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Seahawks

Don’t make Walsh scapegoat

I am grateful for the Seahawks’ win, but people shouldn’t make Blair Walsh the scapegoat for missing that final field goal. After all, the Vikings’ nine points in difficult weather conditions were all scored by Walsh.

Angel Hewit, Issaquah

Give Sherman some credit

I’ve read all the thoughts on why that kick was missed in The Seattle Times, but no one has mentioned Richard Sherman. On Walsh’s third field goal, Richard came within a hair of getting to the ball. Don’t you think both the kicker and holder saw that? With the game on the line, maybe Walsh tried to steer the ball a little left and went too far. Thanks, Richard. I think you deserve some credit for that miss.

Mike Carnegie, Edmonds

Super payback from sports gods

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Regarding the Seahawks’ 10-9 victory over the Vikings, the sports gods owed us that one for last year’s Super Bowl.

Tom Camfield, Port Townsend

Clocking in on timeouts

It was fortunate the Seahawks were out of timeouts. If not, coach Pete Carroll might have called one just before Walsh kicked the ball.

Charles King, Sequim

Just the start for Wilson to Baldwin

There have been numerous entertaining NFL quarterback-receiver combos through the years, including John Elway and his Three Amigos for the Broncos and Joe Montana and Jerry Rice for the 49ers. Here in Seattle we enjoyed Dave Krieg and Steve Largent.

Isn’t it cool to see the emergence of another terrific tandem in Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin? I hope we’re able to see their connection grow even stronger in coming seasons.

David Arntuffus, Shoreline

Game ball to Hugh Millen

The lead item by Hugh Millen on Marshawn Lynch’s not making the trip to the Minnesota game resonated with me. Some fans are quick to project negative motives on players. It was good of Millen to counter with compliments for Marshawn. My favorite — “waging war for every blade of grass” — was a terrific turn of phrase. Game ball: Millen.

Richard Morrison, Bothell

Beg forgiveness for these depictions

Please stop depicting our favorite Hawks (Carroll and Wilson) in an atrocious, insulting way on the cover of the Seahawks playoff sections. I have never seen such dreadful and outright offensive portrayals in your publication. The sports editor should beg for forgiveness.

Chris Coldeen, Vashon Island

Illustrations are awesome, classy

The illustration of Russell Wilson by Italian artist Alessandro Pautasso was awesome!

Classy, Seattle Times!

Deb Morell, Woodinville

Mariners

Retiring No. 24 just the start?

I was pleased to see the Mariners retire Ken Griffey Jr.’s No. 24 to honor his brilliant Seattle career. Seeing his number up on the outfield wall next to Jackie Robinson’s 42 will be a tangible representation of Griffey’s contributions to the fabric of Seattle.

Previously, the M’s have chosen not to retire numbers of former stars. We don’t have to retire every number in sight, just the handful of former M’s who have been inducted into the Mariners’ Hall of Fame. It would be a beautiful thing to see our Mariners icons honored that way.

William Baldwin, Kirkland

College football

Playoffs are a money grab

I’m as avid a college football fan as they come, but the championship game is a downer. The playoffs are all about the money, and the grab for TV bucks is ruining college football. Schools are becoming the minor leagues for the NFL.

Don Curtis, Monroe

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