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July 5, 2014 at 6:00 AM

World Cup bites, Mariners rebirth: Seattle Times sports readers sound off

7-6-14World Cup

Bite first, then
cloud issue

Luis Suarez, the “Mad Biter” from Uruguay, first states that he “deeply regrets what occurred,” (“Suarez apologizes for biting Italian defender Chiellini,” July 1) as if it were something that somehow just happened. Later he says, “my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me.”

Pardon me? Has anyone ever had a collision that led to a bite? It it weren’t so maddening, it would be hilarious. The public relations firm that composed those memorable words must be thinking: If we cloud the issue with enough verbiage to confuse everyone, the issue will fade away.

— Tom Likai, Shoreline

Lose rude
chant and win

The Mexican squad justifies their fans’ constant, disgusting chant at the opposing team as a “tradition.” One might also point out that the side has made a tradition of exiting the World Cup in the round of 16 a record six straight times.

Maybe there is a connection. Perhaps the repetitive rudeness leads to bad karma for the team. How about giving up the tasteless chanting tradition for the next four years and seeing if the side’s luck changes in 2018?

— Ken Jones, Newcastle

How can
losers advance?

Only in soccer can a team lose and still advance. I’ve said it all along, soccer is stupid, pointless and really, really boring.

— Tony Snorteland, Suquamish

Patriotism even
better than games

I’m not a soccer fan, but the best part happens before the World Cup games begin. The players and fans of different countries get into their national anthems with so much elan.

The games have been great, but I like seeing the patriotism of all the countries involved. It’s been a fabulous World Cup!

— Philip Payne, Everett

Sounders

Lip service to
customer service

I am disappointed at the Sounders paying lip service to fan appreciation. The MLS club’s true colors were revealed last week when it changed the Saturday, July 26 game with the Los Angeles Galaxy to a Monday night game, a huge inconvenience to those of us who travel great distances to see Sounders games. The club should make some sort of accommodation, like being willing to switch tickets to another game. No, they say it’s up to those of us who bought tickets from a season-ticket holder on a Sounders-sanctioned secondary market to sell them ourselves (for a loss, of course). But the company won’t even list them because the Sounders changed the game.

So we’ll take off work early on a busy day, make that five-hour round trip on a Monday night, not to enjoy a game as we intended, but to say goodbye to the Sounders. We’ll never buy tickets again. I guess we’ll have to wax nostalgic about the good old days at Memorial Stadium when the Sounders truly cared about fans.

— Gail Pruitt, Port Townsend

Mariners

Is signature
season here?

The Mariners are in their 37th season, but have only reached postseason four times. We all remember the come-from-behind 1995 season, when Edgar Martinez’s double scored Ken Griffey Jr. and elation swept us all away. But is this truly our signature moment?

Now we are starting to realize pride in this Mariners team, which has to open our eyes to grander visions. The future is now, the team is young and smart, and we have great chemistry and a good skipper. I’m waiting and hoping a better day is finally on the horizon.

— Mike Klassen,Sweet Home, Ore.

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