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January 17, 2015 at 1:01 PM

Seahawks positive vibe cheered, ugly first halves jeered: Seattle Times readers sound off


Power of Pete’s positive thinking

I am not a football fan, but I love watching Pete Carroll coach the team, and the team’s response to him on television. There is such a positive attitude and vibe that is portrayed and comes across.

I wish it could be bottled and sold. I teach in an elementary school, and I wish I could transport Pete and all the people involved with the Seahawks to give a lesson on positive, powerful thinking and working together.

— Elizabeth Brooks, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Fire up our Beast earlier

We’ve watched yet another episode where Beast Mode doesn’t appear until after the antagonist freely pokes him in the snout and causes a nosebleed. Our Hawks never seem to play up to their potential for the first quarter or half. Then, in just a few minutes of halftime, they are reinspired and do the job.

We have two more games, and if either of our coming worthy opponents figures this out, we are done for the season.

— M. Lorance, Sammamish

Easy choice for new team motto

Regarding the new team mantra of “Fight for Every Inch” suggested by a reader (“Inching toward a new motto”, Backtalk, Jan. 4), might I suggest borrowing from the U.S. Navy Seal team’s mantra, “The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday.” This could be modified to read: “The Only Easy Week Was Last Week.”

— Ron Lewis, Seabeck

Catchy alias for Willson

After his clutch catches in the playoff game with Carolina, just call him “Cool Hands Luke” Willson.

— Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach, Calif.

Why not dream of three-peat?

No NFL team has ever won three consecutive championships since Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s and never three consecutive Super Bowls. I see the Seahawks beating the Packers on Sunday at CenturyLink, and overpowering anything the AFC has to offer against us in the Super Bowl. That makes two.

Coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have a system where they are always competing — every day, everyone. They continue to infuse the team with young, talented players. We will always be getting better. This year’s version looks better than last year’s in many ways. I see no reason to believe the next version won’t be better than this one.

I can’t think of anyone else who will earn every penny of the mega-million-dollar deal he will get than Russell Wilson. Get Russell a few more playmakers and watch our offense explode.

Why not three?

— Keith Brown, Seattle

Helping Hawkmania sweep the state

The Seattle Times’ coverage of the Seahawks is incredible. I’ve been reading The Times since 1961 and never seen anything like it — in color yet.

In addition to making Northwest readers ecstatic every morning, the paper has helped Hawkmania swamp the whole state. Three-year-olds give you a high-five when you ask if they like the Hawks. Elderly women I meet at the YMCA every morning are now fans and don’t miss a game. Every day becomes a personal warm-up for The Big Game.

Thank you for helping fans become one 12th Man.

— Doug Thiel, Seattle


Bring Ichiro back home

The Mariners needed a right fielder. Well, the Yankees were shopping Ichiro.

Bring him home!

— Don Logerwell, Seattle

UW basketball

Husky men’s start not so bad

Before the season, who would have thought the Washington men’s basketball team would start the new year with a 12-4 mark and still be considered by many as a disappointment?

Here are the facts: The best team they’ve played, San Diego State, they crushed. They lost their first two league games, true, but against two of its better teams on the road, with both going down to the wire.

The Stony Brook loss is the puzzler, but no less so than, say, Indiana’s home loss to Eastern Washington. And to boot, the Huskies already have a strong leg up on crashing the NCAA tournament.

All in all, not bad for a team that can’t draw flies to its own gym.

— Lew Witham, Seattle

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