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Goodbye, old friend

If there's an NHL lockout next season, other sports would be wise to adopt some things from hockey.

Updated: May 31, 2005, 2:22 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

Editor's Note: This column appears in the June 7 edition of ESPN The Magazine.

Me and the NHL are like Simon and Garfunkel: you always knew we'd get back together. There were just too many good memories. Yes, we broke up, and there was bitterness -- like the time I compared the league's ratings to John Blutarsky's college GPA. But my affection never fully went away.

Saddened by the thought of a potentially crippling lockout, I placed a pre-playoffs wager on the Flames. ...

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