Have you looked at your roll of toilet paper lately?  The hole has been widened.  The diameter of the tube has been increased, so there's less paper, and more hole.  The product looks the same from the outside, but you're getting less than you used to.

Have you noticed your cereal boxes?  The height and width are the same, and Cap'n Crunch looks as dapper as ever, but they have lessened the depth. The product looks the same, but there are fewer sweet golden nuggets to crunch.

Have you taken a look at the bottom of your peanut butter jar recently?  Skippy is as tall and as round as it's ever been, but the concaved underside is more indented than ever.  It looks the same on the outside, but there's less nutty protein on the inside.

It seems like more and more of our products are getting clipped, or hollowed, or cheapened in some way to squeeze out another penny.  What Japan did to the US, by making cheaper...well, everything, and Korea did to the Japan by undercutting them, and what China has now done to everybody, knocking off skimpier, flimsier, and sleazier... items, seems to have affected everyone's notion of turning out a "good" product.  Let someone else do the research and development and invest all their hard work in inventing some widget, then imitate everything about it except the thing itself.  Clip it, shrink it, make it out of pot metal, (paint it with lead paint, of course) and undercut the market by mass producing billions of the suckers.

I'm afraid the notion of the cheapening of products until they are virtually unrecognizable has struck the Phoenix leadership over the past couple of years.  Instead of keeping the high flying, hard working ethic of the SUNS going, the leadership has turned out a watered down, lite version of our beloved SUNS.  Oh, they've kept the masterful Steve Nash, so the product looks the same from the outside, but there's a huge hole right wherever Vince Carter is standing.

The package LOOKS the same from the outside, but it's dimpled in the bottom, and shallow in the back, and there's a great big hole right where we used to find a hard working heart.  We used to have players that flung their bodies into the fray, floorburns away!   Instead we have players who fling the ball from 40 feet away, screaming like little girls, not driving into the lane, not diving after the ball.

Sarver's greediness, to me anyway, seems to have turned our beloved SUNS into a cheap imitation of their former selves.   --sigh--

A funny conversation between friends makes me realize just how much I am hurting for some basketball today...

E: Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ marriage lasted 72 days. Too bad she didn’t marry the NBA lockout.

E2: I wish I could like this 10 times.

E: And even if that happened LeBron would still piss off everyone in Cleveland.

E2: And the Heat would still be fined…over and over and over.

E: And Robert Sarver would still be a cheap ass *****!

S: And Mark Cuban would still be a *****bag.

E:  And Mike D’Antoni would still say “Defense? Don't bother, it’s not important.”

S: And Phil Jackson would still think triangle offense works even if you don’t have Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant.

E: And Joe Johnson would still say “I can't believe I make 23 million dollars a year even though I'm at best a basic role player.” Wow, Atlanta is stupid.

S: Maybe it is a good thing the NBA isn’t active right now. Except that I don’t get to complain about these things on a daily basis!

E: Oh let's not forget...and Shaq would still ask Kobe how his ass tastes!

S: Maybe Kobe will change his name to "World War".

E:  I miss basketball. I think I'm gonna go outside and take three steps without dribbling and not here a ref blow his whistle…just like the NBA.

Phoenix Suns' opening-night lights go dark

Robert (the pig I would eagerly fry up into some bacon) just looked so sad in the picture that accompanied this article by Coro. Sigh...

Today we should be talking about the Phoenix Suns opening their season at home against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. We should be discussing the importance of this opening three-game...

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To mark the days that would have been opening night for all of the NBA's teams, SB Nation's NBA blogs will all go to a black and white color scheme for the next two days. What does this mean? Content will still be produced, news will be broken when there is some, and the conversation will continue.

The black and white out will symbolize that, while the players and owners are squabbling over how to divide the pie that WE BAKE FOR THEM, nobody is looking out for us as fans. And, without us and our support, there is no NBA. This is our show of protest of this ridiculous work stoppage.

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