Week 9, 2013 will prove fateful

When NFL becomes extinct, historians will trace demise back to recent ugliness

Originally Published: November 7, 2013
By David Fleming | ESPN.com

Dear Flem File readers of 2033:

By the time you read this, the NFL, our longtime and much-beloved national pastime, will probably have been extinct for, I'm guessing, at least a couple of years. I'm sure when this happens it will cause a great deal of anger, introspection and confusion in the sports world and beyond. Which is why I'm writing this time capsule Flem File to you 20 years in the future to help you better understand what exactly happened.

The timing of this letter is ...

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