Tomorrow night, Duke and Kentucky will meet for the first time in eleven years. In order to properly prepare ourselves for the game, let’s look back at some great moments in Duke hating history:
— The Shot
You remember it, I remember it, the people in charge of every college basketball montage remember it. No need to relive it.
— The Stomp
Before “The Shot,” there was “The Stomp.” Christian Laettner stomped on Aminu Timberlake’s chest after Timberlake fouled him under the basket. Laettner was given a technical, but should have been ejected from the game for the cheap shot. Laettner has since called it a dumb move made in retaliation for an earlier tussle between the two, but the hate still smolders (even if Laettner good-naturedly lets fans pose for pictures fake-stomping on his chest for charity). For a fun read on how Timberlake feels about the stomp these days, click here.
— The crying kid
Never gets old.
— The Comeback Cats
Nothing can fully erase the pain of 1992, but Kentucky’s 86-84 win over the Blue Devils in the 1998 NCAA East Regional Final came pretty close. On the backs of Wayne Turner, Allen Edwards, Scott Padgett, Cameron Mills, Jeff Shepperd, and Heshimu “Warrior” Evans, the Cats avenged “The Shot” with some late game heroics of their own. Relive some of the memories above, including Cameron Mills and Scott Padgett’s huge threes (and subsequent celebrations), Nazr Mohammad playfully punching his teammates on the bench, and an epic midcourt celebration.
— “What is Magloire doing?!”
Before Digger Phelps and Bobby Knight, Kentucky fans had another enemy in the media: Billy Paccker. Packer seemingly found ways to bash the Cats in every game he covered, including the 1998 “Comeback Cats” victory. After diving for a loose ball, Jamaal Magloire and Steve Wojciechowski (the ultimate Dukie) got tangled up on the floor. Magloire wrestled for the ball and after the play was blown dead, attempted to stand up, launching Wojo into a series of back spasms and Packer into a full blown mamma bear rant on Magloire. When you look at the replay, it’s pretty clear that Magloire was simply trying to get up and that Wojo should have earned a Best Actor nod at the Oscars.
— “This is why you suck”
Sure, this video was made by a Maryland fan, but if there’s one thing we can all bond over, it’s hating Duke. Slightly NSFW due to salty language and content.
— One of the best signs ever made
Also filed under “Never Gets Old.” Well done, curly-haired sir.
— Uh oh, Maggette-O
Duke has this odd way of getting away with things. Corey Maggette admitted in a sworn statement that he took cash payments from a summer league coach while was still a high school student, a clear violation of NCAA rules worthy of vacating Duke’s runner-up finish in the 1999 NCAA tournament, but somehow, the school escaped any kind of punishment. Yeah, I’m confused too. Add this one to “Things Cal Would Never Get Away With.”
— Lance Thomas and the Case of the Mysterious Down Payment
Does the Maggette story sound familiar? Probably because the Dukies are getting off the hook for Lance Thomas jewelry scandal as well. Back in 2009, Thomas bought $97,800 worth of custom jewelry from Raefello & Co. jewelers in Manhattan. He put down a $30,000 down payment (in cash) and signed an agreement to pay back the remaining $67,800 within 15 days. He didn’t, and the jewelers sued in January 2012. After the news of the mysterious down payment and potential NCAA violation got out, Thomas and the jeweler conveniently reached a settlement, essentially closing the book on the whole ordeal.
— “Order has been restored”
After Duke beat Butler to win the 2010 National Championship, Nike ran this full page ad in Sports Illustrated. Gag.
They really do bring this upon themselves.