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Legendary programs on verge of revival

Reviving a former football powerhouse might seem an impossible mission. But all it takes is a return to the program's roots, writes Bill Curry.

Updated: October 30, 2006, 8:22 AM ET
By Bill Curry | Special to ESPN.com

In the television series "Mission Impossible," the tape-recorded message describing the assignment always spoke the same words. "This mission, if you should decide to accept it … " The voice continued to enumerate the keys to the puzzle, the desired result and the attendant "impossible" realities.

I was taken with the final line, which stated, "This recording will self-destruct in 30 seconds." The metaphor was powerful and obvious. The assignment itself would no longer exist in a physical ...

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