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Take 2

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

September 20, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Mariners’ Fernando Rodney, Seahawks’ Percy Harvin: Times readers sound off

Fernando Rodney has shot himself in the foot as well as unleashing his makeshift arrow after saves, according to a reader.  Photo by Mark Terrill / The Associated Press

Fernando Rodney has shot himself in the foot as well as unleashing his makeshift arrow after saves, according to a reader.
Photo by Mark Terrill / The Associated Press


Contract extension
was premature

The Mariners extended the contract of general manager Jack Zduriencik in August based on the positive performance of the team. The team and fans depended on him to make the right moves around the trade deadline. He acquired Kendrys Morales, Austin Jackson and Chris Denorfia, but their offensive numbers have been dismal.

Zduriencik failed the team and the fans at the trade deadline.The Mariners were premature when his contract was extended. What harm would it have been to wait until season ended to see if the deadline moves would lead us to the playoffs? This is his sixth season, and I still have doubts that he is the right guy for the Mariners.

— Pat Maloney, Kent

It’s time for a
real manager

So, manager Lloyd McClendon puts Fernando Rodney in for the 10th inning against Oakland on Sept. 13 and lets him walk four batters and scoring the winning run? What a joke.

It’s Big Boy time of year. If a guy chokes, pull him and let your other bullpen pitchers do the job. Time for a real manager. See ya, Lloyd!

— Robert Van den Akker, Monroe

Defense saved
day, not Rodney

The men in my family disagree with me. ”Check the numbers,” they say.

The numbers don’t mean anything because what they reflect is a stellar defense that has “saved” the closer time and time again. The saves belong to them, not to Fernando Rodney. On Sept. 13, not even those defensive darlings of the diamond could save his sorry hide.

Help the team, Lloyd. Pull him!

— Tina Brennan, Renton


History shows
sky won’t fall

To those who think the sky is falling because the Seahawks lost a game, it’s not unheard of for a great team to lose convincingly to an underdog. The 2004 New England Patriots, another defending Super Bowl champion, traveled to Buffalo for their season opener and got thrashed, 31-0.

At season’s end, New England defended their Super Bowl championship. Buffalo’s record? Six wins, 10 losses.

— Lew Witham, Seattle

Loss to Chargers
was coaches’ fault

Seattle’s 30-21 loss at San Diego last Sunday was the coaches’ fault. Here’s why:

1) Failure to go for it on fourth down with 1.5 yards to go and a splendid offensive team facing a very tired defensive one.

2) Failure to make the defensive adjustment of putting linebackers closer to the line (or on it) during the first half rather than waiting for the second half.

3) Not putting Percy Harvin in the game earlier near the end. And when they use him, they ran a reverse that was instantly diagnosed by the Chargers’ defense.

— Dennis McFeely, Seattle

These fans
have passion

I’m writing in response to Kathy Huempfner letter (“Clean up 12th Man act,” Backtalk, Sept. 14). Like you, I have also worn my Seahawks jerseys into such NFL cities such as Foxsboro, Mass., and Oakland, Calif. And, like you, I have had similar experiences of rudeness.

This is the NFL, and these teams have fans of passion. Get over it!

— Joe Box Jr., Everett

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