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Sorry if this has already been brought up on the board, but I just stumbled across an article that I thought I should share. On Thursday, Dec 7 Duke played NC State at Cameron Indoor. A freshman named Tyler Lewis, who had lost his Grandmother (a person he was apparently very close to) the previous Friday, stepped to the line in the 2nd half of the game. He was greeted by the 'Cameron Crazies' with the chant of 'How's your Grandma?'.
When I heard this I was absolutely appalled. I mean, certain things are just out of bounds, right? Just another sad, sad example of how we as fans of collegiate athletics have a tendency to forget that we are watching/routing/jeering KIDS and can take it over the line. Its not just in the SEC or the 'Cameron Crazies' at Duke- its everywhere and its getting worse, imo. At times, I think we could all take a second, step back, and put what we're watching in perspective. Just my .
Thanks for letting me . I'll hop off now.
Itd previously been agnostic on the Blue Devils then this could change your mind.
Duke fans are pathetic.
When I was in high school, my school had a Lithuanian exchange student on the basketball team. Anyway, the fans at our rival school would wave American flags and green cards and chant USA at him. Quite appalling
Its not just Duke fans at all. Its easy to use them as an example though. If you watch the documentary
(30 for 30 or something) about the UNC vs Duke rivalry, you will see where the students at each school have for years done research on other kids that are coming into their stadium. I mean down to the fact that one of their girlfriends cheated on him, Dead grandmothers, Fathers in jail, etc. They use this info that they found and started talking trash and chanting at them.. It happened at both stadiums not just at Dukes. It happens all across the country. Yes it does get way to personal but there is a reason that the word Fanatic is shoretened to Fan.
God needs a Safety on His team. RIP 21
its really nothing new unfortunately. i remember when georgetown played syracuse in bball. the syracuse fans flooded the court with bananas for patrick ewing. GO DAWGS!
I recall back in the 80's when an opposing player (NCState?) had been accused of car theft. The Duke students jangled their keys every time he touched the ball.
Born and bred Bulldog, living in Maryland since '88
It may be just me, but something like that I consider good fun. The kid did something dumb and the opposing fans had enough sense to realize it and come up with a clever taunt. I may be in the minority here, but I'm okay with that. You do/say something dumb, you better be prepared for ridicule. However, a family member dying is not in the control of the athlete and is completely different, IMO.
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