Cuteness Abounds at the Hive

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Photograph by Jonathan Bachman

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The Hornets celebrated Kids' Day and Hugo's Birthday tonight at the New Orleans Arena and they brought out the big guns for the halftime entertainment. Actually, to be completely accurate, the Hornets brought out the little guns for halftime.

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Yes, the Hornets held their annual Baby Race during halftime tonight and it was, aside from the whupping that as laid on the visiting Warriors, the most exciting event of the day. Seriously, people were completely captivated. And how could they not? It's freaking babies! Check out the must-see video after the jump.

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The whole thing went down just as well as you would expect. Rob Nice, the Hornets in-game promotion man extraoridnaire, introduced all the babies to the people that didn't get up for snacks or the bathroom at halftime. The babies and their fathers then lined up at one end while the mothers — holding toys meant to entice their newborns — lined up at another. Nice gave the go ahead and they were off. Well, sort of.

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What makes the race so captivating, to me at least, is the fact that no one has any idea what will happen. These are newborns for Chrissakes and they all have very limited motor skills and cognotive abilities. What they would do when their fathers let them go was anybody's guess. The babies did not dissapoint.

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While baby #1 got off to a great start, making it halfway down the track in just a couple of seconds, most of the other babies just stood pat and didn't do much of anything. A couple of babies, instead of crawling to their moms, crawled to each other. Others still sat nervously at their father's feet and either cried or just looked at the screaming crowd with mouths agape. One poor kid clearly was not enjoying himself and started crying and crawling to his mom, making the race close.

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In the end, though, it was a dark horse that took the competition by storm. Baby #8 which had, for the most part, not done anything throughout the race, came out of nowhere and swerved accross the track in a disoriented attempt to find her mother. After going accross two race lanes, and with the caring direction of her parents, she made it to the finish line while the crowd went wild. Rob Nice did the traditional post-game interview and the crowd applauded some more. A good time was had by all.

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