Forde takes some low blows in this piece, the start of what I'm sure will be many low blows in the next few days. He does come out and say it wasn't intentional but still goes after K and Duke pretty hard.
Oh well, what can you do, if the ACC turns the suspension around Swofford will most definately get a call from Dean and thousands of other people complaining that Duke gets preferential treatment.
Did Hansbrough think they would just bow down to him and give him 2 more points? Maybe he was trying to make up for the 2 foul shots he missed a bit earlier, he needed to get those 2 back, what a classy program they run over in there. Here's to letting some frustration out on NCST on Thursday.
i don't think forde has to worry about being invited over to dinner by k. in his defense, a lot what he says is true -- that we don't have anyone who can score consistently, that this is the worst duke team since the mid 1990s and that we have a lot of fans who have a holier-than-thou attitude.
Forde is another one in the long line of "sportswriters" that loves to take K's comments to a different context. Anyone who actually caught and listened to the post-game comments heard K pointing blame equally to himself if there was even to be any blame for this unfortunate incident occurring. Sure he brought up players being in the game when maybe they shouldn't be, but he included his players in that stmt as well. How could you not question it, and therefore what would be wrong with K saying that.
Fact is, the media is only going to spin this in one direction to make it a better story so there is no way you'll get an accurate account of his comments.
His email address is ESPN4D@aol.com
Please let him know what a great unbiased job he did of reporting.
On this blood-soaked afternoon, the moral high ground was claimed by the Tar Heels
And then, rather shamefully, Kryzyzewski fired a subtle but unmistakable shot right back at Roy Williams.
There was only so much falling upon the sword Coach K could tolerate, right there in the Dean Dome after getting his head handed to him. Taking the high road is always easier when you're beating Carolina on a regular basis, which Duke isn't doing anymore.
Of course, talking about that junk at least changed the subject from the junk that Duke has become, at least in comparison to its normal self.This is clearly the worst Blue Devils team since Krzyzewski's dark period in the mid-90s when back trouble chased him off the sideline for part of the 1994-95 season.
With the Blue Devils obviously inferior to the Heels, their only chance to win this game and derail Carolina's ACC title hopes was to junk the game up and win on effort.
So Duke wakes up Monday with a fresh black eye and a fourth loss to Carolina in the past five meetings. For the image-obsessed Blue Devils, it gets no worse than being bad and being dirty.
Forde makes it sound like Duke's game plan was to play physical with UNC and knock them all over the court because they do not have the talent to stay with UNC. GH's play at the end was example A. Of course there are no other rough fouls to point to - just the one to prove the point. Unbelievable. Oh Well- lets see how both teams respond.
Earlier in the game DeMarcus Nelson (my favorite Blue Devil even if he is struggling lately) hit TH with a forearm to the chest. It wasn't a smart play.
There were several times when Duke players were muscled by Carolina players but i can't give a specific example.
Overall, within reason, I like it when the refs allow the players to be physical. I'm not talking about NBA physical and do not misinterpret my comment as condoning the foul committed by GH. However, those of us who were watching Duke and the ACC in the 70s and early 80s remember when the ACC was considered a "touch league" and the ACC was routinely beat in the tournament by physical teams. A specific example I remember is a highly ranked 70s UNC team (with Kupchek) that was beat up by Alabama (not 100% sure?) in a very physical inside game. Physical play is necessary to win in March/April.
Hopefully, we get another shot at Carolina this year.
F**k Forde. I like his columns usually, but he took Hendu's remarks and turned them against him.
I don't usually care about gamesmanship, but if TH wants to go up in the midst of 3 Devils at that point in the game, he's gonna get fouled, and he did. It sucks that he bled, but no one on our side was looking for anything but preventing him from scoring. Forde is usually better than that and he's probably just looking for hits writing on a Sunday night. Hope he's reading around and realizing how ridiculous he's bieng about Hendu.
Hm, you know... to be honest, I didn't think Forde was so bad. I did think Coach K took a bit of a shot at Roy... deserved or not, it was there... but I certainly don't think it was some SHAKE THE WORLD shot that people seem to think it is. He said it was clear Gerald didn't do it on purpose. He explained the play pretty much as I saw it. Sure, it was over the top, but that is what sports writers are.
Just my two cents.
I never do this, but I wrote the following letter to Pat Forde immediately upon reading his column:
As someone who generally enjoys your columns on ESPN.com, I was disappointed by your hastily dashed-off roundup of the altercation at the end of today's Duke-UNC game.
You criticize Gerald Henderson for a hard foul (one which you admit was unintentional); you label Coach K "catty" for trying to point out, without saying the words, that Roy Williams was clearly running up the score at the end of a game that had already been decided. How, exactly, do explain your praise of Tyler "Psycho T" Hansborough's willingness to "go after" Henderson (or, as you say yourself, anyone else in a Duke uniform)? I can't quite figure out your values system, if all-out play and attempted tact are denigrated, and a blind desire for revenge receives your highest praise.
This column is nothing more than a cheap attempt to capitalize off an incident that, were it not for Hansborough's bloody nose (I hear it's not broken, by the way; nice of you to care) would have been a non-incident. Hard fouls were committed by both teams (often resulting in no-calls from the same refs who were so hasty to issue the suspension) throughout the whole game. But blood just adds that extra imagery and column fodder, doesn't it? If taking advantage of that was your goal, well then, I guess I should be congratulating you instead.
don't you guys object to they way he spells Dukies (you know, the duke detractor way). This honks mee off to no end.
