The reaction to the ending of professional football's strike has ranged from excitement to resentment, and almost everyone from players and owners to fans and news commentators has voiced an opinion.
Some possible future pros, at the Roy Rogers Metropolitan Super Bowl championships in Vienna, had their say yesterday.
"I did miss it," said Kevin Eric White, 9, the nephew of Chick Harris, an assistant coach for the Buffalo Bills. "The players should have gotten more money and then gone out and played the game."
An avid Bills fan, White, a 4-foot-6, 65-pound running back, led the 1981 undefeated Wheaton Huskers with 37 touchdowns in eight games. This year, the Huskers lost in the semifinals in the Pony Division playoffs.
Keith Brown, 13, of Wheaton's intermediate team, called the strike "a bunch of nonsense because the baseball players went on strike, and then the football players had to ask for more money, too."
Brown, a fullback, said he did not miss watching professional football on television.
Another Wheaton intermediate, Devin Hughes, agreed with Brown, adding that "the players were mistreated. Some were injured and the teams still made them play. The players did not get paid enough for that." The 13-year-old tight end said the strike improved his school grades 100 percent.
Most of the players interviewed agreed that the strike gave them a chance to play more football. Some followed college games, while others gave up on football completely.
But in Vienna yesterday, nobody was giving up. In the 75-pound division title game, District Heights defeated Woodlawn, 13-0; New Carrollton beat Maplewood, 12-8, in the 85-pound class; Clinton beat Braddock Road, 8-0, for the 95-pound title; Glen Arden defeated Wheaton, 13-6, at 110 pounds; Silver Spring beat Laurel, 16-12, at 125 pounds and Camp Springs upset Vienna, 20-6, at 150 pounds.