one of the most interesting sidelights to Super Bowl XVII will be the size of the in-house crowd.
All the tickets for the game have been sold, but many are then resold by ticket brokers and scalpers. And a combination of forecasts of bad weather, a short pregame buildup and what some feel is an unattractive matchup has led to predictions that there could be as many as 20,000 no-shows.
Prices for the $40 tickets already have dropped the last few days at local ticket brokers. Seats are easy to buy, and top prices of $350 and up for the best tickets are lower than in previous seasons.
Redskin players keep saying that money isn't a motivation for this game, but they'll get paid anyway: $36,000 for the winners and $18,000 for the losers. Players from both teams already have won $34,000 in playoff money this year.
When the Redskins last won the NFL title, in 1942, the players' share was $965 for the 14-6 winners and $637 for the losing Bears.
Washington played in the title game in 1972 (losing Super Bowl VII to Miami, 14-7), in 1945 (losing, 15-14, to Los Angeles), in 1943 (losing to Chicago, 41-21), in 1940 (losing to Chicago, 73-0), in 1937 (beating Chicago, 28-21) and in 1936, as the Boston Redskins (losing to Green Bay, 21-6). The Redskins' title game record: 2-4.
Uwe von Schamann, who has had a hairline fracture in his back, has influenza, too. But the Dolphin kicker is expected to play Sunday . . . The Redskins were careful not to push John Riggins hard in practice this week; he has a slight muscle twinge in his thigh. Coach Joe Gibbs expects him at 100 percent for the Super Bowl . . . Both teams had extremely light workouts today, just to stretch and loosen muscles.