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The day the world stops

Page 2's Bill Simmons anticipates the release of "Madden 2003" as a life-changing event.

Updated: August 22, 2006, 12:24 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2 columnist

With "Madden 2005" hitting stores tomorrow, here's my annual plea for someone to make this a holiday. No male under 40 should have to work on the same day that "Madden" is released. It's not fair. Just give us one day to spend the requisite 12 hours setting up our franchise, making shady trades so we can find room for the best three free agents, picking our playbooks and audibles and everything else. That's all I ask.

Actually, I'm not sure why I'm complaining: I did this, anyway. ...

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