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

January 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM

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What Seattle Times sports readers are saying

Mariners

Wait till next year already

How successful have the Mariners offseason trades been? Seattle Times reports, “Wedge says Smoak leading candidate at first”. This is a guy that batted .217 in 2012 and he’s the leading candidate?

Give the Mariners another “F” grade for performance. Wait till 2014.

– Fred Riler, Issaquah

NBA in Seattle


Tomar next Sonics' coach?


If the Sonics are in fact returning to Seattle, you can bet new management will want their own new coach, especially with the team’s performance on life support.

So here’s an opening salvo for Lorenzo Romar getting serious early consideration as first head coach of Sonics 2.0. I know that’s the last thing he’d need to mull over while in the midst of another Pac-12 men’s basketball race, and even when it’s over he may not want to leave his beloved Huskies. But when the timing’s right, let’s not miss the opportunity to propose what would be a perfect Northwest marriage!

– Lew Witham, Seattle

First class all the way

First class NFL venue? Check. First class MLB venue? Check. First class MLS venue? Check. First class college basketball and football venues? Check. Coming soon, a first class NBA and possible NHL venue.

Seattle can now be included in the upper-echelon sports cities throughout this country, and instead of feeling spoiled, I will cherish them all. If wins can follow for all of our teams then that is just icing on the cake. Welcome back soon, Seattle SuperSonics!

– Jeff Swanson, Everett

Public apology to Schultz, Bennett

Before the NBA approves moving any team to Seattle, they should require a couple of Seattle Times columnists and the sports anchors of the major Seattle TV stations to write letters of apology to Clay Bennett and Howard Schultz. That’s for the nasty things they have said about them and to publicly admit what hypocrites they are about “stealing our Sonics” and “relocating the Kings”.

– Terry M. Dolan, Bainbridge Island

Golf

Poor, rich Mickelson

Poor rich Phil Mickelson. He should most definitely quit golf if he doesn’t like getting taxed so heavily. He should get a real job, make $50,000 or so a year, then he wouldn’t have to move and he could be happy. Or maybe win tournaments and give the money to charity. Or maybe even join Gérard Depardieu and give up his citizenship and move to Russia.

Any of those options would suit me and maybe it would stop his whining. Poor rich Phil.

– Marshall Weiss, Seattle


Baseball


Weaver, Musial uniquely talented


Earl Weaver and Stan Musial, two baseball legends who passed away

recently, were polar opposites, as different as night and day. Weaver, the long-time manager of the Baltimore Orioles, was fiery, ornery, controversial, cantankerous, volatile, temperamental and foul-mouthed. On the other hand Musial, the great St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, was low-key, humble, elegant, genteel and a true gentleman.

But both, in their own unique way, made an indelible mark on the game of baseball, Weaver as an ingenious manager light years ahead of his time, and Musial as one of the most dynamic hitters the game has ever known.

– Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach

Where's loyalty in an age of greed

Larry Stone’s fine article on the deaths of Stan Musial and Earl Weaver (“Baseball loses two iconic figures,” Jan. 20) reminds us of the importance of loyalty to one’s team, fans, and city that Musial and Weaver epitomized and that is virtually nonexistent among contemporary MLB players.

Both Musial and Weaver spent their entire careers with one franchise, and thus garnered the eternal adoration of their fans and teammates. No one of my generation could imagine Stan the Man, Jumpin’ Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle or Jackie Robinson ever playing for any team other than the one where they spent their entire career.

Greed – as in the astonishing abuse of free agency, rapacious agents, loony billionaire owners, and mercenary players who play only for money – has destroyed the integrity of the game. Albert Pujols’s absurd contract with the Angels echoes A-Fraud’s deal with the Rangers/Yankees as the two most egregious examples of the rampant greed that has eviscerated the concept of a “team” that used to be central to the game and that allowed fans to nurture a trusting relationship with their heroes who annually graced their ballpark.

Call me an old-fashioned fuddy-duddy if you will. But Musial and Weaver represent an era in baseball that will never return, and all who still try to care about the game deeply regret that loss.

– Michael W. Shurgot, Seattle

High schools

Legacy is more than just sports

In your piece on the Garfield-Franklin rivalry (“Garfield-Franklin basketball rivalry is back,” Jan. 20), you list “other notable alumni” who attended each school, though every one of the Franklin “others” mentioned excelled in a sport, and the two nonathlete Garfield grads were in the music industry. Doing so leaves – unintentionally, I am sure – that Garfield and Franklin “notables” are confined to the realms of sports and music.

Franklin High School, in the years I taught there (1966-2002) graduated many notable alumni who did not excel in college or professional sports, among whom are: Gary Locke, U.S. ambassador to China; Franklin Raines, government official; Mark Morris, choreographer; Mark Sidran, city attorney; Edwin Lee, mayor of San Francisco, and many more.

Countless Franklin (and Garfield) graduates who are not “notable” in the eyes of the public have excelled in their chosen field, whether that be law, medicine, education, carpentry, public service, or business, and have been exemplary parents and active in their communities.

Not a bad legacy.

– Rick Nagel, Mercer Island

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.

If you’d like to write a Take 2 post, email Sports Editor Don Shelton at dshelton@seattletimes.com or sports@seattletimes.com


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