For giving us all someone to root against, thank you, Duke. It really is amazing to get so invested into a game which means little to the overall welfare of your own team. Without Duke, last night’s games would have been good, but not classic…watchable but not wonderful.
The detestability of the boys from Durham and their sanctimonious angel coach makes them the perfect candidate for hate watching. Their overall air of superiority causes every fiber of my being and every non-Duke fan’s (and from Twitter’s reaction, there are a lot of us out there) to call itself to arms and champion the cause of Duke-loss exuberance.
Juxtapose that with the national media who have a cape ever at the ready for these very moments–which happen with amazing regularity for teams considered so great each and every year. It’s pretty amazing to see the disconnect, and helps clarify at least part of the reason fans dislike sports pundits so much.
Cape up, gasbags! It’s time fly in and defend. (And we have already heard it: road game, injury-plagued season, Coach K’s back…) How about we just tell the truth!?! Duke was the greatest team ever assembled…from the greatest conference ever conceived…coached by the greatest coach to ever breathe…and they lost to a South Carolina team that many wouldn’t have even put into the tournament in the first place.
Duke allowed 65 points in the second half to a team that had only scored more than 65 on ten occasions all year, for an entire game!
And what about the NCAA who bent the rules for Coach K, ostensibly ignoring the losses he wasn’t on the sideline for? And, if Coach K didn’t bend the rules for Grayson Allen, at least he battered and bruised the definition of “Indefinite” to the point that I’m indefinitely not sure what it means anymore (or am I “definitely” sure?) See, it’s all a confusing mess.
I’ll tell you one thing it isn’t, though: a season that met expectations. A great coaching performance. Classy. Likable. Nice. (Guess that’s a lot more than “one” thing.)
But hey, it makes it all the more fun to watch them lose, so once again, thanks Duke. It was a blast!