One-Eye'd Dick

One-Eye'd Dick

"Speaks Softly, Carries Big Stick"

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February 04, 2008 - I Like Duke's Chances, Baby!

Have you ever noticed how beautiful the Duke campus is? If youíve never visited there, let me tell you that during my six weeks of throat convalescence here in Durham, I have looked out my window from up on the third floor of the Duke Basketball HQ Tower, and I have been privileged to take it all in, day in and day out!

If you want proof of how beautiful and peaceful it is here on campus, donít take my word for it! You should go visit Princeton University, an authentic Ivy League school that copied Dukeís architecture almost building for building! Copying from someone elseís ideas is the highest form of flattery! Shakespeare said that so it must be right! The Princeton Tigers, baby! The Princeton Offense! Iíll bet Shakespeare wouldíve seen the poetry involved in that, especially when young John Thompson the Third was running it. What a special father-son relationship there is between Thompson the Elder and his incredible 1984 National Championship team and his son now running the Georgetown program who got them back to the Final Four last season! Symmetry, baby! Climbing up the family tree, baby!

Makes you wish Coach K and his lovely wife Mickie had had sons so they could carry on the family coaching lineage! Of course, they have three outstanding daughters who are wonderful people if not much to look at! Not that I donít sometimes look anyhow! If I werenít so old and bald, and if only my plastic surgery had gone better, whoís to say I wouldnít have made a move on one of them and married into Basketballís First Family! Iím serious! But hey, like I tell Mickie, the day Coach K finally has that aneurism on the court and goes to that great Fixed Game with Terrified Refs in the Sky, Iíll be right there should she want companionship! Like I told her, Iíd even change my name to hers, so that Iíd be Dickie Krzyzewski, baby! Mickie and Dickie! And all those daughters! Iíd be surrounded in Krzyzewski! Ensconced! Iím starting to tingle here and Mike Patrick isnít within 10 miles of me!

So yes, recuperating here at Duke has really been something special! But Coach K finally told me it was time to move forward with life! He said itís time to get back in the game! He said the world missed me! He said ratings were suffering!

Actually, what he said was that itís inappropriate for me to be waiting for the team in the sauna after they practice and that he didnít like the looks Iíve been giving Mickie after dinner while Iím doing the dishes at his place! But thatís his way! Tough love! Just ask J.J. Redick about the time Coach K smashed a picture of him off the wall and told him he deserved to lose because he didnít have the heart of a champion! Nothing says to a young, impressionable kid ďI love you, sonĒ like the combination of violent actions and words! And think about how beautifully Redick played under tournament pressure after such treatment!

Are you kidding me!? Coach K leads with his heart! And thatís led me out the door and back to courtside, where I have to tell you, I like Dukeís chances! With Ty Lawson hurt and Gerald Henderson looking to settle the score after unfairly being run over by Tyler Hansbrough in last yearís regular-season finale, I donít see that Carolina has much chance!

Thereís no shame in being abused by the boys in Dark Blue, though! Trust me on this, Tar Heels!