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And Another Thing


Sixers fail again

So, everybody's heard the expression, "can't win for losing," right?

Say hello to the Philadelphia 76ers, who absolutely embodied that expression last night ... sort of ... if you turned the expression inside-out.

To wit: The Sixers won an NBA basketball game last night, beating the Detroit Pistons like a rented mule, 123-98. And, in so doing, in their own inimitable way, they lost.

The Sixers, after all, came into the night riding an epic 26-game losing streak, one shy of the NBA record of 27. But instead of going the extra mile (or not going the extra mile, as the case may be), they decided to take the easy way out and win instead of seizing (or not seizing) the opportunity to make themselves truly immortal.

Something else people say: Some people rise to greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. The Sixers, presented with the latter, chose to reject it, thereby becoming even bigger losers than was previously suspected.

Come on, guys. Grab that brass ring. Or whatever the loser version of it is made out of.

Ben Smith's blog.