A `Calculated Insult'

The Cincinnati Reds had Marge Schott, with her sympathetic references to Hitler; the Dallas Cowboys now have a parallel in the senior editor, Jim Browder, of the funded official Dallas Cowboys weekly, who compares Daniel Snyder to Hitler ("Snyder is Target of Hitler Analogy, Oct. 1). Ignorance of history is no excuse for Marge Schott nor is it for Jim Browder.

The hierarchy of professional football should in no uncertain terms let the management of the Dallas Cowboys know that the actions of the senior editor of their funded magazine are not only unacceptable but punishable both by reprimands and fines. Daniel Snyder should not be compared to Hitler, particularly in light of his religious origins.

Apologies are not sufficient; more severe penalties must be imposed and hopefully the Washington Redskins will remember this calculated insult both to Daniel Snyder and to the entire team.

Nelson Marans, Silver Spring

Putting aside Tony Kornheiser, along with his heavy-handed ribbing of Michael Wilbon, I find that Mr. Wilbon in his Sept. 28 |column, "NFL Success Is a Healthy Concern," is a genius. His |analysis of why football teams win is brilliant, for a sportswriter. Why do NFL teams win? "It is the quarterback, silly."

Quarterbacks are the center of each play. The QB makes or breaks every play in every offensive drive. He is the creative one; everyone else is strictly following orders and precise instructions.

No wonder many young athletes prefer basketball, hockey, soccer, lacrosse. Take soccer for example. I suggest every player who has the ball is like a quarterback; he or she can pass, fake, move (dribble), take a shot. Things happen so fast in these fluid games, that there are few set plays.

The game is creative in another way: one moment the player is wide open, running on the attack; the next, the team has lost possession of the ball and the player goes on the defense. The best players don't specialize in one position or in one mode (offense or defense), but they do everything.

Of course I hope that Brad Johnson stays healthy throughout this promising season. Redskins fans deserve to see some good football. I just hope the line can protect him from all the defenses that are gunning for him. Good tough football, where the best players are always getting severely injured. Do the fans and TV networks who pay billions to see good football realize that by the end of the season most of the best players will be wrapped in plaster casts?

Tom Dunlap, Arlington

I am writing regarding the series of articles published by The Post written by Brendan Sullivan. Brendan wrote the articles over the past few months while playing baseball at the Class AAA level for the Las Vegas Stars.

His articles were tremendous. Readers seriously interested in baseball could thoroughly appreciate his writing for the baseball substance alone. However, I found the articles to contain about 25 percent baseball and about 75 percent life's lessons and marvelous writing. As the mother of two young men (ages 12 and 16), I came to admire Brendan greatly for what is obviously his character and for what he shared.

He is not defensive. He takes responsibility for his failures. He is determined to succeed against the tough odds in professional sports. Those messages alone are worthwhile.

Janet H. Gerber, Rockville

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