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February 22, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Seahawks, Mariners: Seattle Times sports readers sound off

2-23-14Seahawks

Free agents can’t
forget value of title

With free agency coming up, I hope the Seahawks entering free agency keep in mind that their value for endorsements is greatly enhanced by playing for a Super Bowl winning team. Leaving for bigger salaries with another eam may not increase their total income after all. And, of course, you can’t place a value on the excitment of winning games and a Super Bowl.

— Bob Frost, Seattle

New team crosses
championship finish line

“Are you ready? Go!” That’s how it was with the 1936 Olympic oarsmen from the University of Washington. (Think “The Boys in the Boat,” the recent book about that legendary Husky eight) and it sure applies to the Seahawks now. We are sure ready for many more years of competitive football.

And speaking of successful teams, the UW rowers have been the national champs for the past three years, sweeping every event! Michael Callahan has done a wonderful job with his crews. So, here’s a big high-five to Michael and his men, from a 10th Man (think: eight rowers and a coxswain) for getting those UW crew teams across the finish line first.

— Guy Harper, Burien

Eating organic part
of winning equation?

Now that some of the hoopla regarding the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win has started to die down maybe now is the time to consider what makes a championship team. Talented and dedicated players and coaches, for sure. A strong fan base is advantageous as well. But did anyone else catch the article in The Seattle Times about how their chef feeds them? Aside from the one player who eats something called Skittles, its virtually all organic and free range, hence, non-GMO.
Eat organic! Go Hawks!

— Debbie Clough, Mount Vernon

Mariners

World Series would
dwarf Super Bowl

Yep, winning the Super Bowl was a big deal. What most people don’t realize is that we haven’t seen anything yet. If and when (don’t hold your breath) the Mariners win a World Series, we’d see mayhem at an even higher level.

Ask New York (Yankees versus Giants), San Francisco (Giants versus 49ers) or Greater Boston (Red Sox versus Patriots). The common-man appeal of baseball, plus the greater drama involved in needing 11 postseason wins, makes its mountaintop experience the most specially coveted.

— Lew Witham, Seattle

NBA

James needs history
lesson on big men

LeBron James obviously isn’t a student of basketball history. Though the four
players he picked on his so-called Mount Rushmore team were undoubtedly great — Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson — he shamefull left off the two most dominant centers of all-time, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain.

Chamberlain was the best scorer of all-time and a tenacious rebounder, and perhaps the strongest and most feared player in NBA history. Russell was the ultimate team leader, leading the Boston Celtics to 11 titles in 13 years. Russell could do it all — rebound, block shots, play defense, score, pass and start the fast break — whatever it took to win.

Adding Russell and Chamberlain would transform Mount Rushmore into Mount Crushmore.

— Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach, Calif.

Olympics

Too much Wagner,
not enough Gold

You have been touting Ashley Wagner for the past month as if she were the top American skater to participate in the Winter Olympics. In reality, Wagner did not really make the Olympic team, but rather got there by stealing a position from another young lady.

On Thursday, Gracie Gold, a talented young American lady who rightfully made the team, skated to a fourth-place finish while Wagner finished seventh. Yet whose photo do we see in Friday’s Sports page? Ashley Wagner.

— Ruth A. St. Hilaire, Seattle

Old Woody

Take 2 on contests
bring back memories

I loved the Take 2 blog post and article written by Charles Kapner (“Old Woody, Old Ossie part of long-lost Seattle history,”) about the youth contests sponsored by the Seattle Parks Department and The Seattle Times. I won one of the “playground” contests back in 1968 and pulled out my pin and 1968 souvenir score card last night. Boy, did it bring back wonderful memories. I was in fifth grade at the time and remember it vividly to this day.

— Mike Skagen, Lake Tapps

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