Elsewhere on Slate, the season-long football roundtable is wrapping up with our
. Mine deals with the emergence of the uninspired, cautious passing game, as practiced by the Green Bay Packers last night. Also the question of how God protects players from getting unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties, the bungling of the anthem and the coin toss, and the profound vacuousness (or vacuous profundity?) of Troy Aikman. And, above it all, the hypnotic power of the giant video board.
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The Other Huxtable Effect
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