Ralph Nader, who admits to being a New York Yankees fan "even though this is the year they bought the pennant," has a special reason he does not like companies buying blocks of Washington Redskins season tickets.
"They used them as 'payola,'" Nader says. "They go up on Capitol Hill and distribute the tickets free with fresh fruit. I am not saying the Redskins have anything to do with it, but the high-priced tickets grease a lot of wheels in Washington, in addition to paying for fullbacks and halfbacks."
Nader says big companies also make corporate use of Super Bowl tickets.
Maybe Sports Illustrated magazine's jinxes work two ways and Dan Jenkins' tongue-in-cheek put-down of George Allen will rebound to the Redskins' advantage, by providing an incentive.
In the current issue the headline on a fictional poll is: "The coach you would most like to beat 66-0, or would enjoy seeing out to sea on a cement-bottomed slave boat."
The results: 1.George Allen; 2. Hank Stram; 3. Tom Landry; 4. "Wherever Joe Thomas is"; 5. "John Madden, but mainly because of Al Davis."
The extrapolation by Jenkins: "Maybe it's Hank Stram's vest and tie and his Offense of The '70s. Maybe it's Landry's hat. Maybe it is all the credit they've been given for inventing all the things they didn't invent - still, neither Stram nor Landry seriously challenged George Allen for first.
"It is a strange thing in football that dislike and respect sometimes go hand in hand. No one would ever say Allen wasn't a good coach. But, obvious ly, too many players have heard too many stories about Allen from Allen players - like how he might hold a hand in the locker room before a game and say, with a pretense of emotion, 'I'd cut this off right here to win this one today.' It would always be the left hand, not the one he eats ice cream with."
As Allen would point out - he's not eating ice cream this season, but he would cut a pound off his rebellious tummy.
Joe Namath, who was credited with sustaining racial harmony among the New York Jets, without making a point of it, has been accepted likewise in Lous Angeles.
The quarterback already is "tight" with linebacker Isiah (Butch) Robertson of the Rams, a team leader and party organizer.
Fans who think those football tip sheets are not thorough should look at "Score." It lists the "team information number" and local weather information telephone number of every pro club and 78 colleges.
Maybe Otto Graham should have studied zen to handle misunderstood Joe Don Looney with the Redskins in 1966-67. NBC reporter Larry Merchant interviewed Looney in India, content as an elephant boy for a guru in a religious community, the "NFL '77" television program will show it today.