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And Another Thing

Associated Press

The Lakers are finished

Sometimes you see something so in-your-face absurd, so irretrievably stupid, that you're convinced it's either a sly joke or the product of some parody news site.

And so here I was this morning, opening up Fox's website and reading this I'm-absolutely-not-making-it-up tagline: "Slumping Lakers fall to Trail Blazers, drop to 0-2."

"Slumping Lakers"? Wha--?

I honestly did think this was a joke until I opened the story and read the first line: "This is not the start the Los Angeles Lakers envisioned ...."

Seriously? I mean, seriously?

Um, you suppose someone ought to tell the people at Fox that the average NBA season lasts longer than the Hundred Years War, encompassing as it does approximately 10,000 games?

By the time it all gets settled, it'll practically be July. It's NOv. 1 now. Your toddler will reach puberty by the time the Heat wrap up the title again.

So, yes, it is physically impossible, not to say completely ludicrous, for any NBA team to be characterized as "slumping" after two games. Next case.

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