Duke Has Same Script, Different Faces: Why Everyone Still Hates the Blue Devils

Joye PruittSenior Analyst IMarch 16, 2011

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 13:  Nolan Smith #2 of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates after being named MVP and defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 75-58 in the championship game of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 13, 2011 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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It is funny to watch all the analysts and commentators rave about the talent that Nolan Smith has displayed in Kyrie Irving's absence, due to a toe injury, and to know that deep down inside, they all still hold the disdain for the Duke team that Jalen Rose did when he played for the Michigan Wolverines. In case you did not see the Fab Five documentary, Rose felt like all the black players that Duke recruited while he was in college were Uncle Toms. A comment that Grant Hill did not take too well to, but that is a topic for another story.

Since the beginning of their reign in college basketball, the Blue Devils have had a Miami Heat sized target on their backs regardless of the interchangeable players in the jerseys. Why? It is very simple. They win. There is no deep down reason other than the fact that they have such a strong hold on their dominant position in basketball. So, you have no choice but to sneer and jump up and down for joy when they lose, as rare as that occurrence may be.

How many Duke players have you seen get into trouble with the law? Don't worry I'll wait for your response. You may not be able to answer that question, so let's toss another one out there that may be a bit easier for you to answer. How many violations has Duke's basketball program suffered because of the ill doings of their coach and/or players? That is another point in why everyone hates Duke so much. It dates all the way back when we were in grade school and there was the one kid in the class who always turned their homework in on time and got straight A's every report card. As much as you would smile in their face you would secretly pray that there was a C or D on the next one or that they would get sick and just not show up for a few days.

Last but not least, Duke basketball games are often televised. However, why wouldn't they be? Just looking at the present day players that are giving the best of the best nightmares of the NCAA Tournament games against them, you along with everyone else in favor of great basketball watch them. Duke fans thrive off of the world's hate and become more arrogant with the addition of every W to their record books. You don't like it? Throw on some sweats, get on the court and change it. Until then, just bear it and grin. It can't last forever. Can it?

Article on Duke's Nolan Smith: http://www.iamnba.com/2011/03/i-got-next-nolan-smith/