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
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
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
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
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
— Robert Samphire, Woodinville
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