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Reports of Norma’s Demise are Greatly Exaggerated

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So it’s a work-from-home day, which means I’m sitting at the kitchen table with our dog Norma a few feet away.

Today, Norma placed herself atop some blankets. So, being a kindly dog owner, I wrapped her up, then watched every now and then as she leaned over, happy as could be. I decided the scene was too lovely not to share, and I snapped her photo and Tweeted it out, along with the caption LAZY DAY FOR NORMA. See, like this …

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Three minutes after Tweeting I began an hour-long Skype session with students from the University of Illinois. So I stepped away from social media, chatted, then returned.

To this …

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Wait, what? Why the sadness? Why the condolences? Why the …

Oh, shit.

My stupid iPhone, with it’s ever-malfunctioning keypad, led me to the darkest of places.

Alas, Norma is fine and dandy.

I promise.

I'm good.

I’m good.

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Once again, Jeff Pearlman has produced an exhaustively researched, elegantly written book that re-creates one of the most colorful and memorable teams of the modern era. No basketball fan's bookshelf will be complete without it.

— Seth Davis, author of Wooden: A Coach's Life