It’s hard to care about a blowout, season-opening basketball game while something so shocking unfolds somewhere else. Sitting at Cameron while the soccer stadium in Paris was evacuated put things in perspective: That could be here. That could be us. That could be me.
After the season’s opening weekend, all the hype surrounding Duke basketball is not about its top-ranked recruiting class, nor its nationally televised showdown with No. 2 Kentucky Tuesday—but rather the magnificent scoring prowess of Grayson Allen.
Duke’s 33.4 points per game sits in the nation’s top 50, and a healthy 5.5 yards per play produces an average of more than 400 yards per contest. But dig a little deeper and those numbers appear skewed thanks to Duke’s first-quarter performances.
By choosing to look up to Mia Hamm even after becoming a Blue Devil, that little girl who grew up playing soccer and watching Hamm is not abandoning any allegiances. If there is one thing Mia taught me, it is that a sports hero can transcends intercollegiate athletics.
The media—like Jon Snow—still knows nothing. Okay, we know some things, but the notion of asking anyone—even national and local beat writers who are paid handsomely (just kidding)—to predict a top 25 before even seeing any team take the field is incredibly disturbing and, looking back, highly entertaining. Here’s a link to the original preseason top 25, and a look at the conference and division winners that each respective conference’s media predicted prior to the season: -Big 12: TCU -ACC: Clemson and Georgia Tech -Pac-12: Oregon and USC -Big Ten: Ohio State and Wisconsin -SEC: Auburn (overall), Alabama and Georgia (divisions) That seems pretty solid, right?
In an industry that racks up profits in the billions, the greatest indicator of success has proven to be not which program can build the best facilities or attract the most-talented recruits, but the program that can create a stable coaching situation.
In a time where women’s sports are looked at as “less than” or “more boring than” their male counterparts, Dr. Jen Welter, Becky Hammon and Justine Siegal have proven they can do anything their male counterparts can do—and sometimes better.
The injury bug is at it again—this time, it’s taking the whole ACC with it. As much as any sports fan enjoys watching their teams come away with the victory, it’s just not the same if every team on the schedule is without its impact players.
Handoff. Screen pass. Quarterback scramble. Punt. Through four games, this sequence has become all too familiar for Blue Devil fans. Despite starting the season 3-1 and sporting one of the best defenses in the nation, Duke’s offense has been lacking fluidity and consistency.
In many ways, it feels as if three entirely different Blue Devil teams have taken the field for the first four games. But amidst all the questions that remain, one thing is for certain—Duke’s defense is for real.
12 days ago, in one of the more stupefying interviews I have ever had the displeasure of reading, The New York Times granted Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins the platform to say his piece in regards to college athletes getting paid. So now, much to the chagrin of everyone who hates fairness and all those profiting off the work of thousands of 18-22-year-olds and the college system, I’m here to tell you why they don’t get paid, and why they should.
It's no secret that Duke has gone from uncompetitive to legitimate in the last four years.Head coach David Cutcliffe has successfully turned the corner with the Blue Devils, but now comes the more challenging part—making the leap from good to great. Just ask Northwestern.
That, in essence, is the joy of sports. If your team is having a bad year, shrug it off and rejoice in the history being made night in and night out. No matter what, sports are always there to pick you up, dust you off and put you back on your feet.
Changes abound for Duke football this year, both on and of the field. Quarterback Thomas Sirk has stepped in for the departed Anthony Boone and quickly ignited the Duke offense, posting an impressive performance—27 of 40 for 289 yards and two touchdowns—in the team’s dominant 37-7 victory at Tulane last week.
Every team loves playing at home—the comfort of your own bed, the perks of knowing every inch of your home turf, and of course, the thousands of screaming fans rooting for you to succeed. But how much is home-field advantage really worth?