"Dukie V" in his natural habitat
Face it, the media portrays both Duke basketball and Notre Dame football in such a positive light that it's downright unbearable and nauseating at times.
Starting with the preseason rankings, both teams are seemingly placed much higher in the polls than they should be.
Often times (and much to the surprise of Blue Devil and Irish fans in denial), the teams fail to live up to the lofty expectations placed upon them before their respective seasons begin.
The media exposure for both schools is also quite vast. Notre Dame is the flagship school for NBC Sports, and I don't think a week goes by during the college basketball season when Duke isn't featured on ESPN in some capacity.
However, the worst perpetrators of this crime are notable analysts on ESPN.
Duke Vitale, I mean, Dick Vitale, is the absolute definition of the word "homer." I'm thoroughly shocked that he hasn't literally professed his love for Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke basketball program on the air.
It doesn't even matter if Vitale is commentating a contest with Duke involved or not; he'll still manage to give his two cents on "Coach K" and the Blue Devils. A prime example of that can be found here.
The media also does a wonderful job in hyping up Notre Dame as the next "team on the rise" year in and year out.
Hate to break it to you, Irish fans, but here's a tidbit to consider:
In Notre Dame's last 12 bowl games, the Irish have a record of 2-10. Can you say irrelevant?
And please, don't get me started on Lou Holtz...