Why I'll go to the replacement games during the NFL players strike:
I love the Redskins. I want to root them to victory and on to the Super Bowl. A win now is just as important as any other this season.
I appreciate labor's position but I do not consider this a "labor strike". Do "laborers" earn $230,000 per year? Do they have individual contracts?
Free agency affects only a few players. They should drop it and shoot for greater benefits for the majority -- salaries, pensions, guarantees, etc.
We fans and the players owe a debt of gratitude and respect to Joe Gibbs and Jack Kent Cooke. Henry A. Damminger McLean
Faith in Coaches
In the early part of this century, working conditions were not good. Poorly educated workers labored long hours six days a week for minimal wages; children, not yet teen-agers, were employed and paid practically nothing for working many hours in the factories and coal mines.
Then, beneficially, came the unions amid a strong public feeling of antimanagement.
Now, years later, well-educated football players are striking. They are paid very well for less than a year's work.
With the current football strike, it appears to me the fans are not really siding with either management or the union because of what is pictured as greed on both sides.
In the meantime, the nonunion players are the innocent third-party victims of goon-type behavior of yesteryear -- the objects of shotgun-toting, property-destroying, egg-throwing, beer bottle-throwing and cursing of National Football League players. Any anger the union players have should be directed at the National Football League clubs who have asked the nonunion players to play -- or, better yet, against the National Football League.
I believe we will be pleasantly surprised with the high caliber of play we will see by the nonunion players. I say this because of the faith I have in the ability of the coaches and because I believe there is enough talent to field another league. In fact, I was a strong supporter of the United States Football League.
Remember when the Philadelphia Eagles refused the offer to play the Philadelphia Stars for charity? This was reminiscent of the early days in this century when, in baseball, the National League refused to recognize the younger American League.
As a result, I believe many, perhaps the majority of fans, will enthusiastically support the teams staffed nearly completely by nonunion players. It must be realized they are playing the game they love and will benefit economically.
The immediate solution that would benefit everyone would be to thank the nonunion players and send home those no longer needed with a bonus, invite the union players to return and resume the season, and continue the negotiations. Clyde D. Boden Arlington
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