Duke Wins Fourth NCAA Title: As Nike Says, Order Has Been Restored…
Nike’s old-school slogan may be “just do it,” but this year’s 2010 post-March Madness ad says it all regarding the Duke Blue Devils and coach Mike Kryzewski brining home the team’s fourth NCAA title since Coach K took over the helm: “Order Has Been Restored.”
Can you really say it much better than that?
Unbelievable! I’m not normally a strong Nike supporter, but this year’s postseason advertisement makes me want to purchase stock in Nike and stock up on their overpriced shoes and clothing for my kids and family.
However, I digress.
Today, we’re here to talk about the Dukies and the fact that order has, most remarkably, been restored in college basketball.
Let’s now take a look at the five fingers, or “the fist” as Coach K would like to call it, that put Duke back on top and in contention for beginning a Blue Devils dynasty…
1. From 2001 Dominating Dukies to 2010 Underdog Believers
I’ll personally never forget the hardwood days of 2001 when Shane Battier, Jason Williams (or Jay as he now likes to be called) and company controlled the games from starting tip off to final floor slap all season long.
This season, however, was a different story—as Coach K and his underdog believers of a team climbed the March Madness ladder all the way to the championship game and knocked off the Hoosiers of the century in Butler’s Bulldogs.
2. Coach K: Bringing Home USA Gold, Followed by Duke Dynasty in Making
If anyone questions that Mike Krzyzewski is one of the best coaches of all time, they need to be slapped.
Coach K has solidified himself amongst the elite of coaching greatness, and he’s on the brink of beginning a Duke dynasty in NCAA basketball after winning a gold medal for Team USA this past Olympics.
And don’t even think for a second that he’s done coaching and winning golds for America…
3. Team of Role Players, Along with Big Three, Restoring Order on Court
Unlike the 2001 Blue Devils that cut down the nets after taking home the title, this year’s team was comprised mainly of role players—along with what was dubbed the “Big Three” in Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler, and Nolan Smith.
But the 2010 team won the NCAA title with pure heart and soul; and they believed every step of the way that they could and would bring home the Championship this season…
4. As Rudy T Once Said, “Never Underestimate the Hearts of Champions”
I’m a sucker for happy endings, there’s no doubt about it.
And I truly love former Houston Rockets head coach Rudy T’s statement following the team’s NBA Championship: “Never underestimate the hearts of champions.”
The same rings true with this year’s Dukies, as Coach K has taken a group of talented players and helped them to believe and achieve the ultimate goal of winning a NCAA Championship…
5. Four Titles and Counting For Mike Krzyzewski and Cameron Crazies…
With the 2010 Championship only now beginning to fade away in the rearview mirror, Coach K and the Cameron Crazies can now celebrate title number four and counting for the Duke Blue Devils.
It’s been a long nine-year hiatus since the Dukies last cut down the nets in April, but—as Nike themselves clearly and simply stated—order has, in fact, been restored in the world of college basketball…
Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org