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November 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Readers go Beast Mode over Marshawn Lynch, King Felix, UW complaints

11-16-14

Mariners

Why Hernandez
deserved Cy Young

Felix Hernandez deserved the American League Cy Young Award. All the writers Larry Stone mentioned in his column (“Hernandez not winning Cy Young a stunner,” Thursday) who placed Felix second were from the Midwest or Southwest. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

These writers made much of one outing against Toronto but failed to note that the M’s were one game from the playoffs when Felix won his last outing and he set a record with 16 consecutive starts of seven innings or more allowing two runs or less. Further, while they made a point of saying Safeco is a pitchers’ park, they failed to note that Felix was denied a number of victories because of lack of run support and that Seattle has a further disadvantage of having to travel more than any other team.

Felix won the MLB players award voted by guys who had to face him. I think the players on the field know more than the writers.

— William Scott Galasso, Edmonds

King Felix gets
must-win start

Nothing against Corey Kluber of Cleveland, who had a great year, but I think Felix Hernandez deserved the AL Cy Young this year.  Which pitcher would you start to win one game when you needed it?  King Felix!

— Chris Rosillo, La Quina, Calif.

Seahawks

Reader might
go Beast Mode

We have all heard occasional rumblings about Marshawn Lynch’s discontent, supposedly either from him or from the front office
relating to age and money issues. But apart from all those considerations, I simply want to say that if the Seahawks organization sees fit to cut him loose while his prodigious performances continue to percolate and thrill the football fans of this region, I am going to lose it.

— Tom Likai, Shoreline

Pop the bubble
screen, please

We are well into the season and the Seahawks’ persist in dialing up a bubble screen that rarely works. Every team in the NFL has figured out how to defend it.

The next time you feel like placing an obstacle in the way of our offense please execute a kneel down for a 2- or 3-yard loss.
Imagine the confusion! It also has the advantage of no holding or pass-interference calls, and you can probably execute it without injuring anyone.

— Gordon Ridgeway, Bothell

Sounders

Headline for scoreless
match made points

I don’t if who wrote the own headline for Larry Stone’s column on Tuesday, but “Sounders good to the last Draw” was exceptional!

— Beth Fox

Huskies

Hey, Coach, this
is UW football

Dear coach Chris Petersen,

Upon moving to Washington, I feel there are a few things you may have overlooked.

1) The Huskies play on a green field, not a blue one. This may be somewhat confusing and result in your terrible play-calling.

2) The Huskies run between the tackles, and aggressively throw the ball down the field, not side to side.

3) The Huskies DO NOT run cute trick plays, particularly inside the red zone, that do not work.

4) The Huskies play an aggressive defense and DO NOT give the other teams’ receivers a cushion of 8 to 10 yards.
5) The Huskies colors are purple and gold — NOT white, black or any other combination. Helmets are gold with a purple W, period! It’s called tradition.

The Huskies have won a national championship. It’s time to start coaching and playing like champions!

If you have any questions, coach, just ask any former UW players, students or alumni. They’ll be glad to help.

— Stew Ruledge, Mukilteo

Stop whining, watch
games on TV

As a lifetime Dawg fan and season-ticket holder for 14 years, until relocating out of state, I’m a bit disappointed The Seattle Times doesn’t publish views other than excessive whining from self absorbed “fans”.

Everything changes over time, and while money has always driven collegiate major sports programs, technology has revolutionized every aspect of the collegiate sports business. Overall, UW has made good, balanced decisions, the magnificent stadium renovation being the best example. Many decisions related to the complaints are made by the Pac-12 Conference.

Every fan has a choice each season to purchase tickets. If you don’t like start times, the scoreboard, etc. then stay home to watch the games.

— Dave Mantel, Marana, Ariz.

Happy to see

Peters gone

It appears Marcus Peters, in his infinite wisdom, understands everything about football, commitments, relationships and societal perceptions. Peters’ behavioral path is eerily similar to that of another former Huskies defensive back, the late Anthony Vonture. On the other hand the Trufant brothers have shown how to achieve success without being an irritant.

I applaud the decision to get ride of Peters.

— Chuck Klein, Lake Tapps

Cougars

Likes changes
of WSU football

The reader who wrote about the culture Bill Moos has created at WSU (“WSU just as bad,” Backtalk, Nov. 9) needs to get the facts straight. I have been to three games in Pullman this year, all of which were near sellouts with no available motel rooms for miles around.

Should Mike Leach blame himself for a missed 19-yard field goal against California. or for officials not calling an obvious pass-interference penalty against Oregon? Change those two plays and the season might feel a lot different.
Also, the remodeled stadium and new football facility are things to be very proud of. Yes, some Doobie Brothers or Beach Boys music would be an improvement, but does this mean Moos has created a bad culture there? C’mon man!

— Leroy Miller, Bellevue

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