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Embrace All-Star weekend for what it's supposed to be -- fun

Updated: January 27, 2008, 11:26 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- If you read every media account of the happenings in and around All-Star weekend here, you would swear the event was some twisted hybrid of being repeatedly poked in the eye with a sharp object and being trapped in a tiny, airless room listening to an endless tape loop of Joe Sakic interviews.

From hither to yon, media covering the gathering of NHL stars and corporate types savaged the event.

They didn't like the skills competition, hated the new breakaway competition ...

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