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

February 9, 2013 at 2:00 PM

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What Seattle Times sports readers are saying

Steve Kelley

Cooper captures love of sports

I’m a longtime Times subscriber, and not a sports fan in particular, but wanted to write for the first time because I was so moved by Steve Kelley’s story of Keith Cooper (“Small-college coaching takes true dedication,” Jan. 30). You beautifully captured the story of a man who dedicates his life to something he loves. I can’t believe all of the roles this gentleman has to play in the small-school sports world, but he obviously does it for the love of his sport. It’s a wonderful story that is the best thing I’ve read in the sports section for a long time — no, make that the whole paper. Cheers for Coach Cooper.

I will miss Steve’s writing and perspective, and will wish him all the best in the rest of your life beyond The Seattle Times.

– Cindy Shurtleff, Seattle

Columns carry piece of home

Over the last 15 years in the military I’ve traveled all across the world. Whether it was in Singapore, Japan, Iraq, Qatar, Libya or where I live now, Germany, Steve Kelley’s columns on The Seattle Times website has been one of the ways I’ve been able to carry a piece of home with me wherever I go. Thank you, Steve!

– C. Van Anderson, United States Africa Command

Comparison to another great columnist

I spent the first 25 years of my life reading the great Jack Murphy in the San Diego Union. I have spent the last 25 reading your column in The Seattle Times. Your passion, compassion wit, disgust and knowledge of sports, as well as truly understanding the region for which you are writing, is only matched by Jack.

I will miss reading your column every day as much as I missed his when he retired. Good luck in whatever you do going forward.

– Scott Lancaster, Orcas Island

Sharing sports with my son

I’ve lived in the Puget Sound region my entire life and developed a love for all Seattle sports at a young age. As an adolescent, after a key Huskies, Seahawks, Sonics, or M’s win I couldn’t wait for the afternoon delivery of The Seattle Times so I could read your latest column. That was a time when life was simpler. It was before gaining an interest in girls, before working for a living, before wife and kids, before a mortgage — just sports and studies.

I’m now 40 years old and while life is more complicated and full of responsibilities, the love of sports remains and it’s one of the genuine things I share with my son. Thank you for all of your years of service to our region and bringing sports to life for so many of us that grew up with you. Our Seattle Times will never be the same.

Good luck to you and happy retirement.

– Sean Maygra, Buckley

Captured spirit, skill, character

There are times I have disagreed with Steve Kelley so virulently I crumpled up the section and threw it across the room, only to pick it up moments later and finish reading. I have read his stuff since back when I was in high school. He always managed to capture the spirit of sports itself, and reminded us not just of the skill and dedication it takes to participate, but the sportsmanship and character that can shape a person. I will miss Steve’s articles, but hope he has a well-earned next stage of life.

– Taiji Tamura, Shoreline]


Players aren’t our real heroes

I keep hearing about all the fuss over concussions. Although I agree that all available technology must be exhausted in pursuit of safety, I don’t agree with the placement of football players as “heroes.”

These men get paid rather millions to do what they do. They knowingly made that choice. Some of them even use steroids, human-growth hormone and deer antlers to gain an advantage. These men earn their money, but they are not heroes!

The people in our armed services are our real heroes. Those men and women are giving the supreme sacrifice to assure our safety and freedom. These men and women do this willingly, but aren’t paid millions. Then there are police and firefighters, who dodge bullets and backdrafts daily.

I’d rather see the money and effort now being devoted to concussions put to better use — getting our disabled real heroes off the street and into housing, and schooling to upgrade their re-entry into society.

– Keith Brown, Seattle

Super Bowl

Throwing flag at officiating

I may not be the brightest star in the sky, but I’m a little more aware of what is happening in pro sports, and the officiating is not very pretty. Too much on the political side.

In Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, the officiating was once again about the team that had a player announcing his retirement. It happened to the Seahawks seven years before, and now it happened the 49ers.

The 49ers came back, after the darkness, and fought like a team possessed, that is up until the last play. Another noncall. We can’t blame it all on the officiating, because the 49ers stubbed their toes, in the first half. But at least they didn’t give up.

– Patsy Gee, Federal Way

How did blowout turn amazing?

For a game that started out as an absolute blowout turned, Super Bowl turned into one of the most exciting games in the game’s history. It was truly amazing.

– Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach, Calif.

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