Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Extra

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Extra

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Byline: Compiled by Jason Schneider, The Times-Union

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In his final column for the Seattle Times, Les Carpenter didn't place the blame for the generally lousy state of Seattle pro teams on the shoulders of the owners, coaches or players. Rather, Carpenter wrote, the losing seasons and playoff failures are the fans' fault.

What?

Since when do fans have anything to do with what happens on the field? Don't athletes say they don't listen to the fans? Don't coaches say they don't care what the fans think of their trades and moves?

Carpenter said the Mariners, Seahawks and Sonics fans are too nice, that they don't demand enough from their teams.

As an example, he pointed to Philadelphia. Those people, Carpenter wrote, are true fans. Fans who boo Santa Claus, cheer the career-ending injury of Michael Irvin and throw batteries at their heroes. If you agree with Carpenter, those fans drive their teams to championships.

There's just one problem. No Philadelphia team has won a league title since 1983, when the 76ers swept the Lakers in NBA Finals.

So if fans in Seattle were more like fans in Philadelphia, they would have more championships to cheer. Like all those Lombardi trophies, Stanley Cups and World Series banners they have in Philadelphia.

YOU WANT THE TRUTH? YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH

Forget Iraq. Ignore Afghanistan. Don't worry about the Sudan. Let Lebanon and Syria figure out their problems by themselves.

What you, the American public, really need to worry about is steroids in baseball. At least that's what Congress appears to think. Jose Canseco, Jason Giambi and Mark McGwire are among those who will reportedly be subpoenaed to testify before a congressional commission.

Because our elected representatives have decided to stick their noses where they really don't belong, here are a few other sports-related inquires for members of Congress:

-- Professional boxing: Sen. …

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