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January 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Seahawks, Cougars and Huskies: Seattle Times sports readers sound off


Finally time for Lombardi Trophy

Now that the Seahawks have won the NFC West and clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, I sure hope this is the springboard they can use to catapult them to a Super Bowl victory. They have a first-class ownership group, an outstanding head coach and general manager, a state-of-the-art facility, a very good, cohesive team and wonderful fan support. This city needs a championship so badly, and the way they have overcome adversity after tough losses shows me that if any team can do it, it would be this one. Let Seattle have that long elusive Lombardi Trophy. Go, Seahawks! – Jeff Swanson, Everett

Columnist should jump in with both talons

I’m positive Jerry Brewer could run circles around me in sports and journalism, but his Seattle Times article (“Seahawks’ gift to the city? Ego,” Thursday) fell flatter than Eli Manning when we shut out the Giants. Silly Me! I thought the Seattle Times would hire a pro-Seahawks wordsmith! The predictable PC-precision and rhetoric in phrases such as “if they win it all,” “could disappoint” and “lived up to the hype so far,” only underscore the sorry fact that even in a spectacular season, some are afraid to pick a team in their own city. Even after they win the NFC West. Do you drive to Century Link in a Volvo with that walk-the-line, safety-belt attitude? Are you loco? Are you mad, bro? What’s the matter with jumping in with both talons? – Shelly Ossinger, Shoreline

Teacher waving fan flags in classroom

Thank you so much for the “Go Hawks” Fan Flags! I am a second-grade teacher in the Meadow Ridge Elementary in the Kent School District, and I plan to use them in my window and have a great many fun learning ideas ready to use around the Seahawks theme. I LOVE your pictures of the Seahawks and using them too. I will also get my students to read a newspaper to find out things about the Seahawks. – Kathy Kier, Auburn


Officials need to become full time

Another weekend of watching the worst officiated sport in the United States. Until the NFL stops its cheapskate habit of refusing to have full-time officials, we will have to suffer these mistakes that take the game out of the players’ hands and place it in the hands of part-time, untrained fools. Give me a break. The NFL can afford it. – John Lay, Seattle


Time to kill ‘Coug it’ references

As students and alums of WSU, we are trying to put the ugly term “Couging it” back where it belongs — in the dark ages. It is definitely NOT a tradition. And, if you’re a Husky, I’d prefer you respect us a little and not use the term unless referring to another school by that nickname. If you remember back to the 2012 Apple Cup, how would you feel if I said you were “dawging” or “woofing it”? You lost the 2012 Apple Cup, and we lost our bowl game. Lets leave it at that. – Judy Standley, Kirkland


Bowl performance was sorely lacking

After watching the UW-BYU game these thoughts occur; 1) New coach Chris Petersen better demand from his 2014 defensive staff that they make sure the Husky defenders understand the basic premise of how to tackle. What they did in the Fight Hunger Bowl was worse than pathetic. 2) Keith Price’s final season should have brought him a rating of “10th-best QB in the Pac-12”. Face it, he was pretty ordinary and that one good season he had was a freaky exception. 3) Steve Sarkisian at USC is inheriting a far better talent pool than Petersen. Lack of speed, except for John Ross, will likely doom the Huskies to mediocrity in 2014. Petersen is a proven excellent coach, but he’s not a miracle man. – Rod Belcher, Des Moines

Year in sports

Pulling for UW men’s rowing

As a current athlete on the Washington women’s crew, peer and friend of many UW athletes featured in The Seattle Times, I appreciated the Final Four picture of the UW volleyball team included in “2013: A Look Back”. However, I was very disappointed when I saw the Washington men’s rowers failed to be recognized. The Huskies swept the national championships in June, becoming the first team in the UW men’s long and storied rowing history to win three consecutive championships. This team deserves at least an honorable mention. The least this team deserves is an Honorable Mention. – Allison Barstow, UW rowing Send us your backtalk: Letters bearing real names, addresses and telephone numbers for verification are considered for publication. Please limit letters to 125 words or less. They are subject to editing and become the property of The Times. Fax them to 206-493-0934, or mail to: Backtalk, Seattle Times Sports, P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA 98111. Or email to: Want to be a reader contributor to The Seattle Times’ Take 2 blog? Email your original, previously unpublished work or proposal to Sports Editor Don Shelton at or Not all submissions can be published. The Times reserves the right to edit and publish any submissions online and/or in print.



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