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SPORTS: Tacoma Dome could host NBA/NFL teams

In the past few years there has been renewed talk of bringing the NBA back to Seattle along with an NHL team. I think that Seattle has enough professional sports.

Tacoma and Pierce County are losing out on an opportunity for potential substantial economic development.

Tacoma is a perfect opportunity for investor Chris Hansen, the prime lobbyist who want to build a new arena in Seattle. Let’s just sell the Tacoma Dome. The highways are better suited for access, and the Tacoma Dome has more capacity than Seattle’s Key Arena.

Tacoma and Pierce County are in a new chapter of economic growth; this

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NFL: You cheat, you forfeit

If the footballs used by the New England Patriots against the Indianapolis Colts were tampered with, then the Patriots should forfeit the AFL Championship and the Colts should play in the Super Bowl.

The Colts did not deserve to be humiliated in front of the whole nation when they were playing by the rules.

You cheat, you forfeit; that’s it. Cheating is cheating. End of story.


NFL: Patriots shouldn’t be going to Super Bowl

If the New England Patriots are found guilty of using low-pressure footballs against the Indianapolis Colts, then they should be treated just like the colleges are and should have several penalties enforced effective immediately. The only way to prevent such behaviors is to make the penalties so hard that nobody dares to violate them again. I suggest:

• No playoff appearances for five years including this year (put the Colts in their place), and those directly involved should be removed from the sport permanently.

• Loss of all draft picks for no less than two years, which would mean they could

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NFL: McGrath missed the point about Suh

Re: “NFL gives Suh pass to dole out cheap shots” (John McGrath column, 12-31).

I agree with everything McGrath wrote, however, it seems his real issue is how Ndamukong Suh’s actions affect the Seahawks’ playoff run, not Suh’s thug on-field behavior and the NFL’s lack of concern regarding it.

A “12” since 1976, I want the Hawks’ best playoff road to a repeat Super Bowl, but this can’t overshadow the disgraceful actions of a 6-foot-4, 305-pound man who gets away with abuse that would land most in the Pierce County Jail!

McGrath points out Suh’s off-field contributions and charitable deeds within his community

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ABUSE: Where’s equity for erring politicians?

With the recent issues of domestic violence, drug use, DUIs, child abuse, arrests, etc., in the NFL, our politicians have voiced outrage over how the NFL is handling this and are demanding changes. I agree, but with one additional demand.

Whatever changes are made for suspension length, penalties or total banning from the NFL, these same rules should apply to our politicians.

It is always funny how when a politician is arrested for drug use, charged with domestic violence, arrested for DUI, etc., that the party of the accused politicians says “It is a personal issue that does not affect

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NFL: Domestic violence goes beyond football

We are saddened by recent acts of violence by NFL players, yet pleased that Commissioner Roger Goodell has designated a vice president of social responsibility and retained the services of experts to help the NFL shape policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault.

His letter to all NFL teams and staff indicates plans to reach out to NFL employees, families and communities. That’s a good start; however, we urge the NFL to expand its scope.

These issues are not limited to areas with an NFL team. Domestic violence is a broad societal issue; it exists in every

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NFL: Sam, Rams draft enrich society

We all truly live in historic times. On May 10, 2014, Michael Sam and the St. Louis Rams shattered the status quo. Michael Sam coming out as gay while playing a sport dominated by antiquated attitudes of what it means to be a man and the St. Louis Rams drafting the first openly gay player to the NFL is nothing short of heroic.

Sometimes when you read the news, it seems that American culture is permeated with hate and ignorance, but Sam and most people’s reaction to his being drafted and his subsequent celebration is evidence that love and understanding

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NFL: Cantwell’s political correctness is now blackmail

Sen. Maria Cantwell and the liberals are going too far. As the chairperson of Indian Affairs, Cantwell should be focusing on internal Indian issues like unemployment and education rather than grandstanding about a name change to a professional football team.

The Washington Redskins have been competing for over 60 years in the NFL. They have won championships several times. Their team name and logo are now hot political potatoes. Cantwell is now threatening NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and team owner Dan Snyder with political blackmail. Change the name or move out of Washington. The federal government owns the land where

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