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November 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Seattle Times sports readers sound off

cartoon 11-17Seahawks

Maturation of Golden Tate

Many have had a lot to say about Golden Tate and his spectacular blunder on national television. I certainly acknowledge I have complained to everyone within earshot about his lack of professionalism and self-control. But in the interest of fairness, now seems like a good time to send some praise his way.

I have observed his behavior closely each and every time he has been on camera during recent games, and what I have seen without fail has been commitment. He has an overriding seriousness to all that he does. He has dialed his attempts to show off down to zero, and I notice nothing in him except a single-minded determination to help his team win.

It has been evident for a while that this man has the tools to be a difference maker and a game breaker. I think we’re witnessing a maturation to match his physical abilities. He has withstood well-founded criticism, and he has become a complete player.

- Tom Likai, Shoreline

Why Seahawks are best in NFL

I’m sure that if you live in Denver or Kansas City, you’ll disagree with my conclusion. First, the facts: The Seattle Seahawks have won 15 of their last 17 regular-season and playoff games. Both losses were nail-biters, on the road against teams (Atlanta and Indianapolis) who were at the top of their games.

Conclusion: The Seahawks are currently the best team in the NFL. And after Denver and Kansas City lock horns this Sunday, there will be but one team left to argue.

- Lewis Witham, Seattle

UW football

All-day tailgates, all-night intoxication

The all-day tailgating at Husky Stadium has resulted in several folks around us coming to UW games intoxicated to the point of tossing up pregame meals and passing out in the stands. Last Saturday, a young fan started one fight after another in his drunken stupor.

I’ll take the old days with just plain old good coaching.

- Bud Fish, Mount Vernon

Sounders

Too many line-ups too little cohesion

Sounders this year lacked esprit d’corps, perhaps due to continuing changes in line-up, so guys never did learn to play with each other. There were new players, like Clint Dempsey, and solid older players and the replacements in goal were less than Kasey Keller. Sigi Schmid was under so much pressure that he kept changing the line-ups, hoping something would work.

- Gini Paulsen, Shoreline

Mariners

A look back, a look forward

Now that the dust has settled on the recent baseball season, and the Mariners season ended as usual covered by six feet of dirt, it is appropriate to deliver a eulogy for their season. For most of the season, the infield barely had a pulse. The only regular infielder who had what could be called a statistically decent season was Kyle Seager, and he is not exactly a Gold Glove candidate. There s not a single outfielder on the roster who is guaranteed to be on next season’s team. The bullpen seemed to slip this past season and it is unclear who the closer is.The starting rotation is probably the lone bright spot, based on the first impressions we had of the heralded young pitchers like Taijuan Walker and James Paxton.

The only real surprise was that manager Eric Wedge didn’t throw up his hands and walk away sooner.

- Raymond S. Wilson, Bellevue

Jamal Crawford

Giving back to Seattle community

Terrific and outstanding, those are two words I would use to describe the Jamal Crawford article (“Sharing the dream,” Nov. 3). He seems like someone who enjoys giving back his time and money to the Seattle area and community, and is a real class act in every sense.

I hope it opened a lot of people’s eyes that not all professional athletes are greedy and only care about themselves, because that is a bad stereotype. Jamal Crawford shows that.

- Jeff Swanson, Everett

Seattle U

First conference title deserved better

Also? That’s the brief mention that Seattle University gets for winning a Division I conference championship for the first time in school history? Publish SU’s very decisive and historic achievement for what it is. All the team members, most of whom are from the Seattle area, should be named in your article. In less than two years at the Division I level, SU finds itself against third-ranked Portland in the NCAA playoffs. This is no “also” achievement for me, a proud soccer momn, and for our community.

Get on it, Seattle Times!

- Gretchen Chambers

Seattle Times

Great, in-depth Sports section

I wanted to say thanks to The Seattle Times for a great Sports section on Wednesday. I loved the photo of Golden Tate from John Lok, and the great article about the Seahawks that went with it by Jayson Jenks (“Game of chances”) added lots of details I had missed. Stroies on Jim Mora (“Mora-UW timing has never been quite right”) and Adam Jude (“Mora fixed career, knee at UW”) reminded me of his connection to Seattle and added another layer of intrigue to Friday’s UCLA-Washington game, and Withers’ story about risk-taking (“Conservative play a thing of distant past in Pac-12”) was full of depth, not simply playo-by-play.

Thanks, Seattle Times!

- Jonathan Clapper, Seattle

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