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Put up your Dukes

I write this column at the risk of being run out of town for what I am about to say. Don't misunderstand. I love football alright, but (aside from the ancient Irish sport of hurling) college basketball is the most exciting sport around.

The start of the regular season can't get here fast enough for me. Once that gets here, March Madness will still seem too far away.

The NBA started recently, but I make it a habit to avoid most professional sports as my way of boycotting the whiny millionaires. I watch the players in college, before they can ask for more money to buy a tenth Ferrari with.

My team looks to be extremely good this year. And what's even better is their main rival looks to be extremely bad this year. I'm one of a rare breed around here, a Duke fan (which by default makes me a UNC hater).

When I tell people about cheering for Duke, I always hear some bandwagon comment, but I've loved the Blue Devils since I first paid attention to a college basketball game on television.

It was nearly 20 years ago. I was in elementary school, and Danny Ferry was in his college prime.

I've watched as Duke greats like Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, Grant Hill, Jason Williams, Trajan Langdon, Shane Battier and J.J Reddick have come through the program. I watched as they've won three national championships and come painfully close to several more.

Of course seeing them play in person is a rare reward. I did make it to the ACC tournament one year in Atlanta. Everyone booed and hissed at Duke. They did the same thing when I saw Duke play at Georgia Tech. Those fans must be jealous their teams can't win countless titles in the country's toughest conference.

I've always wanted to see Duke play at home in Cameron Indoor Stadium, but the place only holds about 9,000 people. Students camp out in front of the ticket window for two weeks to get seats. As I heard a comedian say once "I don't camp for two weeks, when I'm camping!"

I'd like just once to see them play North Carolina at Duke. This year would be good since all of UNC's players went pro early, leaving the program devastated. A good year for Duke could be classified as a year with only two wins, so long as they both come against UNC.

So even though high school football is on its way to winding down, I've got another sports fix to look forward to.

Speaking of which, congrats go to Thomson's Brinkley twins who got a mention in the Arizona Republic. It seems Georgia Military standouts Jasper and Casper visited Arizona State on a recruiting trip last Saturday. The Sun Devils would do well to pick them up, as would any other college team.

Web posted on Thursday, November 10, 2005


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