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Flem File: Dropsies fever, catch it

Updated: November 11, 2011, 5:52 PM ET
By David Fleming | Page 2

"It's third down and 3, Dallas at the Pittsburgh 10 … Roger back to throw, has a man open in the end zone … Caught! TOUCHDOWN! Dropped?! Dropped in the end zone! Jackie Smith all by himself. Bless his heart, he's got to be the sickest man in America." -- Verne Lundquist, CBS, on Jan. 21, 1979

Football scientists believe that the contagion now known as the Dropsies -- the new, virulent scourge that is wreaking havoc on the modern-day, pass-happy NFL -- can be traced back ...

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