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November 9, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Seattle Times sports readers sound off

Sounders FC

Blame lies with Sigi Schmid

I am very disappointed in the Sounders’ inability to keep close with elite competition despite accumulating immense talent. Losing so pathetically has to raise questions about the leadership of the club. There is something fundamentally wrong with the organization, and it has to be the coach.

Every time I see the Sounders mailing in another match, waiting until the very end when it’s too late to make a surge, I think of Sigi Schmid. After the game, he spews a bunch of negative comments about his players’ efforts. He’s the negative cog that’s been gradually pulling this team down for the last few years and is a big reason why we haven’t won an MLS Cup, and likely never will under his watch.

Let’s find a coach who can lead us to the promised land.

– Miles Liatos, Seattle

Can’t fans all just get along?

A dramatic photo Thursday featured a Sounders fan with a sign that read, “Deeper than hate” in reference to the rivalry with the Portland Timbers. Supporting the legendary vocal enthusiasm and passion of Seattle’s sports fans is one thing. Headlining hatred is another, especially when it well may lead to fan violence, which is a growing concern here. The Seattle Times, our sports fans, and Seattle itself is better than this — or should be.

– Tom Ewell, Clinton


Love hiring Divish to cover baseball

I love this decision! Ryan Divish will be great covering the Mariners and Major League Baseball for The Seattle Times. I have been following Ryan on KJR 950-AM and in the The News Tribune in Tacoma, so I already appreciate his knowledge and style. It doesn’t hurt that I also have ties to Montana.

– Karl Simonsen, Redmond



What’s wrong with an 8-1 record?

We’re 8-1, a franchise record, at the top of heap, playing with 60 percent of our first-string offensive line hurt, and Jerry Brewer (“Hawks have to be ready to take a team’s best shot,” Monday) is still complaining about the Seahawks not playing well. His trying to be coach, football critic and Father Murphy simultaneously is irritating a lot of people. I’m one of them.

– Doug Thiel, Seattle

UW football

Huskies need a new head coach

The sideline views of Steve Sarkisian during each game show him squatting down, studying the playbook. Who’s coaching the team? Someone should remind him he was hired as a head coach, not an offensive coordinator. He might study the Don James philosophy if he’s confused what the difference is.

– Michelle Hindman, Everett

College football

Love to hate Oregon Ducks

As a college football fan for over 50 years, I find it difficult to cheer for Oregon. Their success is directly related to the largess from a corporation, Nike, that made its fortune from Southeast Asian sweatshops.. So, congratulations to the student athletes from Stanford for again defeating Oregon.

I do, however, give the Ducks credit for having the gumption to wear on their helmets the number of national championships they’ve won.

– David Picht, Anacortes


Big people now bullying big people

Unless we get everyone to understand their role in bullying, it won’t stop. Where were the Miami Dolphins’ coaches, who very well might have asked Richie Incognito to toughen up Jonathan Martin? Where was the senior leadership in the locker room? Anyone who knew anything and let it go on is guilty.

The same kind of insidious silence happened at Penn State. Now we have big people bullying big people, and it won’t stop until someone speaks up to make it stop. It’s not OK to watch. It’s not OK to not act.

– Keith Brown, Seattle

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