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August 9, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Mariners, Seahawks, hydros: Seattle Times readers sound off



Chance missed
to send message

The Seahawks organization lost a terrific opportunity to do something worthwhile, when they decided to not collect the penalty fine from Marshawn Lynch for missing mandatory practices. I don’t care about his decision to whine for more money. This happens way too often with overpaid athletes.

But imagine the good it could have done if they collected and donated that $210,000 in Marshawn Lynch’s name to something like the Back to School supplies drive, or to any local charitable organization in need.

— Elizabeth Okamura, Seattle

Elite squad of
misfits, intellectuals

Lots has transpired since I stood, frozen, on the Parade route with 700,000 fans last winter. So we ask: “What will motivate this team” now that we’ve lost veteran leadership to other teams and retirements?

The coaching staff for one. Tom Cable and Ken Norton run a gladiator school and nobody wants to be on their bad side. Earl Thomas is respected not only for his work ethics but as a team leader for the defense. Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch will keep the offense humming and centered.

Then you have the camaraderie built on savage competition to make the final cut. Each man must prove every day that he belongs on this elite squad of misfits and intellectuals. I’ll be there at the VMAC wolfing down a pulled pork sandwich, admiring the Seagals and watching as another campaign of “Show no quarter” Seahawks football begins the long and violent road to the Super Bowl!

— Kip Goozee, Camano Island


Stone too fair
to bumbling team

Reader Bill Shain of Kirkland reads “venom” and “contempt” (Backtalk, Aug. 3)  in Larry Stone’s Mariners columns. Not so. if anything, Larry is too fair to the Mariners.

Venom and contempt are instead directed by Mariners’ management at fans. Since the Mariners were last competitive in 2001, everything — players, coaches, managers, general managers, even scoreboards- — are routinely replaced in ever-more-futile attempts to get better. But the owner and all the executives get to keep their jobs, despite declining results.

Sadly, Stone’s analysis reflects two realities: a Mariner’s culture that accepts, even rewards failure; and a MLB structure that let’s teams without fans in the stadium make healthy profits. This means the Mariners have little incentive to get better.

— Jeff Hickey, Seattle

Here’s how M’s
can make playoffs

The M’s have arrived at the two-thirds marker of the baseball season, needing to win about two-thirds of their remaining games to make the playoffs. Achieving such a heady goal will not happen without James Paxton and Michael Saunders both returning as healthy contributors. Austin Jackson must also provide a marked upgrade in center field.

— Lewis Witham, Seattle


Poor coverage of
former sports king

As a lifelong hydroplane enthusiast and fan of The Seattle Times, words cannot express how disappointed I am in the poor coverage of Seafair and hydroplane racing in general. It is sad to see what short shrift The Times now gives what used to be the king of sports in Seattle.

Even more disappointing was the lack of coverage and investigation of the end of the race. When TV footage so clearly showed boats jumping the gun at the start of the final heat, how could they possibly be declared the winner?

As hydroplane racing has seemingly now become professional wrestling, Seattle Times coverage of it is a mere ghost of its past glory.

— Scott Lee, Bellingham

Too bad NHRA
was same weekend

I want to give a shout-out for the Seafair hydro/airshow weekend. It was very impressive. The Blue Angels and expanded airshow of helicopters, Harriers, Ospreys, and the jet-assisted biplane were great to watch.

But it is a shame that NHRA drag racing at Pacific Raceways again had its premier event the same weekend. They draw similar fans, so that must hurt both events.

— Don Fleming, Bellevue

Please let sport
die gracefully

Please let this sport die peacefully. No one cares about it except someone that wants to tell about how they enjoyed going as a child in the 1950s. Every year we are subjected to the same stories in the Sports section that have been written every year.

— Bill Hickey, Seattle

Ray Rice

Don’t compare
dissimilar crimes

I am very appreciative of a man advocating for women, so kudos to Keith Brown (Backtalk, Aug. 3). But the response to crimes should be about justice, not someone’s bottom line. A single-domestic violence offense by NFL player Ray Rice is one thing. The deliberate, long-term, torture and killing of animals by Michael Vick is something else altogether. Please don’t compare such dissimilar criminals.

— Lorraine Murphy, Sumner

Reader right
on the money

Keith Brown’s letter regarding the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice abuse was right on the money. This could be the end of Roger Goodell’s reign as commissioner.

— Stacy Chick, Covington

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