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February 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM

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What Seattle Times sports readers are saying

UW basketball

Romar isn’t getting it done

It’s time to take a closer look at Lorenzo Romar’s coaching record at Washington. In 11 seasons as head coach of the Huskies, not a single team has ever advanced past the Sweet 16. His teams are perennially challenged when it comes to running a disciplined offensive scheme — which is critical come tournament time. Every year, the Huskies lay eggs against teams they should beat handily (this year Utah and Oregon State come readily to mind), and more often than not they play dumb down the stretch. Romar has nearly as many assistant coaches as players, yet still they have difficulty mastering even the simplest of things, like an effective inbounds play.

UCLA, Arizona and Gonzaga are West Coast teams that have shown they have what it takes to go deep in March. Why not UW? As much we all respect Romar’s impeccable character and the stability he has brought to the program, it’s time to expect more. Good but not good enough shouldn’t cut it anymore.

– Tom Phillips, Seattle

Replace Gaddy with Andrews

A message to Lorenzo Romar from a rabid Dawgs fan: Stop the madness, make the right decision and bench Abdul Gaddy.

I understand wanting to start and play a senior, but in this case, it’s time to bench Abdul Gaddy and start the super freshman, Andrew Andrews in his place. Just look at the film, the statistics and the contributions, and listen to the fans. Gaddy has been playing losing basketball, making freshman-like mistakes, and is hurting the team more than helping. Andrew has the size, skill, and positive energy that teammates need.

– Paul Smith, Seattle

Gonzaga men

Zags should get top seed

I agree with Bud Withers (“Zags could hit No. 1 but is it worth it?” Tuesday) that it is probably just as well if the Zags are not ranked No. 1 before the end of the regular season. What concerns me more is the idea that, despite all Gonzaga has accomplished, the sacred selection committee may still decide to punch Coach K’s automatic one card (you know, the free hall pass given to Duke, no matter what) and give the top seed in the West to the Blue Devils.

– David Arntuffus, Shoreline


Poll missed real reason for drop

The Seattle Times blew it with the poll about declining interest in Pac-12 sports, which misses the main point. Expansion of the conference includes too many teams and the new Pac-12 Networks schedules too many games in weird start times and isn’t seen by people like me.

Instead of having balanced schedules where everybody plays everybody else, we now have league game with Colorado and Utah at the expense of games with longtime rivals. The past two football seasons, the Huskies missed games with the Los Angeles teams.

I have DirecTV which doesn’t show the Pac-12 Networks. I used to be able to watch most Husky games on the major networks, ESPN, or ROOT (listening to occasional games on the radio).

I would like things a lot more if things could revert to the Pacific Coast Conference I knew as a kid, with teams from Washington, Oregon, and California as conference games. It was about sports and not so much about money.

– Tony Formo, Seattle


Big money, little support

So Felix Hernandez is signed for seven years. My prediction for 2013: Felix will get 30 starts and in those starts, the Mariners will score 30 runs. One each per game, as usual.

– Tony Snorteland, Poulsbo


Welcome to Sonics fantasy

Jerry Brewer welcomes us to NBA fantasy land (“Now’s the perfect time for the NBA,” Tuesday). One of his central points being that the return of a professional-basketball franchise will make Seattle “whole” again is laughable and a little pathetic. Since the Sonics left town, the Emerald city has exploded with new everything. Other than a small cadre of “ultrasonics,” they have not been missed.

Seattle has been considered a world class city for some time now, and a new sports team will not affect that one way or another. The pathetic part of this local boosterism, is the vulture-sitting-on-the-tree-limb aspect of it. With a few tepid “We feel your pain, Sacramento” comments by local pundits, they seem to be eagerly awaiting the lions to leave the carcass so they can swoop in and finish it off.

If we are going to get a new franchise, we should earn it the old fashioned way — wait our turn — and not snatch another city’s only major-league franchise.

– Henry Thompson, Seattle

High schools

WIAA playoff pairings nonsensical

I see it’s business as usual at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA). They consistently refuse to apply any rhyme or reason to what they do, including the assignment of playoff parings. In the first round of the Class 3A girls basketball regionals, KingCo regular-season and tournament champion, fifth-ranked Bellevue, plays No. 1 Prairie. Meanwhile, unranked Mercer Island, who Bellevue defeated four times this season, plays a team with a 13-10 record.

Go figure.

– William D. Osmer, Bellevue

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