Thursday, March 17, 2005

The Dark Side of College Basketball

is that it becomes so much fun to root against teams. Sure the NFL has the Oakland Raiders to hate, but college ball has so many teams to hate for so many different reasons. Here is a nice little piece from Slate with some suggestions.

I have to differ on a couple of points: while the Duke bit is dead on, the author makes this ridiculous assertion:

Around 2008—when pro defenders have finished demonstrating that Redick can't
deploy his robotically perfect shooting stroke when he's guarded...

There is no such thing as a "pro defender". Professional basketball, like professional wrestling, is all about offense". Defense is much, much more respected and expected in the college game.

Second, attacks on Ashley Judd will not be tolerated here. Even if the Michael Bolton point is both a good line and, sadly, true.

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