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No 'look at me' behavior, please
When I picked up the Sports section and saw the front-page Seahawks article ("Owens takes his act to Seattle," Tuesday), I felt as if my face had been slapped. For countless years, I have endeavored to enjoy professional football by appreciating the good parts while overlooking the bad.
The worst for me is always the same: Some clown turns in a good play, then proceeds to make a spectacle of himself as he dances around in an idiotic rehearsed "celebration." The epitome of this type of "look at me" behavior for years has been the escapades of Terrell Owens.
The thought of this guy being a Seahawk is too much. Maybe it's possible for Owens to become less disruptive and less eager to ridicule the latest person he beats on a pass pattern. I hope so, but it's hard to imagine.
If we have to witness his tasteless gloating after a score, I would prefer that the team do without those six points.
— Tom Likai, Shoreline
USC North in full bloom
I see that our beloved Seahawks, led by the inimitable coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider, don't want to stop at Braylon Edwards. Now Terrell Owens is brought on board.
With an unsettled QB situation, what better way to get the offense moving forward than to bring in two of the most selfish players in the past 15 years, not to mention the quality of character that these two gentlemen represent. With Marshawn Lynch's recent DUI, it looks like USC North is in full bloom.
Coach, please pick your team, coach it up, and most important to this fan, field a team the good folks of Seattle can be proud to call their own.
— Bob Simon, San Diego
No chance to contribute
I get that Terrell Owens still carries a reality-show kind of clout. But 38-year-old wide receivers don't go into steep decline, then get good again.
I'm amused by the gullibility of the local media in conjecturing otherwise.
T.O has no chance of being a meaningful contributor to this Seahawks team. Nada.
— Lew Witham, Seattle
Offensive decisions >from Seahawks
Call me crazy, but if the Seahawks are so thin at wide receiver, why did they not draft one earlier? So now we have to sign Terrell Owens and Braylon Edwards? I am really disappointed that character doesn't seem to be considered in our personnel decisions.
— Rob Dodson, Issaquah
Not a good mentor
Terrell Owens might run a 4.5-second 40, but he runs his mouth faster. He's not the kind of mentor our receivers need.
— Angel Hewit, Issaquah
Why not Charlie Sheen, too?
I think that it's always good to give folks a second, third or even 17th chance. So, Seahawks, with T.O. signed, how about looking at Jerramy Stevens or Ryan Leaf, or even Charlie Sheen? No sense stopping with T.O. I'm sure we can dig up a lot of trouble in all sorts of places. Go Hawks!
— Frank Radford, Kirkland
Just slap, or fire, yourself
When you bring in the biggest cancer in the history of professional football, you have indeed violated our trust that you have the Seahawks' best interest at heart. Please stop for a minute. Gather around the table. Look at each other. Look at yourselves. And go around the room and slap each person who had any decision-making abilities to let him try out for our beloved Seahawks and then slap yourself as well. We aren't as desperate at wide receiver as this move indicates.
— Jason Bradfish, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Don't blame him for M's decline
I have read another of Steve Kelley's rants about how Ichiro was selfish and how he could have helped the team by talking more ("Losing Ichiro was good for Mariners," Aug. 3). Could he have talked to the media to take the heat off some guys? Yes. But don't sit there and tell us that he slowed the Mariners' rebuilding attempt. That job was awarded to former GM Bill Bavasi, who wasn't able to build off the talent of the 2001 team.
— Ransom Gardner, Edmonds
Now an air show with some boats
I am a born-and-raised Seattleite from a time when Seattle was thought to be 15 minutes south of Alaska. Then came the hydroplanes. Turned our town into a city.
That was then, this is now. I surrender.
Why go down to watch a bunch of jets and planes when I already live right off the airport? What used to be a boat race with an occasional flyover is now an airshow with boats. Don't get me wrong. I still have "hydro fever." I'll just stay off the beach.
— Andrew Wahto, BurienSend us your backtalk: Letters bearing true names, addresses and telephone numbers for verification are considered for publication. Please limit letters to 125 words or less. They are subject to editing and become the property of The Times. Fax them to 206-464-3255, or mail to: Backtalk, Seattle Times Sports, P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA 98111. Or email to: email@example.com.