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Admit it ... watching Duke lose is fun

Posted on: January 13, 2011 2:07 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 2:26 pm

Posted by MATT JONES

Admit it.  You enjoyed watching Duke lose last night.  I am not talking to you, Mr. Cameron Crazy, who took one night off from your molecular biology homework to go to your study partner’s house, paint your face blue and white, drink a couple of Zimas and watch your boy Mason Plumlee “do work” while discussing when you will find your own “hot girl from 'Big Bang Theory'” who will look past your dorky nature and see the inner Mark Wahlberg inside.

I am talking about the rest of the college basketball world, who either actively despises Duke or, among the more genteel fans, simply enjoys watching the Blue Devils squirm. For those folks, games like Wednesday night’s loss to Florida State are a lot of fun.

In college basketball, Duke is without question the hall monitor. With the exception of Kyrie Irving (who is now hurt), there isn’t a Duke player on the roster who would be considered one of the “cool” kids anywhere outside of New Jersey and some parts of upstate New York. All of Duke’s players have appropriate haircuts, say “yes sir, no sir” and occasionally even help old ladies across the street. They have all the swagger of Mark O’Meara , combined with the street cred of Glenn Beck. Coach K complains to the refs incessantly and the players always seem incredulous at the mere thought they could have committed a foul. When other players engage in any action that is not basketball the “Duke way” (such as oh, I don’t know … being interesting), K and the players go running to the principal, tattling and threatening to tell their NCAA sugar daddies.  It can all be a bit much.

That is of course combined with the continued reality of every announcer, pundit or writer falling all over herself to let us know that Coach K does things “the right way” and that the players put the word “student” into “student-athlete.” To watch a Duke game is to be berated into accepting that you have drifted upon a set of players that are a physical embodiment of a mix between Oscar Robertson and Socrates , with the occasional floor slap mixed in. To those that pontificate on basketball, Duke is what A.J. Leibling’s “Sweet Science” is to books about sports, a dash of exquisite college basketball literature in a world of mediocrity and drivel.

It can all be a bit much. But when Duke loses … well those of us in the unwashed masses have something to celebrate. The “know-it-all” at the back of the classroom asking if more homework is going to be assigned or if the NCAA can crack down on this bully who is trying to recruit my players, gets his comeuppance in the most profound way. And then, when that loss comes from a team that is actually a football school and sees basketball as a hobby instead of a way of life…well that is even more grand.

Such a game happens every season. Nearly every year, Duke goes into some ACC team’s home arena, usually Florida State or Virginia Tech, puts their arms around each other in a little-too-tight huddle, sprints to Coach K’s every beckon call and looks terrified of the big, bruising bodies that are taking over and rudely beating them at their own game. Then as the minutes wind down, Coach K goes from cursing at the referees to inner acceptance of his fate and the players hit the one great moment where they no longer believe they will win and realize that for the first time, life is truly not fair.  I love that moment every year and if you are honest, so do you.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2011 6:24 pm

Admit it ... watching Duke lose is fun

You just outed yourself you idiot! You work at Duke but attend UNC? Then complain about other people being too stupid to get into Duke?! And also complain of high costs?! Guess it's you who was too stupid, and poor to get into Duke so I guess I can see why you'd be bitter towards the University.

As far as when did I go there? That would be... Never. I attended the University of North Dakota. You know, the best hockey school in the Country. Yep, that UND. Why would I want to go anywhere else?  So why go accross the country to go the the best basketball school in the country when I've got the best hockey school in my own backyard? That seems pretty senseless to me.

All's well that ends well I guess though, because when your UNC colors show through in life and you get into legal troubles, who you gonna call? Most likely a Duke University Graduate to get your UNC scumbag self out of trouble... Yeah, that sounds about right

Since: Jan 15, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2011 7:57 pm

Admit it ... watching Duke lose is fun

I think this is unprofessional, bias journalistic smut. Duke players are actually adults, lets congratulate that and not trash talk about them.  They are actually classy sportsman like college athletes. So what if they don't trash talk or always go for the dunk in someone's face. Lets appreciate the fact that they don't go around getting arrested or being involved in fights like some of these college athletes. When have you heard of a Duke player being arrested or fighting someone or Coach K getting penalized for something? All these Duke haters need to grow up and be more respectful.

