Watching Austin Rivers nail a 3-pointer over the outstretched arms of Tyler Zeller in February to cap a comeback over the Tar Heels that was nothing short of miraculous, I realized one thing—this will probably be the most exciting sporting event I ever cover. Depressingly honest or incredibly lucky? You choose.
But one thing is for certain—there is never a shortage of drama and excitement when it comes to Duke athletics. Whether it is for the right or the wrong reasons, we always have something to talk about. Even in a season when the Blue Devils were bounced from the NCAA Tournament in their first game, in the worst upset in Duke basketball history, there was no shortage of memories from this past season, whether it was that crushing loss, Rivers’ buzzer-beater or head coach Mike Krzyzewski breaking the all-time wins record.
For better or worse, sports fans live and die with these triumphs and tragedies, each for their own reasons. For me, it’s because I grew up in a household where my parents and brothers taught it to me like religion from the day I was born. And when I realized my playing days were coming to an end...if you can’t beat ‘em, write about ‘em...or something like that.
I can’t promise there will be any national championships, exciting scandals, last second shots or broken records this year. But I can promise that whatever does happen, we’ll provide you the best coverage possible.
And maybe, just maybe, I’ll have the chance to cover something more exciting than that shot. Enjoy the 30th anniversary of sportswrap.
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