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February 4, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Seahawks, Super Bowl, Russell Wilson: Seattle Times readers sound off

Super Bowl

Manning’s coronation

was premature

Perhaps before Peyton Manning’s  coronation as the Greatest Quarterback in NFL history he should be asked to play a couple of seasons in the NFC, where teams still have defensive playbooks.

– Don R. Pember, Shoreline

All-West matchup

is Super sexy

The fact an all-West Super Bowl happened in an East Coast  city was the best thing that could happen for us West-loving football fans. We may not be sexy in an East Coast sort of way, but we are dominant. And, looking at the Seahawks, that dominance is not going anywhere soon.

– Peggy Sarjeant, Seattle

Let’s do this

again and again

That was cool.  Let’s do that again.  And again and again and again!

– Marshall Weiss, Seattle

Huskies’ win in ’60

was just as big

A media outlet declared the Seahawks’ victory “the biggest sports event ever” in the Northwest.  I remember one that was at least equivalent.

The Washington football team entered the most prestigious bowl of them all in 1960, the Rose Bowl, an underdog to the acclaimed No. 1  team in the country, Wisconsin. Led by a quarterback at least as modest as Russell Wilson, but with only 10 percent vision in one eye, Bob Schloredt, led the Huskies to an equally convincing 44-8 win that was almost identical to the Seahawk score.

– Richard Pelto, Kenmore

Seattle snowstorm

sweeps through Denver

The weather may have tempered a bit in New Jersey on Super Bowl Sunday.  But the Broncos were hit by a brutal  Seattle snowstorm.

– Kenneth L. Zimmerma, Huntington Beach, Calif.

Russell Wilson

Wilson stands

tall among QBs

Some have said that Russell Wilson is not tall enough to play quarterback in the NFL.  Today, he stands as the tallest QB in the league.

– Charlie Toth, Poulsbo

Call him coxswain

of this team

With all the comments about his height, Russell Wilson is the coxswain of the good Seahawks.

– Jo Anne Walderon, Issaquah

Richard Sherman

Seahawk showed

poor sportsmanship

In the media frenzy over Richard Sherman’s now infamous postgame interview, journalists of all stripes have focused on the propriety of his angry rant against Michael Crabtree.  In the process, they have completely overlooked an egregious act of poor sportsmanship that was far less forgivable – his choke sign toward San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Unlike his comments toward Crabtree, which one could justify based on Crabtree’s shove to Sherman’s facemask when Sherman said the equivalent of “good game,” Sherman’s choke sign was completely unprovoked and astonishingly juvenile.  By not condemning the act and proceeding to grant Sherman absolution and a sort of quasi-folk hero status, the media tacitly condoned what he did.

The unfortunate message to young athletes is that self-restraint and sportsmanship are passé; it’s now OK to publicly disrespect your opponents and your sport.

– Mark Swanson, Bellevue


Raining on Ditka’s

silly, soft parade

Mike Ditka, the former football player and coach of the Chicago Bears who is now an ESPN analyst, doesn’t think Seattle is worthy of hosting a Super Bowl because “it has a tendency to rain a lot”.  Really?  Rain?

When was the last time rain drops shut down our airport, hotels, restaurants, roadways or cancelled a game? When was the last time we’ve had such strong tornado winds that it blew our 12th Man flag all the way to Chicago?  I do admit we have an occasional earthquake, but that’s just the 12th man showing “the love”.

If you feel more comfortable the next time you come, Mike, bring an umbrella.  We’ll try not to laugh.  Football is a game for warriors and their fans, not for soft analysts.

– Tish Gregory, Renton

O’Reilly interview

shows bad intentions

Thank you, Fox Network, for taking the Super Bowl pregame show out of bounds for a Bill O’Reilly hatchet-job interview with the President. You misplayed your cards so badly, you displayed your ill-intentions for all to see.

– Bob Sheffels, Seattle

Thanks for making

coverage special

Like the rest of Seattle, I’ve excitedly followed the Hawks since the first preseason game. The furnace lit for that game and heated up at through Sunday’s Super Bowl. The Seattle Times’ coverage and reporting was at the same level of excitement and commitment. I have not had this much enjoyment over this length of time ever. You and your marvelous staff of exceptionally fine sportswriters helped make this Seahawks’ season special in every possible way.

– Doug Thiel, Seattle

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