Offensive line truly offensive
Are the Seahawks planning on putting an offensive line on the field to protect Russell Wilson? If so, you wouldn’t have known it by the way our quarterback had to scramble on every play. The offensive line played pathetically. We are lucky our quarterback is still in one piece.
If they continue to perform like they did Sunday, we are doomed.
- Dennis Anderson, Camano Island
Difference between swagger and stupidity
You’re fighting to stay in a close game on the road, your teammates force a turnover, and your response is to back them up 15 yards with a taunting penalty? Is this the “edge” we’re supposed to be excited about?
They may both start with the letter S, but there’s a significant difference between “swagger” and “stupid.” If the Seahawks want to make a serious Super Bowl run, they’d better figure that out in a hurry.
- David Arntuffus, Shoreline
One Harbaugh fan club is enough
Shut up and snap the ball
Pete Carroll, in commenting on the Washington Huskies’ new fast-track offensive style in their season opener said: “The racehorse tempo was fun to watch. I thought the color announcers, they don’t get much opportunity (to talk.)”
Now there’s the best news all us at-home television viewers could possibly hear! Reducing the between-downs excesses by the ex-jock analysts is a sweet gift to us overburdened-by-talk TV watchers.
Rather than hearing a 1-yard line smash analyzed ad nauseam, maybe we’ll get to hear the play-by-play guy at least set the formation before the next snap.
- Rod Belcher, Des Moines
Stadium opening big disappointment
As someone who has been attending UW football games since the 1950s, I have to admit to being hugely disappointed by the Husky Stadium reopening experience Aug. 31. If you want to see a three-hour light show and listen to an extremely loud hip-hop concert, then this is the place. If you want to enjoy a traditional college football game, I would suggest an alternative venue.
- Randy Saunders, Kirkland
Stone, Baker bailing out, too
Looks like The Seattle Times’ Larry Stone and Geoff Baker have bailed out on the Mariners along with the players themselves.
The only cure is to dump general manager Jack Zduriencik, manager Eric Wedge, and especially president Chuck Armstrong and CEO Howard Lincoln. Armstrong and Lincoln have demonstrated through the last two GMs that they are clueless.
- Frank Kniest, Ashland, Ore.
Thud! There they go again
There was nary a mention of the Mariners in Friday’s paper. Oh, there was the “Around Town” calendar, “Mariners’ Next Five,” and the tweet of the day, but no Mariners story. Nada.
Yet before each season starts, you can’t wait for opening Day! The giddiness and anticipation, way before the first pitch. The smells of hotdogs, popcorn, and peanuts, enjoying a cold one rooting for the Mariners! This will be the year!
You want to believe! And then September lumbers in and thud. Irrelevant. Again.
I must be insane! Someone said: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Wait until next year! We’ll get ‘em in 2014! That’s the year! I am bonkers.
- Jose G. Gonzales, Seattle
Missing Ryan’s defensive brilliance
I can’t let Brandon Ryan go without a pause. In the short time he was with the Mariners, he provided us with some unbelievable defensive play. It’s a shame he wasn’t able to show us the well-rounded play that is needed at this level.
He was usurped from his shortstop job by Brad Miller, but never did we seem pout, sulk or make excuses for his demotion.
- Robert Molitor , Coupeville
U.S. Open tennis, anyone? Please?
I haven’t read recent fan popularity comparisons between tennis and golf. Whatever those results may be, I don’t think the gulf between the two is of front-page versus back-page proportion.
The Seattle Times, in placing the results of the U.S. Tennis Open at the bottom of the last page of its sports section, has obviously drawn the conclusion that such a gulf exists. There is never a golf U.S. Open result, or Masters for that matter, listed anywhere but on the front page, most often at the top.
I suspect there’s sufficient interest surrounding any Rafael Nadal-Novak Djokovik Grand Slam final, to lift it above yesterday’s curling results.
- Lew Witham, Seattle
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