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Pacers fan likes the added support

The NBA needs a villain.

LeBron James and the Miami Heat fit that perfectly.

People root for James to lose. They'll be rooting for the Pacers to win in Game 6 Saturday.

If the Heat win, fans will be rooting for the Spurs in the NBA Finals.

Me? I'm a Pacers fan.

I became hooked when I lived west of Indianapolis in the mid-90s.

It's probably too much to ask for the Pacers to win Game 6 and 7 to advance to the NBA Finals.

Either way, I'll be cheering them on.

I'll be rooting against LeBron and the Heat in the Finals, however.

Sometimes, it's nice to fit in.


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They've had either Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich for what seems like ages now.

And when the Steelers really needed a backup, Leftwich couldn't deliver.

Leftwich rambled 31 yards for a touchdown Sunday against the Ravens, but other than that burst, the Steelers couldn't do anything on offense in a 13-10 loss that puts them in a bad position in the AFC North.

Leftwich, with his long delivery, looks better suited for the Pirates' bullpen than behind center.

He went 18-for-39 passing for 201 yards, but couldn't help a Steelers' offense that looks lost right now.

The Ravens came into the game with a weak defense. The thought was Leftwich could manage the game, the Steelers could find a running back to rely on and they'd escape with a win.

It didn't work out that way.

And it looks like we could see Batch at QB this week -- or someone else.

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