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November 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Seattle Times sports readers sound off


Midseason report card gets bad mark

While most of the grades were fair in a recent article, (“2013 Seahawks: Making grade at halfway point,” Wednesday), I was surprised at one of the marks. If the Seahawks’ defense rates an A-minus but ranks No. 2 in the league, who are you giving an A or an A-plus? Don’t be the professor who says “no one gets an A in my class.”
It would be appropriate if The Seattle Times printed a retraction: “In Wednesday’s edition we incorrectly reported that the Seahawks deserved an A-minus for their first-half performance. It should have read A. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, especially to the Seahawks’ upcoming opponents, who will now have to face them with even bigger chips on their shoulders.

– Karl Simonsen, Redmond

Carroll’s hair turning even grayer after Monday

I don’t know who has to apologize to the city more, the Cardinals or the Seahawks after the uneven Monday night foray in St. Louis. Entertainment-wise, the entire evening was the equivalent of a peaceful hibernation that got rudely interrupted. Coach Pete Carroll’s hair probably went a few shades gray during that game.

– Creig Hamstad, Kenmore

Don James

Remarkable outpouring for the Dawgfather

In my 70 years, I have never before experienced the kind of attention this community has given to Don James in the past two weeks. Don was a great man, but a humble man. I am sure he would be grateful and happy for the adulation bestowed on him by his family and friends.

– David Enroth, Shoreline

Winner in life, not just football

After Coach Don James had been interviewed after a Husky game, I once asked him if he would autograph my son’s helmet. Coach James said, “I would be glad to!” He looked at my son and said, “You have a nice looking son there.”

It is a moment we will never forget. Our son is now 45 and a UW graduate, and that helmet remains in his home to this day.

There was never any arrogance about Coach James; he always took time for you. I am a former coach, and I have always loved to win; however, there are so many more important things in life. He was not only a winner in football, but also in life. He touched so many ofhis athletes, his family, and even those of us who are just the spectators.

– Eric Lindberg, Lynnwood


Double dose of bad Husky news

Not only was the passing of Coach Don James tough for family, friends and former players, it’s been a double dose for Husky fans to have lost a legend that brought so much entertainment and class to the area, while also being reminded with media clips how the Huskies used to play.

Remembering an attacking style of football, where the Huskies actually came after teams instead of sitting back and getting torched in soft zones is a stone cold reminder of how far that program has fallen.

– Mark Gardner, Edmonds

Leave pressure to the professionals

Reading the weekly letters and column inches criticizing various Husky teams, do the writers realize that kids go to universities for academic studies and play sports for fun in the rest of the world? Not having the burden of billion-dollar TV deals, million-dollar coaching staffs and many thousands of spectators, they are able to enjoy their sports as amateurs should. Leave all that pressure for the professionals, who do it as a paid job.

– Steve Phillips, Woodinville

Losing sleep over night games

I never liked the graveyard shift at work. It was boring and I liked to sleep at night. I sure don’t like the graveyard shift Washington football games, with paying the cost of season-tickets on top of it all.

– Bud Fish, Mount Vernon

More volleyball coverage, please

I know that the University of Washington volleyball team is not as high profile as the Seahawks, but I wish The Seattle Times Sports section would give it more press. They are a great team and have a legitimate chance at winning the national championship again.

– Jeff Swanson, Everett

World Series

How smart is McCarver? Ask him

Maybe the Mariners should hire Tim McCarver to be their manager. Listening to him in the league championship series and World Series, it’s obvious he knows EVERYTHINGabout baseball and isn’t afraid to share it. How about this gem? “When there’s nobody on, it takes away your running game.” I certainly wouldn’t have known that if Tim hadn’t clued me in.

We need someone with baseball knowledge like that. And he’s a proven weiner.

– Marshall Weiss, Seattle

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