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Fun fact: there are three American cities that carry the nickname "Queen City". Charlotte might be the most well known for wearing the moniker, but Cincinnati has more than chili farts to offer up to the debate and don't forget Burlington, VT where coats go to be born and Birkenstock sandals go to die a smelly death.

Also, since we've got some time to kill before this OH SO EXCITING GAME STARTS at 5:00 pm (7:00pm ET) on Fox Sports Arizona and League Pass, there are actual Queen Cities in Iowa, Texas and Missouri. Some would even call San Francisco the unofficial "Queen City" but my preference for that title goes to London, home of iconic band.

Shout out to you, Freddie Mercury! I've never been able to look at Fat Bottomed Girls the same way since 1978.

As for the game itself, there's not much to say. The Bobcats have rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and it will be fun to catch him this early in his NBA career. I'm sure he'll do something with his motor and hustle that will impress us all.

Gerald Henderson is out for the Bobcats with a foot sprain or something. Gerald Henderson injury news wouldn't normally be considered "news" but it's the Bobcats and he is a starter for them. And because I know some of you need the extra help, here's more about Henderson. Just kidding, here's a better link.

As for the Suns, once and if they start doing something vaguely interesting on the basketball court, we'll start writing vaguely interesting words about them. Until then, rest assured that my game coverage performances will mirror their actual game performances. In other words, I'm out.

But first, just because some of you kids have no idea what great music is:


Rufus on Fire

Suns vs Bobcats coverage

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[Note by Seth Pollack, 11/07/12 1:57 PM EST ]

Sorry, Kendal Marshall fans. Looks like your dreams are on hold.

Kendall Marshall sprained an ankle during 3-on-3 play Tuesday and will not be available for tonight's #Suns game at Charlotte.

— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) November 7, 2012


Phoenix Suns 117, Charlotte Bobcats 110 The Phoenix Suns’ first road trip of the season has been downright depressing thus far after the team blew a 14-point lead in a 21-point loss to the...

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Many of us use sports as an outlet for life's frustrations, big or small. As we follow our favorite teams, we often lay expectations on them to provide us with some measure of happiness or bragging rights. Over time, it becomes a love/hate relationship. As with any relationship, occasionally we get more than we asked for, and we feel grateful just to be in their presence. But more often than not, it's the opposite.

Why? Because we expect a lot out of our relationships sports teams. We have to work hard for everything we get in life. For the "old" folks, every little morsel on the table is thanks to our efforts (between video games). For the youths, every grade we get in school is because of our tireless work and sacrifice (between video games).

So when we're tired and beaten down and we turn on the TV/computer/phone to watch our favorite team play, the LEAST they can do is win the damn game for us at the end of the day! (Seriously, I hate that phrase "at the end of the day", but in this case it fits in a literal sense. The Suns play games at the end of our day.)

Too often, they fail us.

And when they fail us, with our wits and vigor already sucked dry by life, we find ourselves in a quandary. Do we jump to their rescue, aggressively defend them against all comers? Or, do we freak out and obsessively vilify them to anyone and everyone within ear/screen shot?

Such is the lot of a fan.

Fandom becomes most impactful when we lose perspective. We attach our own happiness to their success or failure on the court/field/pitch. When the team wins, we feel like we can conquer the world. When the team loses, we feel like we just got slapped in the face.

The Phoenix Suns are slapping us all in the face right now. Three times in the past week, as a matter of fact.

But rather than fighting back by bludgeoning each other and the team, we should try to regain proper perspective. It's just a game. Our lives are not actually impacted by the Suns' wins and losses.

Rather, our lives are impacted by something I call real life. The birth of a daughter. The grade on a test we studied so hard for. Gaining or losing a job that pays our bills. Hurricanes. Floods. Death.

When I found out yesterday at lunchtime that my step-father of more than 30 years had passed in his sleep, I regained perspective. No longer did I sit at my desk wondering why Goran Dragic hadn't taken more shots against Orlando. Over night, not one dream involved the Suns in some fashion or another. And when I awoke this morning, I cared more about getting to his wake and funeral than getting to the Suns next home game.

My step-father endured a really crappy ending to his life. A decade of physical and mental decline took a fatal toll on him, and laid vicious blows on his loved ones from which they will not soon recover. He left a legacy of love and caring. None of us are better with him gone from this world.

So as I distract myself from life this morning by mechanically perusing the internet for Suns stories, my perspective is clear. Whether the Suns win or lose, I am still spending the weekend with my family. I am still a very fortunate individual with a bright present and future. I have a great real job. I have a great fake job (BSotS FTW!). I am surrounded by loved ones near and far.

Yet I know for certain that I am still a fan. I will still log on to BSotS to check on things, good or bad. I will still follow this team all weekend on my phone.

So win a damn game for me this weekend, Suns! You got that? I deserve it, you know. ;)

Here's a few articles i found on the Suns this morning:

NBA power rankings 2012: Suns drop in rankings across the board - SB Nation Arizona

Phoenix Suns' Kendall Marshall a shooter? Never say never | CharlotteObserver.com

Preview: Phoenix Suns vs. Charlotte Bobcats - Sun-N-Gun - A Phoenix Suns Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Phoenix Suns turn to defense in effort to fix woes


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Here are the platforms of the two candidates:

1) Vote for Change

A vote for change in this election would mean firing someone in charge (take your pick from Sarver on down to The Gorilla); a change in the starting lineup from _____ to ____ (details are overrated in elections); more minutes for rookie Kendall Marshall based on his ability to rock a Justin Beiber backpack and tweet slightly interesting things about his daily life; and new uniforms for the team and all its registered fans.

2) Vote for Stay the Course

A vote for staying the course means blown leads to teams (allegedly) worse than the Suns; blow outs against good and probably even just mediocre teams; looking forward to the Bobcats with all the fear and trepidation of a rookie point guard wearing a goofy backpack walking into a biker bar; and an early start on scouting the draft.

What say you, 'Merica?

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How will you cast your ballot?

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I'm struggling to find anything else to say about this game. The Miami Heat were clearly the better team but the only takeaway I have is just how damn good they looked. We knew LeBron James and friends were solid last year, but now they look like a team playing on an entirely different level. The only chance the rest of the league has is to pray for injury...and then pray for relief from bad karma that comes from praying for injury.

Jared Dudley, never shy about dropping some hyperbolic bombs, said this about the Heat:

POSTGAME QUOTES: SUNS AT HEAT - NOV. 5, 2012 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE PHOENIX SUNS
"That was probably the most unselfish team I’ve ever played against since I’ve been in the NBA. It was drive, kick, swing, penetrate, flair, I mean they were hitting everyone. Even when someone had a good shot, they would make an extra pass to someone who even had a better shot. That’s the way basketball is supposed to be played. They perfected it to a ‘T’ tonight."

Yup.

Here's more recaps.

Heat final score: Suns eclipsed by dominant Heat, 124-99 - Hot Hot Hoops

their defense could do little to stop the juggernaut that was the Heat's all-out attack on the basket from all areas of the court.

Miami Heat 124, Phoenix Suns 99 -- No chance

The Suns should be proud of the way they fought to make this a game early in the second half despite only shooting 39.8 percent for the contest and getting outboarded by 11.

Phoenix Suns can’t handle Miami Heat

"They gave us a lesson," Suns point guard Goran Dragic said. "They had great spacing. They shared the ball really well. We were late on our close-out rotation. Defense, they played really well in pick-and-roll. There were always two guys on me. They found the right answer for everything."

And here's the video highlights that apparently the NBA doesn't mind being ripped off from their site.


Download the Game Book here (if you dare)


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