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January 11, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Seahawks, Hall of Fame: Seattle Times readers sound off

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Seahawks

Lynch shouldn’t have
to talk to the media

I am surprised that the NFL requires players to talk to the media, fining them if they do not. Players should be able to decide to talk to the media, or not. Someday an NFL player will realize whats going on and sue over this requirement. He might just win.

- Stephen Johnston

Unparalleled analysis
of team’s success

Jason, Jenks’ article on the Seahawks (“Blueprint for success,” Tuesday) was great. His analysis,and interviews with the people who could back up his assertions, was unparalleled in all of the Seahawks coverage I’ve read this year. Thank you for taking the time to really dig deeply into why the Seahawks team has been so successful.

- Bob Gillespie, Bellevue

Nothing cheap
about seats article

I am writing to complement Jack Broom’s great front-page article (“Cheap seats for Hawks game not cheap or even seats,” Wednesday) The writing was most excellent. Thanks for the research, information and timeliness of the article.

- Wayne J. Wolf, Federal Way

Shouldn’t it be
The Seahawks Times?

In an incredible example of the sportsgasm that dominates “news” coverage these days, the Friday edition of The Seattle Times not only featured a Seahawks-heavy sports section, it also included an extra “NFC Playoffs” section, “Army veteran proud of Seahawks role on, off field” on the front page of the local section, and “They see the future, but don’t see eye-to-eye on the big game” on the paper’s front page itself.

The phrase “must have been a really slow news day” occurred to me as I did this inventory. But maybe this all makes sense in a state that can’t pass a transportation bill that serves the majority of its residents but takes only four days to pass a $9 billion bribe for Boeing. Better to get people to fixate on guys rushing around in colorful outfits on a football field than pay attention to the decisions of their alleged representatives.

Given the percentage of local team coverage in this edition, the paper’s banner should really have read The Seahawks Times.

- Michael Spence, Tukwila

Hall of Fame

Steroid Era players
being unfairly punished

Once again Hall of Fame voters virtually ignored superstar athletes suspected of performance enhancing drug use, like Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro.

But do we really know how much effect PEDs have on player performance? Does it increase it by 1 percent, 5 percent or 10 percent? Or could it even negatively affect performance? Have any scientific studies been performed to substantiate how PED’s affect the human body?

Baseball players who played during the so-called Steroid Era are being unfairly punished. Some may have even used PEDs for only a year or two, which is negligible when taking a player’s entire career into consideration.

- Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach, Calif.

Cheating ruined
the game for fans

Has anyone else noticed the lack of superstar entries into the Hall of Fame recently? The reason is PEDs. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro should be celebrating their induction. None of them will.

I feel this is just. These players cheated. Cheating changed the fabric of the game, and robbed us of what we believed to be a clean, honorable profession. All the kids I knew, growing up wanted to be baseball players. We all loved playing the game. Watching the game. Dreaming about the game.

These players stole the purity of our National Pastime. We don’t even know for sure how long these guys were on “the juice”. We only know what they’ve told us. Now, as we float off into the sunset, we can only dream of what could have been, what should have been.

- Keith Brown, Seattle

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