Friday, December 29, 2006

Here Comes Duke...

According to Sports Illustrated, the 4th best venue in all of sports is Cameron Indoor Stadium. Now, Desi can tell you what I think of lists like this...Need I say it?...Not very much. But, for what it's worth, only Yankee Stadium, Augusta National, and Michie Stadium are ranked by SI above that little ole gymnasium on the campus of Duke University.

For Desi and I, Cameron actually ranks as numero uno (back me up, Desi...). Over the six years that we lived in Durham, we watched somewhere in the vicinity of 90 games on what is now known as Coach K Court. A few of our favorite moments:

Jeff Capel hitting that half court shot against the Tar Heels.

Bobby Hurley breaking the NCAA career assist record.

"Shaq can't dunk!"

And these were just the moments when there was a game being played in Cameron. We also watched, on a big screen, Duke win the 1991 and 1992 national championships. And we also saw one of the best live performances of any kind, when Coack K addressed the crowd after the team had lost to UConn in the 1999 Final Four. Coming out of that speech was like the aftermath of a vintage Springsteen felt glad to be alive, no matter what life might be dishing out.

Now, after all of these years, it is time for the next generation of Ballas to get their formal introduction to Cameron Indoor Stadium. Oh sure, they have been to Midnight Madness and to a practice or two, but soon Julie and Z will take in their first game at Cameron. (Thanks Pete!) Trust me, will be better than the MCI Center! And may it be the first of many...



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