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November 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Seattle Times sports readers sound off


Three suggestions for fun at Safeco

Here are some suggestions to make Mariners home games at Safeco Field a really fun experience:

1) Obscure Mariner Bobblehead nights: There are legions of obscure Mariners players who would make colorful Bobbleheads. We’ve already milked all the nostalgia possible from our two good seasons,so lets’ dig deeper. Odell Jones, Richie Zisk, Bob ”Scrapiron” Stinson and countless others could be 2014 promotions. Collect them all! We have enough obscure Mariners for the entire 2014 home season and possibly 2015, too.

2) The Mariners added a beautiful giant video screen last year, but we are not making full use of it. Let’s show full-length movies during Mariners games. If the Mariners are about to rally, we could “pause” the movie. Given their performance, this should not happen very often.

3) Mariners manager of the month: This volunteer position could be filled by a Boeing mechanic, a Microsoft techie, or a federal employee on sequester. Manage a month, then pass it on. It seems anyone could do as well as our last four or five managers, the organization would save on personnel costs, and and it would quiet the complainers who insist they could do better.

– David Celio, Seattle

UW football

Time to make a change at UW

I continue to be impressed by Steve Sarkisian’s earnest efforts to do his job the right way and with integrity. He strikes me as a good man. The trouble is, the business he has chosen demands results, and for better or worse they are extremely public.

Sark would be a valuable addition to any college team as an assistant coach. But it has become apparent that he is over his head in his current position. The endless rhetoric in his statements to the media have worn thin, and the time for change has come.

– Tom Likai, Shoreline

Let Sarkisian keep growing

I am voting no on ousting Steve Sarkisian. Let him and defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox continue to work side by side to grow with the Huskies. A change now would only result in another couple years of status quo — or worse. A transition is not always a step forward.

Let’s ask Sark to sit down with staff and totally review the preparation for away games, from flight times and food choices to bed check and uniforms. This is the weak link right now.

I look forward to the days of 8-4 results and think we have the talent and coaches to make that goal. Don’t give up on Sark’s goals and dreams.

– Cynthia Klopp


Team never really replaced Montero

The Sounders desperately need a clever playmaking middle forward who can hold onto the ball, dribble and then split the opposing defnese with pinpoint through passes for Eddie Johhson, Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey to run onto and score.

The team had one with Fredy Montero, who was their chief playmaker and leading scorer. No wonder the Sounders have been in a quagmire ever since he left. Right now the team is clueless on offense, which puts pressure on the defense. Until the Sounders get a clever inside forward to replace Montero, they won’t win anything.

– George Truslove, Maple Valley

Alex Rodriguez

A-Rod reaps what he sows

Alex Rodriguez walked out on his hearing, won’t testify under oath, and he claims commissioner Bud Selig is the incorrigible one? A-Rod needs to get off the juice and smell the coffee we clean Americans drink.

He bilked millions of fans into thinking he was clean. Doesn’t he understand that his legacy was lost years ago? All those home runs and RBI don’t count. He cheated. And he doesn’t have a right to any of that money he believes is his. He didn’t earn it honestly.

You reap what you sow, Alex.

– Keith Brown, Seattle

Richie Incognito

An amusing, now confusing last name

I always thought Richie Incognito was saddled with an amusing, curious and somewhat problematic last name. Being an offensive lineman, maybe he drew too much notice and was flagged for holding.

Ironically, he is now about as “cognito” as anyone could ever be.

– Nicholas Park, Seattle

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