What Seattle Times readers are saying
Making a bad game worse
Bud Withers is exactly right about Bill Walton’s repetitive criticism of players on the court while he waxes nostalgic in the booth for John Wooden, the Grateful Dead, and other days gone by “Time to hit the mute button? Walton act getting tiring,” Wednesday).
I encourage Bill to travel into the more recent past by listening to a tape of his own broadcasts. If he has the capacity to recognize his own flaws with the same expert righteousness that be shines on the court, Bill will soon realize that he has no equal at making a bad game worse.
I couldn’t make it past halftime before hitting the mute button the last two times I listened to Bill do a game to death.
– Bob Sheffels
I’ll even take Dick Vitale
Like Mr. Withers, I find Walton engaging in a strictly personal sense, but he borders on infuriating (to me, at least) as a courtside commentator.
The Washington-UCLA game at Pauley Pavilion offered a prime example of Bill Walton’s lack of any kind of consistent narrative. After spending the greater part of the broadcast bemoaning the dreadful quality of play by both teams, he immediately exclaimed – upon the Bruins hitting a game-winning shot at the buzzer – how great a finish that was to a great basketball game.
I’d even prefer Dick Vitale, who’s never seen a game he didn’t think was great.
– Lew Witham, Seattle
Stick with his performance
Bravo to Danny O’Neil and his superbly reasoned sentiments concerning the scouting combine news conference at which Manti Te’o had the misfortune to speak (“Te’o news conference accomplished nothing except embarrass him,” Monday). As Danny so astutely pointed out, the line of questioning had little to do with football and a great deal to do with private details from this man’s personal life. Someone please tell me what significance his past decisions regarding boy-girl stuff have to do with how he has performed or will perform on the field.
The media could confine themselves to areas that are not intended to titillate and to pry. This guy could plainly benefit from a lot less scrutiny on the part of drooling sports writers whose main objective is to dig up dirt for the mindless public to relish. But then, I guess it can’t be denied there is a market out here for this trash, and probably always will be.
– Tom Likai, Shoreline
Being used as shill for madman
I was surprised to hear from Dennis Rodman on North Korea, the most repressive dictatorship on earth. It’s a country where people routinely starve to death, and are locked up for life in concentration camps.
I guess Mr. Rodman has not heard of propaganda. I am sorry to hear that he apparently doesn’t know he is being used as a shill for the madman running North Korea. A sad day for sports.
– Bob Dickerson, Seattle
Egos, money, too many fouls
What has ruined the NBA, and to some degree all of sports?
1) Egotistical commissioners and owners. If you don’t have a state-of-the-art arena, they threaten to move.
2) Huge TV contracts. That leads to whiny, overpriced athletes and coaches.
3) The way they play the game. This isn’t basketball, it’s football without pads. You could call six to eight fouls every time down court. And how about the officials calling traveling, carrying the ball, palming.
I could care less if we get the Sonics back. High-priced tickets and parking, beer for $8-$9. Turn back the clock to the 1970s and ‘80s.
– Jerry Ryder, Shoreline
Mountlake Terrace proud of team
Thank you for covering the Mountlake Terrace boys basketball team. Our community is very proud of our players of coach Nalin Sood. All coaches are former player in our basketball program. These young men have also done volunteer work in our Community Homework Center program to help all students with their homework. Players are also working hard to represent the school and our community.
– Pat Cordora, Mountlake Terrace
(Director Community Homework Center)