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August 1, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Marshawn Lynch, Ray Rice: Seattle Times sports readers sound off

Seahawks

Pay cut if
Hawks lost?

If the Seahawks had laid a giant egg in the Super Bowl, would Marshawn Lynch have approached coach Pete Carrol and general manager John Schneider and offered to take a pay cut?

— Robert Van den Akker, Monroe

Beastly new
class requirement

Seahawk holdout Marshawn Lynch should be hauled back into class and required to write on the blackboard 100 times, line for line, Rudyard Kipling’s poem “Law of the Pack.” Thus drill into this Beast Mode mood, that the strength of the pack is the wolf and the wolf is the strength of the pack.

— Noel Freedman, Stanwood

Storm

Bryant tribute

richly deserved

Thank you for the fine column by Jerry Brewer on Karen Bryant, Storm CEO (“A positive light,” July 27). It’s a richly deserved tribute to the person most responsible for women’s professional basketball in Seattle.

Over 18 years, first as a Reign and then as a Storm season-ticket holder, I have watched Karen inspire basketball fans and attract top-notch players and coaches to Seattle. The integrity and operation of the Storm organization is widely respected in the WNBA, and Karen is responsible for that. Players want to play here, coaches want to coach here, and other teams want to emulate the Storm organization.

As I read Jerry’s column, I teared up because I cannot imagine women’s basketball in Seattle without Karen Bryant. She is a truly admirable person and I miss her, I thank her, and I wish her the very best.

— Diane Nuckles, Seattle

Mariners

Going batty
over this team

I’m struggling to learn this sport called Seattle Mariners baseball. Explain to me just what it is that they are supposed to do with bats?

— Fred Riler, Issaquah

Lose contempt,

venomous tone

The Mariners are winning. At times they are frustrating. But this is baseball, with a long season, and frustration is part of the process.

Yet I see the venomous tone of Larry Stone has returned in full force. There is so much to enjoy and take pride in. If you can’t lose your cynicism, just don’t say anything. Your headlines, once again, ooze with contempt. That’s when I stop reading.

I don’t need to be part of your game. I want to be part of the Mariners’. Why don’t you join?

— Bill Shain, Kirkland

Bring Edgar back

as batting coach

Hits are what the Mariners need, so I propose that the Mariners hire Edgar Martinez as batting coach. He has respect of the team and fans and is a proven leader and teacher. None other than Raul Ibanez credited his much-improved hitting to Edgar after spending hours working with him.

It would be money well spent to keep us above .500 through September.

— Henry Noble, Seattle

Ray Rice

NFL alienates
half its fans

I that saw the NFL imposed punishment on Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, for knocking his then-fiancee unconscious. He was suspended for two whole games.

Here’s the deal: Mike Vick gets prison time and loses millions for dog fighting. He is then the scourge of the country, vilified in every corner.

Dogs don’t buy tickets to games. Women do. Women buy merchandise, and millions of them are fans. In essence, the NFL just alienated nearly half its patronage, including my wife and two adult daughters.

— Keith Brown, Seattle

A license to
abuse women

You know something is terribly wrong when a pro football player can be suspended four games for a drug violation but only two games for battering and knocking out a woman. It is shameful how light a punishment the NFL gave Ray Rice for abusing his fiancee.
This incident shows how little the NFL regards women. In effect, it is giving NFL players a license to abuse women.

— Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach, Calif.

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