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Take 2

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

December 27, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Marshawn Lynch’s silence, crotch grab: What Seattle Times sports readers are saying

12-28-14Marshawn Lynch

End-zone move
deserved $100K fine

Marshawn’s 79-yard run Sunday was an incredible thing to watch, but was ruined by his crotch grab at the end.  It should have drawn an immediate unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, and the league should have fined him $100,000, not just $11,000 – and the Seahawks should have reprimanded him as well!

I’m a big Seahawks fan and I love Lynch, but something like that belongs in the locker room, not on national TV with millions watching, including tens of thousands of little kids. The run was so spectacular that it will be shown over and over again, so everyone can watch his crude end-zone move as often as they want.

Come on,Marshawn. Show some class and get that kind of playground garbage out of your act.

— John Hansen, Renton

Caught up in
Marshawn’s moment

Thank you, Marshawn, for the spectacular touchdown run against Arizona in the fourth quarter!

At age 65, caught up in the moment and jumping up and down in my living room, I spiked my Subway meatball sandwich, leaped high in the air twisting like a young Greg Louganis coming off the high dive, clutched my boys, and landed almost perfectly on the couch.

With any luck I’ll have the chiropractor paid off and the marinara stain out of the carpet by Super Bowl.

— John McLean, Snoqualmie

One more year
of Beast, at least

The Seahawks are to be commended for signing so many of their key players to extended contracts. However, during all this there remains an elephant in the room (or in this case, a beast). We’ve already heard that Marshawn Lynch may get cut next season because of how much money he will be owed. We’ve heard that he is approaching the age when the production of running backs begins to decline. We’ve heard about how much pounding his body has taken and dished out.

But, if we learned anything from the recent Cardinals game, it is that he still has amazingly quick feet, is shockingly fast for a man of his build, and can still bring that tackle-breaking passion that we affectionately refer to as Beast Mode.

He is as arguably important, if not more so, as any of the players already receiving extensions for the success of the Seahawks past two seasons. Please, give us at least one or two more years of the Beast.

— Raymond S. Wilson, Bellevue

Let Lynch just
speak with actions

Some are miffed at Marshawn Lynch making fabulous runs, then in interviews saying only, “thank you for asking.” Lynch answers that way because of his competitive desire inside him — which drives Beast Mode — drives what he does on the field, not what he says in interviews. His “thank you for asking” lets sportswriters know he appreciates them touching on what champions are made of. The rest of his answer, however, comes from within him in the next game.

Like Marshawn Lynch, Jackie Robinson played big and said little. Robinson, facing racial barbs, said little in order to give his competitive desire a chance to display itself on the field. Hall of Famer Gary Payton made talking in opponents’ faces part of his high-caliber play. All three athletes taught the world something about competitive desire.

— Brian Roesch, Seattle

Marshawn Lynch shares a light moment with the press during the Super Bowl Media day earlier this year.  John Lok / Seattle Times staff

Marshawn Lynch shares a light moment with the press during the Super Bowl Media day earlier this year.
John Lok / Seattle Times staff

To speak or
not to speak

Whatever happened to free speech, and the right to speak or not speak? Does becoming a professional athlete under NFL rules automatically deny these basic constitutional freedoms? Let Marshawn say what he wants to say, when he wants!

— Richard L. Hurley, Seattle

Crotch grab is
a no-class move

Dear Marshawn: We all know what a hell of a running back you are and what a “bad dude” you are. That TD run against the Cards was a thing of raw power and beauty, and who cares if you don’t want to talk to the media.

But, really, do you have to do your little-boy crotch-grabbing act? I’m not defending the NFL, but every day, on the playing fields of America, little kids emulate their heroes. I can hardly wait until our sons and daughters start imitating that gesture when they celebrate a goal or a slam dunk over an opponent. Or maybe you’d like to see a Mariner salute the crowd that way while rounding the bases.

It’s a no class move. Get a clue.

— Don Curtis, Clinton

Waiting to see
what he does next

Is Richard Sherman the media mouth piece of the Seahawks? Let’s pump the brakes on that notion. Sherman can’t hold a candle to Lynch’s short sermons recently. And the best part about Lynch’s antics? He can keep a straight face while delivering them.

As the Seahawks continue their journey to try and repeat as Super Bowl champs, Marshawn will plod into a bevy of microphones, and I can’t wait to see the next episode.

You go, Beast Mode!

— Creig Hamstad, Kenmore

UW basketball

Missed humor in
‘laugher’ caption

A Sunday Seattle Times Page A3 caption (Weekly Review, Dec. 21) includes a photo with this caption: “University of Washington’s starters enjoy an 86-38 laugher against Grambling …”

The photograph and caption showed the worst display of sportsmanship I have seen in recent memory. As an HBCU (Historically Black College and University), Grambling State necessarily focuses on academics and doesn’t have the money to throw around for hoops talent and facilities like UW does. Team members deserve a written apology.

— Mary Jean Hrbacek, Shelton

Mariners

Ownership moves
finally pay off

Well, it took several years, but the Mariners ownership finally came around and opened its pocketbook.
It doesn’t pay to be cheap!

— Tony Snorteland, Suquamish

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