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August 15, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Marshawn Lynch, Husky football tickets … Times readers sound off



Lynch was just doing business

I’ve read a lot of back talk suggesting Marshawn Lynch should feel bad for holding out or that the team shouldn’t have waived his fine. Remember that in the NFL contracts aren’t guaranteed and if Lynch had a bad year last season the Hawks wouldn’t have had to honor his contract (bonus aside). At the end of the day, he wants to make money while he’s still a great player, let’s not fault him for that. I’m sure he senses the end is near. Let’s learn from the Shaun Alexander experience.
— Jonathan George

Lynch should have been fined

I just read in Sunday’s paper that Marshawn Lynch was excused from paying his penalty fine of $210,000. That is appalling in the worst sense of the word. How many people would lose their jobs if they decided to stay home for more pay until their bosses decided to pay them more money? This person just didn’t show up because he wanted more millions. How many people struggle every day to not miss a day of work so they keep their job and bring home enough money to pay the rent, put food on the table and clothes on the backs of their children?
— Char Friis, Bellevue


Tickets are too expensive

For the 2014 football season, I paid the University of Washington $1,127 for a single ticket, Tyee and parking. Upon receipt of my ticket folder the truth of the school’s motto on the back tells it all: “All We Want is Everything You’ve Got.” Mission accomplished!
— John Baker, Camano Island


Coach Price should be honored

Bill Moos doesn’t need my advice, but somehow, at some time, Mike Price’s name needs to be a permanent part of Martin Stadium. His body of work as a coach at WSU speaks for itself, and he did it with limited resources compared to the rest of the Pac-10.
He was more than just a football coach, he was an ambassador for the entire university. Nobody loved being a Coug more than Coach Price. I loved working for him, and am a better person for it. My suggestion: Mike Price Field.
— Rob Oviatt, Medford, Ore.


Still not convinced on the start

Thank you for your continued Seafair hydroplane coverage. As Chip Hanauer once told me, “It’s like a Godzilla movie. Just when you think it is down and out, it gets back up.”
A good follow-up to the story would be to ask H1 to show the video they made their call from (on the starting line controversy).
A good screen capture similar to the KIRO broadcast would show exactly how H1 made the call and maybe put it to rest. Also, what is KIRO’s comment on this? I would expect they might have a different take on it than “we’re not sure why.”
— Owen Blauman

Chip Hanauer made good choice

Something I read in the Times on Seafair weekend suddenly registered with me. We were told that Chip Hanauer retired at the point where he was one career win short of Bill Muncey’s total, so as not to pass his idol. I think that is such an admirable thing to do.
And as for Dave Villwock, he blasted past both when he had the chance. I guess no one can blame him for that, but given what we know of his character, no one could feel surprise.
— Tom Likai, Shoreline

Pacific Crest Trail runner

Record-breaking run inspires

Thank you so much for Geoff Baker’s articles about Joe McConaughy’s 53-day Pacific Crest Trail record-breaking run. It was good to see the spike in donations to Cancer Care right after the first article.
Don Graydon and I met Joe for the first time at the Stevens Pass PCT trailhead. What a friendly, unassuming guy! I’m always in awe of those who show such determination and dedication to achieve a goal.
Joe has wonderful friends who supported his run — undoubtedly breaking some kind of record for their assistance. What a way to begin life after college!
— Jonelle Kemmerling, Shoreline

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