I'm pulling for the all-Big10 final four, so Sparty it is.
Duke vs. MSU - Who Do You Pull For?
For whom do you pull?
BOOM MICHIGAN ARROGANCE'D
I'll root for the B1G's, except for Indiana. Crean's childish display a few weeks ago makes Indiana my one remaing exception to B1G support. Wiscy, an insult to basketball, was the other.
get any work done right now. This tournament needs to end and we need to win the national championship before I get fired.
My childhood rooting interests were Sparty except when they played Michigan. So even though I loathe the current state of Spartan fandom, I will be rooting for them and the B1G. I want an all B1G final four. That is the absolute best thing for the league and my team. Plus it will be the ultimate shutthehellup to Barkley.
MSU, I recently went to a duke game. If you think their fans are anything but obnoxious assholes then you need to get to cameron stadium. I heard more trash talking and insults screamed in one game then I've heard from all the Michigan football games I've been to
I went to a game in Cameron in the '90s. It was a lot of fun and the fans were polite and pretty positive. Of course, they were playing Mercer and beat the shit out of the them, so trash talking wasn't really needed.
I mean Duke is literally the Evil Empire.
Duke. I have them going all the way in my bracket, plus fuck Staee
I respect Izzo's program despite wanting Michigan to beat him 100-0 every time they play. And it would be good for the league if they won...I see no upside to Duke winning, especially given Michigan's current recruiting battle with them for Devin Booker (not that one game is likely to make much of a difference).
I live in SEC country, so there would be no better feeling than to have 4 B1G teams in the Elite 8. Especially when they were whining about not getting the respect they "deserved."
I can dream that we would have an all B1G Final Four with UofM winning it all against OSU, but, not sure that's going to happen.
As long as we go further than MSU, I'm happy.
Duke. Even though I met my wife here at UofM, she was born at the Duke hospital, and her entire family are Duke fans (her bro went there and her dad worked there).
Tough one for me. On the one hand - Fuck Duke, go B1G even if it is MSU. On the other hand - I have Duke beating MSU in my bracket. Thinking I'll just drink heavily and root against both teams.
Did you forget to add "/s" to the end of that post?
I'll be rooting for Staee. A Duke loss helps me immensely in my bracket pool, so there's that as well as rooting for the B1G.
Rooting for Duke. MSU fans can be more annoying given out rivalry and we also compete more with them in recruiting. It is more beneficial for UM for MSU to lose than Duke.
Hate Duke with a passion and every ounce of my being but cannot deal with the State's incessant whining about everything under the freaking sun. Plus Dantonio will have that stupid smirk if they win so suck it Sparty.
Speaking of Duke, Chris Collins (Duke Asst) will be named Northwesterns next Head Coach per Jeff Goodman of CBS.
I don't hate Duke as much as the rest of the folks around here hate Duke.
Sparty on the other hand, Sparty can suck it.
I have heard the beer is decent as well.
I've never even met a Duke fan, so I will not argue with the ops logic. I actually riot for Duke almost every game that they aren't playing us. That's just from watching them about twice every week for my whole life. As for the other fan dislike leading to personal interest in a game. I completely agree with that. I have never met a duke fan, but have to deal with staee fans daily. I don't want to deal with the celebration of a national title from them on Saturday if they make the elite 8.
one of the two schools I despise will lose and the other will get beat by Louisville in the next game..SO..both get beat....IF MSU wins its good for the conference ..If they lose and UM advances well..WE had the better season...win win
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Funny quote, but I never did like the guy.
Fuck Duke! Go...Green?
dammit. On my phone and unable to correct my crappy spelling.
I never did like proof-reading.
My bad, people.
rooting for Michigan State's fanbase to emerge from the game with sound basketball insight and good-naturedness, which most of my Duke alum friends have.
But that's probably even less likely than a meteor.
Duke a thousand times Duke.
In the next round.
so maybe we should feel sorry for them and root for MSU.
Or, maybe not.
Duke. I work with way too many sparty's (they have a great MSA program). Their tears, you know, taste like sugar.
The B1G will be vaildated when we win the title game against Ohio. Go Duke, beat Staee.
So all you people hate Duke for no reason other than they are consistently good?
See 1992 Men's Basketball Championship, among a bevy of other things.
those of us who are old enough to remember the early to mid 90s have plenty of reasons to hate Duke. My favorite basketball memory (outside of 89, 92, and 93, obvs) is rushing the court after knocking them off in Crisler in 97. We had beaten OSU to go to the Rose the week before, and Charles would win the Heisman that night. Good times.
Such as? Every team has their fair share of twats so using that is purely cop out in my view. It wasn't so much the Duke hate as much as it was the MSU love from you lot. I would never root for a rival over an OOC team.
Losing several big-time games to the same basketball team (and its arrogant coach) is plenty of reason to hate them. If that doesn't make sense, the concept is beyond explanation to you. Also I wouldn't either, but some people want Michigan's conference to be stoutly represented in games that matter...just a difference of opinion.
