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  • The Rafters 1:52 pm on March 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Preview: UNC at Hansbrough Indoor Stadium 

    It happens every time UNC and Duke meet. That true feeling of disgust and loathing that can only live in the depths of one’s being. Where it dwells before being conjured up two, sometimes even three, times a year no one knows. I don’t like to think that I hate anyone, but hating an idea, an institution, is another thing.

    But this hate. It make you feel something. Truly feel…alive. To steal from Will Blythe’s wonderful eponymous memoir, to hate like this is to be happy forever.

    Growing up in the middle of North Carolina, I never understood how people could align themselves with such a school. In the land where college sports rule, why choose to lend your support to a private university that hides behind faux gothic stylings and pretension. You don’t have to be a UNC fan, I never mean to act the collegiate missionary, I don’t mean to convert you, but in a state filled with PUBLIC universities, and very good public universities at that, how is that with no former affiliation would you decide to champion a university the like of Duke?

    There’s reasons I hate Duke. My own. Not just because I was raised a Carolina fan either. It pains me to admit that I do respect Coach K. He has proven to be a good coach, both on the collegiate and Olympic level. Do I like the guy? Of course not. The level of hatred far surpasses the level of respect, but it’s there. For the rest of the program, I have no respect.

    Just look at the current crop of Duke players. Turncoats. All of them. Not an ounce of honor between the bunch. Just a group of sellswords likely to drop their royal blue banners and pick up another at any time. [Sorry, I’ve been reading a lot of George R.R. Martin].

    Austin Rivers – Previously committed to Florida. Reopened recruitment late to Duke, UNC and others. Everyone knew where he was going. Only Duke was right for someone like that. A spoiled coach’s son reneging his prior commitments in search of greener pastures. Please.

    Seth Curry – Piggy-backing off his brother’s success. Recruited by small Liberty University. Has very good freshman season during brother Stephen similarly breakout year and instead of playing with chip on his shoulder at small school like brother jumps on first bandwagon to pull through. This is obviously K’s parade.

    Plumlee brothers (all three, mostly the older two) – On father Perky’s advice (Yeah, their dad’s name is Perky. Would you take a grown man name Perky’s advice?) transfer to small Christ School in Arden, N.C. from their home in Warsaw, Ind. because father was upset with coach that older players were getting more playing time. Really? You pull three division-one recruits away from their home in high school and place them in the land of college basketball because you’re that mad that kids who have worked just as hard to earn a spot on the same basketball team are taking away some of your precious children’s minutes? This also feels not only desperate, but also like a ploy to stuff the stat sheet for potential college recruiters. Hell yeah these kids are going to look great in high school, look who they’re playing against? K seemed to fall for it.

    Anyway, I hate Duke. I think they’re all awful. I don’t understand people who cheer for them. I don’t understand that on UNC’s ESPN Profile it has only 9,780 fans to Duke’s 12,730. I don’t understand how this team is ranked no. 3 in the nation. I don’t understand how the Plumlees and Ryan Kelly ever expect to compete with Tyler Zeller and John Henson. I won’t accept anything put pure destruction by the hand of Harrison Barnes. I need Kendall Marshall to give Duke a little of what he gave NC State.

    If Duke somehow pulls another win out of its collective, gaping asshole, a small part of me will die, as it always seems to. When UNC smothers Duke in Hansbrough Indoor Stadium tonight though I will feel alive. And it will be glorious.

    Prediction: UNC 82, Duke 78


  • The Rafters 5:19 pm on March 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Why We Hate Duke: They Ain’t Cute 

    The following is a guest post from our good friend Casey Cline, bringing female sensibilities to the Rafters in light of the showdown with Duke

    Tomorrow is an important day in the lives of NCAA and ACC basketball fans. It’s also a big day for anyone who was born on March 5, but that’s beside the point. The reason for the former is because tonight is the second heated match-up this year in what’s arguably the most famous rivalry in college basketball: UNC vs. Duke. Tomorrow night Duke takes on UNC with the home-court advantage belonging to the Tar Heels. This means there will be plenty of Cameron Crazies with nothing to do on a Saturday night and a whole lot of Coach K crinkling his nose in shock at “terrible” calls, stomping around like a baby whose passy just got taken away. It also means that my Facebook newsfeed will be blowing up with status updates such as this one:

    Put this as your status if you know someone who suffers from being a CAROLINA fan. Being a CAROLINA fan is a real disorder and should be taken seriously. There is no known cure for CFD and sympathy does not help…but we can raise awareness. 100% of DUKE fans will re-post this, simply because we KNOW HOW to copy and paste. GO BLUE DEVILS!!!!!!!!!!

    Really Duke fans? There are two things here that stand out to me. 1) This is the wittiest you can do, and 2) the whole copy and paste part. Guess what, Dookies: I just copied and pasted that into my article. Does that mean I’m on your level now? Please explain it to me. Are you suggesting that you are better than UNC fans/graduates simply because you know how to copy and paste? I’m not trying to make some point here, I’m genuinely trying to understand the motive behind the all caps’ed “KNOW HOW.”

    Anyway, my confusion is still lingering but let me get to my point. Here are the three reasons why I would never date a dookie.

