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Take 2

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

February 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM

More Seahawks Super Bowl postmortem: Seattle Times readers sound off

Super Bowl

Still in
Carroll’s corner

​I have felt a deep sadness as I’ve read the angry letters attacking Pete Carroll for the loss of the Super Bowl.  I want him to know that there are those of us who are very proud of his leadership of the Seahawks and are extremely grateful for what he puts into his job.

Having played for and observed a great many coaches over the years, I think Pete is among the nation’s best.  It is a pleasure to watch him with his players and enjoy the unique spirit he and his team have brought to the Seattle area.

Thanks, Coach!

— Bob Gray, Issaquah

Defense lost
the game, too

After a week of reading all the bad raps and negative comments concerning Pete Carroll, John Schneider and Russell Wilson, no one has yet to mention the fact that the best defense in the NFL could not hold on to a 10-point lead to win the game. A deficit that only two previous teams playing in the Super Bowl has ever overcome.

I love the Hawks and it hurts, but in the end, like winning, it was a team effort.

— Frederick Kole, Maple Valley

Blame Carroll
for good stuff, too

I blame Pete Carroll for my passion of football.

I blame Pete Carroll for inspiring a community.

I blame Pete Carroll for proving that you can be successful by leading with trust, integrity, and responsibility, and not with an iron fist.

I blame Pete Carroll for making the Seahawks the most respected team in football.

I blame Pete Carroll for having the guts to take risks in the draft, the regular season, the playoffs, AND the Super Bowl.

I blame Pete Carroll for my belief that we will make it back to the Super Bowl next year.

— Lance Benedict, Edmonds

UW men’s basketball

It’s time for
Romar to go

It’s time to ask the hard question about whether Lorenzo Romar’s best days are behind him.

In 13 years as a head coach at the UW, LoRo has never once taken a team past the Sweet 16, and he’s only gotten that far three times.  Even when he had players like Jon Brockman, Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson, Terrence Ross, Quincy Pondexter – to name just a few – Romar has never taken a team past the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Even when the Huskies were the No. 1 seed in the entire tournament, the Huskies wilted under pressure, flamed out and were sent packing by a more disciplined, better-coached team.

Is it any wonder that average attendance at Husky games has plummeted when lesser programs like WSU, Oregon, Stanford – and that vaunted program from Stoney Brook — beat the Huskies, and when an anemic California team comes into Alaska Airlines Arena and hangs 90 points on the home team? His players have no heart, no passion, no toughness. Better coaches would have taken the departure of Robert Upshaw and used it as a rallying cry and galvanizing moment for the rest of the team.  His current team seems to use it as a crutch to rationalize they are destined once again for the scrap heap of irrelevance.

Romar’s apologists will say the UW wouldn’t be able to get anyone better if he were to leave, and that he has a bumper crop of recruits coming in next fall.  I challenge the first assertion (it would be tough to underachieve more than his teams have), and as for the second, I am concerned that next year’s freshman class will turn into a haphazard team of undisciplined, brick-laying, uninspired players under his watch.

Seattle is a great city full of amazing hoop talent and the UW is an incredible university playing in a power conference. Don’t Husky fans deserve a better product from a coach who’s making nearly $2 million a year?

It’s time.

— Tom Phillips, Seattle

Tired of waiting
for UW hoops

Several mediocre years now of Husky basketball. I know, I know, the Dawgs lost their big man but they were iffy for March Madness before that (who’s Stoney Brook?) and they seem to lack an adequate reserve big man.

We sometimes refer to the other side of the mountains with a sneer in our voice but they have Gonzaga. The Zags’ men’s and women’s teams contend every year. Tell me, sports fans, what has Gonzaga got that the UW doesn’t? Besides coach Mark Few, that is. Every year, it seems, the Zags go to the NCAA tournament and the kids usually return the next year.   The Dawgs go home, transfer to another school, get kicked off the team, or go to the pros.

Rumor has it that the Husky men have a great recruiting class for next year. Husky basketball fans should expect no less than an NCAA bid most years and the NIT in off years. I’m tired of waiting.

— Don Curtis, Clinton

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