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Take 2

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

January 2, 2015 at 10:10 PM

Cheers for Marshawn Lynch, jeers for Oregon Ducks, Jim Harbaugh hiring: Times readers sound off


Kids see baseball
players grabbing

There must be something wrong with me. I didn’t notice Marshawn Lynch’s crotch at all during his spectacular “Beast Mode” run and touchdown flop into the end zone.

The first time I saw the crotch grab or heard the commotion was from the media. Baseball players always seem to be adjusting, patting and/or scratching their crotch. Why no big ado about that?

— Linda Hicks, Renton

Michael Jackson
already did that in ’80s

I have to say that the responses to Marshawn Lynch’s crotch grab were ridiculous (“Marshawn Lynch’s silence, crotch grab: What Seattle Times readers are saying,”  Backtalk Dec. 28). Fine him? Michael Jackson was grabbing his in the 1980’s. It isn’t new. I am not shocked.

Kids have been seeing it for years, and I don’t think this will make them do it any more than before.

— Anne Ostrom, Lynnwood

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, left,forces a fumble from Rams running back Benny Cunningham,  which resulted  in a touchback in the fourth quarter of Seattle's victory last Sunday.  Mike Siegel / Seattle Times staff

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, left,forces a fumble from Rams running back Benny Cunningham, which
resulted in a touchback in the fourth quarter of Seattle’s victory last Sunday.
Mike Siegel / Seattle Times staff

Lynch’s fines show
NFL’s screwy priorities

Let me get this straight: Marshawn Lynch gets fined $ 11,000 for grabbing his crouch in public, Ndamukong Suh gets fined $70,000 for deliberately stomping on Aaron Rogers, and Marshawn gets fined $100,000 for not talking to the media.

It appears that the NFL has it’s priorities a bit screwed up.

— Eugene Arnold, Kent

Mom would have
appreciated this

Marc Singer, thank you! Your article (“Why Seahawk fans don’t care whether Marshawn Lynch talks to the media,” Dec. 25) and we are all sad that she wasn’t around to celebrate the Super Bowl victory with us.

As a diminuative French Catholic, I can imagine her saying, “Why can’t they live that young fella alone?” as she’d be swearing a blue streak about the fines levied against Marshawn Lynch.

— Scott Henderson, Seattle

12th Man’s
49ers’ rebuttal

It has come time to set the record straight. Not long ago, when San Francisco mattered, their slogan at that time was, “Who’s got it better than us?” Every time I heard it, it made me want to vomit.

Haven’t heard it lately. The answer, of course, is: “We do!” Our team is faster, stronger, and most important, more together.

— Keith Brown, Seattle

Inching toward
new team motto

After Earl Thomas’ out-of-nowhere, goal-line defensive effort, a motto for the defense popped popped into my head. Then Marshawn Lynch’s every-play drive came back to me, so how’s for a motto: Fight for every inch.

— Rob Bowden, Seattle

Oregon quarterback Marcius Mariota passes against Florida State in the college football semifinal playoff game Saturday at the Rose Bowl.  Stephen Dunn / Getty Images

Oregon quarterback Marcius Mariota passes against Florida State in the college football semifinal playoff game Saturday.
Stephen Dunn / Getty Images


Sorry, can’t root
for the Ducks

I searched my conscience. Checked out my horoscope. Even asked my wife.

As good a guy as Oregon coach Mark Helfrich and QB Marcus Mariota may be, I’m sorry, I just can’t justify rooting for the Zeros today or any day (“Take 2: Why Husky fans should cheer, not jeer, the Ducks,” Wednesday).

In my opinion, the Ducks winning any game just makes their recruiting easier and helps them far more than it helps the rest of the Pac-12.

— Don Curtis, Clinton

Gerberding destroyed
Washington football

What no one is writing about is that the late James Gerberding, who died last week (“Former UW President Gerberding, dead at 85, led upward through trouble,” Tuesday) absolutely destroyed the Husky football program by not backing former coach Don James. His jealousy of James’ success was unforgivable.

— James Vandeberg, Bellevue

College football

Good ol’ boys
still run selections

TCU’s demolition of Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl puts an exclamation point on what was already obvious: This year’s semifinal selection process is simply a continuation of the same cynically manipulated farce that defined the BCS years. The good old boys club has had their way again, hopefully to no one’s surprise.

Perhaps the sports media should support a “people’s choice award” at the end of the season. It would be every bit as valid, and more entertaining than the yearly debacle foisted upon us.

— David Arntuffus, Shoreline


Maybe Michigan needs
both Harbaugh brothers

When Jim Harbaugh was on the verge of being hired as University of Michigan’s new football coach, the Detroit Free Press ran a story on him, but inadvertently included a photo of his older brother John, coach of the Baltimore Ravens. Maybe Michigan was so desperate after last season that they planned to hire both Harbaughs.

— Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach, Calif.

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