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'The Office' takes on tennis grunting

Everyone's taking a stand on grunting in tennis. Even Dwight Schrute, expert in bears, beets and Battlestar Galactica, is weighing in.

What do we think The Office writers are trying tell us with this bit from last week's episode? That the notion that grunting aids one's performance is a myth? Or that grunting is perfectly acceptable and useful when the men do it but comical and useless when the women do it? Or perhaps the writers are attempting to show the complete idiocy of that point of view, illustrating how pointless it is to get riled up about the topic?

Or, you know, it's a comedic television show and they were just trying to get a laugh. Pick your poison.

Here's the clip:

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Bonus: For my money, this 30 Rock "Tennis in America" spot was NBC's best use of tennis for laughs in recent years:

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