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SELECTIVE MORALITY

Whatever happened to Larry Felser? -- on the bandwagon, as usual, whatever the cause. This time it's applauding the NFL's magnanimous Super Bowl location stance.

The NFL is threatening to pull the 1993 Super Bowl from Phoenix because the state does not have a paid holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., even though the city itself has an unpaid holiday honoring him. Could the narrow margin of defeat of the state proposal be a result of the voters' indignation at the NFL's selective morality and picking on their referendum?

New Orleans hosted the 1990 Super Bowl amid David Duke for Senate posters. Maybe if the NFL had threatened to bar the Big Easy from future Super Bowl consideration if this former head of the Ku Klux Klan was elected, the Louisiana voters could have been sufficiently offended at this meddling and voted him into the U.S. Senate.

The State of Florida has hosted many Super Bowls even though it does not observe a paid holiday for Abraham Lincoln who was, as I recall, one of the earliest and greatest civil rights supporters.

The NFL point man for this fiasco is the head of the Super Bowl Site Selection Committee, Norman Braman, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles whose team plays in Veterans Stadium in a city that does not observe a paid holiday in honor of the vast number of veterans who have contributed significantly to the welfare of our country.

The NFL still hosts regular season games in Phoenix and takes their cut without concern for local policies. They didn't hesitate to allow that vagabond owner, Bill Bidwell, to move his Cardinals to that insensitive area in the first place at a time when the anti-King holiday forces were so visible, headed by former Gov. Evan Mecham.

If the NFL has this issue as a prerequisite to hosting a Super Bowl, along with a minimum number of first class hotel rooms, don't award the game to an "unqualified" city in the first place.

In the end, I'm sure that all the black head coaches, general managers, owners and league executives applaud the NFL's stance on this issue and their lack of indignation on others.
GREG LOMBARDO
Hamburg

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