I wouldn’t be worth my weight in Trajan Langdon jerseys as a Duke fan if I didn’t mention a momentous occasion that happened Tuesday night, at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.
A legend named Mike Krzyzewski won his 880th college basketball game as a head coach. He’s now second all-time, behind the bullying jerk that is Robert Montgomery Knight.
With that win, K passed one of the classiest men ever in sports, Dean Smith. You wouldn’t expect a Duke diehard like me to praise Dean Smith all that much; after all, he led North Carolina for decades, and beat Duke plenty of times.
But true basketball fans know how legendary Smith was, and not just on the court. He was a class act, full of dignity and courage, and deserves every accolade that ever came his way.
I have enormous respect for Dean, which is why it’s so special that K has passed him now. For three decades, Krzyzewski has gone about his job the right way, building a program and not cutting corners. He doesn’t cheat, he doesn’t get put on probation, and his players (with rare exception) act with class on and off the court.
880 wins. Four national championships. Eleven Final Fours. An incredible legacy for K. I, and the millions of other Duke fans out there, are so blessed to have him on our side.
Just for fun, two clips to wrap up this part of the post. First, a funny clip of Krzyzewski being introduced as the new Duke coach in 1980:
And then, because I must poke fun at Carolina, here’s video of current coach Roy Williams falling asleep while watching a recruit’s game:
**Yeah, I don’t care how dysfunctional you think your family is when you saw them over the holidays, these people have you beat. A drunken fight between a woman and her daughter-in-law a couple of weeks ago resulted in the mother in law tearing the nipple off the younger woman’s breast.
Let me say that again. Tearing the nipple off.
The rest of the details of the story are here, and believe me when I tell you it’s fascinating reading. That must’ve been unbelievably painful for the de-nippled (yeah, that’s a word I’m inventing) woman.
I’m wondering what next year’s Thanksgiving will be like for this family. Barrel of laughs, I’m guessing.