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A Conflation Of All That Rankles In Summer 2010

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While most credible reports an hour before The Decision© have their team ruled out of the LeBron James sweepstakes, Knicks fans aren't giving up hope. Or at least some of them aren't giving up on a final chance to make a dollar off the mania that will grip the sports world through 10 p.m. Thursday night.

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That's why, outside Madison Square Garden, vendors are hawking matching LeBron James and Amar'e Stoudemire vuvuzelas. And, man, check out the craftsmanship on those things. The makers must have applied at minimum two coats of glue on those cutout faces.

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This is never going to be the enduring image of the summer of 2010, but chances are anyone who would spot it five years down the road could mistake it for any other time. When LeBron and the vuvuzelas combined to create a inescapable din.