Letters to The Seattle Times sports editor for Nov. 18

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giant screen

The news that the Mariners will install a gigantic, $10 million scoreboard at Safeco Field is welcome news to the tens of thousands of Safeco regulars. Mariners management has finally conceded the obvious: Most fans attend Mariners games not to watch the miserable cellar dwellers, but to watch the hydro races.

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So, with this new high-tech screen, why not take the next obvious step: showing a glitzy hydro race between every inning? This logical step would significantly improve attendance, and fans would stay for all nine innings, even when the M’s are getting clobbered, thus increasing sales of hot dogs and beer.

Just think of the possibilities. Gosh, what geniuses run the Mariners!

— Michael W. Shurgot, Seattle

Be patient, trust

your pitching

How does a Detroit Tigers team that features Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander get swept in the World Series? The answer is they came up against a San Franicsco Giants team featuring a deep, quality pitching staff and timely hitting.

What is the message for the Mariners?

a) There is no need to gamble by signing an aging slugger to a ridiculous seven-year contract for hundreds of millions of dollars to be a winner.

b) If the Mariners hang on to most of those great young pitchers that we keep hearing about, they should have a pitching staff to rival the Giants in a couple of years.

c) Mariners fans are getting impatient and clamoring for an immediate fix. With the promise shown by young players like Kyle Seager, Jesus Montero and Mike Zunino, along with a little more patience and a few judicious free-agent signings or trades, the Mariners could have a decent offense in one to two years.

— Raymond S. Wilson, Bellevue

Let’s give up

on these guys

Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak, Brendan Ryan and Mike Carp have had their shot. Time to move them on.

— John Christensen, Edmonds

WSU football

Stay the course

with new coach

Marquess Wilson needs to grow up . He’s acting like a spoiled teenager. In a mediocre group of wide receivers at WSU he stands out. But his work ethic and diva attitude didn’t impress coach Mike Leach. And it won’t encourage NFL scouts, either.

We brought in Mike Leach to be here 20 years and to sort these players out. No way he should give in to this guy in his first year. Stay the course.

— Angel Hewit, Issaquah

WSU’s lucky

to have Leach

I’m a former Washington State student who has remained a fan since 1947, and I’m firmly behind football coach Mike Leach. It’s disgusting that the man is being pilloried in the media for nothing more than declining to let a prima donna place himself above the coach and the rest of the team.

My old school is fortunate to have Mike in charge of the football team. An eventual movie on his career could well be titled, “No room for crybabies.” It’s time to hoist the Jolly Roger somewhere on campus.

— Tom Camfield, Port Townsend

Cougar version

of Nick Holt

Mike Leach has now completed three-quarters of a full Nick Holt: negotiate a huge salary, put yourself in front of the cameras as much as possible and put a really lousy product on the field. Wonder how long it will be before he completes the set?

— Doug Sprugel


Need to step

up coverage

You would never know that Seattle covets an NBA team by The Seattle Times’ coverage of NBA games. Sure, the box scores are printed in the Fanfare page, but game recaps are woefully lacking. Most games aren’t even mentioned, and those that are covered focus almost entirely on how former Seattle high-school or college stars fared and not the game itself.

How many times does the Times have to mention that Brandon Roy or Nate Robinson attended high school in Seattle, which most local NBA fans already know? Aren’t Seattle sports fans’ interests broader than that?

Seattle clearly has a sports community that thirsts to be big time. Isn’t it time that The Times reflected that desire?

— Ron Evensen, Seattle

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