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Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer and the start of the most wonderful time of the year for millions of Americans. No, we're not talking about Christmas. Christmas hasn't been the most wonderful time of the year since Hollywood started shooting movies in color and American society, as a whole, decided to transform a religious holiday into an orgy of consumerism and a festival of awkward family gatherings. We're talking about the start of National Football League season. Football beats baseball as the nation's most popular sport (with a 29 percent margin, compared with baseball's 14 percent). Experts and pundits cite numerous reasons why football has become America's Sport. Some say it's the parity between the teams (27 of 32 teams have made the playoffs in the past five years). Others tut-tut that the ascendancy of football is linked to an American penchant for violence and mayhem. And still others think the popularity of football has to do with gambling. I say th...

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