Backtalk: Times readers talk about the Mariners, Kraken and Spencer Haywood shows
I’m sick of seeing Julio Rodriguez get robbed on the count of three strikes because he’s a rookie. Now is the time to use proven electronic ball-striking technology in MLB. Only swing judgments shall be pronounced by the referees.
John McCaslin, Kirkland
bear cubs stink
In Chicago, in a small Jewish cemetery, there is a tombstone that simply says: “The Cubs stink!!” It might be time for us to bury our own team. Get real hitters.
Phil Rognier, Medina
out of tune
Speechless (“Trevor Story, who the Mariners tried to sign in the offseason, hits three home runs to lead the Red Sox to a win”). The game was bad enough, but also, the radio was playing that “Kars4Kids” ad so often that I’m starting to dislike kids.
Longhurst123 (online comment)
Too many TV slogans?
As a Kraken season ticket holder and lifelong hockey fan – I saw my first game in the old Madison Square Garden in 1969 – I have to disagree with the broadcast team’s assessment ( last Sunday’s backtalk).
TJ Brown’s color commentary was excellent, but John Forslund’s attempt to put a signature call at every phase of the game was distracting. Keep it simple.
RJ Klein, Bellevue
Haywood on HBO
It’s hard to put into today’s context how huge it was for the local sports scene when Spencer Haywood joined the Sonics in 1970 (Matt Calkins: “Former Sonic Haywood calls his representation in ‘Winning HBO’s Time” a “blessing””). Huge. Sam Schulman was the dice roller.
cpm_Seattle (online comment)
And all that
It reminds me of good memories. Spencer also had a late night DJ gig on one of the local radio stations. He was very knowledgeable about jazz music and even played some of his own records on the air.
Oliver Sudden (online commentary)
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