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UW fans should be elated with Petersen

Washington fans should be elated about Steve Sarkisian leaving for USC. His record after five years at UW was a little over 50 percent. With Chris Petersen, who is an excellent coach with a great family, the Huskies will be adding at least another win over Sarkisian next year. Didn’t he beat Oregon twice while at Boise State? How many wins did Sarkisian beat Oregon in his five years here?

Chris, welcome to Washington and good luck.

- Harold Schweigert, Lynnwood

Sark’s not the man I thought he was

None of the choices for a recent poll on how I feel about Steve Sarkisian work for me. It isn’t whether I’m mad or I blame him for leaving. He simply hasn’t been honest with us for the five years he was here. He’s not the man I thought he was.

- Frank Emerson, Seattle

Was it really his dream job?

How many times did we hear Sark say the Husky position was his dream job? What exactly does that make his new job at USC?

He is going to a position that comes with sky-high expectations, and then goes up from there. It could easily turn into a nightmare job. Things have changed since Sark last coached in Southern California. With Jim Mora succeeding next door at UCLA, recruiting the very best Southern California players to USC will no longer be a slam dunk.

- Raymond Wilson, Bellevue


Why play the losers game?

There is the proverbial sucker born every day and the Mariners jump to the head of the class if they rupture any financial sanity they might have had over any one player.

Stop and think how the Angels feel now about their Albert Pujols signing. At some point, it is a virtual certainty that Robinson Cano will be a shadow of himself while syphoning off a painfully big percentage of the Mariners’ salary budget. So why play that losers game?

- Charles Nobles, Miami

Wishing Mariners, Cano well, but ...

I wish Robinson Cano and the Mariners well, but I am afraid that there will be a lot of unhappy Mariner fans when his production and 10-year lifespan fall short of their hopes.

- Steven J. Albright, Seattle


Why we should want a loss to 49ers

I am going to root for the Seattle Seahawks to lose against the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday. Now, hear me out before you go all Seahawk-decibel-136 on me.

I have a neanderthal theory about beating a team three times in one season. Look at the 1983 Seattle Seahawks. They beat the Los Angeles Raiders twice, then they got blown out by L..A. in the AFC Championship, 30-14.

f the Seahawks are going to march through the playoffs on their way to the Meadowlands, they might face the 49ers a third time. I would rather have the record be 1-1 instead of 2-0.

That is why I am rooting for the SF 49ers to win this Sunday.

San Francisco 26, Seattle 13.

- Craig Parker, Sarasota, Fla.

Thanks for raising grades in third quarter

As someone who questioned Bob Condotta’s earlier A-minus-and-lower grading a month ago, I want to say thank you for letting them put in the extra-credit work since then to improve their grades accordingly. Yes, they had a few missed assignments right before mid-terms but with recent results I’m glad you saw past that. I’m looking forward to seeing how they do in the “finals” in 2014!

- Karl Simonsen, Redmond

Still not getting any ESPN respect

So the Seahawks are 11-1 and still getting little (if any) mention on ESPN. Now, if it was ESPN’s buddies, the New England Patriots, we would never hear the end of it.

- Tony Snorteland, Suquamish

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