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Mark Titus Rips The Crazies

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We've grooved on Mark Titus for a while now: the former Ohio State walk-on has become a first-string commentator on college basketball. We really respect his insights. So you should read his comments on the Craziesand consider them, particularly this part:

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"Never mind that Duke students making fun of Ohio State's football-bowl ban makes no sense because (a) making fun of OSU football to OSU basketball players is like trying to get inside Jay Cutler's head by reminding him that the Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908, and (b) Duke football is taken as seriously as Richard Simmons in a leotard. No, the real issue is that Duke students, who supposedly have some of the brightest young minds in America, couldn't come up with anything clever to write on their signs. Bucks stop here? Asking which bowl game OSU will go to? Are you serious? Thad Matta is, by most standards, not an attractive man; Deshaun Thomas is one of maybe seven black guys in the world who has a red beard; and Aaron Craft's cheeks are permanently rosy. You could have just taken that last sentence word-for-word, slapped it on a piece of poster board, and had a better sign than any of the Cameron Crazies had on Wednesday."


But as Coach K might say, you should value an honest critic. Cameron is a huge asset, and never more so than against Ohio State. But the truth is, the Crazies first became famous when Duke was losing and they were, well, surly. Chances were pretty good at that point that you weren't beating UNC, State or Maryland, and Wake and Clemson were stretches. So what could you do to get even? Mock the hell out of them.

Nobody wants to go back to throwing condoms (or was it panties?)  at Herman Veal, but Cameron used to be a very aggressive place, to the point where Olden Polynice stayed home after a legal issue made the news rather than face Cameron.

Winning changes things obviously, and Duke's won tons since 1980. Still, it'd be nice if the Crazies regained a bit of their previous snarkiness.