ESPN, IMHO, took a step back from the FANTASTIC 2003 product. I was really disappointed in 2k4... maybe 2k5 will make ammends.
I got burned with 2k4. I was all ready to join the league (I even set up the website) but it was decided it wansn't as good as the hype so I think everybody switched to Rivals. Oh well.
I still have NHL 2002 on the PC for my hockey fix. Either that or Wayne Gretzky Hockey on the N64!