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July 12, 2014 at 8:00 AM

LeBron’s return, World Cup criticism: Seattle Times readers sound off

7-13-14LeBron James

Productive
4-year marriage

Though LeBron James (“The return: LeBron James goes home to Cavaliers,” Friday) only had a four-year marriage with the Miami Heat, his was more productive than most four-year partnerships. He led the Heat to two NBA titles and four consecutive appearances in the finals. Heat fans should not be commiserating that he is leaving, but instead be appreciative of his glorious stay in Miami.

— Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach, Calif.

Take NBA title

to the bank

With LeBron James and Kyrie Irving already in place, Kevin Love is the only piece needed to make Cleveland the presumptive 2014-2015 NBA champions.  Barring injury to any of the three, take it to the bank.

— Lew Witham, Seattle

World Cup

Unfamiliarity
breeds stupidity

It was amusing to read Tony Snorteland’s letter (“How can losers advance?” Backtalk, July 6), in which he confesses his ignorance of the World Cup soccer tournament. He seems unable to understand how “a team loses and still advances.”

Is he aware that a baseball team can lose three games and still win the World Series? Was he confused as to how the Seahawks lost three games during the season and still won the Super Bowl?

His unfamiliarity with the game is probably why he finds it “stupid, pointless and really, really boring.”

— Ken Lottis, Mercer Island

You call
that boring?

A letter writer claims soccer is boring, and the only sport where a team can lose and advance. As for boring, 90 minutes of non-stop action is boring? As opposed to basketball, where the final two minutes take 30 minutes to play? Baseball is exciting? At least in soccer players don’t stand around for 30 seconds after kicking the ball and spit, scratch themselves and adjust their cup.

— George Briggs, Edmonds

Sounders

MLS stands for
Minor League Soccer

I am a big Sounders fan, but not a fan of the way that players under contract are managed in MLS. Between national team call-ups and players moving on if they get good enough, like DeAndre Yedlin seems about to do, the league clearly functions as a minor league for higher level teams around the world,
So let’s just admit, from now on, MLS stands for Minor League Soccer.

— Dave Keller, Seattle

Baseball

Tulowitzki’s stats
in rarified air

Ryan Divish’s comments about National League All-Star shortstops needs an asterisk. In fact, everything anyone ever says about the offensive numbers of players from the Colorado Rockies needs an asterisk.

Are the following MVP numbers: .265 batting average, .463 slugging average, .830 on base-plus-slugging percentage (OPS)? Those were Tulowitzki’s hitting numbers in road games last week, along with seven homers and 17 RBI. Those may be good enough to merit selection as the NL All-Star shortstop, but the rest of his gaudy numbers are directly attributable to high-altitude Coors Field.

We’ve got to remember at all times that Coors Field substantially inflates all offensive statistics. How much? Consider this: the Colorado team OPS at home was .887, while on the road it was only .683, right at the league average. That’s 30 percent. And the ratio for runs scored was even more dramatic: 261 runs at home vs. 171 on the road. That’s 53 percent.

Tulo’s good (just like Larry Walker and Todd Helton), but he’s not great. Let’s save the accolades and MVP awards for hitters like Miguel Cabrera who are devastating in every park.

— Dan Greenblatt, Seattle

Auto racing

Kasey Kahne
deserves better

Our home-town guy, Kasey Kahne, wins the Daytona Nationwide race this weekend and you put him on Page C8. What the heck! Not even a banner on the main page. You guys could do a much better job of reporting on auto racing. There are other sports besides baseball and football.

How sad Kasey must be that his city does not even notice he achieved such a win!

— Robin Adams

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