While attending the West Virginia vs Duke game in the nation's capital, I witnessed Duke fans showing anything but honor and respect. So here is an article for all of the upset Duke fans.
The Duke fans were the most disrespectful fans that I have ever been around. HONESTLY. My wife and I sat down 30 minutes before tip off and Duke fans seemed to fill in everywhere behind us.
The most notable ones were a group of four thug kids and another group consisting of an 85-year-old diehard Duke fan and her four grandchildren. The rest of the section held Xavier fans, Purdue fans and the occasional Michigan State fan.
By the time the first half had ended I was wanting to watch the game from the TV's in the lobby. The old lady was the biggest smart mouth that I have ever heard. She would turn around every time that Duke would score and shake her fist in my face.
This was really getting to me near mid-first half. So, I had to walk off to get a breather.
My wife told me: 'Blow it off' and 'Let's go back and sit down.'
Well this was when WVU took total control of the game. Not due to officiating or the crowd but because of the great hustle it showed that day.
Well, not only did I not enjoy the Duke fans but apparently no one else in the section did either they all started telling the Duke fans how selfish, disrespectful and flat out obnoxious they were.
One guy even told the group in front of me that when he came in the door he was rooting for Duke but after he saw its fans attitudes that had changed by the half.
After the CONVINCING win we went to the lobby. Here is where we saw more, how can I say this, cry baby, pampered Duke fans. They were all giving excuses and reasons on why and how they "blew" not lost the game.
So, being the "MANIACS" that the Mountaineers fans are, they all started drowning the Dookie fans out with cheers of celebration. Before long the entire lobby of the Verizon Center was chanting and hollering for the Mountaineers.
I saw a Pitt fan stating that he was selling Duke apparel at 50 percent off.
Then to top it off, you had that one dumb drunk who was outside and was trying to get his butt whipped. He was wearing a Duke POLO and was staggering around saying, "That's why Xavier owns Bob Huggins, That's why Xavier owns Bub Huggins."
Was this guy serious? If Xavier owns Bob Huggins then why doesn't Duke?
He was saved by the cops before he was destroyed by the real men of West Virginia who undoubtably would have laid him out in a hurry. Yes, Xavier owns Bob Huggins with a total 9-8 record over him, but that's beside the point—they weren't playing Xaiver that day—they were beating Duke.
A lot of Duke fans got mad from a few things that were stated after the game but the players were just stating their opinions on the game. Huggins saw a weak offensive rebounding team during the first half, he came out made some adjustments, spoke of it during the post game and he is trashing Duke? Come on get real!
As for the remarks from Joe Alexander after the game he was ONLY stating the TRUTH, saying that Duke was as talented as a five or a six seed in the Big East, which is understandable. He didn't say that this was the case every year, just this year. I mean give the guy some credit, he should know—he has played against all the competition NOT YOU.
As for the Greg Paulus question asking if he was the McDonald's All-American, this was a good question. Come on get off your Duke wagon real fast and tell me who is the most hated, cocky player in college basketball.
Yes, that's right it is Paulus.
He was slapping the floor, talking shit when he thought Duke was gonna blow West Virginia out in the first half. He was hollering up in the stands and at the players. So, don't give me this bad sportsmanship bullshit. Besides if he was the All-American he is claimed to be, he would have lead his to team to victory right?
Now, the question of whether to call a team a Cinderella is interesting. If Duke had its shit together they wouldn't have only beat Belmont, the real "Cinderella," by one. West Virginia is not a "Cinderella." Out of its last five NCAA tournaments, they have been to three Sweet 16's, one Elite Eight and an NIT championship.
Plus, they might add on to that total this year, changing one of those Sweet 16 appearances listed to an Elite Eight, or maybe even a Final Four. Who knows?
ESPN just showed some amazing statistics:
Memphis, UCLA, WVU, Kansas, and Villanova are the only schools in the country that have advanced to the Sweet 16 three times in the past four years.
That doesn't look like a Cinderella team to me.
Plus, name another school that was in a BCS game and in the Sweet 16 this year. Kansas and West Virginia are the only two, so their sports programs must be on the rise.
DON'T HATE ON WEST VIRGINIA BECAUSE THEY WERE A BETTER TEAM AND YOU ARE LETTING YOUR EMOTIONS CONTROL YOUR ACTIONS AND THOUGHTS. GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE. REMEMBER: WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE WHAT WV BRINGS TO THE TABLE NEXT YEAR IT ONLY GETS BETTER FROM HERE. OH AND BY THE WAY WV NOW OWNS DUKE 1-0.