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Take 2

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

December 13, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Seahawks’ repeat, Chip Kelly’s whining, UW hoops crowds: Times readers sound off

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, left, talks to quarterback Russell Wilson.  Bettina Hansen / Seattle Times staff

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, left, talks to quarterback Russell Wilson late in the win in Philadelphia last Sunday.
Bettina Hansen / Seattle Times staff


Young players
are stepping up

The Seahawks’ defense allowed the Philadelphia Eagles only 139 yards Sunday and is playing its best
football of the season.

They’re playing as well as last season even though they lost game-changing players such as Brandon Browner, Walter Thurmond, Chris Clemons, Red Bryant, and Clinton McDonald. A lot of the younger guys have stepped up this year to replace them, and I am excited to see how far this team can go.

— Coby Stirrat, Sammamish

Seattle on precipice
of greatness?

As this season has shown, the crown can be heavy. Many obstacles must be overcome. Despite that the Seahawks control their own destiny. I think they’re on the precipice of greatness.

I don’t see us losing again this year. If the Hawks reach the playoffs and are as good as we know they are, their defense will stop Aaron Rogers in Green Bay for the NFC Championship and beat either Tom Brady or Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl.

Winning a Championship two years in a row sets Seattle up for a three-peat.

— Keith Brown, Seattle

Eagles coach Chip Kelly talks to referee Bill Vinovich during Philadelphia's loss to the Seahawks.   Michael Perez / The Associated Press photo

Eagles coach Chip Kelly talks to referee Bill Vinovich during Philadelphia’s loss to the Seahawks.
Michael Perez / The Associated Press photo

Stop Kelly’s
relentless yammering

We Hawks fans encountered a new NFL coach to hate Sunday. Jim Harbaugh, move over, brother.

Chip Kelley’s relentless yammering at the officials reminded me of a steady rain whacking against the window, or a pesky little brother refusing to go away. I knew he was a successful coach, but I had no idea he was such a whiner. If I was a referee, I’d be tempted to make a couple of calls to really get him going!

— Tom Likai, Shoreline

Three gripes
and it’s 10 yards

A new rule is needed in the NFL, and maybe in college football, too.

“The head coach is allowed three gripes at the officials per half. Gripes in excess of the limit shall result in a 10-yard penalty. The coach will be ejected from the game after 10 gripes.”

I am so fed up with Chip Kelly, Jim Harbaugh and, yes, even Pete Carroll ragging on the officials after every play.

— Dave Feray, Lynden

College football

Eliminate angst
with announcement

So much angst over the decisions for the college football playoff! The solution is simple: No pre-selection ratings should be released by the committee. Make one announcement, then teams like TCU won’t be disappointed.

— Jim Diffendorfer, Renton


Spend more
to win more

If the Mariners are going to make a serious run at the playoffs, they will need to add as much talent to their roster for as little of a cost as possible. The best way to do this was to acquire new players through free agency at the winter meetings. If this team is serious about winning the World Series, Jack Zduriencik needs to spend money to acquire the talent that will help us get there.

— Jamie Koffman, Sammamish

UW basketball

Crowds drop while
ticket-prices soar

A factor never mentioned in the article about declining attendance for Washington men’s basketball (“Despite fast start, don’t expect UW to draw big crowds,” Thursday) is price gouging by the UW Athletics Department.

I moved here in 1985, when general-admission ticket cost $10. I went to every game. When the price increased to $30, I only went to a couple games per year. When the price increased to $50 ($38 for the top few rows without seat backs), I realized I could never afford to go to another men’s game at the UW.

— Mark Steinberg, Burien

Blame attendance
on television

There are two very important reasons for the slide in attendance that didn’t make it into your article. First is the Pac-12 Networks. Why fight the traffic and the weather, and pay a lot for parking, when you can comfortably sit at home and watch every game on a massive screen? Second is the feeling throughout major-college sports that it is now all about the money, and TV produces much more of that than attendance by fans.

— Dan Syrdal, Mercer Island

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