I'm still rooting for a Big 10 Final Four. But, if MSU loses, the consolation is . . . MSU LOSES!(Just as I have been rooting for all Big 10 teams in the postseason, but I cackled with glee that the only one to lose in the Round of 64 was Wisconsin). If MSU loses, then there's no question that we root for Louisville to take care of Duke to get to the final four.
The only reason to root against MSU here would be if we hadn't closed the gap. We have. What's good for the big ten is good for us. Duke hoops is as bad as ND football. I can never pull for them in anything.
Seriously? Someone with a user name of Everyone Murders is critiquing Coach K's supposed poor persona? Christian Laettner is no more the poster child for Duke as is Grant Hill or any of the many other players who have come through Coach K's program. I understand the dislike for Duke and a certain persona that it projects, but conjuring images of Jerry Sandusky is way out of bounds and says more about the poster than anything. I thought this board wants intelligent conversation?
I see you created a new account to reply. Since you took the trouble to do that, here are three quick points in response:
Re-read the original post, and if you still honestly think that I was "conjuring images" of Jerry Sandusky by referring to Paterno's pre-scandal image, you should have someone else read it for you. Because you're not good at reading.
CBS shows Laettner's winning shot in the Kentucky game every freaking March, repeatedly. It was an iconic shot (and really a fantastic play - personality of the shooter notwithstanding). That play, among others, helped to make Laettner one of the faces of Duke, and he is thus a poster child for your program.
- "Everyone Murders" is a loose reference to Terrelle Pryor's absurd justification for supporting Michael Vick in the wake of Vick's dogfighting scandal. Sorry if it offends you.*
Welcome to the board, anyway. It can be a fun place to exchange ideas, especially for those with a passion for University of Michigan sports.
*By which I mean I'm not sorry at all. To be extra clear, the name is a jab at OSU, and I don't really think "everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me".
Love the Pulp Fiction style response!
I did create a new account to respond because I was disappointed to read that a Michigan man needs to conjure images of Sandusky to smear someone else. There are any number of iconic coaches you could have chosen to compare to Coach K, but you chose to compare him to Sandusky/Paterno. So, yes, I do think you were conjuring those images. Also, Coach K can't help that CBS shows Laetner's winning shot against Kentucky. And I don't think that makes Laetner the poster child for Duke any more than Grant Hill or Shane Battier are poster children for Duke. I think you just don't like Duke, which is fine but no need to throw the Sandusky thing around at someone like Coach K. It's better to be credible with your criticisms. And, yes, I'm very passionate about Michigan sports and have been for a very long time.
You keep on writing that I'm comparing Coach Krzyzewski to Jerry Sandusky. I'm not, and I didn't. I compared the cult of personality Coach Krzyzewski enjoys to the cult of personality that Paterno enjoyed before the big scandal.
Your assertion that I "chose to compare [ Krzyzewski] to Sandusky/Paterno" is false. This isn't a matter of interpretation. It's a matter of your lack of reading comprehension. Your replies are making you sound shrill, and my guess is that you're a decent person who's above that sort of tripe.
We're not going to get to "yes" on Coach Krzyzewski. I think he's a weasel, you think he's the bee's knees, a builder of men, etc. Fine.
But stop with the falsities. Please.
I want to beat them in the semifinal. We've already beaten MSU this year.
We wouldn't play Duke until the championship game though right?
would be up next. Even better, though--right?
Either result is fine. Big Ten continues to do well if MSU wins, if they lose then MSU just lost and that's fine by me too.
There's a lenghty mathematical argument that I could make that would say it is a bit of a wash in this tournament, but for the sake of one of my sole remaining competitive bracket (as in, in the top three in one pool), it is fair to say that I have a financial interest in Michigan State winning. On the other hand, I have one bracket that is 7th in a pool and goes with Duke, so really, I'd go with MSU for the currently more optimistic cash picture, in my case.
Well, I'll mention the math anyway - I calculated the estimated probabilities of Michigan's hypothetical paths to a title using some of the numbers from Massey, and for the most part, the MSU and Duke paths work out to numbers with 0.5% of one another, so the people choosing the "asteroid / sinkhole" route have a point as well if we're simply talking about the Tournament itself.
I will cheer for Duke for a number of reasons.
1. I can never cheer for Sparty unless Michigan directly benefits from their winning.
2. Sparty and Michigan compete for area recruits. Every time one team wins, it hurts the other.
3. Duke and Sparty are both arrogant and entitled. Duke has 4 National Championships under K; Sparty has one under Izzo. Duke has earned the right to be arrogant; Sparty hasn't.
4. Duke defines itself by championships. MSU defines itself by hatred for Michigan.
5. Most of all, I'm just going to have to admit that I love to see Sparty suffer.