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Our mean-spirited Super Bowl reflex

Have we forgotten why we watch sports in the first place? Sure seems that way.

Originally Published: February 9, 2012
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Football season is over. The New York Giants are again champions after another riveting, last-minute Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots. The Giants were far from great, but the proper response to a spirited title run that began with their coach on the firing line and ended with Tom Coughlin holding the Lombardi Trophy should be, at the least, admiration for a team that overcame every challenge by being better on that one day, on that one drive, on that one down.

Yet ...

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