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December 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Seahawks, Cougars, Huskies: What Seattle Times sports readers are saying

Seahawks

Freakish things
hurt the Hawks

So go figure, the Seahawks lost at home. When a kicker misses a field goal he makes 99 percent of the time, a kick returner fumbles without being hit, and a cornerback’s perfect coverage is obliterated by a miracle game-winning catch, little wonder. Just remember — even against a very good opponent that had more on the line than we did, freaky things needed to keep happening for them to win.

Take heart, Seahawk fans. There’s lots of exciting football still ahead of us in this very special season.

- Lew Witham, Seattle

The very definition
of a fumble

The Seattle Times quotes referee Scott Green commenting on the fumble by Arizona in the fourth quarter: “The ball does come loose, but we never got a shot that showed the status of his knee or any other part of his body being down.” So they left the call as it was.

Seems to me, Mr. Green, that’s the very definition of a fumble.

- Marshall Weiss, Seattle

Conspiracy theory
against Seattle?

The NFL does not want the Seahawks to win the home-field advantage or play in the Super Bowl. It’s all about game times back east and TV revenues.

It only takes a couple of calls — a non-interception, a non-stripped ball, a holding call — to defuse a drive. Best evidence: The interception call that the entire planet saw as garbage, other than the game referee. That bad call ended the game.

The players knew it was wrong, the coaches knew it, the public knew it.

- Peter Langan, Sun City, Ariz.

UW-WSU

Huskies don’t know
how to ‘Coug it’

Last year I thought that the Huskies achieved one thing in their fourth-quarter meltdown in Pullman by managing to give up 18 points in the fourth quarter and losing the game. At least they showed the Cougars that they could “Coug it”, too.

Boy, did the Cougars this year show how wrong Husky fans like me were. The Cougars have decades of “Couging it” tradition, and just a year later, they made clear that the Husky effort was wanting. They managed to grasp defeat from the jaws of victory by fumbling away 18 points in just a couple of minutes.

- Richard Pelto, Kenmore

Three gifts after
Cougars’ loss

The WSU loss to Colorado State was inexcusable and difficult to comprehend, putting aside the fourth-quarter fumbles.
As a longtime Cougar fan and a follower of coach Mike Leach from his Texas Tech days, I hope he found these gifts under his Christmas tree:

1) DVD on clock management;

2) Gift certificate for a mandatory course in common courtesy to media representatives who are correct in asking tough questions;

3) Stack of resumes from prospective offensive coordinators who have some clue on play-calling.
Yes, the football program is turning around, and, yes, there were some good wins. But there could have been more.

- Jim Varnell, Normandy Park

Mariners

Cano’s lack of hustle
has its advantages

After reading Larry Stone’s piece (“Better late than never,” Dec. 14), I was miffed. But then I read an article by ESPN’s Peter Keating declaring that “Robinson Cano doesn’t always give 110 percent, and that’s a good thing.”

Keating backs up this strong statement with some interesting stats. Bryce Harper missed 31 games last season after unnecessarily crashing into a wall. Since 2007, Cano has played an average of 160 games per season. That’s more than Dustin Pedroia.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have Cano in the lineup 160 games a year and let him jog to first base, than bench our new superstar.

- Anthony Goss, Seattle

Ibanez decision
the right call

I couldn’t disagree more with Karl Simonsen’s letter (“Letting Ibanez go another blunder,” Dec. 22), stating that the Mariners made a mistake. Karl mentioned that we root for players and not uniforms. But how many times have the Mariners kept a player one year too long? For all the amazing things Ken Griffey Jr. did, he probably stayed one year too many and ended up slightly tarnishing his legacy.

If the Mariners want to be a winning franchise, there isn’t room for sentiment. I love Raul Ibanez, but while the occasional power he showed was fun, he faded and his defense was poor. I’m glad the Mariners are thinking with the brain, not just the heart.

- Jonathan George, Seattle

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