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March 22, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Seahawks free agency, Golden Tate: Seattle Times sports readers sound off

Seahawks

Free-agent 12th Man:
How do you sign up?

I am the 12th man. I go to all the Seahawk home games and many of the away games. I yell, I scream, I make all kinds of noise in order to befuddle the opponent’s offense. I make the defense look good. After a game I can’t talk for days. Everybody (Paul Allen, John Schneider, Pete Carroll) tells me how crucial I am to the team’s success.

So I have a question: Where and how do I sign up for free agency? And if the Seahawks don’t want to pay me what I think I’m worth I just might sign with another team. Look, I’m as loyal as the next guy but I’ve got a family to feed.

— Jeffrey Weiser, Redmond

Best of luck
to you, Golden

Golden Tate brought a lot to the Seahawks and the city of Seattle. He is a first-rate receiver and one of the top punt returners in the game. The Seahawks, being a run-first team, could not place enough value on retaining his services to be competitive with other teams.

So Tate signing with Detroit is nothing but logical and good business. I certainly wish the Hawks could have retained such a talented player, but I understand why they couldn’t, and why Tate signed with Detroit.
Thanks for the thrills Golden, and good luck in Detroit.

— Mark Stratton, Bothell

Secret strategy
for NFL draft?

Is it just me, or are the Seahawks purposefully trying to lose more players than they sign so they can obtain more draft picks?

— Tony Snorteland, Suquamish

Sounders

Missing a voice
from the past

Where’s Alan Hinton from the Sounders FC broadcasts? Sounders games, and soccer in general, just aren’t the same without him. As I watch the games, they are empty without his voice and analysis.

— Gary Sutherland, Seattle

UW men

Memo to Romar:
Get back that grit

Lorenzo Romar has earned the right to work through this “slump” in Husky Hoops. He created the high expectations with his great work in years past, but here’s a clue on where he should begin the resurrection: It should be a date in the film room watching his teams circa 2003-2005.

What he will find there is what we have not seen lately: high-octane offense, in-your-face defensive intensity, guys diving for loose balls and men sharpening their elbows under the basket. This fan is hoping that such grit didn’t walk out the door when Cameron Dollar left. Come on Coach LoRo, get your team to compete!

— Jon Engman, Newcastle

Gonzaga

Reinforcing old
racial stereotypes

I was shocked and disappointed with the story on David Stockton and Marcus Smart (“It’s a Smart matchup for Stockton,” Friday) because of old stereotypes when writing about white and black players.

As always, the white kid got where he did because of his work ethic and brilliance while the black player just fell into it because of his “brutish, rugged body.”
I hope you will do more thoughtful work in the future.

— Harley Schultheis, Bellevue

Horse racing

Thoroughbreds
can’t call in sick

I can’t think of a more scathing indictment than common selfish human behavior, and that’s what I think of Steve Asmussen, a trainer accused of mistreating horses (“Hall of Fame nominee trainer faces mistreatment allegations,” Friday).

Thoroughbreds are the live equivalents of NASCAR racing cars. The horses support a multi-million dollar industry based on wagering and attracting paying customers. If a horse is scheduled to appear at the track but is physically too shaky to compete, he doesn’t have the option of calling in sick. A trainer can shoot him up with pain killers and push him out there. The horse won’t present an argument, will he?
The show must go on.

— Tom Likai, Shoreline

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