Follow us:

Take 2

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

October 11, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Marshawn Lynch’s toughness, Mariners’ playoff hopes: Times readers sound off

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch leaves a Washington players in his wake as he makes a move after catching a pass.  John Lok / Seattle Times staff

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch leaves Washington players in his wake as he makes a move after catching a pass.
John Lok / Seattle Times staff


Lynch keeps on
dishing out hits

Very few NFL running backs are productive after they reach the age of 29. They can take only so many hits.

Yet I contend that Marshawn Lynch is different. He runs so hard that he doles out more punishment than he receives. I need only look back to Shawn Alexander, who would avoid contact and saw his numbers drop precipitously. Marshawn lives for hits, and he deserves to say when his career’s over.

— Keith Brown, Seattle

Penalties in D.C.
disprove theory

Frequently during Pete Carroll’s administration, we have heard players and officials make statements to the effect that the Seahawks prefer to defend aggressively, up to and sometimes exceeding the limits of NFL rules. The prevailing philosophy has been, “They can’t call everything.”

After witnessing the Oct. 6 debacle in which the Seahawks were penalized three times as much as Washington, I must ask: Are you sure about that?

— Tom Likai, Shoreline


It’s not about
the money, stupid

Geoff Baker suggest in his column (“Mariners need to spend more money 2015,” Oct. 4) that all that is needed to end the Mariners’ playoff drought is for management to finally spend big bucks. To the contrary, I would argue that it hasn’t been management’s unwillingness to spend, but rather management’s incompetence that is at the core of the problem.
True, the M’s player payrolls have dipped yet they have consistently exceeded those of Tampa Bay, Oakland and Pittsburgh, all teams that made the playoffs in recent years.

— Ron Bland, Issaquah

Wish we had
Giants’ leadership

The San Francisco Giants are now in the National League Championship Series and maybe on their way to their third World Series title in five years. Their 2014 season record was exactly one game better than the M’s. Yet here we sit again, like kids looking in the window of a candy store.

Aside from live gate receipts, the M’s and Giants are likely similar in revenue. It seems unfair that as a 28-year season ticket holder I’m still wondering if I will live long enough to see the World Series here in Seattle. I can only wonder how things would have been if we had a baseball savvy front office and an ownership group that at least cared enough to show up for a game once in awhile.

— Dennis Birk, Seattle

If Royals can,
why not M’s?

The Kansas City Royals are making a deep run in the baseball playoffs. Anyone who suggests the Mariners won’t be ready for the same is ignoring that they just missed the playoffs, while the Royals barely made it. Furthermore, you’d have been hard-pressed in September to find a scout telling you that the Royals were more potent or the Mariners less poised for a deep playoff run.

— Lew Witham, Seattle


Give me more
like Stone’s column

Larry Stone’s column on John Timu and his family (“A new life leads the Huskies’ Timu to new outlook on his own life”), is the kind of story that causes me to peruse the Sports section of the paper each morning. It should have been on the front page of the A section! It was very interersting and a perfect example for “kids” of all ages.

— Marge Qualls


Blame Leach
for defeat

Recently fired WSU special teams-coach Eric Russell. If anybody felt more embarrassed in the Cougars’ unfathomable 60-59 loss to California it was Russell. But ultimately, the devastating defeat should fall on coach Mike Leach
He didn’t do his job, plain and simple. Blaming Russell is a cop out and then some. But the egotistical Leach would never admit to that. Sleep well, Coach.

— Creig Hamstad, Kenmore

Ryder Cup

Just overhaul
entire system

I’d like to thank the USGA, and PGA of America, for putting together such a pathetic Ryder Cup team this year. This is the second time in three years the USA team blew it in typical USA fashion. They did it in Medina two years ago, and this year in Scotland.

They need to overhaul the entire system, from the captains, to how and when the team is selected. This is not rocket science.

— Tim Bailey, Auburn

Send us your backtalk:

Letters bearing real names, addresses and telephone numbers for verification are considered for publication. Please limit letters to 125 words or less. They are subject to editing and become the property of The Times. Fax them to 206-493-0934, or mail to: Backtalk, Seattle Times Sports, P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA 98111. Or email to:

Want to be a reader contributor to The Seattle Times’ Take 2 blog? Email your original, previously unpublished work or proposal to Sports Editor Don Shelton at or Not all submissions can be published. Opinions expressed are those of authors, and The Times reserves the right to edit and publish any submissions online and/or in print.




No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.

The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.

The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►