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Game 5 of the NBA playoffs was Friday night.

It has been a surreal run in the postseason, considering the league finished in a bubble without fans. So it goes in the 2020 corona sports world and crowded sports calendar. Every sport in terms of TV numbers and ratings is hurt.

But the NBA has been historically bad, each of the previous four Finals games before Friday down at least 40 percent in terms of viewers and ratings.

The NFL is down 10 percent, and college football and MLB are down at about 25 percent.

A self-evaluation from the NBA's top dog seems rather telling.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told NBA Countdown that the social statements — from "Black Lives Matter" on the court to phrases and selected victims' names and phrases on the backs of jerseys — would not be part of the process for the league as a whole next season.

"I would say, in terms of the messages you see on the court and our jerseys, this was an extraordinary moment in time when we began these discussions with the players and what we all lived through this summer," Silver said. "My sense is there'll be somewhat a return to normalcy, that those messages will largely be left to be delivered off the floor."

 

Pelosi said what?

Along with civility in politics, we're mighty short of clarity too.

Take the two-step that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dropped Friday about a possible addition to the 25th Amendment covering a president's fitness to serve.

First, she offered that this was not about President Trump. To which I think anyone with an ear and an IQ over 17 could counter that just about everything Pelosi has said or done over the last three years has been about President Trump.

"This legislation applies to future presidents," Pelosi said. "But we are reminded of the necessity of action by the health of the current president."

But if we're to take Pelosi at her word, then are we to assume that Pelosi knows this could also affect the tenure of her chosen candidate? Joe Biden is closing in on 80 and has had some campaign missteps that some believe suggest he might have his own challenges in fulfilling the monumental responsibilities of the world's hardest job.

Man, both parties could use an injection of leadership and youthful energy. Here's looking to 2024.

 

Speaking of forgetting

Father time is undefeated.

We know that now because the most accomplished quarterback to ever put on cleats forgot what down it was on Thursday night.

That's right, six-time Super Bowl champ Tom Brady, 43, lost track of downs and mistakenly thought it was third down instead of fourth. That lapse cost his Tampa Bay team a chance at a possible last-second comeback.

Hey Tom, it can happen to anyone, anywhere. Heck, just ask the guy leading the presidential race right now.

 

Obit observation

The first name I saw in reviewing the obits was the one I picked for this week's observation.

It was not her name — Lillie Blount, or Miss Lillie as they called her — or her age — 86 — that jumped off the page.

It was her job.

Sure those who served our country in the military or protected our streets in police departments prompt me to pause in my daily reading of the TFP obits.

But Miss Lillie was equally brave in her own right — she spent 50 years as a substitute teacher at Marion County High School. Fifty years.

And as someone who was not as kind or gracious with substitutes as I should have been during my school days, I know there is a special place in heaven for Miss Lillie and those like her.

My goodness, the patience, tolerance and strength it must have taken to spend five decades as a substitute, picking up where she could, pitching in where she was needed.

Have a great weekend, friends.

Contact Jay Greeson at jgreeson@timesfreepress.com.

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