Real Reason for Hating Duke Basketball?

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    Essay forwarded...

    The Racial Biases of Duke Hating

    First, a disclosure: I'm a Duke Blue Devils fan. I didn't attend the university, and I've been told by someone from the South that I would have fit in better with the student body on the rival Chapel Hill campus than I would have with the one in Durham. (I think she meant that as a compliment, and as a lifelong state-school guy, I take it as such.) But I can't help it; I simply enjoy watching Mike Krzyzewski's team win year after year by playing disciplined, fundamentally strong basketball while avoiding the showboating and individual-over-team play, not to mention the NCAA violations, that often mar the college game.
    And as a Duke fan, I've become quite familiar with Duke Hating, a favorite pastime of fans of pretty much every other college team in the country. I've heard all the reasons why we should hate Duke: Duke is to be hated for its success -- though, for some reason, we need not hate other winning programs like UCLA or North Carolina. Duke is to be hated because it's a private school -- though, for some reason, not other private schools like Syracuse or Wake Forest. Or the four-time national champions are to be hated because they're perpetually "overrated" and "get all the calls" -- something that has yet to be quantified, but which seems to stem from a fuzzy conspiracy involving the referees, the Selection Committee, Dick Vitale, and, I think, Oswald's ghost. (For a good piece on the history of Duke hating, see Mike Kline's column for Bleacher Report.)

    Duke has been this generation's most successful men's college team, so haters come with the territory. But what's increasingly disconcerting is the racial element that often seems to be at the heart of antipathy toward Duke. Over the past two decades of Duke dominance, the haters have had one thing conspicuously in common: The slick-dishing Bobby Hurley? Hustling overachiever Steve Wojciechowski? Sharp shooter J.J. Reddick? Duke haters especially hated these guys. Yet you almost never heard the haters go after a Grant Hill or a Chris Carrawell or a Nolan Smith. It's been the white players at Duke who've usually drawn the most venom... especially from white fans.

    White-on-white fan crime in college hoops is not without precedent. I remember fans at Rutgers would taunt the point guard of the opposing team with chants of "Dork!" -- if and only if he was white. (One television color commentator, so to speak, misunderstood or perhaps intentionally misunderstood this practice and told viewers the home fans were jeering the opposing player because he was a freshman.) This was in the days when hip-hop culture spread into the suburbs and white kids began fronting as ghetto "gangstas." (Straight outta Middletown, yo.) In this climate, Duke's white players would make politically correct targets.

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    Uncle Ferd says don't worry `bout it...

    ... Arizona beat `em...

    ... 93 - 76.
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    o mal..that is the reason the hubby is so down.....i knew arizona was winning when i went to bed...but didnt think much of it...duke normally comes back
     
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    Arizona SPANKED The Dukies!


    Duke CHOKED in the second half, they just couldn't handle the Wildcats and had a meltdown like Pubes getting neg repped.

    Gotta love it when a #1 Seed Get Upset in the Tourney! :clap2:
     
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    ooooooooo back up the short bus there.....not to take anything away from arizonia but its said coach k...jinxed the team by giving a half time interview....

    you really need to watch yourself....you are aware of the hex...

     
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    i am sure we will watch the carolina game tonight and pull for the other team....son and hubby are die hard members of the abc team....anyone but carolina
     
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    This gives me a reason to show support For the Hated Wildcats down the road from me.
     
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    I was listening on the radio that this could be the first time, EVER, that a number one seed may not be in the elite 8 if Kentucky beats OSU.
     
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    Arizona's black players aren't a bunch of Uncle Toms.

    That's why. :eusa_angel:
     
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    Indeed; didnt see the game but people on the floor above and below were rockin. Made it hard to get any work done.
     

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