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August 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Seattle Times sports readers sound off


Sounders FC

Dempsey’s arrival lifts soccer higher

Once again a Sounders fan has written an excellent sports piece (“A Seattle sports fan explains why Clint Dempsey’s arrival is so huge,” Take 2, Tuesday). The Sounders made out on this one. Author Joel Pody could be writing sports for a major newspaper.

It has been a long summer sports season that can’t get over too soon — except for the Sounders. And their well-planned and executed good fortune makes the Mariners look like a beatup Ford in a BMW dealer’s window.

– Doug Thiel, Seattle

Is Dempsey our Joltin’ Joe?

I’ve followed the sport closely enough to get it — the Sounders’ acquisition of Clint Dempsey is, well, “huge” doesn’t begin to do justice.

This is as if, in the late 1930s, the Seattle Rainiers announced that they had signed Joe DiMaggio. We could literally go another century in the life of local soccer and not have a bigger signing.

– Lew Witham, Seattle

Alex Rodriquez

Ban him from baseball for PEDs

I think Alex Rodriguez should have been banned from baseball and barred from the Hall of Fame, much like what Pete Rose, former manager of the Cincinnati Reds, was for gambling in 1989. It would be better for the game if a player took performance-enhancing drugs.

– Paul Bacon, Hallendale, Fla.

Erase all their records

“A-Rod, the best player ever”; those are words the media uses. But is he the best player ever? He apparently did not think so or he would not have needed to use performance-enhancing drugs.

Every MLB record he, and all the other drugee players set, should be revoked. The true “best” players were robbed of the record home runs, hit etc. because of the cheaters. Let’s call it like it is. I have no respect for those who fatten their wallets at the expense of the other players, and the fans, who have to pay higher ticket prices for overpaid players who really aren’t always the best.

– Larry Brickman, Bellevue

Too little, much too late

The problem with Alex Rodriguez’s current 2011-game suspension is that it came too late, when the injury-plagued 38-year-old’s baseball career was almost over. It would have made a far greater impact if it had come during his prime, when he was socking 40 or 50 home runs every year.

– Kenneth Zimmerman, Huntington Beach, Calif.


What’s wrong with this sport?

I have been a fan of Hydro racing for 50-plus years. That being said there is something wrong with this sport when a driver can park in a turn, earn a lane, and as long as the equipment doesn’t fail, win the race.

I agree with driver safety and bad sportsmanship, mainly, you can’t cut someone off and wash them out. The seven-boat length rule for lane changes, while in the lead, should apply. But why can’t you take a chance and cut inside someone if they make a mistake and take a wide turn. It is his or her choice to take the chance on being drowned out.

The way the rules are now, the leader can take as wide a turn as they like and force the opponent to go even wider. No chance to win as long as they keep running. Let’s run Hydros more like NASCAR and give the drivers a chance. Otherwise, attendance will continue to drop whether or not the Blue Angels are in town. Let’s give the people a show.

– Jim Lambo, White Salmon


Don’t forget two-time champs

Dwight Perry laments (“Sideline Chatter, Aug. 2) that Seattle professional sports team have only one national championship among them. Excuse me? We have a women’s professional basketball team, the Storm, that has brought home TWO WNBA titles in the past 10 years.

Quit being so myopic. Stop overlooking the women! The Storm brings good basketball, community spirit and college diplomas to Seattle. A little respect, please.

– Pat Little, Tacoma

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