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June 28, 2014 at 6:00 AM

World Cup, NFL name: Seattle Times sports readers sound off

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Schmid right,
not officials

Sounders Coach Sigi Schmid correctly called out (“Sounders coach scouts the 2014 World Cup,” June 7) the threat that Nigeria poses to Bosnia in the World Cup.

With Bosnia’s losses to Argentina and to Nigeria, this World Cup is history in the collective memory of Seattle’s more than 3,000 Bosnian-Americans, but it’s also an embarrassment for FIFA. The match against the Nigerians will likely never be forgotten, remembered as an opportunity hijacked by underperforming referees. An incorrect offside call against Bosnia’s Edin Dzeko was followed by a failure to call a foul against Nigeria’s Emmanual Emineke that led to Nigeria’s winning goal.

Both were an injustice to Bosnia’s football legacy, not to mention a new height of incompetence on the part of FIFA officials.

— Irfan Mirza, Bellevue

Bite deserved

more punishment

FIFA should have given Uruguay striker Luis Suárez a lifetime suspension from soccer rather a nine-match suspension, a four-month ban from all soccer-related activity, and a ban from all stadiums where a game involving the Uruguayan team. He still deserved the $112,000 fine, however. Biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match was reminiscent of boxer Mike Tyson biting off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s right ear in 1997.

Suárez is not only the “bad boy of soccer,” but he’s also the “new bad boy in all of sports.”

— Paul Bacon, Hallandale Beach, Fla.

Baseballl

DH rule
no draw

Statistics you ran on your Sports page (“Balllpark figures,” Wednesday) jumped out at me. Every National League team has drawn over 1 million fans and all are over 900,000. Compared that to the American League, where six of the 15 teams are under 900,000.

Wasn’t the designated-hitter rule supposed to draw people into the park?

— Jordan Gussin, Seattle

Golf

PGA mark
deserved notice

Kevin Streelman broke a PGA record that had been on the books since 1956. Yet I had to go to the last page of the Sports section to find any mention of this accomplishment. Seven consecutive birdies to win a tournament is worth more than a hiccup above Public Notices.

— Linda Flanagan, Stanwood

NFL

Another way
of censure

The action of taking the word Redskins out of the newspaper is just another form of bookburning. If you wish to omit the name, so be it, but to tell the world that this is your stance is calling for all kinds of scurrilous comments.

— Bob Browne, Seattle

What about
Cleveland?

What about the incredibly ugly and offensive Cleveland Indians logo? Why is that tolerated?

— William F. Bayley, Seattle

Editor’s note: Seattle Times has not run the caricature of the Cleveland Indians for about 20 years.

One small step
to healing

One small step to healing 200-plus years of undeserved abuse of the first Americans. As an Armenian descendent, a culture that has endured similar abuse, I applaud The Times’ for this decision.

— Bob Lamson, Seattle

Cute, fierce,
less human

Mostly animals are susceptible to being turned symbolically into mascots. The people category is where it gets complicated. Redskins et al once had the same resonance — or a scarily similar one — to that of the animal mascots. They were cute or fierce but just a touch less than human.

There´s the damnable rub, which is why you´re right on the money. So I thank you.

— Edward Baker

Heritage, history
and strength

It’s hard for me to believe that the Washington, D.C., NFL team’s name is suddenly an issue when they have been called the Redskins for 75 years. To me, rather than being a racial issue, the name portrays warriors and strength.

Team names are part of the heritage and history of their existence. Let it lie.

— Mac Steen, Bellevue

NFL head
in sand

It is so past due to ban the term Redskins! The name is offensive. The NFL has it’s head in the sand.

— Scott Fisher, Bellevue

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