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January 17, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Seahawks, for and against: Seattle Times sports readers sound off

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Far greater
than football

After the playoff game between the Seahawks and Saints, while walking through the streets of Seattle, I experienced the ambience of pure love and pure democracy.

People hugging perfect strangers in the streets, buying each other hot chocolate, embracing and consoling visitors from Mississippi and Louisiana. All of that was invoked by the sweet and violent ceremony of good old-fashioned, red-blooded competition between two teams whose only yearning is to please their fans.

— Fred LaMotte, Steilacoom

Hauschka real
hero in win

Give credit where credit is due! The real hero of the Seahawks on Jan. 11 was Steven Hauschka, with three field goals (38, 49 and 26 yards) and an extra point.

Without his amazing kicking ability, the Seahawks would have lost to the Saints. These incredible kicks were made with gusts of wind up to 40 mph in the pouring rain. All this while Saints kicker Shayne Graham missed two field goals. The deeper the playoffs progress, the more we need a kicker like Hauschka.

— Dale Bohm, Bothell

So this
isn’t hype?

Your headline, “Let The Hype Begin” (Monday), brought this question to mind: How much more hype can there be than has been published (and broadcast) in the past couple of weeks? I really think if the Space Needle collapsed and people perished, the lead on the story would focus on how the 12th Man flag was saved.

It is just a game.

— Don Pember, Shoreline

12th Man is
unfair advantage

The concept of the 12th Man is nothing more than a nice way of characterizing fan interference in the game. If it’s acceptable for the fans, rather than the Seahawk defense, to cause confusion and disrupt the opposing offense’s rhythm, then why stop there? Why not turn bright lights on and shine them in the eyes of the other team’s quarterback. Or construct a dome that can be opened to allow rain to fall when the other team has the ball?

Giving your team an unfair advantage is unsportsmanlike conduct, and rather than be celebrated by the media, it should be eschewed by all true sportsmen.

— Joe Stella, Friday Harbor

Savor every
football game

I have distantly admired the Seahawks since the Steve Largent days, and your team history in many ways mirrors that of my Saints. This is a fantastic group of players and coaches you have, and I really feel your time is now: great defense, great running game (darn it!) and an exciting young quarterback.
I understand your excitement, I appreciate how long you have waited for it, and I encourage you to savor it. Best of wishes in the playoffs and, with the exception of games against New Orleans, in the future.

— David Lind, Alexandria, La.

Obsess over
something else

The Times’ over-the-top coverage of the Seahawks obscures the fact that many people don’t understand the obsession with the team, given the following facts: 1) the players and coaches have little connection with Seattle; 2) except for bettors, the outcome of a game has no effect on anyone’s life; and 3) the game is violent, and frequently involves serious injury to the players.
Many of us would like to see an obsession with something that actually matters.

— Richard McCartan, Olympia

Raible on radio
better than TV

The Seahawks ended their season a year ago leaving me wanting more.

This season is even better than expected. They are amazing to watch on television, but Steve Raible makes it even more exciting to listen to on the radio.

He is my Dave Niehaus of football.

— Pam McGiveron, Aberdeen

Huskies

UW snobbery
after defeat

The comments of Washington women’s basketball player Jazmine Davis after the Washington State women swept games last week are characteristic of the arrogance and bluster of the Huskies.

Davis said she was disappointed because, “we’re supposed to beat that team … I take it personally when we lose. Especially today.”

Davis would do well to listen to teammate Kelsey Plum, who interjected: “Credit WSU, they’re good.” Just putting on the Husky uniform doesn’t guarantee anything. You still have to play the game, and you’re not always going to win.

— Dave Clark, Seattle

Edgar Martinez

Lead charge
to Hall of Fame

While reading a recent biography on Ted Williams

I learned that his on-base percentage was .482, an amazing number that leads all players in the modern era. OBP has acquired significance as teams recognize the common-sense notion that a ballplayer cannot score if he is not on base.

Out of curiosity, I looked at the career leaders in OBP. No. 21 was Edgar Martinez at .418, just ahead of Stan Musial. Now is the time to recognize Martinez for his true worth and lead the charge to the Hall of Fame. And Edgar’s stellar OBP is a good starting point.

— James Gorham, Seattle

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