Letters to The Seattle Times sports editor for Oct. 14

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Is Wilson really

ready for playoffs?

Everyone who thinks Russell Wilson is ready to lead his team to the playoffs, raise your hand. OK, Pete, I counted you, put your hand down. Anyone else? Just raise your hand. Anyone?

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— Mike Ligon, Kent

Thriller or

horror show?

A front-page headline referred to the Seahawks victory over Carolina as a “thriller.” (“Road to relief,” Monday). Boris Karloff is rolling over in his grave.

— Lew Witham, Seattle

Team ran smooth

enough to win

The Seahawks definitely weren’t firing on all cylinders but, in the end, their Kam (Chancellor) performed better than the Panthers’ Cam (Newton).

— Mel Nason, Lynnwood

Golden apology

is needed

I was very disappointed in the recent Sports cartoon (Sept. 30) because it portrays Golden Tate as a cheat.

I think you have missed some important points about this play. Tate caught the football, but he did not make the call. The NFL league office ruled that the call was correct. The facts are: Tate pushed off a defensive player, but it was not called a foul. He had joint possession with the defensive player when they hit the ground, thus joint possession. The tie always goes to the offensive player.

I think you owe Tate an apology.

— Jim Yager, Seattle

No excuse for

all the details

There’s no excuse for Pete Carroll and Golden Tate continuing to deny that the last play of the Packers game was an interception. It was wrong, pure and simple. Continuing with the denial and insisting on a “W” is a “win at all costs” mentality. And we know what that mentality brought about with the New Orleans Saints bounty program. Just because the commissioner jeopardized the integrity of the NFL by using unqualified replacement refs, does not give a coach or a player an excuse.

This is not what the Seattle community or the Seahawks are about. Would the NFL overturn the win if Carroll admitted the interception? No. But if they did, I for one would not mind a record with integrity, rather than the tainted record we now “enjoy”.

— Fred Riler, Issaquah


Spare the

rhetoric, Skip

After wrapping up another last-place finish, Eric Wedge had the audacity to tell us the following:

“The toughest thing for people to understand is when you talk about the process, which I talk about a lot and most people have a hard time seeing that. … you need to pay attention right now, because … when you get there, then you’ll understand it that much better.”

I assume he believes we are all fools, all 21,252 of us. In short, Skip, don’t belittle the Seattle fans with your senseless rhetoric; it does not play well in this town.

— Mrs. T Gilson, Gig Harbor

Nostalgia, moving

fences not enough

Mariner upper management would have us Mariners fans believe that they are rebuilding this latest last-place team. Smoke screens like the 1995 nostalgia binge and moving fences around can no longer hide the fact that Chuck Armstrong, Harold Lincoln, an Jack Zduriencik should have been canned seasons ago. Remodeling the basement every year is not remodeling.

— Frank Kniest, Santa Monica

College football

Perspective needed

from Penn State

Cory Giger was quoted saying USC’s Silas Redd (“After transfer, Redd excelling for Trojans,” Friday) is “a great kid but he is viewed by a lot of Penn State people as a Judas or as a traitor who walked away from the team when they needed him.”

Please Penn State, please, exercise a lot more perspective and less sanctimony when you broach the subject of men, particularly in your athletic department, that walk away and betray those whose help is desperately needed.

— John Mabbott, Auburn


Have Port official

kick in something

On the one hand, Seattle Port officials are concerned about the deleterious effects of an expensive, new sports facility in the Sodo District. On the other hand, Tay Yoshitani stands to pull down $600,000 a year from his position as CEO of the Port and from his second job as an Expeditors’ board member.

Maybe the commissioners should invite Mr. Yoshitani to kick in a few million dollars to defray the cost of the new stadium. He could at least buy Chris Hansen a beer.

— Steve Lequire, Des Moines

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