Are You Ready for Some Football? Sort Of

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When, exactly, did the NFL stop playing football? Wasn't it roughly 14 hours ago? New Orleans, yeah? Superdome. Power outage. Harbaughs. Beyoncé. Since then there's been quite the arid, extended, agonizing off-season. What's it actually been? Twenty-one days? Twenty-two? A little more than the gestation period of a hamster. Long enough! Time to return to the field. Vacations are for shirkers. We are ready and hungry for the football. Bring the football. Football. We need it. Come on!


Phew, here it is: The NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, an annual, ultra-commodified ritual in which the league puts its incoming class through an elaborate, televised entrance exam. Players sprint, jump, catch, throw and furiously bench-press a 225-pound barbell until...

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