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Take 2

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

October 19, 2013 at 12:00 PM

What Seattle Times sports readers are saying

UW football

The roots of Husky mediocrity

Washington football is a joke. From the leadership to the fans, it’s a school that accepts mediocrity year after year.

Schools like LSU, Alabama, Florida and USC, are not content with being in the Top 25. They build to be the best, to be No. 1. When success is not on the upswing, changes are made.
Year after year, the UW settles for being a Top 25 team. When they play poorly, the excuses fly.

This cycle needs to be broken. For the football program to be successful, the Huskies need to focus on being the best and being dominant. They need to stop being satisfied with winning seven or eight games.

It’s time for a change.

– Todd Reihing, Bothell

Oregon defeat sealed Sark’s fate

If I were a betting man, I’d place bets that coach Steve Sarkisian is gone after this year. He has done a marvelous job bringing the football program to respectability, but the recent defeat at the hands of Oregon, I believe, sealed the deal.

– Jose G. Gonzalez, Seattle


Start throwing ball to Kearse

As an offensive coordinator and receiver coach for 25 years, I have studied UW receivers for years. Jermaine Kearse caught my attention immediately when he played there. I was overjoyed when the Seahawks signed him.

Despite his game-altering plays and impossible catches, they seldom use him. Wake up, Pete Carroll! The Hawks kicked five field goals against Indianapolis. How many of those might have been touchdowns if Kearse had been allowed to play more and had the ball thrown to him?

– John Moran, Lynnwood


Wanted: Raul Ibanez as next manager

Now that manager Eric Wedge has checked out after three dismal seasons, our beloved losers are once again in the market for a new field manager. How about Raul Ibanez, easily one of the most popular Mariner players. At age 42 next season, he is probably about ready to hang up his spikes.

By all accounts Raul is not only an exemplary ballplayer but an exemplary individual. There is every reason to think that he would make an excellent field manager and one who knows the Mariners roster as well as anyone. With top management’s favorability rating hovering somewhere between that of Bashar Al Assad and Michele Bachmann, the choice of Raul wouldn’t be a bad public-relations play either.

– Ron Bland, Bellevue

Time to inspire not reminisce

It’s time for Seattle to step up. We don’t need to reminisce with Lou Piniella again. We need some fire, some enthusiasm.

We don’t need another Maury Wills or Eric Wedge. Terry Francona, for instance, is a quality manager, a proven winner. Ryne Sandberg has state ties, the respect of baseball and the knowledge to be good.

We need a manager who can inspire, something we haven’t had in a long time.

– Marshall Weiss, Seattle

Why can’t Seattle get baseball back?

When I was growing in Detroit, I followed baseball with a passion. It was Al Kaline, Norm Cash and Mickey Lolich against the hated Yankees, with Mickey Mantle, Roger Marris and Whitey Ford.

Years ago, I followed the Mariners. I took an out-of-town guest to the Kingdome. I bailed my youngest son from middle school to go watch Ken Griffey Jr. score the winning run to go to the American League Championship Series. Over the years my enthusiasm has waned. I thought it was because I had more responsibilities and didn’t have the time, etc.

But I just finished watching the Detroit vs. Oakland AL Division Series. So THAT’S baseball! It was great!

I hope we get baseball back in Seattle someday. Happy for Detroit. Lord knows they need something to cheer about back there.

– David Mushen, Seattle


Nickname trampling a small minority

The Washington Redskins nickname has to go. Anyone who purposefully offends anyone is a brute, and it is even worse when you are a billionaire owner like Daniel Snyder trampling a small minority that has little public voice.

I hope they never win anther football game until they correct their hateful ways.

– James Grayson, Federal Way

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