Since: Jan 15, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2011 12:43 pm

Admit it ... watching Duke lose is fun

OMG... like... look at Duke!  They are white!  Duke students are smart!  They run to the huddle and say "Yes sir!"  Holy crap, HATE them!
Very original blog entry, from a UNC grad at that, even before he started blogging, people had already said they cannot imagine writing in any way, shape, or form intelligently or fairly about any of UNCs rivals.  Maybe if we are lucky we'll get a blog entry about how much those Yankees suck from a Red Sox fan?  Could we be so lucky?
Anyway, if you want to share your thoughts with Matt, a computer guy who didn't actually play any sports in college (he just graduated from UNC a few months ago... he is still young) please do.

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2011 9:22 am

Admit it ... watching Duke lose is fun

Congrats on being the 1,000,000th writer to pen this article. It was funny when I first read it, like 20 years ago. What's next, Yankees payroll?

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2011 5:24 pm

Admit it ... watching Duke lose is fun

You dont have to attend a school to be a fan of it dipshit

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2011 5:22 pm

Admit it ... watching Duke lose is fun

If you travel around NC, you will  notice most of the trailor parks are littered with UNC flags. This is because most UNC fans are not intelligent enough to objectively choose a bandwagon to jump on so they just jump on the one their crackhead daddy told them to jump on...

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2011 5:19 pm

Admit it ... watching Duke lose is fun

Since when did they let tarhole grads write articles here? This is unproffesional and downright stupid. Comparing Duke to "hall monitors"?! Really?...Really? If you get paid to write this type of garbage I'm in the wrong damn business! Everybody knows the reason Duke is hated is the same reason the patriots, yankees, and lakers are hated. They win. You can try to talk crap and call Duke students names, but all it does is make you look like a pathetic jealous jr. high kid.

Since: Sep 9, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2011 4:52 pm

Admit it ... watching Duke lose is fun


2 questions:

1.  When did you attend Dook?
2.  Speaking of paying players (UK comment), do you remember Corey Maggette?  Also, you do remember the infamous Laettner stomp, right?  Another "no call".  The UK crowd has every right to loathe the bloo devils.

Sorry, that was 3 questions.

I can take my NIT lumps.  I'll trade that for a national championship any day.  Never said Dook wasn't good.  They are outstanding.  I also hate them with every fiber of my being.

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2011 4:44 pm

Admit it ... watching Duke lose is fun

Oh wow! I don't know who's the bigger jealous hater, the writer of this article that talks so tough behind a computer screen but wouldn't have the to throw out insults at fans that were in the same room, or the crybaby haters that leave comments after this ridiculous article.

Let me ask everyone a question. Who honestly believed after Kyrie Irving went down that Duke would go undefeated? If anybody did they are a moron. I'm the biggest Duke fan you'll find, and after Kyrie got hurt even I'll admit they are gonna drop 2 or 3 games this year. The funny thing is the biggest piece of trash fans (UNC and UK) your team has already lost more than that. So why don't you UK fans go find some money to give to the players on your team (unless Cal already gave them enough, we all know that's going on there) and UNC fans, don't you have a NCAA NIT runner-up banner to admire? If your team improves just a little bit, maybe you'll make the NIT tourney again this year, maybe!

Stay Jealous Haters, and Duke and Coach K will keep on Winnin and give you something to cry about!
I'm sure I won't be hearing much out of you UNC fans after the 2 beatdowns you're gonna recieve via the Dukies so get your trash talk in early, because you're gonna sound even more stupid after those games (if that's possible)

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2011 4:32 pm

Admit it ... watching Duke lose is fun

How's the NIT feel punk.


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