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Basketball

David Murphy: In defense of Ben Simmons: A reminder of how good he and the Sixers could soon be

Forget the last possession, for a second. Forget what you think of the design of the play, a dribble handoff intended to get the ball in the hands of Jimmy Butler for one last chance at avoiding a 117-115 loss. Forget what you think about the wisdom of the plan itself. More than anything, try to forget the image that many are now magnifying into a microcosm of the Sixers at their current juncture: Ben Simmons hanging in midair, his head on a frantic swivel, looking to do anything with the ball other than shoot it.

Charlotte Hornets fan Dennis Easterling: The Billboard Man

In December 1991, Dennis Easterling climbed atop a LongHorn Steakhouse billboard on Independence Boulevard and vowed to stay until the Charlotte Hornets won two straight games. Easterling would stay on the billboard for 35 days.