Thursday, October 13, 2011

Must-See TV?

Here's some appointment viewing for UConn fans (not):

Former Duke All-Americans Grant Hill and Christian Laettner are teaming up once again, this time with Turner Sports, to offer viewers an inside look at one of the most-storied college basketball programs in the history of the game. The new documentary Duke ’91 & ’92 will air on truTV in advance of Turner Sports’ and CBS Sports’ coverage of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, which airs exclusively on TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV.

The documentary will revisit 1991 and 1992, when the Blue Devils became the first school to win back-to-back National Championships in nearly 20 years. The documentary will examine the key players, Hall of Fame coach and memorable moments from an era that helped set the stage for the school’s reign as college basketball’s most influential and successful program, on and off the court, of the last 20 years.

Duke ’91 & ’92 will capture the moments and conversations with members from these two championship squads as they returned to Durham, N.C., in September 2011, on the eve of the Duke Hall of Fame Induction of point guard Bobby Hurley, the Most Outstanding Player of the 1992 Final Four®, and Coach Mike Krzyzewski.

The documentary will feature teammates and coaches revealing never-before-told stories about what drove their success and, simultaneously, what drove them apart. The documentary will highlight the team’s journey to back-to-back NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship titles, including the upset win over the undefeated UNLV Runnin’ Rebels in the 1991 Final Four®, Laettner’s buzzer-beating jump shot against Kentucky in the East Regional Final in 1992, the repeat national title win over the “Fab Five” of Michigan and the emotional and unforgettable 20-year reunion that took place where it all began – Cameron Indoor Stadium.

To be fair, I've never quite understood all the Duke hate, especially from UConn fans. OK, Laettner beat you with a last-second shot, but I'd say you've kinda gotten back at them since then, no?

Plus, with so many issues these days regarding college athletes (some of them all too familiar to UConn fans), it's incredibly ironic that a program like Duke that does stress education as much as any major program is so universally hated. I guess it's kind of similar to why so many people dislike Tim Tebow.

OK, end of rant.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duke is hated for being smug, soft and favored by refs and tourney seeding. Coach K is the real deal but even he comes off smug.

It also boils down to the Yankee effect. Kids across the country cheer for Duke having no connection to them other than watching them win a title and now buy their hats and shirts flaunting a band wagon existence.

These are fans that make it easy to hate duke, Yankees, cowboys, red wings, etc..... Perfect example is Lebron James, Yankee fan for no reason and cowboy fan for no reason other than they won titles. He should be a browns and Indians fan.

November 14, 2011 at 12:33 AM 

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