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I’m #1

November 24, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

You gotta love this photo. I do, anyway. I’m no fan of Duke basketball. I feel about Duke the way I feel about the Yankees. It’s not that I want them to lose, or do poorly. Rather, I just don’t want to be reminded that they exist. I have read enough about the program to last me a lifetime. If they simply disappeared, I would be happy.

But now they feature freshman point guard Kyrie Irving, and I have renewed interest. Is that jersey cool or what? I’ll be ordering one soon.

I always wished Dr. J (Julius Erving) spelled his last name a little differently. We had so much in common. We both grew up on Long Island. We both went to college in Massachusetts. And we had the same last name. Almost. But after his sophomore year at UMass, the end of my freshman year, we went our separate ways. He joined the ABA and became its greatest star. I stayed put and watched our team struggle. UMass came to town that next year, Dr. J-less, to play us. I went to that game. I don’t remember who won, but it wasn’t the same without him.

A few decades later, I now have Kyrie to root for. We’re #1!

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