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A different spin on sports by The Seattle Times staff and readers.

December 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM

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What Seattle Times sports readers are saying

Drug testing

Here’s best way to stop cheaters

The ongoing hunt for drug cheaters in professional sports is curious. I believe I have a way to stop the problem.

If you get caught, you’re gone. No game suspensions, no loss of pay while you’re sitting in the corner with a dunce cap firmly attached to your steroid-enlarged head.

You’re gone. Done. No more obscene salaries for you.

And instead of doing annoying postgame interviews with banal questions from reporters, you can ask the questions: “Would you like fries with that?”

– Rick Stanton, Bainbridge Island

Nothing easy for Seahawks

When it concerns the Seahawks, the adage rings true: When it rains, it pours. Not only did the fans of the Seahawks have to suffer through a demoralizing loss last week in Miami, but then the news leaked that we are likely to lose Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner to suspensions for testing positive for a banned substance.

It just never seems to come easy for this franchise.

– Jeff Swanson, Everett

Apple Cup

Unsportsmanlike conduct in pregame

The Huskies were lucky penalties weren’t imposed before the coin toss in the Apple cup. Otherwise they would have been flagged for excessive celebration for dancing on the Cougars’ logo before the game and for unsportsmanlike conduct because they waited until the Cougars went to the locker room and couldn’t defend their field.

Maybe the Huskies should follow Bob Robertsons’ advice, “Always be a good sport. Be a good sport all ways.”

– Barbara Wilson, Seattle

Larry, Curly and Huskies

Unlike the smooth execution of all phases of USC football under former coach Pete Carroll, Carroll protégés Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian’s teams look like a “Three Stooges” movie. Fans have to cling to their seats waiting for the next mishap.

– Warren White, Kirkland

Penalties killed Huskies’ chances

Congratulations to WSU Cougar fans on winning the Apple Cup. Thank you for teaching us a lesson that the Huskies should already know: Don’t get so many penalties.

– Ransom Gardner, Edmonds

You’ve got to have heart

Who had the edge?

Huskies: Offensive line, receivers, quarterback, running backs, defensive line, linebackers, secondary, special teams.

More heart: Cougars.

– Barbara Gust, Lynnwood

Oregon Ducks

What’s with UW fans’ obsession?

What’s the reason for the Huskies’ obsession with the Ducks? All I hear is that Oregon fans are awful, the uniforms are worse and my team hasn’t won a national title.

I guarantee you that if the Ducks hadn’t beaten the Huskies nine years running, nothing would be said. The Huskies acted like our one loss to Stanford was a win for them!

Get over it and move forward, Husky fans.

– Lisa Brown, Kirkland

UW basketball

Romar needs more size inside

Until Washington men’s basketball coach Lorenzo Romar stops recruiting an all-guard offense, the Huskies are going to stay a mediocre team.

It’s time to see some big, talented 6-foot-7 to 6-9 bangers on the inside who can score and rebound. This one-trick-pony recruiting effort will keep Washington offensive in name only.

– Ric Rosa, Bothell

NBA

Stern analysis: All about money

Here’s a condensed analysis of the controversy surrounding coach Greg Popovich’s decision to allow his core players for the San Antonio Spurs to sit out a game against the Miami Heat:

For Pop, it’s all about the game, and coaching for the long haul of a tough season. For David Stern, it’s all about the money.

– David Arntuffus, Shoreline

High schools

Recalling Panthers who once ruled preps

I totally enjoyed Bill Kossen’s article about Seattle’s high-school football scene in the 1960s (“Turkey times,” Nov. 22). It brought back many wonderful memories.

To say, however, that the Roosevelt Roughriders ruled prep football here in that era is inaccurate. Though at the time it was only a small school of 400 students, Seattle Prep played at the big-school level and won the unofficial state championships in 1965, ’66 and ’68.

– Thomas Bianchi, Seattle

A glimpse back to Dad's glory days

My dad played in Renton in the 1960s. I know it means a lot to him, and I’d never really understood why. Your story offered a glimpse of what his glory days were like. Thank you for that.

– Justin Burnett, Coupeville

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