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UW basketball

It’s quite a contrast

First, congratulations to the Husky women’s basketball team on an unbelievable run to the Final Four (“Super Dawgs,” March 28). The reality is that this is a very well-coached team that plays as a team, has a game plan and has complete buy-in of all in their specific roles. What a joy to watch!

On the contrary, the Husky men’s basketball team is not well coached and the players only rent a year at UW to play as individuals with no game plan and no team buy-in. It has become managed mediocrity at best.

It is time to get over the “good guy Romar” syndrome. He needs to step down or be fired. Period.

Roger R. Wrister, Wenatchee

A moving performance

I don’t need the NBA when I have the UW women’s basketball team to root for. The game played by coach Mike Neighbor’s team is enlightening.

Kelsey Plum is an All-American. A once in a lifetime player. Coach Tara VanDerveer of Stanford, winner of over 800 games, says she is the Pac 12 version of, wait for it … Steph Curry. I concur. A true joy to watch.

Wow, Chantel Osahar, Talia Walton and Plum are going to Indianapolis to be in the Final Four. I’m verklempt.

Keith Brown, Everett

UW football

Story on Mathis really hit home

The story on UW linebacker/defensive end Joe Mathis was incredibly well written (“Washington’s Mathis finds comfort zone on and off field,” March 31). He came alive for me in a most sensitive manner. I feel like I know him for all he is now and was before he came to the UW.

UW coach Chris Petersen is an unusual man, the kind who influences without pain. Mathis responded to that as have many others.

I was surprised at the mention of Mathis’ fiancée and the critical role she plays in his life. To a great degree, Mathis has become what he now is due to her efforts.

It was a tender article that touched my heart, and I’m sure many others.

Doug Thiel

Mariners

Montero needed to move on

As I expected, the Mariners and Jesus Montero parted ways (“Montero moving on to the Blue Jays,” March 29).

He hit .355 last year at Tacoma but he was never really given a chance with the Mariners. How can you have players like Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley who they refused to give up on who never came anywhere close to those stats? They were high draft picks is the answer to that question.

I understand Montero’s fielding is suspect, but they knew that when they traded for him. I guess if I was Montero, I’d be pretty happy to get out of Seattle and maybe get a chance somewhere else.

Richard Momberg, Auburn

NFL

NFL doesn’t care about player health

The NFL is disagreeing with a New York Times story that claimed the NFL in its studies severely underreported the number of concussions and head injuries players got, and has asked them to retract it.

But if the NFL told the truth about just how dangerous and debilitating its sport was, and how great the risk was of contracting serious head injuries, it would be extinct in a matter of months. Sadly for the NFL, money is more important than a player’s health.

Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach, Calif.

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