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February 8, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Seahawks, Russell Wilson: Seattle Times readers sound off

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Thanks to those who

made parade happen

That was some party in Seattle on Wednesday! The Seattle Times’ photos were great, the live media coverage was good and I was warm and cozy on the couch. My only disappointment was that in all the thanks doled out by the legion of speakers at the CenturyLink rally, no one recognized the army of people who worked their tails off behind the scenes and on the streets to plan and implement the logistics involved in making this incredible event happen.

So to all of you who did so, here’s a big thank you from a Seahawks fan.

— William D. Osmer, Bellevue

Undervalued quarterback
typical of Washington

I was shocked that the Super Bowl MVP award wasn’t given to Russell Wilson. But then I got it. Wilson is smart, quiet, and hardworking. Just the kind of person that Americans love to ignore. Very much like the typical Washingtonian.

Yes, the Seahawks have an excellent and extroverted defensive team. Then there’s Wilson, who orchestrates the Seahawks. No bragging. No yelling into camera.

Seattle’s outstanding contributions to the United States are perennially ignored — not only the biggies like Microsoft and Boeing, but also the hundreds of innovative businesses that sprout like moss all over our state. We are smart, quiet (except when at a football stadium) and hardworking.

— Lois Brandt, Issaquah

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

National media
added motivation

As Seahawks fans, we cannot thank you enough for he national media’s lack of objectivity, big-market bias, poor statistical analysis and lazy journalism. It was your tireless prattling on about this team being pedestrian, too young, cocky, overrated and inexperienced that helped us win the Super Bowl. It has been inspiring to watch you creatively categorize this team as “thugs” and “phonies” without being weighed down by burdensome fact finding. You have been with us the whole way and your dedication made this team better.

— Brett Williams, Clinton

Special request
for Paul Allen

Dear Mr. Allen:
Please buy the Mariners.

— Dennis Caldirola, Seattle

Groundhog Day
wishes from Wales

I’m from Wales and started watching American football when it was first appeared on TV here in the early 1980s. I chose to support the Seahawks. Seattle seemed a fascinating city.

As the great Super Bowl victory happened on my birthday, Feb. 2, I suggest it be called the Groundhog Day Massacre. And as in the film, may such victories happen over and over.

Well done, Seattle. It was a long wait, but well worth it.

— John Davies, Far Forest, Wales

Congratulations
from the Bay Area

Congratulations to the Seahawks on their Super Bowl victory. They demonstrated once again how vastly superior the NFC is to the AFC. To their legions of fans, I know how excited and thrilled they’re feeling right now, having gone through it five times with the 49ers.

The real SuperBowl was this year’s NFC Championship Game. I look forward to the competitive rivalry in our division, which is football at its highest caliber.

— Ed Bellber, San Francisco

Let’s do this

again and again

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

— Marshall Weiss, Seattle

Storm

Don’t forget
about the WNBA

I, like hundreds of thousands of others, am deeply thrilled that the Seahawks have earned a well-deserved and undeniably incredible championship. However to keep insisting, that this is Seattle’s first major sports championship in 35 years is to ignore the accomplishments of our own Seattle Storm, which, in turn, limits the viewpoint of our city as a sports town.. The WNBA Storm’s championships of 2004 and 2010 are constantly overlooked by both newscasters and writers.

The WNBA certainly does not draw the way the NFL does, but to ignore and negate the impact that the Storm has on the Seattle sports scene is ridiculous. As much as I love the Seahawk’s and their victorious season, I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed the Storm equally. Crowds are considerably smaller at KeyArena, but the amazing energy has been every bit as palpable. The 12th Fan is very much alive for the Storm and goes beyond sports.

— Laurie Mallett, Seattle

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