Tuesday, March 08, 2005

in defense of youthlarge; in defense of duke

man, i can not believe the vitriol being thrown at me for my love of duke basketball. all i do is profess my dedication to this team and i get socked left and right. let me debunk some inaccuracies.

myth 1: christian laettner is some spoiled rich kid.
what? laettner came from middle class angola, in upstate new york. want to talk rich dukies, let's talk grant hill. i also don't think shane battier's parents were hurting - he's from suburban birmingham, mi - which ain't exactly a blown out hole in the middle of detroit.

myth: duke is to basketball what the yankees are to baseball.
seriously, anyone who continually says this doesn't know what they are talking about. ucla, unc and kentucky have way more storied histories. it wasn't really until coach k came into the picture that duke finally stopped being the brooklyn dodgers of college basketball and won a couple titles. it still took a couple years under coach k to finally get a good team going and nearly ten seasons to finally win duke's first ncaa championships. duke has definitely earned its stripes.

as for shane battier being a phony, i'll stand by that claim. sometime early on in his career, someone decided to label him an intellectual - possibly because he could pronounce a three syllable word. and shortly thereafter battier totally began buying into the fact that he was this brilliant guy who could also play basketball. you ever hear him talk in an interview? the guy throws out more two cent words than anyone else. it's achingly obvious how he peppers in impressive sounding words into an interview. he eats that tag up. he may be a smart enough guy, but intellectual? i don't think so. i will say that battier was definitely one of the most hustle players i've ever seen play for duke.

i think the hatred of duke really started with the emergence of christan laettner as one of the best players in ncaa history. of course guys are going to hate an arrogant white boy who looks better than you, can rebound better than you and will be making a lot more money than you. i agree he hasn't lived up to his potential as a pro, but right now he's injured, so leave him alone, willya HWL?

this season duke has been a huge underdog. their roster is thin and has gotten thinner throughout the season with injuries, illness and ineffectiveness. shavlik randolph may have battle mono, but that guy hasn't been good since his first game as a blue devil - what a bust!n however, this team has a huge heart and there's nothing to hate about a baller with big love for the game.

so really, why do you hate duke? give me some valid reasons.


Blogger weasel said...

I don't hate Duke, I dislike them for the fact that despite the fact that they are a university all you ever hear about them is Duke Blue Devils this... and never Duke historian/economist/life saving drug inventor that...

It strikes me as one of those universities where the initials PhD are mistakenly taken to refer to an obscure baseball statistical category.

Captain Intellectual Snob

March 08, 2005 4:32 PM  
Blogger Chris Larry said...

So Battier attempts to break the myth of the "dumb jock" not to mention stepping outside of the Thug stereotype and he is a fake.....hmmmmm thats like labeling a black kid who likes reading as "acting white". I don't mind a few "2 cent words" here and there rather than the unintelligble drivel that so often punctuates jock talk. And are you even a Duke fan??? You bash the duke fans,knock 2 of there all time stars (and bashing Grant Hill, who basically allowed Laetner to shine....?)and champion the guy is known mostly for bieng white?

Who cares anyway, I LOVE a little non baseball sports talk on the blog, but sports are enjoyed best when argued about so beware!

The Lover,

ps And Laetner bieng a pot head is his only PLUS!

March 08, 2005 5:23 PM  
Blogger youthlarge said...

bashing grant hill? you're crazy. i only brought him up in the context of rich kids who've played for duke. grant hill is easily one of my favorite dukies of all time. don't put words in my mouth hater larry!

all black players are immediately stereotyped as thugs? while i agree that many get labeled with the thug stereotype unfairly, it's ridiculous to laud battier for not being a thug. dude is a kid from suburban michigan, not from the marcy houses. i doubt he was ever stereotyped as a thug in his life. my main problem with shane battier was that he was the biggest grandstander for himself! he's like the gary carter of duke.

March 08, 2005 5:32 PM  
Blogger mas said...

I don't hate Duke - and have no problem with you liking them. For one thing, the campus is beautiful - and I think Coach K is one of the greatest team leaders in any sport, all time.

That said, as a Maryland fan, I always kind of equated the Terps as the Orioles to Duke & Carolina's alternating roles as the Yankees and Red Sox, so it's tough for me to root for either.

March 09, 2005 12:09 AM  

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