ponder whether UFC should be covered in the Sports section. How surprising will it be if, in 20 years, MRIs will show these “fighters” brains are complete pulp?

Raw brutality on a regular basis is suicidal for the participants and brings out the worst in viewers. Let this “sport” crawl back into the hole from which it emerged.

– Stephen Gins, Kenmore

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