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January 10, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Seahawks, Randy Johnson, Cactus Bowl: Seattle Times readers sound off

1-11-15Randy Johnson

Induction speech
could help Edgar

If Randy Johnson truly believes Edgar Martinez’s continued snubbing by Hall of Fame voters is a gross injustice, he’d have no greater platform for making that case than his induction speech in August.

In 1966, Ted Williams used the same platform to take to task what was until then the omission of former Negro League greats from the Hall’s annual ballots. Lo and behold, a few years later they began getting inducted almost annually. It often takes a dramatic proclamation from an influential voice at an opportune time to transform a smoldering case into a smoking good one.

— Lew Witham, Seattle

Randy Johnson, shown in 2010, was a first-ballot Hall of Famer.  The Associated Press file, 2010

Randy Johnson, shown in 2010, was a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
The Associated Press file, 2010

Big smile from
the Big Unit

One thing that stood out for me was Randy Johnson’s huge smile at the news conference after the announcement he had been voted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. We got to see a side of Johnson we all knew was there, but never got to witness.

The next step’s a no-brainer: Have the Big Unit raising the12th Man flag at a upcoming Seahawk home playoff game. Just bring an
extra set of ear plugs.

— Creig Hamstad, Kenmore

Seahawks

Watching history
unfold before us

After a tumultuous start to the season, with people doubting them , the Seahawks are in a wonderful position to become back-to-back Super Bowl champions.

They have a first-class organization with a wonderful owner in Paul Allen. Their head coach and general manager are an incredible tandem, and what else can you say about the team? They are extremely talented and extremely cohesive and their chemistry appears to be stronger than any professional team I’ve ever seen. Throw in their incredible fans, and you have everything anyone would ever want in an organization.

They are on the cusp of making history. It is remarkable to watch it unfold.

— Jeff Swanson, Everett

NFL playoffs

Bad calls? Seattle
knows about that

So the Detroit Lions are upset because the refs made a bad call n their playoff game. We Seahawks are very familiar with bad calls. Anyone remember a Super Bowl game we lost due to those bad calls? And the referee who later apologized?

Players are fined or suspended when they don’t follow the rules or err. What happens to the refs that continue to make bad calls? Where is their fine or suspension? It seems particularly egregious since there is instant replay from all angles available to the refs.

— Joanne Lawrence, Seahurst

Why can’t refs
get it right?

Another Sunday, another dagger to the heart of the true football fan. These fine young men beat on each other for four quarters, then a long pass is thrown and interference is called — or not called. And the game hinges on that call!

We saw it again in Dallas. We’ll see it another time before the playoffs end. Can the officials not put their heads together and make a consistent call that comports with the rule?

— Rich Cardwell, Seattle

Oregon Ducks

Money has little
to do with success

There’s a belief among some football fans that Oregon’s success is solely tied to Phil Knight’s checkbook. This notion — more like a chronic malady, really — appears to be localized, only afflicting those isolated within the borders of our great state. The rest of the nation is strangely unaffected.

If the Ducks’ Brazilian hardwood locker stalls and hand-woven rugs were the irresistible siren song to 17- and 18-year-old recruits some claim them to be, why did Washington’s Budda Baker turn down the Ducks after previously announcing he’d take his talents to Eugene? And why are former gridiron dreadnaughts Michigan and Texas, both nearly suffocating in donor money, now spinning their wheels on the field? When it comes to noisy bells and whistles that endless booster money can buy, there’s a point of diminishing returns.

I admire Oregon’s success, and I’ve been a Husky fan since the Eisenhower Administration. Their incredible ascension is due in large part to the smarts, creativity and the against-the-grain practices of those in charge, at so many levels.

— Steve Graham, Seattle

UW football

Sunny weather,
stormy performance

Washington was out-played and out-coached. Other than that, the weather was nice.

— John Heinz, Edmonds

UW basketball

Pricing fans out
of their seats

I read Bud Withers’ article about the fall in attendance at Pac-12 basketball games. My response is that its Econ 101. Husky basketball used to be a fun, entertaining ticket for about $10. Talking with a friend last week, he wa
Last week a friend was meeting up with a group and going to the Husky game. Upon arrival at Hec Ed, they found out the cheapest ticket in the house was $40. They passed.

— Bill MacGeorge, Seattle

2014 moments

Missed passing
of Eddie O’Brien

I believe a major-league oversight occurred when the passing of Eddie O’Brien (Feb. 21st), did not make your list of 25 Key Moments for 2014. After all, he was an important part of the athletic scene in Seattle for over 60 years.

As if all this were not enough, Eddie’s qualities as a family member and friend exceeded his athletic accomplishments.

— Susan Dougherty Ursino, Seattle University

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