Leach is hardly
a role model
Like many, I’m disappointed with the present state of Washington State football, but I’m more concerned with a head coach who lacks character and never takes responsibility for his own or his team’s performance. Instead, he publicly humiliates his linemen, pressures or punishes players who are injured, fires assistant coaches and makes snarky remarks belittling his team’s effort and and performance.
The appropriately named Mike Leach simply does not represent the qualities of maturity, respect and fairness required of a leader. A college or high-school coach is first and foremost an educator. Leach is far from the estimable adult role model every young man and woman deserves.
Bill Moos has done the Cougars a huge disfavor with his hiring and support of Leach.
—Rick Robbins, Kenmore
Since when is
I can just imagine former Washington coach Don James smirking in the grave after the comment of Washington State’s Isaiah Myers (“WSU’s season ends with a whimper in Apple Cup,” Nov. 30) about how Washington State’s season was “awesome”.
Obviously, he’s a Cougar who has learned not to expect too much.
— John Shiels, Mountlake Terrace
is team’s doing
The Mariners would not have a hole in right field had they kept Michael Saunders. The best outfielder
on the team, Saunders at worst could have been that fourth outfielder able to play all the positions and add defense to the mix.
General manager Jack Zdurnciek blew this one.
— Ric Rosa, Bothell
Story of GM
This the story of Billy Beane — compulsive trader. As we begin our tale, we find Billy at his weekly Traders Anonymous meeting:
Beane (with eyes-wide-open face): “Hi, my name’s Billy …”
Owners (with fiendishly-evil-grin faces): “Hi, Billy!”
Beane (with scrunchy face): “… and I’m a trader. I haven’t made a trade in nearly four days. …”
Can Billy (with Moneyball face) overcome his Trading Addiction?
Be with us next time, as we discover how Billy (with squinty-eye face) destroyed his baseball team in the middle of the season with one trade, alienated his fan base, then, when the season was over, traded his best player, Josh, because he, Billy (with pouty face), was mad at Josh.
— Don Farrar, Bothell
of violence is sad
I may be the only person in boosterism crazy Seattle who feels this way, but I find The Seattle Time’s excessive “coverage” of the Seahawks, as exemplified by the Nov. 28 Seahawks Extra section, disconcerting. Do the Seahawks pay for this or is it just free marketing?
It seems sad that my native city feels the need to wrap its identity around a concept that even its proponents acknowledge is based on violence. We are still in thrall of Kam Chancellor’s “devastating hit” in last year’s Super Bowl. But I guess in a town that worships such bullying entities as Amazon and Microsoft it’s not unexpected.
— Dick Schwartz, Seattle
We are the champions. We came out ahead on points and wins every step of the way.
The MLS playoff system devalues the MLS Cup title. It’s just like getting a blue ribbon in a postseason tournament in junior soccer.
— Douglas Mays, Marysville
I am not a sports fan, but I go through that section of the paper for fish-and-game news and to look
at The Seattle Times’ great photography.
I love the picture Monday on Page C4 taken by Bettina Hansen. She captured the half-inch icicle dangling on the marathon winner’s beard. That tells the story in itself. Thanks also for giving room to the story by Terry Wood (“Kirkland’s Frandsen, Redmond’s Liu win Seattle Marathon,” Dec. 1) . This is good news that warms the readers’ hearts.
— Pat Yeager
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