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October 4, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Chris Petersen jeers, Mariners cheers: Seattle Times readers sound off

Huskies

Is honeymoon
over for Petersen?

Against Stanford, some great individual performances on defense were negated by catastrophic, bond-headed calls by coach Chris Petersen. By going for it on fourth down, his lack of sense and game management was nothing short of circus.

Coach, all eyes are on you. Time for you to coach and earn your stripes. Give our players a chance. The honeymoon is over, and Saturday was hard to swallow.

— Andrew Quall, Mill Creek

UW coach owned
up to defeat

Hats off to Huskies coach Chris Petersen after a competitive and close game against Stanford. Coach Petersen in the full flush of defeat took primary responsibility for his team’s shortcomings and promised corrections. He neither demeaned his players, popped off apoplectically at disputed calls, blamed his opponents for slowing the pace, nor called his athletic director down from the press box to get an advantage. In short, he displayed the model of integrity parallel to his esteemed opponent Coach David Shaw of Stanford.

We should celebrate how Coach Petersen displayed a model of integrity, which has convinced me that we have hired another Don James.

— David Cellio, Seattle

He’s not ‘Our
Kind of Coach’

Washington alums and fans have been hearing repeatedly for the past nine months how coach Chris Petersen wants “Our Kind of Guys” for his team. Well, we need “Our Kind of Coach.” Pac-12 football is big-time college football. It is not Mountain West football.

— Robert Gregory Lathram, Collinsville, Ill.

Booze, boos equal
fans’ bad behavior

After watching the UW-Stanford home game, I found myself more concerned with the behavior of the Husky fans than the outcome of the game. Since when are Husky fans showing up late for the game, spending most of the third quarter out of the stadium drinking beer in “The Zone,” and booing the team playing their hearts out against one of the toughest teams in the country?

This kind of prima donna fanship isn’t how I remembered it when I attended UW in the 1970s

— Rick Grant, Seattle

Mariners

McClendon was
team’s MVP

Who’s the M’s MVP in 2014? Lloyd McClendon. He got more out of a bunch of underachievers and a half-dozen legit ballplayers than anyone since Sweet Lou. Toughness returned this year.

— Rick Stanton, Bainbridge Island

Thanks for a
wonderful ride

Thanks, Mariners, for an exciting, enjoyable season. It was a great ride and the air didn’t go out of the tires until into the last week. And thanks, Felix Hernandez, for your great season and your great leadership.

— Robert M. Stevenson, Port Townsend

Sounders

With M’s done,
focus on soccer

Larry Stone’s article Tuesday (“Seahawks off, but fans in full roar,”) at first glance seemed to make an interesting point, embracing some widening acknowledgment of area sports for Seahawks off days. On closer reading, Stone seemed to be on a prejudiced quest to find a sign of life in area sports and surprised himself by finding some.

For some years now, I have been trying to fight against the broadly accepted impression that this is a one-sport town with nothing else of sporting interest. Each area sport (football, baseball and soccer) spawns its own separate and unique but also equal fan culture and sporting interest.

I am not a Hawks or Mariners fan but a Sounders fan and a noisy one at that. Stone may feel that he had to search for signs of life in Seattle because of a Hawks bye week, but I feel no need to do so. In fact, I feel the opposite — the need to escape when the Hawks are in town or playing somewhere, knowing that the build-up and post-game coverage will be exhaustive, relentless and saturating.

With the Mariners out of their own playoffs, the focus should now be on the Sounders, since they have already qualified for their playoffs.

— Tim Whittome, Sammammish

Ryder Cup

Owning up
to USA solution

My wife has the solution to constant drubbing we get from Europe in the Ryder Cup. If you live in the USA and own property you play for the USA. Problem solved.

— Bill Moore, Edmonds

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