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The season's early surprises, from 1-15

What are the notable surprises so far this season? John Hollinger explains.

Updated: November 20, 2008, 4:29 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

It all goes back to expectations. We have a certain idea of how a certain team or player will perform, based on their past performance as well as our own perceptions and biases. Once the games start, those expectations form the headwaters from which surprises (the good kind) and disappointments flow.

Now that most teams have about a dozen games in the books, it's time to start taking a look at which developments have been most at odds with our expectations entering the year -- ...

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