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NL especially wide open

The NFL loves to trumpet the virtues of its parity, but the big leagues are every bit the land of opportunity.

Originally Published: January 29, 2004
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

It's Super Bowl week, which means the NFL and its dutiful chroniclers will spend a good portion of their time extolling the virtues of excess and reminding everyone how much parity exists in football.

We'll be reminded -- again and again -- that no Super Bowl champion has repeated since 1994. It will be pointed out -- time after time -- that the last six teams making Super Bowl appearances have failed to even qualify for the playoffs the following season.

Whether all this minutia ...

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