Mar 29, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT
Why all the Duke hate? You may as well ask the meaning of life itself; it’s one of the Great Conundrums of the universe, along with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream being labeled as containing “three servings.” But as to the first issue, members of the Rumors & Rants team traveled to far-off Houston over the weekend to ask Duke fans themselves why people hate them so much. My favorite response didn’t come from this guy, who just seemed confused by the question. It came from a guy in a chef’s hat and a Duke t-shirt.
“Duke stands for goodness and achievement, and that is what America is all about.”
I’ve never really thought about it before, but after that, now I think I hate Duke.
Two videos following the jump.
Next, Baylor fans are asked to name their two bear mascots. Awk-ward.
As for the Duke question, I have the beginnings of an answer, I think. Early in the second half of the Duke-Baylor game, a Baylor player puts up a shot from the corner, and Baylor’s Quincy Acy positions himself a couple of feet from the basket for a potential offensive rebound. Standing several feet away, Duke’s Kyle Singler runs over and stands in front of Acy, throws his arms back and blocks him out. Not one in five college players would bother to do that; and indeed, Acy was so surprised that he didn’t even try to fight through Singler to regain position. But it goes to show once again that Mike Krzyzewski teaches the little things that make the difference in a close game. Rebounding is often no more than just having the moxy to hustle over and stand in front of someone.
What many perceive as preferential treatment by the officials is really in many cases Duke doing the imperceptible fundamentals that only a ref is close enough to notice. Krzyzewski had that stuff drilled into him as a player at Army by Bobby Knight, and so it is handed down.
But as for Duke fans being jerkoffs, yeah, you may have something there.
Do Duke Fans Know Why They Are Hated? [Rumors & Rants]
Sorry Baylor, bear-ly knew you [Rumors & Rants]
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