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April 19, 2014 at 7:30 AM

UW’s Damore’ea Stringfellow, Mariners: Seattle Times readers sound off

UW football

Let Stringfellow sit out 2 games, grow up

Have Damore’ea Stringfellow sit out two games. Forgive him, let him grow up and get the chip off his shoulder.

So many kids come out of high school as the “big man on campus” thinking they can do no wrong. It takes time to grow up, some never do and you can write a book on the ones that don’t make it. I think there is no such thing as failure, mistakes are only stepping stones to success, providing the person chooses to learn from them.

— Odine Husemoen, Longview

Time for UW coach to show principles

The political judicial system has already given Cyler Miles a pass and Damore’ea Stringfellow a partial pass because Stringfellow has been “remorseful and learned from the experience”. Now it’s time for Washington football coach Chris Peterson to show if he’s “a principled man who will run a classy program and develop young men the right way”.

Unfortunately, the judicial system and the UW athletic program have consistently joined together to produce a poor record in that regard.

— John Christensen, Edmonds

Mariners

Temper realism with pitching realities

It is wise for realistic Mariners fans to temper their excitement over the 2014 pennant race. But Jerry Brewer, in his extended rumination over whether the M’s encouraging start could be but a tasty illusion, needs to paint a more complete picture.

Such a picture would acknowledge that although they’ve covered less than 10 percent of their season, such a start is especially promising for one reason in particular. They’ve achieved it without two extremely talented starting pitchers, Hisashi Iwakuma and Tajuan Walker, with the recent short-term loss of James Paxton added on.

No small potatoes, coming soon in all electric potency to a stadium near you.

— Lew Witham, Seattle

Cut, shave and look professional

Kudos to the late George Steinbrenner for not allowing facial hair or long hair when he owned the New York Yankees. Let’s ditch the Neanderthal look, which is unprofessional. Short beards or mustaches, closely cropped, are OK.

While I’m at it, kudos to all the sportscasters on TV who still wear ties, collared shirts and jackets. It’s call being a professional.

— Louise Jennings, Seattle

UW basketball

Time for heat under Romar’s seat

One potential three-star addition and a couple of anybodys for Washington men’s basketball. Some recruiting class. When is coach Lorenzo Romar going to finally get a little heat under his seat? Just like the Huskies did in football, the basketball program has lost it’s recruiting edge over the Ducks.

— Don Curtis, Clinton

Masters

Spieth’s remarkable play has local tie

We thoroughly enjoyed the article (”Americans have new youngster to cheer on”, Sunday) about the Masters and the new young player, Jordan Spieth. Just a bit of additional information about his caddie, Michael Greller: Before teaching in Tacoma, he inspired countless sixth grade students at Orchard Heights Elementary in Port Orchard. My niece, Vanessa, (South Kitsap High School, class of 2014) was one of those fortunate students. Greller e turned her academic life around.

It is exciting to witness his success with Spieth.

— Judy Ruliffson, Bainbridge Island

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