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Letters to The Seattle Times sports editor, Oct. 28

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Mariners

Raising prices hard to fathom

In what can best be described as colossal display of chutzpah, the Mariners have rewarded their understandably shrinking fan base with yet another increase in ticket prices ("Rising prices," Oct. 21). This came after a third straight last-place finish (not to mention a 10th consecutive "rebuilding year").

As beloved voice of the Mariners Dave Niehaus often exclaimed in happier times: Can you believe it?

— Ron Bland, Bellevue

Bad baseball, bad management

Dwindling attendance at Safeco caused revenues to decline, so the geniuses in the Mariners' front office decided to try to make up for this by raising ticket prices. Not only does this punish the die-hard fans who have stuck by the M's through perennial losing seasons, but it will drive away some of those fans.

There are actually two ways that the M's can increase attendance and ultimately grow revenue. One is to actually cut ticket prices (which we know will never happen), and the other, and more logical solution, is to put a competitive product on the field that will entice fans to spend their hard-earned dollars on coming out to the ballpark.

Yet to field a more competitive product, the M's would have to spend more money on payroll, which seems to be another thing they're unwilling to do. And so this downward spiral appears destined to continue.

We already knew the M's ownership seems to know nothing about baseball, but now they've proven that they apparently know nothing about business as well.

— Al Wilhonen, Bothell

Dreaming of signing Hamilton

I cannot wait to hear the news that we signed Josh Hamilton. Josh, I heard the boos in the Orioles game. We will never boo you if you come here. We will name our new tunnel after you. We will rename Issaquah once you sign. Hit 25 homers, bat near .300 and we will love you forever.

Please, Josh, consider the offer. Please, Mariners: Make him one!

— Jordan Gussin, Seattle

Seahawks

Rookie can't catch a break

The Seahawks' loss to the 49ers on Thursday night revealed the fatal flaw in quarterback Russell Wilson's game that everyone has been so concerned about: The guy simply can't catch his own passes.

— David Arntuffus, Shoreline

Empty words over and over

While reading a Seahawks article ("Wilson seeking success on road," Friday) in which the ongoing offensive struggles of the team were discussed, I was struck by a recurring theme. The interviewer was told multiple times by team members what the Seahawks "have to do" or "need to do."

I realize that when a reporter sticks a microphone in a person's face, he is inclined to try to answer a question. But after a few repetitions, the words begin to feel empty.

Simply say, "Watch us on Sunday. After that, we'll talk."

— Tom Likai, Shoreline

UW football

Time to get rid of Sarkisian

Coach Steve Sarkisian has to go. Either step aside or be summarily removed.

I don't know if I have ever seen a football team at any level take the field, as the Huskies did at Arizona, looking so flat. They scarcely went through the sleepwalking motions, as if they expected to be steamrolled. It was a less-than-half-hearted effort if there ever was one.

— Nicholas Park, Seattle

Blame coach, not quarterback

The Huskies' problem is poor coaching, poor play calls and an offense that isn't protecting their quarterback or giving him more than a split second to throw the ball.

Keith Price is unable to use either ability when he is constantly being crushed by defenses. Every game is the same. Same plays, same lack of offensive line protection. Do they even prepare for the individual teams they are playing?

Sarkisian needs to quit making excuses and put the blame where it belongs, on himself and his coaches. If he hasn't been able to put a team together that plays tough and has consistency, let's not blame the quarterback.

— Amy Sheehan,

Mercer Island

Lance Armstrong

Find a more worthy cause

What to do with my Livestrong bracelets after the revelations about Lance Armstrong using performance-enhancing drugs?

Same thing I did with the Susan G. Komen For the Cure pink ones for breast-cancer awareness: Into the garbage. Find a more worthy cause to support.

— Sally Montgomery, Issaquah

Cycling had other dopes

I disagree with Steve Kelley's column about Lance Armstrong ("Now that history is written, Armstrong didn't Livestrong," Thursday). The times forced the use of unlawful substances to get a competitive edge. Everybody on the Tour de France doped to some degree during Lance's years. It was widely known or suspected.

The result is a witch hunt by our government and a meaningless stripping of titles. Long live Lance.

— William E. Widing, Woodway

Taking it off< after 10 years

I have worn my Livestrong Bracelet for nearly 10 years. I took mine off on Sunday.

— Myron Monson, Kenmore

Send us your backtalk: Letters bearing real 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: sports@seattletimes.com.

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