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Buccigross: Mascots, on-ice freak shows don't work

Updated: August 16, 2005, 11:16 AM ET
By John Buccigross | Special to ESPN.com

First, a disclaimer.

I don't care how popular the NHL is. My affection for hockey is not determined by the number of people who call the sport a friend.

I have listened to the CD "Keep It Together" by Guster 48 out of the last 51 days. I wonder how many copies the album has sold -- 25,000, 50,000, 100,000 records? The fact that an extremely small number of people enjoy Guster doesn't matter to me. The sound lifts me. Just like a certain sport.

The NHL is clearly a better ...

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