Sport: Letting Go

Is there life beyond football?

The symptoms of withdrawal are classic and immediately recognizable to some 60 million football addicts. First, an uncontrollable twitching of the hand, which has no television knob to turn. Next, an irrepressible urge to curse, usually at the two-minute intervals during which, normally, passes would be dropped, quarterbacks sacked, or egregiously erroneous calls made by officials. Milder side effects include the opening of phantom beer cans and hurriedly placed phone calls to bookies for a nonexistent point spread. After a six-month diet of football, the American public must...

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