This team shows it’s
not about the money
Pro sports can be just about money and nothing to do with the average Joe, but Seattle and the Seahawks have proven otherwise.
— Maria Patrizzi, Stanwood
Fans’ bad behavior
reaches all-time low
I have been a 49ers season-ticket holder since 1971 and have attended many games, including the Seahawk-49ers game last Sunday. Never have I experienced such physical harassment and verbal abuse by fans at an NFL game.
I am all about the typical “smack talk” and I find most of that amusing. When it escalates to a level where your fans feel it is OK to grab the beanie off my head, throw it and then follow up with vulgar insults, there is a much larger problem. The verbal assault continued the whole game.
Throwing food at Navarro Bowman as he was escorted out after suffering severe knee injury?
That is an all time low.
— Jenny Pakula, Salem, Ore.
Of course it’s a
question of race
When I turn on sports radio, I hear people wondering if any of the uproar about Richard
Sherman has to do with race. Of course it does. Bigots do not refer to white athletes as thugs and monkeys.
— Ed Rankin, Seattle
Bold, scary and
erasing Seattle’s pain
It was with mild shock that I watched Richard Sherman explode in a volatile interview. I cringed with embarrassment.
But part of me appreciated his short, audacious rant. It was shocking, but it was real and it was wild. My son, Louie, said it was Ali-esque. Suddenly Seattle was not that polite city with the poor pro sports team. We were bold and scary. And Super Bowl bound.
Richard’s shout momentarily erased our dubious loss to Pittsburgh, our Mariner woes and the loss of a stellar NBA franchise to an Oklahoma City businessman. He, the rest of the Seahawks, and the 12th Man showed that Seattle is a tough place to play. And that Seattle is bad ass.
— Bruce Johnson, Seattle
from some nitwit
The current uproar over Richard Sherman’s short rant is fun to watch. For years, teams went into the locker room for 15 minutes or so to unwind. Now they’re dragged in front of the cameras, still steaming from the violence of competition and asked inane questions.
Like most Seattle fans, I’ve seen a number of Sherman’s interviews. He appears to be articulate, thoughtful and polite. He doesn’t need some nitwit attempting to dumb him down to his/her level.
— George Elliott, Oak Harbor
Bush league, classless
and an embarrassment
Richard Sherman’s behavior was, to say the least, unacceptable! Mr. Sherman’s actions were bush league, classless and a complete and utter embarrassment.
— Rick Lacey, Salem, Ore.
Aldon Smith did
Would you rather have a guy shoot off his mouth or shoot off automatic weapons? Niner fans are quick to excoriate Sherman for his antics, of which I am, admittedly, not a big fan, but they didn’t have any problem with reinstating Aldon Smith, who still faces three felony weapons charges, after his DUI arrest earlier this year. Sherman didn’t hurt anything but some peoples’ sensibilities. Smith’s actions could have been tragic.
— Rich Fong, Sebastopol, Calif.
Worried about bottom,
line, salary caps
The city of Seattle owes so much to Paul Allen and the fact he funded this team and put football people in a position to win. The Seahawks are making tons of money off tickets, memorabilia and jerseys because they are winning and filling the seats. They deserve all the spoils that go with that.
The Mariners, run by Howard Lincoln and Chuck Armstrong, are worried about their bottom line, their salary caps and being “competitive”. Congrats on your fourth-place finish each year. By golly, you were competitive — at least till mid-June.
— Drew McGougan, Seattle
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