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Summertime football blues

The Sports Guy breaks down the summer countdown to the NFL season.

Updated: May 31, 2005, 2:18 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2 columnist

Editor's Note: This column appears in the July 21 edition of ESPN The Magazine.

It starts with the magazines. You're killing time at a newsstand, not even thinking about training camp ... and then you see them: three or four fantasy football mags, sneaking up on you like an errant Akili Smith pass. And even though it's late June and the heat's making you crazier than Ricky Davis, you feel peaceful. Football's coming.

It's like the groundhog seeing its shadow, isn't it? ...

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