Duke Haters Are Very Good at What They Do
Hardcore Duke haters sure do know how to rationalize.
D.C. Sports Bogger Dan Steinberg writes about his visit with Coach K's family *gasp!* and how they deal with the taunting, booing and pure hatred often displayed by Duke's opposing fans. It sort of tugs at the heartstrings (assuming any of these haters have hearts).
And somehow -- this is incredible -- the Duke haters make Steinberg look like the crazy one for sympathizing with the Devil(s).
RL: What's next, Steinberg? A post about how Bill Belichick secretly just wants to be loved?
(More hatred than you can shake a stick at after the jump)
David: If the players can't handle it, maybe they should play somewhere else. And if they can, why is everyone getting upset about it?
Strat: Passion is part of sports. And it can include negative passion. For people that get emotionally invested in games (which is many many people for many many teams) its natural to yell at the opposition. Especially when that opposition is Duke.
Fred: Fans didn't just single out Duke for no reason whatsoever and start hating them. They are an extremely irritating program. There's no denying that.
You can't deny that. See? They're very good, these haters.
TB: There are two teams that I can say I truly hate, the Duke Blue Devils and the Dallas Cowboys. I HATE THEM WITH A PASSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
R.L.: Hey, remember when Duke fans threw bags of white powder out on the court during games against Maryland a few years back? You know, cause Maryland's best player was Juan Dixon, and his parents were heroin addicts and died of AIDS? That was clas-sy!
Okay, that point definitely has some merit.
JDP tells Steinberg: First, you make it seem as if Duke are the only team in sports that are hated. You know thats not true. Second you make it seem as if Duke are victims somehow because people boo them before they take the court.
Dan Steinberg [yes, the real deal] explains: Look, JDP, I spent most of Monday celebrating the fact that Terps fans were booing the Duke women. I think booing is funny, and I get tired of quiet, boring fans. But after I spent all that time talking to Coach K's family, i wasn't going to turn around and rip them for how they feel. It just must seem different, I think, when your grandpa is the one nicknamed "Rat Face." Plus,there's a difference between booing and hatred, no? Couldn't you theoretically boo a team without necessarily professing to hate the 18-year old kid in that team's uniform?
Sure you could, but that wouldn't be thorough, and if Duke haters are one thing, they're thorough.
JDP: Dan, you're right there is a difference between booing and hatred. But I don't think people even with the vulgar signs hate, in the true sense of the word, Duke. Sure there are strong feelings that come from your own love for your team and the natural side effects of them losing a lot of games to Duke.
How much do you want to bet that JDP hasn't been to a Duke-Maryland game at Comcast Center?
DC Centurion's Shield: There's nothing wrong with rooting against Duke, but we as fans, and as participants, could do a lot more. ... Here's a thought too: What would happen at Maryland if Gary Williams grabbed the microphone in the middle of one of the bluer cheers, and told the fans to knock it off? Or in UNC if Roy Williams pointed out egregious signs and had them removed by security?
JDP: I don't think you can place the blame or even responsibility on Roy or Gary. They aren't going to play censor.
Maryland fans, remember when Gary Williams took the microphone before a game against UNC back in 2004 and nicely asked the fans to tone it down, and then that marked the end of poor sportsmanship at Maryland forever? .... No? Exactly.
Speak to Ben Coleman: Maryland sports fans have no class. They resent more successful athletic programs like Duke and Virginia Tech. Coach K and Coach Greenberg become convenient villains because they are superior coaches to Maryland's sweaty, angry Coach Williams. Some of them claim that Virginia Tech is a lousy school. Guess what? I am a high powered lawyer with a stunningly hot wife. You can't beat that with a bat.
Wait a minute. Who said anything about that lousy school Virginia Tech?
sitruc: Speak to Ben Coleman, please stop trying to represent Hokies.
Speak to Ben Coleman is a [In the name of family newspapers, I replace this word with the similar-sounding "Dude."]:Maybe he should represent one of the Vick brothers or some other class act.
Speak to Ben Coleman: Greenberg has owned Gary Williams since VT entered the ACC. VT is currently the superior program and the gap is widening. Maryland would kill to have a player like Michael or Marcus Vick in their mediocre football program. If you eat meat you're no better than Michael Vick so give the dogfighting stuff a rest. As much as I enjoy reading these bitter and jealous responses, I'm going home to my gorgeous wife now.
Finally, this last comment is so profound that I have no choice but to end with it:
Lendemann: Moderation in all things is wise counsel. If one can hate a basketball team moderately, that is the hatred for which I strive.
Watered-down hatred, anyone?
By Lindsay Applebaum |
March 27, 2008; 11:13 AM ET
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