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The NFL simply cannot strike

Eighteen years ago, NFL players went on strike. That can't happen again -- it would be a national disaster, says Bill Simmons.

Updated: September 1, 2005, 12:46 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

Editor's note: This article appears in the Sept. 12 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

On Sept. 22, 1987, NFL players went on strike for 24 excruciating days. Somehow, we've managed to block this appalling event from our memories, the same way you suppress making that sappy mix tape for someone who dumped you a few weeks later. But fact is fact: the strike happened. Two games into the season, the players walked, owners hired replacements, networks were forced to televise scab games and gamblers ...

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