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November 29, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Seahawks turnaround, Marshawn Lynch’s silence: Seattle Times readers sound off


What changed
for this team?

Great “W” by the Seahawks over the San Francisco 49ers. Only one thing bothers me: How do you explain the difference between the way the team played against Dallas and Kansas City and the Thanksgiving win, on the road no less, against the Niners?

Kansas City practically ran at will. I hope this is not a Seattle team that only plays well when they feel like they should. It can happen to any team, but you don’t win championships that way. I know that getting healthy is part of the equation, but Seattle is playing its best defense without Brandon Mebane, the big man in the middle who everyone credits for the good run defense. Go figure.

— Don Curtis, Clinton

Millen’s analysis
should be on cover

Hugh Millen writes the best Seahawks analysis I’ve read. His column is awesome, so good it merits placement on the front page of Sports.

— Charles P. Costanzo

Leave Lynch
alone, please

Just because we fans are “gobbling up every aspect of this saga” doesn’t mean we don’t want you to leave Marshawn Lynch alone. Why can’t you guys just leave the poor man be, for crying out loud. I really think most fans would rather not have to read anything more about this.

The onus is now on both the media and the NFL to find ways to interact with the players without league mandates. Do the both of you really believe that postgame interviews are that popular anyway? I don’t ever need to hear from the players actually. I would prefer just to watch them at what they are good at, what they are paid to do. I don’t need to hear the same old questions and answers after every game. Blah, blah, blah.

— David Goehring


Negative fans
miss important point

For a long time, when speaking of past Mariners personnel moves, the prevailing point of view by most vocal fans is a negative one. In other words, people love to complain. It would appear, from listening to this rhetoric, that the brain trust down there rarely does anything right.

A case in point would be the transaction that brought Justin Smoak here. A recent letter by David Sadick (“Leave Seattle, making the playoffs,” Backtalk, Nov. 9) sarcastically refers to “that Justin Smoak-for-Cliff Lee deal,” making no mention of the realities at the time. Cliff Lee was a Mariner for a part of one season only, and the fact that he only planned to fulfill the terms of his contract was made clear during the summer. He had no intention of remaining with the team past game 162. In view of this depressing fact, the Mariner brass had two choices: 1) Trade him for whatever small concession another team was willing to give; (2) Let him walk away and receive nothing. This is the antithesis of what a real trade is — swapping players who are judged to be more or less equal entities. When you’re over a barrel, you do the best you can.

It is so easy to take shots at a team because of its perceived failings. Basing one’s opinions on the impossible position the team found itself in is much more fair, but a lot more trouble and a lot less fun.

— Tom Likai, Shoreline

Husky hoops

Get ready for
UW’s new era

To all who have understandably avoided Washington men’s basketball for some time, you have a year to prepare yourselves for something pretty special. Oh, you could begin by watching this season.

After a bit of a dry spell, coach Lorenzo Romar again has another ensemble of junkyard dogs who are overachieving by way of a blue-collar work ethic. But at the very least, prepare yourselves right now to get back on board the Husky hoops train in the fall of 2015. That’s when Romar welcomes six (six!) blue-chip recruits, his biggest ever haul, to join the promise already forged.

Brace yourselves for a ride!

— Lewis Witham, Seattle

Will this be
the end for Romar?

I have to wonder if this will be the last year of Lorenzo Romar as coach of the Washington men’s
basketball team if the Huskies don’t make it to the NCAA tournament.

I think Romar is a great man and has great integrity, but winning is expected. He raised the bar high for himself with six tournament appearances in 12 seasons as coach. Only time will tell if this team can make a run at the big dance, but that seat is definitely warm.

— Jeff Swanson, Everett

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