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What does it take to get a lit­tle re­spect? The Na­tion­als are hav­ing a won­der­ful sea­son. They clinched the Na­tional League East ti­tle with three weeks to go [“De­layed grat­i­fi­ca­tion,” Sports, Sept. 11]. And yet they had to share the front page of the Sports sec­tion the next day with the Red­skins, who lost again. And the Red­skins ar­ti­cle, “Red­skins mis­fire early and of­ten,” got top po­si­tion.

I’m used to all things Red­skins be­ing bal­ly­hooed and hyped — re­mem­ber RGIII? — but this was a case of wretched ex­cess and an in­sult to the Nats and their fans.

Thomas Shaf­fer, Bal­ti­more

What a dis­ap­point­ment to find re­sults of Army’s first foot­ball game of the sea­son buried on the Sept. 2 Score­board page and no other ac­count of the game [Sports].

Army is truly a na­tional team, with many sup­port­ers here in the D.C. area. Al­though the game was played on a Friday night, surely some kind of game sum­mary could have ap­peared in one of the week­end edi­tions.

Al­though there seems to be a “homer” bias here be­cause of the Naval Academy’s prox­im­ity, one would think that in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal there would be equal cov­er­age and re­spect for those two ser­vice acad­e­mies, as well as the Air Force Academy.

Granted, Army’s record in re­cent years has not matched Navy’s; how­ever, the team is turn­ing the cor­ner with its rel­a­tively new coach and looks as if it is be­com­ing much more com­pet­i­tive. Need­less to say, those cadets are giv­ing their all every Saturday while an­tic­i­pat­ing dif­fer­ent play­ing fields af­ter grad­u­a­tion.

I hope The Post can find space to at least rec­og­nize that Army has a com­pet­i­tive foot­ball team dur­ing the re­main­der of the sea­son.

Richard C. Schon­berger, Spring­field The writer is a 1958 grad­u­ate of West Point.

KATHER­INE FREY/THE WASH­ING­TON POST BRANDON WADE/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Above, Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als re­lief pitcher Sean Doolit­tle tosses sou­venirs to fans af­ter the team clinched the Na­tional League East Di­vi­sion ti­tle at Na­tion­als Park on Sept. 10. Right, mem­bers of Army’s foot­ball team cel­e­brate win­ning the Heart of Dal­las Bowl in Dal­las on Dec. 27, 2016.

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