I hope that Forde is just trying to be inflammatory, because otherwise he's just a terrible journalist:
"[Henderson] was ejected, and by NCAA rule will miss the Blue Devils' first (and possibly only) game in the ACC tournament Thursday against North Carolina State"
Really, Pat? Duke takes on an NCSU team that the Blue Devils beat by 23 in Raleigh. Then they would potentially play UVA, a team that Duke took to overtime before losing by two-- again, on the road. But I guess i shouldn't be assuming that people with the resources of ESPN on their side could take the time to look up little things like that before firing off junk like Forde did.
Just remember, the last time an "incident" like this occurred in the regular season finale- Duke rode the Andre Buckner's fire all the way to the tourney title. Let's go Duke!
Duke T'06, Grad School (Biology '13)
I wrote the following to Forde:
second time in about a month or so i've written an email to you -- you are one of the most irresponsible writers i've ever read. i can't believe ESPN.com can't find anybody to offer more intelligent commentary than you.
it was obvious that henderson's foul on hansbrough was not intentional. you even say so yourself in the middle of your article. so why do you then state that duke is "dirty?" if it's not intentional, then by definition it isn't dirty, right? if you want to kick duke while they are, for them, down, fine. but don't impugn the integrity of a kid, universally described as a nice, mild-mannered, classy kid, just to try to be sensationalist.
and as far as duke being, in your words, "bad," i think plenty of programs would take 22 regular season wins, playing the #3 toughest schedule in the country, including the #1 toughest schedule in the ACC, as their "off" year. jesus, what kind of standards to you hold these guys to? how is that a bad year? compared to winning a national championship or a final 4, ok, they're probably not going to do that this year. neither are an awful lot of teams -- like almost all of them. when UNC has a bad year, they go under .500 and miss the tournament. when UConn has a bad year, like this one, they miss the tournament. Duke's season, while obviously a rebuilding one with a very young team, has not measured up to recent teams. But to call it a "bad" team is absurd.
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And moreover, this has been such a crazy year for the ACC (and really, around the rest of the country too) that I truly believe that any ACC team can beat any other team in the league on any given night.
So while I think we can, should, and WILL win on Thursday, I am not counting my chickens before they hatch, and I don't think that Forde was wrong to point out that we could potentially lose on Thursday. I sure hope that Coach K and the team don't have the same attitude you have and realize that this game is not a gimme. We have to bring it on every possession in every game from here on out.
this forde nob used to work at the louisville courier-journal. My educated guess is that he still lives there. All the crap that goes on in that state with Louisville and Kentucky, and he has the nerve to pick on Duke. Really, talk about two bandit schools. And save your breath kentucky fans, you'll need it to blow up your girlfriends.
Hee hee--it WAS edited! WOW!
"Goody Goody Dukies" in para 6 was spelled differently initially.
forde's been hating on duke for years, this column is nothing new.
he does it in his own ostensibly subtle, but pathetically transparent, way. but there's always a snideness to anything he writes about duke. a snipe at the fans here, a swat at coach K there, followed usually by some sort of wholesale accusation that they aren't as good as people think they are.
i don't know where he gets it (i had always assumed he had a soft spot for UNC, as he treats them with kid gloves in his columns), but i don't even really care much to inquire. any pretense of objectivity he brought to ESPN has long since dissipated in my eyes, and when i read his columns, it's more out of a quest for laughs than it is out of any expectation to encounter "journalism."
While there were definitely some cheapshots in this column and past Forde columns that riled me up, I don't think that he is a "Duke hater" in the mold of some others in the media and (seemingly) millions of fans. From reading his columns on both college football and basketball, it seems like he tries to capture the intensity of college sports while poking fun at the way that many fans follow their teams.
He has previously ridiculed the way in which opposing fanbases will always claim that the other lacks "class." You have to admit that he has a point. No matter what rivalry or sport, fans will always be pointing at the other side and claiming superior class. Now, I actually do believe that Duke's program and fans do have greater class than fans of rival programs (e.g., I am certain that Duke would have kicked the ball back out to a guard at the end of this game so time couldd run down). However, after taking a step back, it is sort of absurd that two fanbases can look at something in completely opposite ways while both claiming objectivity. In this case, the vast majority of Duke fans believe that UNC was more to blame than Henderson than this, while UNC backers and other Duke haters act like G might as well have pulled out brass knuckles and clocked TH in the nuts.
Basically, I think that he's trying to show just how passionate the Duke-UNC rivalry is while focusing on the ways that the two fanbases react. Because Duke-UNC is a rivalry unmatched in intensity, its fans are going to react like intense, partisan college basketball fans to the highest degree. I hate his cheapshots, but he'll do it to any program, and I am guilty of ripping on and arguing with every UNC fan I know about across the country tonight over this game. Unfortunately, sending him angry e-mails is only going to fuel the fire. He'll pick out the most rashly written, unreasonable, profane one and post it in his next article to make fun of Duke fans who think their program and fanbase are the "classiest." But that's just the way it goes.