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

October 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Seattle Times sports readers sound off

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Phantom injuries, instant recoveries

I think the guy in the replay booth was asleep or had been smoking something not generally sold over the counter to make that last crucial call against the Huskies against Stanford.

The referees, however, deserve a lot of the blame for blown calls, too. They allowed Stanford to get away with a lot of phantom injuries to stop the tempo of play. There should have been flags for unsportsmanlike conduct for bringing acting class to the gridiron. At the very least delay of game. Wasn’t it amazing how the Stanford players could bounce back a play later after writhing in agony a few seconds before?

– Denny Andrews, Bellevue

Game officials or Capitol Hill?

The announcers make a point, at length, that Stanford coach David Shaw has no more challenges left and loses a timeout. Shortly thereafter, the officials in the booth use their challenge, take forever and essentially end the UW-Stanford game.

Isn’t it important to not let the game be about the officials? “Don’t blame the officials for a loss!” I do. They looked like a bunch of federal congressmen out there.

– Bud Fish, Mount Vernon

College football

Rice a nice choice for playoff committee

An ESPN football analyst claimed that women don’t belong on the College Football Playoff Committee, one day after it was reported that former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice was likely to be named as a member of that committee. What a demeaning sexist remark.

Some women are more avid sports fans than men are. Rice was such an avid fan that she once watched the Super Bowl while in Israel in the wee hours of the morning. Ms. Rice is a very intelligent woman, and should make an excellent committee member.

Men have dominated sports for far too long.

– Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach, Calif.


Jenks feature definitely a hit

Big thumbs to Jayson Jenks for his feature Tuesday (“”Hit and Miss: Why does Doug Baldwin make it with the Seahawks and sure-thing Aaron Curry flop?”) It’s a great issue to kick around, and Jenks did a really nice job with it, presenting not only overview data/numbers/trends, but then looking specifically at two high-profile local examples.

That’s the kind of article you expect to see in New Yorker magazine, and I got one on paper, delivered to my doorstep. That’s what newspapers are all about.

Not sure who this Jenks guy is, but he looks like a keeper.

– Ian Allen, Bothell

Drop predictions and boosterism

Regarding Seahawks staff predictions:

Jerry Brewer: Seahawks, 24-14

Bob Condotta: Seahawks, 24-10

Jayson Jenks: Seahawks, 17-14

You would be better reporters if you stopped being homers. And The Seattle Times would have a better sport section if it dropped staff predictions entirely and used the space for actual sports reporting.

– David E. Ortman, Seattle


Big-screen TV, but where are wins?

It is apparent to all but the M’s that a manager cannot turn things around without a quality GM and front office. Chuck Armstrong and Howard Lincoln make a little money for the owners, add a nice, new big-screen to Safeco Field, but do little if anything for the quality of baseball.

Were it not for the opportunity for a daughter and father to spend more time together by buying a 16-game plan, neither of us would likely go to more than one or two M’s games a year.

– Meg and Mick Tronquet, Seattle

How about a 1970s protest?

Boycotting won’t work because dismal attendance hasn’t brought change. So how about an old-fashioned, 1970s area protest with picket signs and the works outside Safeco Field?

– Leif Stenfjord, Shoreline

Don’t be surprised to see Wedge elsewhere

I am writing this without a crocodile tear in my eye. The sympathy train for former skipper Eric Wedge has left the station.

I wish nothing but the best for a man that literally wore his heart on his sleeve. But don’t be surprised if he isn’t soon coming to the aid of a baseball organization that recognizes talent.

– Creig Hamstad, Kenmore

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