Long Shots

Sports Illustrated, May 5, 2014

LONG SHOTS, by Chris Ballard

“The opening salvos (shots) have been as good as it gets, with lower seeds from both conferences surging to early leads.  But note to underdogs:  Cling to your hopes while you because no league serves up fewer post season upsets.”

This is a long article about the NBA (National Basketball Association) playoffs.  The idiom is long shots, a term originally from shooting, now used in horse racing, basketball and other sports, as well as in general conversation to convey a difficult task.  In this case,  long shot refers to the “underdogs” in the conference winning the title.

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