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August 24, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Seattle Times sports readers sound off


Bag policy a hit to fans’ experience

I appreciate the NFL’s safety concerns, but come on. The bag policy is really dumb. I’m a longtime season-ticket holder and huge fan of the NFL, but I truly believe this is a hit to the fans’ game-day experience.

A lot of people bring food, drinks, blankets (in winter), binoculars, radios, etc. to games. We don’t want to have to spend $14 for a hot dog and a Coke and we like to watch the games in comfort.
This is a reaction to the marathon bombing, and a more sensible solution would be to have gates for non-bag holders to enter the stadiums.

– Matt Lewis

How big is your bottom, Goodell?

Concerning the size of bags at the Seahawks: Mr. Goodell, how big is your bottom? You suggest that we put a blanket or jacket in the bag and use it as a seat cushion My bottom is normal sized, but it won’t fit on the bag. And if it rains — something it has been known to do at Seahawks games — we’d have to take the jacket out of the bag. Then what do we use for a cushion?

– Steve Teichner, Seattle


Do execs know what they’re doing?

At his Mariners Hall of Fame induction ceremony earlier this month, Ken Griffey Jr. made a heartfelt plea on behalf of the Mariners’ owners and executives. They really care, he said.

That’s not the issue. The issue is whether these ossified executives have retained any ability and competence they might have once had. Clearly, they have not, or they wouldn’t have stood pat at the trading deadline with their self-deluding fantasy of competing in the second half.

Of course, maybe sitting pat is the best thing considering the leadership’s trade record of acquiring mostly mediocrity.
The successful trades — Kendrys Morales and Danny Farquhar (the jury’s still out on Justin Smoak) — are far outnumbered by the failure to develop minor leaguers and players like Caspar Wells, Aaron Harang, Eric Thames, and Ryan Langerhans.

– Don Glickstein, Seattle

Youth sports

Teach the kids the strike zone

I watched a Little League World Series game where the home plate umpire was calling strikes five or six feet off the plate. The commentators said “the umpire likes to call strikes” and “this helps the kids to come up swinging.”

That’s ridiculous! What’s wrong with teaching the kids the actual strike zone instead of forcing them to start swinging before they get into the batter’s box? What about helping the kids to develop a great eye like Ted Williams and Edgar Martinez had?

– Leroy Miller , Bellevue

Important message to women, girls

What a delightful photo of the Kirkland Junior League softball team on the front page of the Times Sports section, Aug. 17! More photos of women and girls participating in sports is an important message to send out to the community. We are 50 percent of your readers!

– Nona Martin, Shoreline

Horse racing

Glad to see real athletes

It was such a nice change to see horses on the front page of the Sports section (“Longacres Mile,” Monday), as opposed to the usual athletes with their drug issues, weight problems and out-of-control eogs

– Cynthia Phillips, Vashon

High schools

Garfield’s football disadvantage

A recent article about the new coach at Garfield High School stated that around 35 kids turned out for football.
For some reason, known only to a very few, Garfield plays in a league, at least 15 miles away from their school, with the likes of Skyline, Bothell and Newport, and each of those schools has somewhere around 70-90 kids turning out.

How much fun is that for the Garfield players and fans to play in a league like that, plus the Friday night commute across the lake to see a game? Though Garfield may have a few more students than Franklin or West Seattle, I fail to see any logic in this.

– Ron Siegel, Kent

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