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When did cups become uncool?

There's a disturbing trend in the NFL. It's not steroids. It's not gambling. But it definitely is a highly sensitive issue.

Updated: November 6, 2006, 2:51 PM ET
By David Fleming | Page 2

The cardboard box sits on a shelf deep inside the Philadelphia Eagles equipment room. It was ordered years ago, yet the contents still sit there -- alone, unopened and collecting dust. Inside is what I consider to be one of the greatest mysteries of today's NFL: 12 brand new plastic protective cups.

Unused.

Unwanted.

Football, as we all know, is a sport of controlled violence where the consequences of high-speed collisions can be grotesquely catastrophic. ...

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