September 13, 2013

The Post’s obsession with the Redskins and Robert Griffin III exceeds all bounds. After weeks of exhaustive hype regarding every possible aspect of the quarterback’s recovery, readiness and relationship to his coach, dwarfing all other sports coverage, the Sept. 10 edition of the paper went completely over the top.

The Redskins’ ignominious 33-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles was accorded a large photo in the middle of the front page, all but the bottom two inches of the front of the Sports section and four full pages inside — half of the entire section.

Lost amid all that coverage were the Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez, who allowed only one hit in shutting out the New York Mets, and Rafael Nadal, who defeated Novak Djokovic in a riveting tennis match to win the U.S. Open. Nadal’s match was reported at the bottom of the Sports section front, while Gonzalez’s near-no-hitter was relegated to Page D3.

Get a grip! This lack of balance ill serves your readers.

David M. Cohen, Chevy Chase

It’s time for what my wife refers to as my annual “Grumpy Old Man” letter to The Post: I’m sure it’s tempting to place photos and stories about the Redskins on the front page to sell an extra paper or two at newsstands. But please resist contributing to the dumbing-down of the United States and reserve the front page for real news. The Post has a sports section. Use it.

Now if you’ll excuse me, this grumpy 37-year-old has to go yell at some kids to get off his lawn.

Chuck Donalies, Washington

As a Philadelphia Eagles fan, I certainly enjoyed Monday night’s game between the Eagles and the Redskins, but I was also very pleased to read the columns by Mike Wise [“Two roads diverge in a burgundy and gold wood — which will the Redskins travel?”] and Sally Jenkins [“Lots of show, little to show”] in the Sept. 11 Sports section.

It is about time for someone to tell it like it is regarding Robert Griffin III: He was a quality quarterback last season and can be again this season. What he is not is a miracle worker. I thank these columnists for their honesty and courage to speak truthfully about their team.

Jane M. Busavage, Gainesville