Breaking down the NFL's bye week

Originally Published: November 5, 2010
By Bill Simmons | ESPN.com

Our final 2010 bye week got my brain churning about bye weeks in general. Has there ever been anything so consistently integral to an NFL season that nobody knew anything about? Let's play a quick round of Q&A to prove my point.

Q: Who created the concept of a "bye"?

A: Not even Google knows. At first, I thought the NBA inadvertently created it in 1955 by giving conference champs first-round byes. But the NCAA men's basketball tournament trumped that date: ...

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