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Take 2

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

September 6, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Seahawks dominance, 49ers drama: Times readers sound off

9-7-14Seahawks

Physical dominance
is only one factor

After that great opening salvo by the Seahawks in Thursday’s 2014 curtain raiser, who’s left in Seattle who doesn’t think we’ll repeat as Super Bowl champions? Along the entire range of defining attributes, from character to physical dominance, the Hawks seem to have it all.

Alas, many a great team, including the 18-0 Patriots in 2007, found that a myriad of quirky factors, right down to how the ball bounces, decide who’s the one team left standing on that Sunday in February. If only being the best team in football guaranteed anything, we’d already have that next banner ready to hang in CenturyLink Field.

— Lew Witham, Seattle

Packers Super?
Only in their dreams

Thursday afternoon I read in Sports Illustrated that the Green Bay Packers are picked to be the next Super Bowl champions . Thursday night I get to see the defending Super Bowl champions nearly demolish the imaginary next Super Bowl champions.

Is it too soon to start chanting “re-PETE, re-PETE, …”?

— Raymond S. Wilson, Bellevue

Sportswriters
showing Grit

I loved Jayson Jenks’ story this morning about Grit (“True Grit,” Tuesday) featuring Earl Thomas. It struck me immediately that good writers such as Jenks also must have a lot of grit.

Deadline pressures are only part of it. There have to be such things as adapting to a variety of unusual daily routines. Most of all is the obsessive application of one’s talents a l a Earl Thomas … and ever a quest for betterment.

— Tom Camfield, Port Townsend

Reader inspired
by Thomas’ example

Super story on the Seahawks, Earl Thomas, Byron Maxwell, and Grit.
I’m inspired to show some Grit in my own life.

— Rick Nakata, Bainbridge Island

NFL

49ers: new Bozos
of Bay Area

Chuckling is probably not the appropriate thing to do after all the problems the San Francisco 49ers have had of late, but it’s just too tempting to pass up. And one has to eventually ask the question: Who’s running the show down in the Bay area? (If not mistaken, I thought Bozo hung up his oversized boots years ago).

The latest incident involving defensive end Ray McDonald is hard to fathom after the NFL’s recent stance on domestic violence issues. But there goes McDonald celebrating his upcoming 30th birthday party at his home at 2:48 a.m. and decides that allegedly abusing his 10-week pregnant fiancee wouldn’t have any consequences.

I’m no defense attorney, nor would I want to be, but give me a stack of parking tickets and a signed Jim Harbaugh photo and I’ll pretend to play the part. But only with Bozo’s permission, of course.

— Creig Hamstad, Kenmore

Reign FC

Times buried
preview story

I’m confused. Reign FC, playing in the NWSL title game last Sunday, gets a small article on Page 7 of the Sports section that day? The Reign, undefeated and clearly the soccer powerhouse of the league, get an almost parenthetical mention on page 7 of the sports section today?

Come on, local newspaper that I cherish. I had to weed through six pages of football-dominated stories to find any mention of the game today, being held in Tukwila, which you don’t even mention. I’m confused and disappointed.

— Simone Bouterse

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