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December 30, 2012

HOPKINS: Haven't missed the 'worldwide leader'

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At least it was worth it. Had I given in to watching a “highlight” of a player attacking a fan or some egocentric celebration, I’d have been really disappointed with myself.

Since that fateful night, I’ve continued to limit my ESPN viewing, which has been made more difficult by the NHL lockout. Still, I’ve succeeded in only watching ESPN a handful of times. The most egregious example was after the Seattle Seahawks “defeated” the Green Bay Packers on the final play of regulation on Sept. 24. An incredibly poor call by NFL replacement referees gave Seattle the win. I simply had to hear the discussion.

Was this the call that would settle the labor dispute? What did players and coaches think? This is when ESPN can still truly shine.

Still, the moments during which I’ve tuned in to ESPN have been fleeting. I haven’t missed it and have found better things to do. I just may try this approach with the NHL when it comes back, too.

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