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August 30, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Seahawks’ Terrelle Pryor, Mariners’ Kendrys Morales: Sports readers sound off

Seahawks

No excuse for
Pryor’s comments

I found Terrelle Pryor’s recent comments about his attempts to make the Seahawks’ roster (“Pryor not putting pressure on return,” Tuesday) to be no less than astounding. He stated, “I thought I was sitting out the whole game, but you’ve always got to be ready … you’ve got to own up to these things. …” He allows that he wouldn’t use it as an excuse for his lackluster performance.

If these remarks do not constitute a search for an excuse, then what is their purpose? They would not enter a person’s mind unless he were attempting to unearth some way to distract attention or shift blame. He had to have a reason.
Pryor was not given that jersey to wear just so that he would fit in with the guys. And he was not presented with that helmet so that he could sit on the bench with a clip board. The time for concentration and correct execution is now, my friend.

— Tom Likai, Shoreline

Mariners

Morales is no
No. 4 hitter

Kendrys Morales is not a No. 5 hitter in the Mariners’ lineup. He was batting .244 entering Friday’s game, which should make him the No. 8 or 9 hitter, at best.

The M’s need to bring up Michael Saunders and possibly Justin Smoak as soon as possible to add some power.

— Gerald Ramey, Edmonds

Petulant umpire
violated own rule

When petulant umpire Tony Randazzo tossed Lloyd McClendon two days in a row in Detroit, he violated Rule 9.05 of Major League Baseball’s rulebook.

The rule ends with the following statement about umpiring behavior: “Finally, be courteous, impartial and firm and compel respect from all. “

Here what he had to say to McClendon. “I’ve seen your act before.” Impartial? And on the check swing call he missed, he was appalled the Mariners’ manager, “Took his hand and shooed away my call.” And then Randazzo promptly tossed McClendon by shooing him away with his hand. Courteous?

He should be fined and warned if his conduct continues to bait managers and or players he’ll be fined again and suspended.

— Rick Stanton, Bainbridge Island

Auto racing

KJR announcer
crossed line

KJR 950 AM’s Mitch Levy and his morning co-hosts crossed a line on their August 11 broadcast, and I feel obligated to say something. Levy and his co-hosts talked about the tragic death of Kevin Ward Jr. as though it was comical water cooler banter. They even went so far as to reference a car accident in an episode of “Looney Toons” as a comparison to what happened.

Imagine yourself in the shoes of Ward’s parents or family and hearing this a mere two days after his passing. It’s for this reason I’m calling for a boycott of the Mitch in the Morning program until a sincere apology is given by both him and the station. I hope a few people might join me in my efforts

— Luke Nelson, Kent

Cougars

Be more sensitive
about gun violence

I opened my paper Friday and my eyes flew to the headline “Washington St. loses shootout to Rutgers,” on Page A1. I know that it is common to use words like “kill”, “clobber”, “maim”, to describe wins/losses in sports. I’m good with that.
But in light of all the recent gun violence in our area — most recently, the murder of two gas station/mini-mart employees about two miles from my home — “shootout” seems insensitive and inappropriate.

Please consider the power of your words, and how they may relate to current events.

— Carol Quilici, Kent

High schools

Businessmen
deserve kudos

The recent Lakeside story (“With Balmer’s aid, elite school pushes the limits of prep-sports rules,” Aug. 17) shows how local businessmen are taking some young men and trying to help by showing them a world they may never have seen or experienced. If not for the generosity, kindness and support of these men, the young men’s dreams would not be possible.

Kudos to these men and the boys they help.

— Gary Hunter, Seattle

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