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Take 2

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

October 18, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Percy Harvin trade, Seahawks’ loss to Cowboys, hate in headlines: Seattle Times readers sound off

Seahawks

That’s OK, Seahawks
don’t need Harvin

So, the Seahawks traded Percy Harvin to the New York Jets for a conditional mid-round pick?

I know it is tough to keep your core together, as they mature into a roster full of all-stars. Percy wasn’t giving us what we thought he would. In contrast, he took what we do away a little. Giving the ball to Percy requires a team united for the cause.

Hell, we won last year without him. We were paying tons for almost no return. No pun intended. We need to get back to where we were, what we’re good at: running the ball. The team was united in its desire to achieve success that way.

This move frees us up to sign our guys (Russell Wilson and Russell Okung. Bobby Wagner.) It just wasn’t working for us.

I expect that this weekend, we’ll see Wilson relax a little. The move simplifies his reads. I expect a great game from Wilson.

— Keith Brown, Seattle

Officials’ bad call,
worst play calls

The Seahawks know they can beat other teams but also know that they cannot beat the NFL. We were reminded of this again by the clearly bad call against Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman in the game against the Dallas Cowboys.

And it didn’t help that the Seahawks’ own coaches went away from successful Marshawn Lynch runs at the beginning of the second half and called mostly pass plays, which were clearly not working.

— Dennis McFeely, Seattle

TV commercials
take practice, too

I don’t think the fans appreciate how much time it takes to make a quality TV commercial. What takes 20 or 30 seconds of airtime may actually require many hours of work to sell your car, insurance, airline, etc.

Maybe some football players just don’t have the time to practice enough because of that. Maybe that’s why the offense isn’t clicking.

— Jeff Ackles, Seattle

When was
Lynch released?

Coaches – D. Offensive Line – D-minus. Defensive Line – B. Linebackers – B-minus. Defensive Backs – B-minus. QB – C-minus. Special Teams – B. First half – Waste of TV time. Third Quarter – Good. Fourth Quarter – poor. Overall game – D-plus.

Questions for Seahawks: Did they release Marshawn Lynch, and I missed it? Why only two carries in first half? Why did Percy Harvin get three carries in the first half? Why are they so fixated on Harvin and neglecting the rest of the offense?

If this doesn’t change, the only way the Seahawks will return to the Super Bowl is if they buy tickets.

— Gordon Ridgeway, Bothell

Hawks need
more from Wilson

Russell Wilson is a great quarterback, but I don’t see him doing enough of what he did to win the Denver game. He threw a lot of very quick, short passes and ran for short gains. This was combined with some Marshawn Lynch runs.

I think it is a big mistake to continually run Lynch into the middle of the line hoping he’ll find a hole. Lynch is a great runner, but we waste too many downs on that play.

— Gordon Ridgeway, Bothell

Baseball playoffs

Second wild card
cheapens postseason

Notwithstanding all the hoopla in Seattle about the Mariners’ chances to be the second wild-card team in the American League playoffs, I would like to make two arguments against this latest invention of MLB.

First, a second wild card cheapens teams’ pursuit of a division title and usually allows an inferior team into the playoffs. The more teams in the playoffs the less that distinction means.

Second, baseball is based on series against other teams. The World Series champion is decided through a process of elimination in several series, from the best-of-five division series to the best-of-seven AL and NL pennant series and finally the best-of-seven World Series. The second wild-card team creates a one-game pseudo-playoff that cruelly eliminates a team in only one game and creates an anomaly that defies baseball tradition and the excitement and strategy that only a five- or seven-game series can create.

— Michael W. Shurgot, Seattle

Seattle Times

No place for
hate on pages

What a word for the front-page headline in the Sunday sports section (“We’re hated but we matter,” Jerry Brewer column). Is it any wonder that there are shouting matches, obscenities, thrown objects, fighting, and even people killed outside of sports venues?

Of course it is a game that has meaning, history, intrigue, suspense, strategy, pride, huge monetary stakes, etc. But it’s just a game. You have so much influence, especially with young people. Why do or say anything to engender more hate in this world?

— Steven J. Albright, Seattle

Rutz deserves
roses for photo

Roses: Consistently spectacular photographs. Dean Rutz’s shot of “The Catch” from Monday’s Seahawks coverage against the Dallas Cowboys was amazing.

Thorns: Obligatory mentions of high school, college or hometown in any mention of an athlete who ever passed within 100 miles of Seattle. Don’t you think every reader of the Sports page already knows about Jamal Crawford, Spencer Hawes and Jake Locker? The obligatory mention is so “small townish.”

— Abe Bergman, Vashon

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