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The Arrogance of Pro Football

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Slow down! You don't have to rush right back to football. Football expects you to, but you can take your sweet time. Don't feel compelled to invite football in and make it a sandwich. You can watch baseball and the swimming world championships and the Major League Soccer All-Star Game on Wednesday. Catch up on "Curb Your Enthusiasm." That Larry David is the naughty George Blanda of comedy.

You don't have to freak out that the NFL lockout is over. Football assumes that you care, that when you got the word on Monday, you applied some eye black, went into the office kitchen, uncorked a bottle of champagne and wept into an old Johnny Unitas jersey. Football believes it has you under its spell, that your fantasy league gives your life purpose, that your autumn Sundays are...

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