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In Defense of Duke…….

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I’m going out in few hours to watch the Duke University Basketball team try to get to be one  of the NCAA March Madness College Championship tournament two teams viewing for the title….

I am happy to see the team get this far…..

And I have suffered being a fan of the team for the last ten years….

But despite the team being kinda light, and coach K bitching about calls……

They are my team……

And they win…..

More so than just about another college basketball team…

Here’s a piece on why others can love the team also….
We all need villains.

If it isn’t Iago or Lex Luthor or Ivan Drago, it’s somebody else. It’s your neighbor. It’s your boss. It’s an entity you set yourself against, because in doing so, in making that decision and relishing that impulse, one makes an articulated stand about what is true and right of the world and its injustices. It becomes the New York Yankees, or the Detroit Red Wings, or it’s Notre Dame.

Or it’s the Duke University men’s basketball team, and its leader, the progenitor of Duke’s modern era of success, Coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Coach K.

It is a known fact that Duke is the most hated college basketball program in the country. If you tell someone you’re a Duke fan, you could get a mean look, or you could get some profanity. I know, because I am a Duke fan myself. I own two Duke sweatshirts, and I don’t wear them around too often, for fear of getting beaten up by a pack of club-wielding Maryland fans, or anyone from the state of Kentucky.

Duke hatred is a fact of college basketball, just as hatred of Notre Dame is of college football and hatred of the New York Yankees is of baseball. It’s not quite as widespread, but yes, it is there. If you are in the state of North Carolina, and you tell someone you’re a Duke fan, there is a 15% chance (slight exaggeration) he or she will say to you, to your face, “Fuck Duke.” Literally. Out loud. There aren’t a lot of other things in life that’s true for.

There are many reasons to hate Duke, and I am familiar with all of them. I went there for four years, and I got my taste.

More from The Atlantic piece by Chris Good……

April 3, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Travel, Updates | , ,

5 Comments »

  1. james,

    Great you’re back.

    Comment by Daniel G. | April 3, 2010 | Reply

  2. I’m here for a few…I’ll be out in a hour and a half to watch Duke play some basketball….

    Comment by jamesb101 | April 3, 2010 | Reply

  3. What up B Diddy. Thats right the MAC is up and running. I will be watching the Duke game with the DOG. I freakin hate Duke. But i will admit that they win. 2 more days till METS opening day.

    Comment by Coal Trickle | April 3, 2010 | Reply

  4. Interesting …Butler ahead…..

    What is this?

    The lighter teams are going to win the NCAA?

    Comment by jamesb101 | April 3, 2010 | Reply

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