The Redskins' current slide and the failure of Major League Baseball and the D.C. Council to complete a stadium lease agreement so MLB can select an owner for the Nationals have many TalkBackers grumbling at their turkeys.

You say the current Redskins are better than the Steve Spurrier-coached Redskins teams. On what basis do you make that claim? In the last several games, the Redskins were blown away by a division rival (New York Giants), managed to not score an offensive touchdown (at home) on the 24th-ranked defense in the league (Oakland Raiders) and lost to a then-struggling Tampa Bay. Oh yeah, they did win a close one at home against a not-that-good Eagles team whose starting quarterback was banged up and star wide receiver not in uniform.

The Redskins are not very good right now. After a decent start, it's quite possible that this year's team will win fewer games than in Spurrier's first season (7-9), or Marty Schottenheimer's 8-8 season or Norv Turner's last season (7-6) here.

Three Super Bowl titles rightly buys some honeymoon time for Joe Gibbs. But how much?

Patrick Bogenberger, Arlington

I believe the current Redskins are better than either one of Spurrier's teams, or the Marty team (2001), and Norv's 2000 squad. They've outplayed Denver, Kansas City and Tampa Bay but were not able to close the deal. That's a problem, as is their pass rush and depth at receiver. Whom, Patrick, would you prefer to coach the Redskins?

Does it seem to you, as it does to me, that the Nationals -- except for bottom-line considerations -- would be better served to wait at least one year before increasing ticket prices?

Dick Letaw, Vienna

Nationals President Tony Tavares said Friday the price increase for premium games against the Orioles, Yankees, Cubs and the home opener against the Mets (10 games total) does not affect season ticket holders but only single-game tickets in hopes of discouraging ticket brokers and scalpers from buying them. Personally, I would have refrained from raising any ticket price for the upcoming season.

Could you please rant against coaches and commentators who call athletes "warriors." The only professional athlete that I know that was a warrior was the late Pat Tillman. Unless you strap on the Kevlar, strap in the cockpit, or do the equivalent, you are a competitor, not a warrior. Warriors risk their lives.

Carter W. Minor, Annapolis

I agree. A game is a game is a game.