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November 8, 2014 at 7:00 AM

UW, WSU ruining tradition, Seahawks-Raiders debacle: Times readers sound off

Two hearty Husky football fans brave the elements before the Arizona State-Washington game on Oct. 25.  Dean Rutz / Seattle Times staff

Two hearty Husky football fans brave the elements before the Arizona State-Washington game on Oct. 25.
Dean Rutz / Seattle Times staff

Huskies

Don’t forget new
Husky traditions

Max Waugh’s letter to the University of Washington Athletics Marketing Department (“Husky lore no more, says longtime fan,” Monday) was right on point. As a UW graduate and long-time Huskies season-ticket holder and Tyee contributor, I support the coaches and players, but the actions by the athletic department are wearing thin.

I have a similar reaction to the artificial attempts to rekindle the old Husky spirit. While Mr. Waugh mentioned several lost traditions, he did not mention some of the new traditions for Husky football fans:

1) Buying season tickets and then hoping the date and time of the games will be set so that you can actually attend.

2) Attending night games in the cold and dark of late October.

3) Trying to locate meaningful game statistics such as down, yards, time, and defensive and
offensive stats on scoreboards full of commercials and nowhere near as readable as the old scoreboard.

4) Watching the team get thrashed by Oregon year after year.

5) Cancelling season-ticket subscriptions because you feel like little more than an endless source of cash to be mined.

— Richard Greaves, Seattle

Cougars

WSU games
also frustrating

My genuine sympathies to Max Waugh who mourns the Huskies he has known all his life. He is not alone.

I am a second-generation Cougar who recently has had the thrill of watching three grandsons graduate from Washington State.

When Bill Moos became athletic director, his first public statement was that he was going to “change the culture” of WSU. He has done just that. In Martin Stadium and all over campus, we experience the tragic effects of Moos’ culture change. Hotel rooms stand empty and the few fans in the stands are blasted nearly out of our seats by tuneless rock and roll on the public-address system. Worst of all we have a head coach who doesn’t accept responsibility. Mike Leach blames the players, the assistant coaches, the receivers and even his predecessor for everything that goes wrong,

After 69 years of life as an avid WSU supporter, I quit. I no longer care. I don’t even
listen to the games on radio.

I hope Waugh finds consolation that the fault is not UW as much as it is in the money-grubbing disaster that college football has become.

— Nancy Talbot Doty, Mount Vernon

Seahawks

Fan wants refund
after Raider mess

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has the gall to announce to fans that the main objective of the junior-varsity game they had with the Raiders was to win and get out unscathed. I was attending my first (and now, last) game at CenturyLink Field, having saved a long while to afford it, yet he tries to cover up the inadequacy of his coaching staff to adjust to the same injury conditions faced by every NFL team.

Hey, Pete, how about a refund?

– Gabby Hyman, Port Townsend

Postseason coming

despite struggles

Let’s take a look under the Seahawks’ hood: Russell Okung isn’t playing much, or like an All-Pro when he is. Same can be said for Max Unger. Russell Wilson can only do so much alone. Marshawn Lynch would do better if he wasn’t being hit so much behind the line of scrimmage On the defensive side, we miss Red Bryant and Chris Clemons, not to mention Brandon Browner.

I believe we will make the playoffs again, and we will be dangerous. But we have to be good enough, and lucky enough, to overcome every team’s best effort, and the scrutiny of the zebras.

— Keith Brown, Seattle

Mariners

Leaving Seattle,
making the playoffs

How did that Justin Smoak-for-Cliff Lee deal work out for you? Who on earth judges talent and where are Adam Jones, Michael Morse, Doug Fister, and Jason Vargas?

Oh, yeah: on TV in October.

— David Sadick, Port Townsend

Baseball

All-Stars shouldn’t
alter World Series

When Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig decided that the team from the league that won the All-Star Game should get home-field advantage in the World Series, he linked two events that have no connection to one another and undermined the value of having the better regular-season won-lost record.

MLB mandates that all teams must be represented in the All-Star Game. So players from inferior teams with no chance of making the World Series are able to affect the outcome of the World Series, perhaps by an error or a timely hit.
Selig’s linkage here makes no sense and cheapens the World Series.

— Michael Shurgot, Seattle

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