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September 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Seattle Times sports readers sound off


This is football, not futbol

As a long term Seahawks season-ticket holder, I object to the blatant attempt at Sounderfication of Seahawks fans at a recent Seahawks-Raiders preseason game. During the game the public-address system was used to artificially generate half of a long, drawn out soccer-style chant of the word SEEEAAAAAAAATLE which was intended to induce fans to respond with an equally long drawn out soccer style reply of SEEEEEEEEEEHAWKS.

That’s just WRONG. First of all the 12th Man doesn’t need artificial help from the PA system to make CenturyLink the loudest stadium in the NFL. Secondly, real NFL fans don’t want soccer-sounding chants at an NFL Football game. I realize a long drawn out mantra with fans swaying back and forth in unison, arms locked together with their scarves up may be the warm and fuzzy thing to do at a soccer game, but we’re talking real NFL Seahawks football here. Keep it real!

– Craig Freeberg, Bellevue


Where are you, Leon Lett?

It was indeed a pleasure to welcome the Denver Broncos’ Danny Trevathan into the Leon Lett Hall of Fame (move over DeSean Jackson!) for intercepting a pass, running 30 yards for what should have been a game-clinching touchdown and then celebrating it by dropping the ball before crossing the goal line, resulting in a touchback. Danny, you get extra style points for arguing on the sideline about this bonehead move with your defensive coach, Jack Del Rio.

-Steve Alberts, Vashon

Settlement is shameful

Headline: “League Reaches $765 million Settlement with ex-Players.” Wow! Unimaginable sum of money! More than the lottery!

Has anyone done the math? There are about 4,500 former players affected by this settlement; which averages $170,000 apiece. Plus this settlement is to be paid out over 20 years; which averages $8,500 per player per year! This one-time settlement spread over 20 years amounts to less than 0.4 percent of the NFL’s current earnings. It’s equivalent to the change that falls out of their pockets on Super Bowl Sunday.

Shameful! The NFL owners should be pilloried for their greed and selfishness toward those who have created such profits for them.

– Paula Joneli, Des Moines


Jack has laid his cards out

Football is starting, but let’s not forget that there is another month of Major League Baseball and the Mariners. On Labor Day the team that the Mariners ran out onto the field was a product of the Marinees farm system, except Justin Smoak. General manager Jack Zduriencik has laid his cards on the table.

The Mariners fortunes (and Jack Z’s) are dependent on how these “kids” perform. So play close attention even though the M’s seemingly have virtually nothing to play for, except the future?

– Kevin Hogan, Seattle

UW football

Awesome stadium, but tone it down

I was at the Husky game Saturday and I have the memorial coin flip coin and ticket stub to prove it. Here is a synopsis of my experience.

The offense is inspiring. The defensive line is not. We haven’t had a pass rush that made a difference since Steve Emtman.

The new stadium is awesome with a couple of exceptions. The ear-splitting music is not cool. The ring of video advertising is distracting and not cool.

I want to go to a college football game and have a college football game experience. Like hearing the band play “Tequila” or the first ominous six notes of “Bow Down to Washington” after a first down. Not Seahawks light. The audio experience was overbearing.

– Rick Stanton, Bainbridge Island

Embarrassed at UW fans’ actions

First, I would like to congratulate the UW football program on an excellent victory against the Broncos. It was the worst defeat in nearly a decade for BSU, and UW did a great job of making it a special home opener for its fans.

Unfortunately, us visiting fans did not have a welcoming experience. We were repeatedly heckled and attacked with inappropriate remarks. It wasn’t intended in jest, but pure cruelty. One fan tried to pick a fight with my brother-in-law and another kicked a BSU fan after the game.

It was one of the worst environments we’ve ever been treated in as visiting fans. As a college student who lives in Seattle, I was embarrassed to see how people in the community were acting as hosts.

– Danny Ciaccio, Seattle

Thanks for warm reception

I traveled to Seattle for the BSU/UW game Saturday night. It was a great place to see a game. The view of the lake was incredible, and I was quite impressed with the stadium, both inside and out.

Even though my Broncos got our butts handed to us by the Huskies, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The UW fans were a class act as well. Not one disparaging comment to was made to this Bronco fan, nor did I witness any to other Bronco fans.

– Marc Green, Boise, Idaho

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