8 Long-Lasting Things Still Shorter Than The NBA Playoffs
Every year the NBA playoffs are a test of endurance, not only for the players who must survive the two-month stint right after finishing an 82-game season, but also for the fans who give up their normal primetime TV viewing, get a little less sleep, and endure hours of commercials they normally skip with their DVRs.
The NBA playoffs are long, and since switching the first round to a 7-game series, they tend to drag on even longer. Even the games themselves seem longer, with more fouls, injuries, and stoppage of play, mostly because of the heightened competitiveness of the players. The NBA playoffs are so long that many other things typically viewed as agonizingly long do not even come close. The following are ten examples.
1. Christmas – On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, five front row seats. Yes, Christmas may last twelve days, and for those of you who find the holiday season to be stressful, that seems like a long time. Still, it pales in comparison to the NBA playoffs, which can go on as long as 61 days.
2. State of the Union Address – While it is long for a presidential speech, a single playoff game is still longer. Even Bill Clinton, who was known to sometimes top 1 hour and 20 minutes, cannot compete with sum of commercial ad time of the NBA playoffs.
3. Lifespan of a Housefly – It may seem like forever when one of them is buzzing around in your house, and you cannot seem to catch it. But a housefly will push 30 days if it is lucky. So, if it was born in a trashcan outside of the Staples Center in April, it might have lasted just about as long as the Lakers this year.
3. NaNoWriMo – If you really have some time on your hands, you might have considered taking on the challenge of National Novel Writing Month. While writing a book in 30 days may seem like the longest time of your life, it will only get you through half of the playoffs.
4. “The Cape” – For many it appears that sitting through an episode of this superhero show may have felt like an eternity, but NBC squirted out 9 episodes in about 50 days before canceling it, still shorter than the NBA playoffs.
5. March Madness – Despite starting out with 65 teams (more than the entire NBA, including those teams that fail to make the playoffs), the NCAA Men’s Division I tournament still manages to wrap things up in less than a month.
6. 2011 Cricket World Cup – Cricket is a notoriously long sport, with one type even taking up to five days for a single match. Nevertheless, the 2011 Cricket World Cup started on February 19 and concluded on April 2, lasting less than 45 days. Even cricket fans would get tired of hearing commentators argue over whether LeBron is “clutch”.
7. Kindle Battery Life – So, you managed to get through War and Peace without recharging your Kindle. Congratulations, but reading the stat sheets from each game of the NBA playoffs would have you reaching for your charger several times over the course of the 60-day b-ball marathon.
8. Google Chrome Releases – Nope. Sorry. It only took Google seven weeks to release Chrome 11 after Chrome 10, and according to clustered hosting experts at 34SP.com, they managed to fix 25 security vulnerabilities. That is the type of efficiency even Dirk Nowitzki has to admire as he approaches the last leg of his two-month playoff excursion.
The NBA playoffs are long, and those fans who manage to catch every game are an elite few. For their spouses and family members who dislike the game, the playoffs may be unbearable and seem like they will never end. If you are a true fan, however, they might not last long enough.
Tavis J. Hampton is an indentured staff writer for All Blogs Considered. During his free time, he plays outdated video games and occasionally watches basketball.