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Bully for you

I didn’t expect the ESPN documentary I Hate Christian Laettner to make me like the guy.

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It’s a movie, not a miracle.

But unlike a movie plot, Laettner’s story exhibits no signs of growth or learning over the past two decades. In his interview, he seems as much of an arrogant bully now as he was 20 years ago.

What did surprise me was not only  Coach K’s acceptance of his behavior but also his decision to let Laettner have ‘free reign’ to bully others — not the best message to send.

I guess winning was more important than how they won.

I’m glad we currently have teams in college basketball who can win the right way…and I still hate Christian Laettner.

Bleeding blue

My 2014 started off with a sinus infection. So while I was lying low at home, I decided to crack open one of my Christmas presents —

sixth man

The Sixth Man movie on DVD.

I’ve been watching a lot of documentaries of late, courtesy of HBO OnDemand, but this is the first one on a topic that I know so intimately —

Growing up a UK Wildcat fan.

The producers look at the fans from every angle, talking to current and former coaches, players, TV and radio announcers, and the fans themselves.  At times we fans appear merely passionate, other times borderline psychotic.  But as even the celebrity fans they interviewed attest, being a UK fan is more akin to religion.

The film revisits some of the pivotal games in UK history — and the fan reaction — so, of course, Christian Laettner’s fateful shot in the UK/Duke game is discussed at length (but not shown because we have all seen that damn thing enough for one lifetime).

Laettner himself appears in the documentary and apologizes for his place in UK history.

Still hate him.

The devil went down to Indy…

In the battle of evil vs. evil….

how are you supposed to choose sides?

DUKE-VS-LOIUSVILLE-PREVIEW-THUMBIs the evil closest to home the obvious choice?

Yes, Louisville hails from my home state, but they are Kentucky’s bitter rival — one that we know all too well.

That’s what makes a Louisville win particularly repugnant.  We’ll never hear the end of it — from the local media and from ‘friends’ who wear Cardinal red.

So then — is the evil from a dread rival the obvious choice?

I’ve hated Duke as long as I can remember.  Christian Laettner’s last-second shot is like nails on a chalkboard, and yet every March, Kentucky fans are forced to re-live it again and again.

An NCAA tourney where Duke loses is a good tourney…but do I want them to lose to Louisville en route to a Cards championship?

Not necessarily.

I gotta say — the two teams imploding at game’s end is about the only outcome that works for me.