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The flare of commitment

The NBA playoffs are intense. Page 2's Eric Neel suggests you make some commitments.

Updated: March 12, 2004, 11:17 AM ET
By Eric Neel | Page 2 columnist

The NCAA tournament is a nice little three-week party. As a fan, it's easy. You meet your Cinderella that first weekend, and dance and laugh with her a while; and then she goes poof. And soon after, you head home.

The NBA playoffs, on the other hand, are an eight-week extravaganza, the kind of party where you fall hard, where teams and players get under your skin and into your blood. You make commitments. You invest yourself.

I know some of you are just waking up from your Super Bowl ...

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