Page 2 readers keep pretty busy without football

Thu, Feb 10
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We asked you what you would do without real football until at least September and, in the case of the self-destructive NFL, possibly longer than that. Generally, your answer was obvious:

You'll find some way to pretend football never goes away.

Nearly half of your responses to filling this week's list ("Top Ten Things To Do Without Football") involved the Madden NFL video game, which must have delighted EA Sports. So what we did is leave them out of the list, choosing one entry to represent all the Madden backers. This from Jake B. of Anderson, Ind.:

"I would play fantasy football with friends by simulating an entire season on Madden NFL '11. I would watch every computer-simulated game and pretend it was real. If you started on March 6, you would finish on July 31 (ending with a simulated Super Bowl), just in time for the real preseason to begin."

Sounds like a plan -- and we would recommend not leaving 400 of your friends without seats at your simulated Super Bowl.

In the meanwhile, here are 10 other suggestions:

Top Ten Things To Do Without Football

10. "Read and participate in Jerry Greene's Top Ten lists each week," wrote Nik R. of New Delhi, India (who really knows how to get on my lists).

9. "Keep trying to stay awake through all of 'Ishtar,'" wrote Jack F. of Falls Church, Va.

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