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March 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Seahawks, Mariners: Seattle Times readers sound off

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Seahawks

Wilson’s talents made
Tate expendable

There is no reason for the Seahawks to try to keep Golden Tate at even close to market value, as any receiver not named PercyHarvin or Doug Baldwin can be replaced through either free agency or the draft. That is not so much a commentary on Tate et al, as on a passing game featuring a quarterback who routinely extends plays, rarely makes a bad decision and usually inherits great field position from the league’s best defense.

With Russell Wilson at the helm and our ground game in Beast Mode, who happens to line up at wide receiver is not an unimportant consideration, but a secondary one.

— Lew Witham, Seattle

All it takes is
winning the big one

Thank you to: A fantastic owner, great management, awesome coaches and magnificant players for finding the cure for my annual agony of football withdrawl.

Just win the big one — that’s all it takes.

— Mike McKenna, Lynnwood

Mariners

Why didn’t the
M’s draft Wilson?

Shades of local Seattle area star Tim Lincecum not being drafted by the Mariners: Champion Seahawk QB Russell Wilson wearing a Texas Ranger uniform! It’s just not right. The Mariners organization should have had the vision to sign

Wilson. They could use the positive PR. There are only so many dozens of times you can milk the 1995 season and your fan base says: Hey, what about this year?

To quote Russell Wilson’s father’s words: Why not us (the Mariners) signing Wilson and why not us in the World Series in Seattle?

— Frank Kniest, Ashland, Ore.

UW men

Is being a good man
enough to keep Romar?

Now that we can jam a fork in yet another disappointing Husky men’s basketball season, it’s time for the legion of Lorenzo Romar apologists to start asking the hard questions about whether his best days are behind him at the UW. Time to gauge whether being a great person and mentor for young players is enough.

In 12 years as head coach of the Huskies, a Romar-coached team has never once made it to the Elite Eight, and for the third consecutive year will miss the NCAA Tournament. The most talented local players don’t see the UW as a viable option any more (ask Zach Lavine, Josh Martin, Dajuan Piper or Shaqquan Aaron). And Romar’s teams have, for years, folded at inopportune times, demonstrated a lack of on-court discipline and mental toughness, and been incapable of mastering even the simplest things — like an out-of-bounds play.

Surely Scott Woodward sees a half-empty Hec Ed for home games and wonders ithe program needs a breath of fresh air, despite his comments to the contrary.

The only thing that provides a glimmer of hope is that LoRo’s current crop of players will not be bolt early for the NBA. There is something to be said about having a core group of players stay together for two, three or four years. This team’s current roster is not without talent and should be allowed to develop for one more year before turning the flame from warm to white hot under Romar’s seat.

— Tom Phillips, Seattle

WSU women

Thanks, Seattle
for cheering us on

On behalf of the WSU women’s basketball program, I would like to personally thank each and every basketball fan who came out and supported the Pac-12 Conference tournament at KeyArena. The first class experience of playing in a WNBA arena in front of such knowledgeable basketball minds and fanatic fans was outstanding.
There is no doubt that Seattle is the mecca for women’s basketball fans at all levels. Your support is the best and much appreciated by the Cougs.

See you next year at the KeyArena! Go, Cougs!

— June Daugherty, Washington State women’s basketball coach

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