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June 14, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Marshawn Lynch and Seahawks: Seattle Times readers sound off

Marshawn Lynch is reportedly unhappy with his contract and may not report for mandatory for the first mandatory minicamp session on Tuesday.  Steve Ringman / Seattle Times staff

Marshawn Lynch is reportedly unhappy with his contract and may not report for the first mandatory minicamp Tuesday.
Steve Ringman / Seattle Times staff

Seahawks

Lynch lacks respect
for team, fans

It appears from all reports that Marshawn Lynch is a good teammate and does good works back home in Oakland. Yet also appears the he doesn’t get the idea that being compensated very generously for what he does carries with it responsibilities that go beyond the football field.

This new petulance on his part will be couched in terms of showing him respect, etc. Well, respect is a two-way street. He failed to show respect to the White House by skipping the appearance with the President. He has failed to show respect for the team by skipping Organized Team Activities (OTAs), which while voluntary, have been attended by every other member of the Seahawks. Now he is may be considering skipping minicamp.

Marshawn, you signed contract that runs for four years. Honor it and show some respect to the fans and your team for all they have done in support of you, both on and off the field.

— John Bird, Bellingham

Mariners

Ever-changing lineups
sign of desperation

Reading Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon’s ever-changing nightly lineups, it’s not hard to figure out why it took him so long to get another manager job. Then we have Justin Smoak, who needs to be released (for poor play and only hitting .208), and Brad Miller, who needs to be sent down (to relearn basic baseball and for only hitting .182).

And now the M’s are so desperate that they call up Jesus Montero!

— John Christensen, Edmonds

Cock your hats,
at closing time

Why don’t fans wearing caps and other players cock their caps over to the side when Fernando Rodney comes in to close a game? They should, don’t you think?

— Jim Raab, Olympia

Steve Ballmer

Glad we saw he

isn’t one of us

I am glad we have seen the real Steve Ballmer before it was too late. He is not one of us, not a 12th Man like we in the Pacific Northwest are. Chris Hanson will get my money and my emotions. He is one of us.
I can wait. The procuring of an NBA and NHL team, when achieved, will be oh, so, sweet.

— Keith Brown, Seattle

Horse racing

California Chrome
owner on the mark

I fully agree with Steve Coburn, owner of California Chrome, that a fresh horse which did not run in the first two races of the Triple Crown should not be able to run in the Belmont Stakes. All horses should be on the same playing field and they should all run in all three races.

Otherwise, every time this scenario comes up, and a horse is trying to complete a Triple Crown, all the comments by the various pundits about how hard it is sound like so much apologetic tripe.

— Ed Lee, Quilcene

Uneven oval
simply isn’t fair

Coburn caught a lot of criticism for his postrace comments, but even a loser’s rant can carry a bit of horse sense. After all, there is something to be said for a champion being fully respected, as is a decathlete who happens to slough a bit in the closing 1,500 meters because he’s earned the right.

It has become difficult enough for three high-profile races to produce a new living legend, without requiring it be done on an uneven oval.

— Lew Witham, Seattle

NFL

Name change due
in Washington

The Washington Redskins have enjoyed their name and logo for more than 80 years. But times change and today we are more sensitive about racial slurs and slights. I suggest, in the interest of fairness and historical balance, that the team change its name for the next eighty years to the Washington Forked Tongues. It would be more appropriate for a D.C. team, don’t you
think?

— Steve Lequire, Des Moines

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