What Seattle Times sports readers are saying
Good luck or bad omen?
Ponder this: The game is on Jan. 13 starting at 1 p.m. (1300 hours), and we’ll watch it on channel 13. That’s 13, 13, 13.
Are all bets on or off?
– Leroy McVay, Everett
Better be ready to play
The Seahawks were very fortunate.
The game plan was to sell out, stopping the run with the pressure on Robert Griffin III. To start the game, our front seven were back on their heels and getting run over. Before they came to play, as there capable of, we were down 14-0.
If we expect to beat Atlanta and move on, the Hawks had better play with that chip on their Shoulder as soon as the game begins.
– Michelle Hindman, Everett
RGIII was put at risk
Sadly, on that late-game fumble against Seattle, Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III looked more like a participant in the Paralympics than a shifty, dazzling superstar. That’s all the more reason why coach Mike Shanahan shouldn’t have used him with his gimpy knee, as he was risking permanent injury.
– Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach
Shanahan made wrong decision
Only one person usually says “enough” to a star quarterback in the NFL who wants to continue: the coach. And in close playoff games, they seldom do.
But rarely is that quarterback 24 years old, the face of the franchise and relentlessly driven to prove his courage. If ever a veteran coach needed to accept responsibility for the reins of a player, it was Shanahan over Griffin in this game. Yet he simply passed the buck to his player. Griffin said he could play, was in pain but wasn’t injured and had earned the right to be the quarterback — all the sideline buzzwords to keep yourself in the game.
And Shanahan listened and bought it. Soon, we’ll find out the price.”
– Rod Belcher, Des Moines
Won’t allow myself to hope
I want to see the Sonics return to Seattle as much as many other people in this area, but I just refuse to get all excited about every little report that has the NBA’s Kings relocating here. I will not allow myself to get my hopes built up for nothing. When the news comes out that a deal has actually been reached and finalized, then I will allow my excitement to begin. Until that day, I will not worry about it at all.
Seattle and the state of Washington has too many sports teams for me to worry about one that may not be back here for a few years.
– Jeff Swanson, Everett
Forget Kings; NBA is dead
As a long time Sonic fan, my dad had season tickets when Spencer Haywood played and Lenny Wilkens was the player-coach. It was painful to watch NBA commissioner David Stern insert his oversized ego on the region and take away our original major sports franchise.
I don’t want the Kings. It is Sacramento’s only big-league franchise. Charlotte doesn’t deserve a team and the NBA owned team reminds me of the Montreal Expos. Stern being the pompous idiot that he is will not allow expansion, and by doing so, is jacking up franchises’ prices and overvaluing a watered down product. The extra cost will be passed on to fans.
The NBA is walking dead. It abandoned Seattle, Vancouver never had a chance and Portland has Paul Allen or it probably would be gone, too. Let the NBA go, it is a dead end.
– Scott Fisher, Bellevue
Mariner deserves Hall of Fame
I beg to differ with national “experts” who say we’re homers when it comes to Pacific Northwest support of Edgar Martinez for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
If you didn’t follow the Mariners on a day-to-day basis, you are not in position to fully appreciate Edgar’s subtle qualitative contributions to one of the most explosive offenses in the history of Major League Baseball. To Northwest fans, he was a superstar in the way we love and respect a dependable, outstanding co-worker you can count on everyday. Edgar’s value went far beyond the occasional flashy plays associated with stardom. He was a fabulous situational hitter who rarely had a bad at bat. He became the archetype of the versatile offensive weapon modern big-league teams want as their No. 4 hitter, supplanting the old-fashioned, one-dimensional cleanup hitter.
Edgar Martinez was even greater than the quantitative record his outstanding career statistics portray. He deserves a plaque in Cooperstown.
– Edwin Erickson, Burlington
Jettison BCS now, please
Will someone at the NCAA do us all a favor? Wake us up after the BCS computer has been ritually loaded into a rocket ship and launched into the sun? Now that will be one ugly solar flare.
– David Arntuffus, Shoreline