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Polished NFL outshines NBA

It's easy to explain why we're so drawn to pro football and why the world of pro hoops needs to grow up.

Updated: September 20, 2002, 9:22 AM ET
By Ralph Wiley | Page 2 columnist

Easy to see why the NFL is hotter than the NBA.

It has nothing to do with the nature of the games themselves.

Both are battle-tested expressions of the American psyche, each has its own draw and allure, both cause a kind of sweet revulsion that make things boil inside you one way or another. All things being equal, I'm drawn to both, a moth to the flame, undisturbed by search warrants, what-me-worry lying to authority figures, post office poster boards fulls of alleged sexual misconduct ...

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