What Seattle Times sports readers are saying
Cheers for Wilson, Carroll; jeers for reader
Jim Vaughan from Bremerton (“Enough cheering for Wilson, Carroll,” Backtalk, Dec. 30) has to be one in 100,000 tired of hearing about Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll. Carroll and Schneider have put together the best Seahawks team we’ve had in years. Russell Wilson is an upstanding young man with a great character and the best quarterback we’ve had since Matt Hasselbeck. He is a great athlete and only wants this team to be better as he spends his off time visiting ill people in our hospitals. I don’t know what you do for the community but you’d have to go far to accomplish what these guys have.
Whatever prompted your ill-humored letter, we’re not interested in your opinion. You, Mr. Vaughan, may be tired of the accolades heaped on these men, but most of us – including the 68,000 at the games and the thousands more who watch on TV at home and in sports venues – never tire of hearing about them. Turn off your radio and television and don’t read the papers – or move to some other area.
– Bonnie Fletcher, Kirkland
Wilson in good company with snub
Vaughan maintains it “tells us everything we need to know” about Russell Wilson, that he wasn’t selected for the Pro Bowl.
And it just might. Just for starters I can think of two things. We know, for one, that he shares this distinction with almost every rookie QB in NFL history, even most future Hall of Famers.
Another thing we know is that Wilson has pretty good company among those “snubbed” this year, including a couple of guys (Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning) who would need more than one finger to display their Super Bowl rings.
– Lew Witham, Seattle
Keep the remote close at hand
While the most disturbing thing on TV yesterday was the Seahawks’ offensive line giving up so many sacks, I also found the commercials that ran all day for “Texas Chainsaw 3D” and a new CBS show about a super-serial killer quite disturbing.
In order to make NFL football family friendly you’ve got to keep the remote control handy at all times.
– Martin A. Stever, Bainbridge Island
Coming to Carroll’s defense
I would like to defend Pete Carroll regarding that fake punt against Buffalo. It wasn’t his call! The special-teams captain made the call for a fake punt when he saw a specific defense. Carroll said he would not have made the call, but when Seahawks special-teams player Chris Maragos saw the alignment of the defense, it was supposed to be an automatic call.
– Michael L. Carr, Bellevue
Alienating the Pacific Northwest
A question for Mariners owner Minoru Arakawa, son-in-law of owner Hiroshi Yamauchi: Does your father-in-law understand how much Howard Lincoln and Chuck Armstrong have alienated Mariners fans in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest?
If he doesn’t, why not? If he does, does he have no pride?
– Fred Riler, Issaquah
K-State: slow, lethargic plodders
Today I witnessed Kansas State, perhaps the worst team I have ever seen, but was rated Nos. 1 to 5 for many weeks this year.
They were slow, lethargic, plodders that looked like dinosaurs that couldn’t even throw a 10 to 15 yard pass from a quarterback that was in the Heisman race? Are you kidding me? That was the worst “supposed good team” I can ever remember watching in 20 to 30 years.
How can a team that is so slow, with a QB rated so high who can’t throw a 20-yard pass, be so highly regarded?
– Bob Foscolo