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Maybe It Doesn't Pay to Take Football Seriously

December 05, 1987

Virtually eliminated from the playoffs, the Rams, with a 1-7 record, decide to go all out and play their next few games for fun and wind up with three great performances and three victories.

After losing seven in a row, the Raiders decide to play for fun and "Raider pride" and annihilate the Seattle Seahawks who were heavily favored.

Bo Jackson decides to play football as a hobby for the fun of it, and has one of the most dominant games ever by a running back against the Seahawks.

Somehow, the take-home lesson seems to be that taking football less seriously is a message that management, players and fans should take more seriously.

MICHAEL A. GLUECK

Newport Beach

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