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Seahawks

Wilson is someone kids can emulate

The wonderful Take 2 (“Seattle, there is a king in your city,” Feb. 9) is one of the greatest stories you have ever printed. Russell Wilson is indeed a humble king, but a king nevertheless. A sincere Christian, too.

Finally, we have an athlete who we want all of our kids to emulate, without fear that he will let us down.

— Bob Dickerson, Seattle

It’s cool to be a good guy

Russell Wilson is too humble to take on the mantle of king, and he probably is too humble to say this, so others should shout it out for him: Russell Wilson shows that it is cool to be a good guy!

— Tom Gumprecht, Redmond

Seahawks fans are color-blind

Why did Jerry Brewer (“Hardware Hunters,” Feb. 9) have to mention that Russell Wilson is African American and part of his story is overcoming the old perception of race? The only colors that Seahawk fans and Russell Wilson are interested in are green and blue.

— Nick Kilos, Edmonds

Don’t discount the 13th Man

We hear so much about the 12th Man. What about the 13th Man? We are the fans who cannot afford a ticket to games, are physically unable to attend, or maybe we are in a hospital bed and just back from Afghanistan.

We watch our TVs and we cheer, roar and scream at a great play by the Seahawks. We stomp our feet and boo the opposing teams. Our volume doesn’t register at CenturyLink Field, but we should not be discounted as fans.

— Jim Davis, Burien

A team with talent, integrity

We finally have a football team in the Seahawks that is wholesome, principled and talented. I haven’t watched football in years, since the era of Steve Largent, Steve Raible and Jim Zorn. The reason was that integrity was no longer a benchmark in the game, and misbehavior was considered acceptable. Not so with this team and its coaching staff. They have set the bar high, and it is a pleasure to watch them.

Integrity and talent, what a combination.

— Audrey Gregg, Federal Way

Say goodbye if motivated by money

I see the Seahawks taking their victory tours. Well deserved. I even agreed when Michael Bennett says “This ain’t no Walmart” when asked about a hometown discount.

But here’s the deal: If Bennett (and anyone else on this team) is motivated mainly by money, by wanting to get paid, then say goodbye. Look around. Players like Jaren Allen of Minnesota and Julius Peppers in Chicago have already made their money. I’d bet winning a Super Bowl would be at the top of their priority list.

We’re going to be fine. I trust our brain trust.

— Keith Brown, Seattle

UW football

Draw the line: prosecute, dismiss

Again and again, we see members of the Washington football and basketball teams in trouble with the law and disgracing this great university. I hope new coach Chris Petersen draws the line and supports prosecution under the law, permanent dismissal from the team and loss of their university scholarships.

— Roger Wristen, Wenatchee

UW basketball

Deficiencies not corrected

Do we permanently lower our expectations for Washington men’s basketball or do we maintain NCAA tournament aspirations and obtain a new coach that will get us there? Lorenzo Romar is a very nice man, but his glaring deficiencies in recruiting quality big men over the past seven years has resulted in a decline in the program that he has been unable to correct.

The women’s program has better balance, but needs coaching consistency to emphasize an inside game. Their perimeter-only offense will not win enough games. Both squads also lack a competitive team defense.

— John Hernion, Bellevue

Baseball

Why was A-Rod treated differently?

I’m glad to see Alex Rodriguez drop his lawsuit against the MLB. That’s a battle he couldn’t win. My question on his suspension is why did he not get a 50-game suspension like the rest of the accused players? Why is his suspension three times longer than the other players? He has never tested positive and, of course, never admitted doing PEDs.

Are they making an example of him, or does the baseball commissioner dislike him that much? I have not been a fan of his since he left the Mariners, but fair is fair.

— Gail Barnes, Shoreline

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