    1. Dookies lack wit and sarcasm. Please see the Facebook status that’s plaguing my newsfeed for a concrete example. Even my esteemed N.C. State-affiliated friends are posting better statuses than this:
    What’s the best part about a UNC/Duke Game? Someone loses.
    I nearly ‘liked’ that status. Because it’s funny. And Dookies are not.

    Also, in regards to funny:

    2. Dookies really think they’re better than everyone else. Any time I’ve ever met someone who went to, goes to, or graduated from Duke, I always take a tiny jab at them. Something simple along the lines of, “Eww gross,” or “Oh no.” But it’s always in jest. Why? Because I know that person is probably intelligent, has something to offer, and I assume, would never actually honestly judge someone because of the school with which they associate. I know I don’t do that (unless of course that person went to Duke and is asking me on a date, in which case, no, I’m sorry, I can’t. I have food poisoning. Or I’m on my period. Or my dog is on his period. I mean her period.) The petty scoff my comment typically receives is enough evidence for No. 2 on this list.

    3. I like Southern boys. You might be thinking, “But I thought Duke was in North Carolina.” Well, you’re right. But you know what’s not in Duke? A lot of Southerners. The majority of students at Duke are from elsewhere. And yes, Southern boys are sometimes prone to chewin’ and huntin’. But for some reason – maybe it’s some primal cavewoman instinct within me – but for some reason I’d really prefer my man to hunt than to play polo or “go to the races” to bet on or, worse, ride Seabiscuit wearing a pastel, popped up collar and seersucker shorts. (Yes, I know those exist at Carolina. In numbers. But at least the boys who wear those on UNC’s campus address me in a group as “y’all” and not “you guys”).

    So there you have it, my beloved readers. My very biased, stereotype-based reason why I would never date a Dookie. While reading this, my roommate Amy asked a very good question: “What if you meet a really nice, humble guy, and then find out that he went to Duke? Would you not date him just because he went to Duke?” Well of course not, Amy. I’m not that narrow-minded. But a nice and humble Duke alum? That’s almost as likely as J.J. Redick one day becoming a world-renowned poet.

    • lulu 10:40 am on March 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

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      Narrow-mindedness has nothing to do with it. It is what it is… Go ‘heels.

  • The Rafters 1:04 pm on February 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Column: Defending Duke is inexcusable 

    The only thing worse than cheering for Dook is attempting to protect the team from others’ correctly-directed loathing. Besides being quite annoying and rather pathetic, it’s also a lost cause.

    There is really nothing that you can say to convert someone’s opinion to align with that of those seen in this picture.  At least, not anyone with a opinion worth a damn. Where do these Dook defenders get off trying to convince us sane people that amateur fans like these are somehow right? Would you want to watch a game with them? Hell no.

    But every year someone tries to extoll the virtues of the Dook program, and last season’s NCAA tourney run made it the worst year of recent memory. The even larger problem is, they all sound the same.

    “Why do you hate a program of overachievers that continually plays by the book and has the best fans in college basketball?,” the columns ask rhetorically.

    Because they are a bunch of asses. The fans aren’t really great, they just dress up and get loud. I have only met two people that could actually talk basketball and were Dook fans, and only one of them went to school there. The others just go because that’s what you do. It even takes rather lame cheer sheets to direct them on what to say. I would assume they also include that their team (Dook) is the one wearing white.

    And that’s just one bone to pick with the “future doctors and lawyers of America” as Dickie V always puts it, after wiping the fecal matter off his lips. But if you need better proof of why disliking the Dook program, I direct you to this wonderful article by Andrew Sharp.

    He broke it down very well. Coach K really is the prickish weasel we all thought he was. The program is not as clean as they make you think.  And really goes to town on the whole program with a lot of support to back him up.

    Yet articles like these from the Washington Post continue to pop up. In this edition of  “Look, I’m an unbiased journalist and don’t hate on Dook,” Mike Wise says it all comes down to envy. Excuse me Mike. We’re Carolina fans. We have more beautiful women, more recent success on the court and our own hall of famer in Roy Williams, as well as players that don’t make you want to just punch them in the face because they look funny. What do we have to be envious about?

    There were those couple years there where Dook seemed to be hitting the skids. It limped into the NCAA tournament after finishing the ACC season with a .500 mark. UNC was winning NCAA championships and bullying Dook int he head-to-head match-ups. And you know what? I never hated Dook more. I wanted to see them crushed. I wanted that smirk crushed off K’s face. I wanted more mysterious ailments to stricken the coach so that he would take elective surgeries to hide the shame and grief.

    Like the book of the same name says, to hate like this is to be happy forever. It’s in our DNA as Carolina fans to hate Dook. To get wasted on a weekday afternoon when Roy Williams appeared on Harrison Barnes’ skype account. To want to commit arson when driving down Erwin Road in Durham and seeing a 2010 NCAA championship banner from some building scaffolding.

    And at least we’re not alone. Ben Cohen wrote a piece for Deadspin last year about, you guessed it, why you shouldn’t hate Dook. It was uninspired. Well, the Duke grad came back this year with a doozy for the website. “Devil’s Advocate,” where he would give another reason why our hatred is wrong every week. Well, either he ran out of content or nobody cared enough to read the article because there hasn’t been a new post since the Devils were 10-0, or about two months ago.

    Guess everybody was thinking the same thing:

    Go to hell, Dook.

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