I also think you take the risk - as the league does nightly with its two in-game intermissions - of fans just wandering off to the NBA or "Duck Dynasty" during such a long hiatus.
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Q. Tonight I walked into my son's room and found him watching an NHL preseason game. As one father to another, how do you think I should handle this? (Jeff Dent; South Charleston)
A. Frankly, I believe you need to look inward - socially deviant behavior doesn't happen in a vacuum.
Q. Will you always remember where you were when you heard that Oracle Team USA completed its historic comeback to win the America's Cup? (James Jensen; Indianapolis)
A. I think I was in the bathtub playing with my Fisher-Price Float Boat.
Q. Ever bump into Tony Kornheiser around town - you know, maybe at Wells Fargo or Whole Foods? (J.R. McGuire; Oxon Hill, Md.)
A. No, because I run to the bank every week with my ESPN paychecks while he has somebody deposit them for him.
Q. Was the fan able to make an appearance at Miami Marlins Fan Appreciation Day or was he too busy to get there? (William Murray; Chicago)
A. Pay the man, Shirley.
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