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Phrase But we all know that games aren't played on paper...they are played by little men inside our TV sets.
Anchor Kenny Mayne
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When SportsCenter shows scores and stats for a game they have no highlights for. Usually a late game that the highlights haven't come in yet.
Also used when the game looks like it's been decided "on paper" (i.e. the chance of an upset is so low to be near impossible).
Sort of a cliche in the sports world. A team is sometimes known as being "good on paper", often implying that the team that is good on paper is underachieving and should either be winning a particular game or doing well overall. He takes it another step with the TV comment at the end.
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