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Take 2

A different spin on sports by The Seattle Times staff and readers.

July 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Marshawn Lynch, Fernando Rodney, Cyler Miles: Seattle Times readers sound off


Little sympathy for Lynch holdout

Shame on the Seahawks for putting a pistol to Marshawn Lynch’s head and forcing him to sign that $31 million contract. By pulling him out of Buffalo’s scrap heap, glossing over his foibles and allowing him to practice when he chooses, he now feels unappreciated, according to his new mouthpiece, Michael Robinson.
So quit! Use your hard-earned degree from Cal and go into private business. Good luck!
— Chuck Klein, Lake Tapps


Stupid cupid move for Rodney

I understand Lloyd McClendon’s rationale when he claims that the Angels didn’t need any extra motivation to try and win last Sunday’s game.

That doesn’t mean, however, that Fernando Rodney’s eighth-inning Stupid Cupid maneuver didn’t give Mike Trout, Albert
Pujols and Co. a little added adrenalin and sharpened focus a cheap shot can have. When the competitive margin is so slim, don’t give your opponent any advantages.

— David Arntuffus, Shoreline

Hit-and-inning rarer than no-hitter

We have been visiting my son and his family in Seattle, and Monday evening we attended the Mariners game against the Mets. There was much to enjoy — the Mariners won, Dustin Ackley made a spectacular catch to rob the Mets of a home run, and I had an Italian sausage that was major league.

But the game was special for another reason as well: The Mets got exactly nine hits and each hit was in a different inning. I did some calculations, and discovered that such a hit-every-inning game is even rarer than a no-hitter. The chance of doing this for nine innings in a row is about once every 31,772 games. So the Seattle pitching staff will throw a hit-every-inning game about once every 200 years.

— Cliff Frohlich, Austin, Texas

Norman Rockwell shot at Safeco

At first glance I thought I was looking at a Norman Rockwell painting. The baseball in the air and so many different characters reacting to it! This was a fantastic photo and Dean Rutz should be commended for it. I hope he wins an award.

Now the big question — who actually caught the ball?

— N. Edwards, Fall City

UW football

First pass went to Miles

Washington quarterback Cyler Miles gets a pass from coach Chris Petersen by being suspended for the means-nothing Hawaii game. Despite the failure of the legal system, and the “guys make mistakes”mantra from his coach, yet another athlete is not held fully accountable.

This is the first disappointment from Coach Petersen, but unfortunately, probably not the last.

— John Christensen, Edmonds

Tony Dungy

Sadly, PC gone wild

Initially, Tony Dungy shot from the hip, opining that Michael Sam will become an all-around distraction for the Rams, alluding to players, coaches, media — the gamut. No question, though, that he had specifically in mind locker-room ambiance. Coming under for hire for his too-rare-these days forthrightness, he pack-pedaled and narrowed his original original statement to media only.

Kind of sad that someone of his stature has to tiptoe around.

— Nicholas Park, Seattle

This photo of Mets left fielder Eric Young losing out on a foul ball off Seattle's Endy Chavez was a highlight of the week for one reader.  Dean Rutz  / Seattle Times staff

This photo of Mets left fielder Eric Young losing out on a foul ball off Seattle’s Endy Chavez was a highlight of the week for one reader.
Dean Rutz / Seattle Times staff

Take 2

Down-to-earth story worth telling

I am not a constant reader of the Sports section, which is filled with overpaid athletes and sports teams that I care little about (except the Sounders, of course!). Then along comes this idea: Take 2. A story from a woman who uses her bike to help her get through her divorce?
Wow. Something as down to earth as that really caught my eye. Thank you!

— Bruce Vilders, Mount Vernon

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