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.
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
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
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
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
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