Welcome to perpetual putridity

The 2005 NFL season has left Bill Simmons wondering how so many teams could end up being so bad.

Updated: January 3, 2006, 2:20 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

In the past two decades, the NFL has slowly been inching toward Paul Tagliabue's dream of perpetual parity. Whether it was expansion, the salary cap, revenue sharing or yearly schedules favoring weaker teams, the message has always remained the same: We like it when everyone has an equal chance to win. Everything crested in January of 2000, when St. Louis and Tennessee battled in Super Bowl XXXIV as casual fans asked questions like, "Wait, this is the NFL, right?" and "Is this the warm-up game ...

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