A Los Angeles team spends a ton of money to acquire a pair of star players. Sky-high expectations turn to disappointment as the team fails to gel immediately. Sound familiar?
The Lakers are now 0-3 in the Dwight Howard/Steve Nash era; the Dodgers went 6-12 after signing Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett (they would end up going 18-18).
What is it about the L.A. sports scene that causes such dysfunction? Are star athletes like star performers, beholden to the first impression of the opening weekend box office?
Common sense tells us if we lower our expectations, we lower the pain of failure. But in this city of blockbusters, we can't think any other way. Go big or go home. Go Dodgers! Go Lakers!