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August 31, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Letters to the sports editor

Who cares what reporter thinks?
I am heading out of town for a few days and I presume the Times sports editor is also absent. How else to explain today’s Sports section where the first page is taken up by absolute drivel by allowing one of your sports “reporters” to wander off into the fantasy world of “If I were the Coach/Management/Ownership,” (“Here’s what Hawks’ roster may look like,” Aug. 26).
This seems to be what Bob Condotta did this morning, as he offers up his personal opinions as to who the Seahawks should keep and who should be left go. Cripes. Does anyone really care about Condotta’s pretend world? Methinks, not.
David Ortman, Seattle
There’s more to soccer than goals
In the recounting of a 1-0 baseball game, you’ll often read of plays that kept the score from being more than 1-0 — an outfielder gunning down a runner at the plate, or a crisply turned double play at a crucial juncture.
According to both Joshua Mayers’ game account and Larry Stone’s morning-after column (“Full-house frenzy,” Aug. 26), nothing must have happened in the first 87 minutes of the Sounders’ 1-0 win over Portland last Sunday, except Eddie Johnson’s goal. Yes, a diving save in the 88th minute by Sounders goalie Michael Gspurning got mention, but doesn’t that leave a whole heck of a lot of game time unaccounted for?
Unfortunately, such recaps feed right into the stereotype held by soccer naysayers, that all that happens in soccer are goals (very few at that) and players running around in aimless mayhem.
Lew Witham, Seattle
Boeing Classic
Heckling fans should buzz off
I read the article in Sunday’s paper (“Jacobsen taunted by Husky fans,” Aug. 25) about fans at the Boeing Classic on Saturday heckling Peter Jacobson because he is an Oregon grad. I have met Peter and he is a very nice man, and this heckling was uncalled for.
I am a Husky fan, but I didn’t go to school there. This was way out of line. These people are not golf fans, they just what to act like jerks. They should not be allowed to go the Boeing Classic ever again.
I am 64, and have lived in the Seattle area all my life. This type of behavior should be left at the football stadium, not the golf course.
Dave Elliott, Everett
Tina Thompson is going out in style
It should not go unnoticed that something rare and special is taking place on the local sports scene — a professional athlete in the final months of an illustrious career playing at a very high level.
That athlete is Tina Thompson of the Seattle Storm. At 38 years old and in her 17th and final season, the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer is playing long minutes, running the floor, rebounding, defending, and sinking majestic threes from way beyond the arc. It is quite remarkable to watch.
Ned Dunn, Seattle
Husky Stadium
New Husky Stadium looks good
What else can a Husky football fan say other than “‘wow?” I can’t think of another word to use to describe the crown jewel of the athletic department and its new upgrade.
I firmly believe that the updated stadium will help us get great recruits, and will lead us into a new era of success.
Jeff Swanson, Everett
Getting tired of the Mariners’ act
My patience with the Mariners took a big hit yesterday (“Hernandez gets roughed up again, allows 8 earned runs,” Aug. 29). Felix looked like he wasn’t interested, and the hitters’ at-bats looked like they wanted the game to be over as soon as possible. Even the usher nearest to me was appalled.
You have to wonder if the problem is not so much lack of talent as one of attitude. If I’m Chuck Armstrong I’d be feeling nervous about season ticket sales for the 2014 season.
Rob Bowman, Seattle
Former NFL players got bad deal
Read your article on the NFL settling with the players over the concussions issue (“League reaches $765M settlement with ex-players,” Aug. 30).
The NFL loves its numbers, its statistics.
There is a whole cottage industry in fantasy football built on the numbers from the NFL. So here are some numbers for NFL fans:
NFL TV packages for the years 2014 through 2022 total $39.6 billion. That is $4.4 billion per year.
There are 26 weeks in a season, from the first exhibition game through the Super Bowl (Pro Bowl “game” weekend included).
Therefore, the NFL is getting $169 Million per week.
The settlement with the players is for $765 million.
The players settled for 4.5 weeks of television revenue.
Final score: Owners: 1 (won). Players: 0 (zippo).
Lou Ernst, Seattle
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