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A different spin on sports by The Seattle Times staff and readers.

September 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Seattle Times sports readers sound off


Wilson reception truly remarkable

I was at the Seahawks-49ers game Sunday when fans set a world record for being the loudest sports crowd in history at 136.6 decibels.

What is even more remarkable is the reception Seahawks fans have given Russell Wilson In Seattle. In my nearly 70 years of being a Seattle fan I’ve never seen anything like this.

– David Enroth, Shoreline

Headline makes me chuckle

I’m a print subscriber, and late getting to yesterday’s paper, and wanted to write to congratulate the headline writer on one of the best and wittiest sports headlines ever: “Men of a Certain Rage.” It still makes me chuckle.

– Ron Louie

Follow Philly’s lead at stadiums

What the Seattle Police are doing at Seahawks games, by posing as opposing fans, is not new. Then Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell collaborated with the Eagles in 1997 and cleaned up Veterans Stadium, not only with undercover police, but by having a judge on the scene for immediate sentencing.

I’m just surprised more professional teams in all sports have not followed the lead of Rendell and the Eagles.

– Rene Henry, Seattle


The opposite of the Oakland A’s

The whole Oakland A’s team is an inspiring concept. They play in a largely empty stadium, a stadium that is so old it spewed raw sewage into the locker rooms this year. They have one of the lowest payrolls in baseball, and yet they are in the pennant race every year.

The Mariners conversely play in a state-of-the-art stadium. They have a generous payroll by A’s standards, but their promise never seems to fulfill itself.

I only hope that this year’s younger players follow Kyle Seager’s offseason example and work hard to become solid major leaguers, and help lead us out of this embarrassing, enigmatic morass known as Mariner’s baseball.

– Lee Jorgenson, Bainbridge Island

Time for Wedge to lead or leave

Since Mariners manager Eric Wedge has returned from his health issues, it has become obvious that this group of Mariners, for whatever reason, simply does not respond to him. It could be just a coincidence but they were actually smacking the ball to all fields and scoring plenty of runs when Robby Thompson was handling the team.

Wedge’s leadership seems to consist of calling out players in the media, something no player likes to hear. Moreover, Wedge is not a winning manager, aside from one good season with Cleveland.

Wedge has lost the team and it is time for him to leave.

– Chris Alpine, Seattle

AL West’s worst? Here comes Seattle

Houston sweeps the Mariners? Seattle wasn’t playing the worst team in baseball, Houston was.

– Jeff Ackles, Seattle

Too much misery for one reporter

I have enjoyed reading Geoff Baker’s articles and blogs, but you did the humane thing taking him off the Mariners beat. I don’t know how much more misery any of us can take from that team, and Geoff had to watch every day! I look forward to reading Geoff’s investigative reports.

– Brendon Kensel

UW football

Decisions took away the wave

While the actual stadium is impressive and beautiful I am severely disappointed in the decisions that lead to moving the students and band to the end zone, deleting the faculty and staff section. They failed to acknowledge and retain the wonderful culture that made Husky Stadium special. Longtime, dedicated season-ticket holder faculty and staff supporters are now scattered throughout the stands while students, band and rally folks are sequestered and lost their impact on the game.

Proof that this is a factor: Not once did we experience a coordinated yell or the wave for the reopening!

– Nolan Watson, Seattle


Give Seattle soccer fans their due

I enjoyed the piece on the Sounders that appeared on HBO’s “Real Sports” with Bryant Gumbel.
But I was dismayed by the content and intent of the segment. You would think soccer could never thrive without the sage leadership of Joe Roth, Drew Carey, et al. It turned out to be more of a fluff piece on celebrity owners than what the city and the soccer community have in our legacy.
The first event in the Kingdome was a soccer game that drew over 50,000. Listen MLS, HBO or whoever. WE WERE HERE!!!! We were here before Joe Roth and Drew Carey. All we needed was a chance. Seattle has always supported soccer.
– Gordon Wright, Snohomish

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