Follow us:

Take 2

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

January 31, 2015 at 8:11 AM

Roger Goodell’s an idiot, Marshawn Lynch’s cool: Seattle Times readers sound off

2-1-15Marshawn Lynch

Goodell opens
his big mouth

So NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says Marshawn Lynch’s job is to talk to the media? No, Marshawn’s job is to play football.

Goodell alone has created this nonsense and has made the NFL an embarrassment. He would do well to heed the advice of a wise man who once said: “Better to let people think you’re a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

— Fred Riler, Issaquah

No one’s cooler
than this Beast

Marshawn Lynch is a tuxedo in blue jeans. The guy is so cool he makes John Travolta look like Justin Bieber. Who else in the NFL just stops and stands in the end zone when they make a touchdown as though they are supposed to be there rather than celebrating?

And despite all the whining, Lynch’s failure to communicate with the media is not some apocalyptic event. How many sports figures do you know who shun media attention? Not enough would be the best answer.

— Steve Shanewise

His personality
still shines through

Why do you hold the threat of fines over Marshawn Lynch for his interview techniques? Marshawn is a “personality” in the NFL. He’s the kind of player the NFL needs.

— Bob Summers, Indianola

Super Bowl

Not those
officials again

Every Seahawks follower remembers Super Bowl 2006. Seattle lost 21-10 to the Steelers. We also remember the highly questionable officiating. Numerous phantom calls against Seattle arguably cost the Seahawks the championship. The calls were so egregious that head referee Bill Leavy apologized four years later.

You would assume that the crew from 2006 would never officiate another Super Bowl. With the exception of Mark Perlman in 2009, none of the 2006 officials were rewarded with another Super Bowl through 2014 . But this year, the NFL pulled decided three officials from 2006 were worthy of officiating the Seahawks-Patriots Super Bowl in 2015.

This is quite a strange coincidence.

— Alex Hinrichs, Sammamish

Cliche still
applies to Hawks

Almost every established football guru has said it: “Defense wins championships.” That is, except when applied to an utterly dominant defense from a West Coast franchise outside the good ol’ boy NFL network. Then the axiom gets dropped like a hot potato.

— Lew Witham, Seattle

Kraft should investigate,
then fire Belichick

I’m not going to suggest for a minute that deflated footballs were why the New England Patriots are playing the Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Sunday. But from a level-playing-field point of view, this is a disturbing issue, especially in light of previous shenanigans that have occurred under the watch of Bill Belichick.

I have little faith in Roger Goodell swiftly getting to the truth of the matter, much less mete out justice fairly. But there is one party whose grand reputation as a sportsman and a humanitarian is being besmirched yet again. That would be Robert Kraft, Patriots owner.

He has the power to call in Billy the ballboy to find out what the heck happened to those footballs, under whose orders he was acting, and how many other times he had been instructed to give the team an unfair advantage.

And then Kraft should express his remorse and, yes, shame, in being associated with such a scoundrel and dispose of coach Bill Belichick, forth with. But let Pete Carroll and the Hawks take a crack at him first.

— Frank Workman, Lake  Forest Park

New name
for Patriots

I am tired of all the “gates” when something goes awry. How about “Deflatriots” instead as a new nickname for New England?

— Bruce Caldwell, Edmonds

Proud to be
a member of 12

No matter what happens in Sunday’s Super Bowl I am so proud to call myself a 12. I am 43 years old and have been a Seahawks fan since I was 5. When we made it to the Super Bowl in 2006, it was a dream come true, 30 years in the making. My 19-year-old son doesn’t know how good he has it. Three Super Bowls in nine seasons!

It has been an amazing ride. Thank you, Seahawks! It’s an honor to call you
my team.

— Robert Samphire, Woodinville

Send us your backtalk:

Letters bearing real names, addresses and telephone numbers for verification are considered for publication. Please limit letters to 125 words or less.They are subject to editing and become the property of The Times. Fax them to 206-493-0934, or mail to: Backtalk, Seattle Times Sports, P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA 98111. Or email to:

Want to be a reader contributor to The Seattle Times’ Take 2 blog? Email your original, previously unpublished work or proposal to Sports Editor Don Shelton at or Not all submissions can be published. Opinions expressed are those of authors, and The Times reserves the right to edit and publish any submissions online and/or in print.


Comments | More in Letters to the Editor


No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.

The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.

The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►