Letters to Seattle Met March 2014
Sherman Slam On Culture Fiend, our arts and entertainment blog, we wrote about the Twitter reaction to Richard Sherman’s postgame “verbal body slam” of 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree after the Seahawks won the NFC Championship game against San Francisco in January. Dozens of readers took us to task on Facebook, assuming we were critical of Sherman. “Why the F is this on your page?! Bye bye Seattle metro!!!” typed one reader; “Shame on Seattle Met!” piled on another. For the record: We’re huge fans of both Richard Sherman and verbal body slams.
Speaking of championship games In “Seattle vs. Portland: Team Rivalries”, printed before the Super Bowl, we reported that Seattle had won only one major pro-sports championship (the SuperSonics’ NBA title in 1979). But as reader Kristen Hamamoto pointed out, we wrongly “omitted that the Storm have won two WNBA championships.” Indeed the Seattle Storm grabbed the Women’s National Basketball Association title in 2004 and 2010. The Storm, added Hamamoto, “have been more successful than any other Seattle sports franchise.”
And the Charlton Heston Award for Most Gunsy Comment of the Month goes to… While reporting on the Olympia gun-initiative hearings in January—for our politics blog PubliCola—we spotted (and photographed) a young man strolling in the Capitol building with a hunting rifle slung over his shoulder. After some nosing around we learned that firearms in the Capitol are tolerated, but umbrellas, food and drink, and baby strollers are verboten. To which commenter Seattle Gun Owner dropped some science, Duck Dynasty style: “Considering it’s a bolt action with an internal box magazine…it’s not like [the] guy could load it that quickly (compared to a detachable magazine)
or fire quickly. Since he doesn’t have a peep mount…it’s useless for close range or quick target acquisition.”
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