Let's see now, the "real" Redskins (that is, strikers) lose to lowly Atlanta the last time they felt it appropriate to take the field to entertain their loyal fans, while the "substitute" Redskins play their hearts out and win against a St. Louis team loaded with "real" Cardinals.

The "real" Redskins can quit the team any time they want to move to greener pastures. Yet these "real" Redskins expect loyalty from their fans!

I understand "all for one and one for all," but where does a fan fit into this equation? The "real" Redskins have affronted many of us by their selfishness, their monumental egos, their ludicrous salaries and benefit packages, and by wanting more at the expense of the very fans who have made them what they are.

Stay on strike! W.D. Barnes Alexandria

Free to Make Deal

I have watched, read and listened to the propaganda from both sides of the NFL strike. I have found good and bad in the positions of both management and labor. In the final analysis, I find myself supporting the players for the following reasons:

I can't agree with the argument, "the players make too much money already." First, I don't believe money is a big issue. But more importantly, it's a free country. They are entertainers and, like most entertainers, should be allowed to make the best deal they can for themselves. We seldom hear complaints when movie stars make millions for a single movie; it's not unusual for concert stars to make tens of thousands for a single night. If we think the ticket price is too steep, we simply don't go.

I believe the strike will be over sooner if the fans back the players. I am a Redskins season ticket-holder, but would not be seen dead at a strikebreaking game. I am not above sneaking a peek on the TV, you understand, but will deny it if a rating service calls. All's fair in love and football. David E. Siltman Gaithersburg