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

October 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Seahawks’ problems, late-starting World Series games, and some love for Damon Huard: Seattle Times readers sound off

Seahawks

Seems like there’s
more to the Harvin fiasco

It looks to a whole lot of folks around these parts that there is a lot more to the Percy Harvin affair than the Seahawks are telling us. To give up that much, before even half of the season, with the distinct possibility that they will get nothing in return, says it all.
Obviously Percy wanted a lot more than the “just a little more” that he is telling everybody. We can sure see why Pete Carroll doesn’t want to talk about what amounts to a colossal error in judgment. Especially with Harvin’s already questionable history.
— Don Curtis, Clinton

Here’s another issue:
Carroll was out-coached

To say that many on the current Seattle team are Seahawks in name only is putting it mildly. They might be on the roster, but the reality is that numerous players are either new to the club or new to NFL football entirely. Injuries have been devastating, and most of that well-chronicled depth is just something they used to have.
But apart from that, the contest with St. Louis introduced a new factor, and one I didn’t expect to see: Pete Carroll was out-coached. … This has been a recurring theme throughout last season and this. Week after week, it’s the same tiresome refrain: “We need to address this problem and fix it.” Agreed, but when? It does not help to keep talking about it. Something has to be causing Seattle to be susceptible to this malady — it can’t be bad luck.
The injury problem is an ugly fact of life in the NFL, and we all hate to see it for many reasons. But some of the Seahawks’ current problems sure sound fixable to me.
— Tom Likai, Shoreline

It’s a conspiracy: NFL
out to get Seahawks

Russell Wilson will leave Seattle. He badly wants to be an all-time top quarterback. The NFL brass clearly doesn’t want the Hawks to be very successful. No room for all the reasons here. Evidence: Continual unwarranted penalties against Hawks. … Last three games, way too many bad calls against Seattle. Wilson will leave for another team if he perceives that Seattle won’t be allowed to win.
— Dennis McFeely, Seattle

Even best teams have
trouble repeating success

As much as the Seahawks — from Pete Carroll to Russell Wilson — say there is no Super Bowl hangover contributing to the team’s struggles, well, I’m just not so sure about that.
I think that can always happen after a championship season, to even the strongest of teams, no matter how well-coached they are or how much talent they have. If any team can overcome adversity like this, the Seahawks are the team to do it, but I definitely believe it is a factor. No matter what anyone says in the organization.
— Jeff Swanson, Everett

NFL officiating

Time for NFL to hire
full-time officials

I’ve had it up to here watching schoolteachers and attorneys moonlighting as officials in the NFL. The cheapos in the NFL have given us the worst officiated sport possible. Pay for competent full-time officials and stop this farce.
— John Lay, Seattle

World Series

World Series games
start too late

Major League Baseball and the Fox network wonder why they have such lousy ratings (translation: no one is watching) for the World Series.
What if the Woodland Park Zoo, and all Seattle area playgrounds waited until 8:30 at night to open their doors to children. How about only night skiing at Crystal or Stevens Pass or closing the beaches until 8:30 and no way to get your kids on the giant Ferris wheel or into the Seattle Aquarium until after 8:30 p.m.
And there you have Major League Baseball scheduling their premiere games of the season, the playoffs and World Series, on late at night for two-thirds of America’s children who live east of the Mississippi River.
Year after year after year after year the lords of TV and baseball have systematically denied access to their potential core of upcoming fans by starting these games in “prime time” instead of earlier, when the children of this nation could actually watch and enjoy these exciting games.
Major League Baseball wonders why so few people are watching their showcase games. Look at your watches.
— Frank Kniest, Edmonds

Husky football

Enough about
‘The Pick’ already

Ten years ago I met Damon Huard, and played a round of golf with him at the annual Detlef Schrempf golf tournament. Damon was there volunteering his time to help raise thousands of dollars for Seattle area disadvantaged youth.
He was very friendly and congenial, although … he kept lamenting an interception he had thrown some 10 years earlier against the Oregon. Finally I told him, “Just let it go. You were a college kid out there doing your best. You are from one of the most successful and recognized athletic families in the Northwest. Lighten up, man.”
And now here we go again with this “The Pick” business (“The play that changed everything,” Seattle Times, Oct. 22). I would suggest Phil Knight’s millions have transformed Oregon into the hip place to play, and have played the major role in Oregon’s complete domination over UW. Not one ill-executed play from 20 years ago. Can we please give Damon Huard a break?
— Lee Jorgenson, Bainbridge Island

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