This year in NBA playoff action, the youthful Atlanta Hawks surprised most folks by taking the top-seeded Boston Celtics to seven games in their first round series. Much on-air guffawing could be heard several times throughout that series:

These young [Atlanta] players don’t know any better, heh heh, they don’t know they’re supposed to lose!

Meanwhile, in NHL playoff action, the New York Rangers were facing elimination against the Pittsburgh Penguins. They were down 2-0 in the third period of game 5 when two Ranger rookies scored and sent the game to OT. Between periods, the talking monkeys in the studios of Versus chuckled,

These young [Ranger] players! They don’t know any better! har har har!

Well, I guess that explains why playoff-bound teams always trade for rookies at the trading deadline.

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