Washington Redskins: Why the Strike Super Bowl Wins Count Just as Much

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIJune 29, 2011

Washington Redskins coach Joe  Gibbs watches play in 1987.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Here is the question that I want you to ponder before we go any further in this discussion: Can the Super Bowl be the Super Bowl no matter the circumstances surrounding the season?

Here is the greater equation that we are looking at: The Washington Redskins have a long and proud football history. They have boasted Hall of Fame players and coaches, and overall they have three Super Bowl wins credited to them.

This would seem like a rather impressive resume with not much to question, but believe it or not, there are people out there who question the validity of two of the ‘Skins Super Bowl seasons.

The Redskins won Super Bowl XVII, XXII and XXVI.

Oddly enough and ironically enough, only one of those Super Bowls came in a year in which the NFL did not have a strike-shortened season, and that was XXVI in 1992.

Both the 1982 and 1987 seasons were marred by a player strike.

The 1982 season was shorted from 16 games to only nine because of the strike. When the playoffs rolled around, the NFL formed a special 16-team playoff in which eight teams from each conference found themselves seeded 1-8 tournament style.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 17:  Quarterback Doug Williams #17 of the Washington Redskins scrambles for yards against the Minnesota Vikings during the 1987 NFC Championship game at RFK Memorial Stadium on January 17, 1988 in Washington, D.C.  The Redskins wo
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The Redskins went on to beat the Detroit Lions 31-7, the Minnesota Vikings 21-7, the Dallas Cowboys 31-17 and beat the Miami Dolphins 27-17 to win the Super Bowl.

The 1987 season was a little bit more complicated, and if anything, I can see why people feel skeptical about that Super Bowl. The season was shortened to 15 games, which doesn’t sound all too bad, but replacement players were used Weeks 4 through 6, being that the “real players” were still on strikes.

If you’ve ever seen the move The Replacements now you know why they tried to morph Keanu Reeves into a football player.

After Week 6, the professional paid players took over though, and everything was back to NFL football as normal.

So, where is the argument here?

I think the people who whine and complain about the legitimacy of the Redskins' two Super Bowl wins in the strike years have no ability to understand reality or comprehend things with reason.

Let’s be honest folks, the NFL is a business first and foremost, and that is why we are looking at the current NFL lockout situation.

ASHBURN, VA - JANUARY 8:  Joe Gibbs addresses the media as he is announced as the new head coach of the Washington Redskins at a media conference on January 8, 2004 at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia. The Redskins organizations' three Super Bowl Trophi
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If the owners aren’t happy they will lock out; if the players aren’t happy they will strike.

Such is the way of life in professional sports. Let’s not be ignorant enough to not understand and accept it.

So, yes, of course Washington’s strike Super Bowl wins count just the same as any other teams Super Bowl wins!

In the end they held up the Lombardi, they got to dance around in the confetti and most importantly they have the hardware to prove it.

Say what you want, but you can’t argue with the rings.

They don’t hear you.

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