Deviled Eggs: Countdown to Craziness Edition, October 11th, 2010

This Monday, we’re doing a special Countdown To Craziness edition of our weekly Deviled Eggs. If you haven’t figured it out yet, we’re unbelievably hyped for this Friday and for the season to get underway! Stay tuned to Crazie Talk for more CTC coverage, and keep an eye out for highlights from front and center in Section 17 later this week.

Who knows what Nolan has planned for this year's CTC? (Courtesy of DukeBluePlanet.com)

Approximately 189 days ago, Gordon Hayward threw up a last second, Hoosier-esque, half court heave that arced through the air at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for seemingly an eternity. By this point, Crazie Talkers Amogh and Jake, over in the Duke student section, had probably spontaneously combusted out of sheer nerves. The collective nation held its breath, knowing that if this prayer of a shot managed to find its way through the net, it would undoubtedly become the greatest college basketball moment and one of the most memorable sports moments in history. Movies would be made, Butler basketball jersey sales would instantaneously skyrocket, and the hearts of four thousand Duke students eagerly watching in Cameron Indoor back at home would simultaneously shatter.

…of course, we all know how it actually turned out.

For you see, one day in middle school, Gordon Hayward decided to go watch the movie Hoosiers with his bros, skipping one very important math class in the process…y’know, that one class where you learn how to use a protractor? Thus, he miscalculated the x-axis launch trajectory of the shot by less than .5 of a degree, and the ball graciously bounced off the backboard and the front of the rim. “Poor” Gordon. Remember kids: Be cool…stay in school.

The 2009-10 college basketball season ended with a bang, Duke University went up in flames (the good kind), and your Blue Devils won the NCAA championship. Seems like forever ago, huh?

That’s cool and all, but I’m sure you’re asking, “Arun, what the hell does any of this have to do with Countdown to Craziness?” Well, let me remind you, my impatient little bloggers, that any great story with a great ending has to have a great beginning, too. And that’s just what Countdown to Craziness (CTC, for you cool kids) is. Almost a year ago today, the 09-10 Duke basketball season started off with it’s shiny, (not-so) new “Midnight Madness” event.

…Alright, so we didn’t have a big name in the music industry performing live…well, sort of. And yeah, we weren’t unveiling a championship banner.  Oh, and there definitely wasn’t…this.

But there was still much fun to be had in and around Cameron. And the best part? We were front and center for it all (been there for two years straight, actually)! And that’s why I’m here writing this today. Let me help you relive the glorious start to our glorious 09-10 season, as well as assist you in elevating your hype level so that it can, perhaps, match mine! Good luck with that…

So, without further ado, here’s this week’s Countdown to Craziness edition of Deviled Eggs! The first three Eggs are about last year’s event, while the following three focus on this Friday’s. As always, thanks to Dave Bradley of Duke Blue Planet for all the great footage and pics.

Cool truck, bro. (Courtesy DukeBluePlanet.com)

1) Counting Down the Top 10 at CTC

Let’s start things off with an overview of some of the best moments from last year’s CTC. We got our first look at Andre, Ryan, and Mason, and they definitely didn’t disappoint. And of course, The Beard was unleashed.

2) Alarmingly (Un)athletic

Yeah right. Last year’s dunk contest was absolutely ridiculous, and we can expect more of the same this year…but without Olek, unfortunately. I wonder who the judges will be for this year’s event? Maybe Duke’s best dunker of the last decade can make a guest appearance…

3) Schedule of Events

From GoDuke.com, here is the event schedule from last year’s CTC. I’d assume that we’d stick to the same schedule and most of these same events will  probably be making a return. CTC, as well as other schools‘ various Midnight Madness events, will be broadcast on ESPNU. Look for an updated schedule of events to be released sometime this week.

***UPDATE***  This year’s schedule of events can be found here.

4) “Are You Not Entertained?!”

Next up, we’ve got an article talking about how Duke University Improv will again be involved with this years CTC event. For those who don’t know, Duke University Improv (DUI) is Duke’s premier improvisational comedy troupe known for YouTube smash hits such as “My New Haircut, Asian Edition” and “Jon Scheyer in 75 seconds“. As you might have guessed, they’re pretty good friends of the basketball team and have worked together with them to deliver hilarious and sometimes…peculiar…videos.

5) Welcome Blue Devils Past, Present, and Future

Blue Devil dignitaries will surely fill the house on Friday night. You can anticipate last year’s squad returning home to Cameron to get their hard-earned championship rings. You can also expect Duke’s future stars to be in attendance, including 2011 commits Mike Gbinije, Marshall Plumlee, and the newest Blue Devil, Austin Rivers.

6) The Fourth Banner

Hopefully it's not gonna hang like that though. (Courtesy DukeBluePlanet.com)

‘Nuff said. It’s gonna be a beautiful sight.

That’s all we’ve got for this special Countdown to Craziness edition of Deviled Eggs. Hope you enjoyed reading the article as much as I enjoyed writing it. The show starts this Friday at 7:30PM, with festivities aplenty before then. If you can’t make it to Cameron in person, Crazie Talk will have highlights up on YouTube soon after the event ends.

Deviled Eggs: September 27th, 2010

Every Monday morning, Crazie Talk culls Duke basketball news, articles, and videos into a half dozen of the best “Deviled Eggs” on the interwebs.

Here are this week’s best:

#33 Fires Up the Homecoming Crowd (Photo courtesy of DukeBluePlanet.com)

1. Grant Hill: All-Star, Philanthropist, Alumnus, Producer

Duke legend Grant Hill was on campus this weekend to partake in the Duke homecoming festivities. After being introduced by Coach Cutcliffe at the homecoming rally this past Friday, the high-flying former #33 talked about his love for the university and its traditions. But that’s not the only reason he was in Durham. Hill has been working on producing a full-length motion picture about Duke’s legendary track and field coach, Al Buehler. Coach B was instrumental in helping desegregate track and field in the US and bringing international notoriety to Duke’s track program. Coach Buehler still teaches a class here at Duke (the same one that Grant Hill took while he was here), and still has an office on the first floor of Cameron.

2. Cameras Covering Cameron

Can’t really say too much about this particular topic, aside from the fact that Duke Basketball, the Cameron Crazies, the Inferno, and Crazie Talk will soon be headed to a newsstand near you! We had a pretty cool experience last Wednesday at a certain photo-shoot. Keep your eyes peeled! Just sayin’.

3. Gbinije’s Gballin’

Here’s a new video of 2011 Duke commit Michael Gbinije working hard on the summer AAU circuit. We can definitely see him fitting in well at the wing position with his versatile talents on the court. In the mixtape, it looks like he even did a pretty good job of shutting down Kyrie Irving’s former St. Patrick’s teammate and top 5 recruit, Michael Gilchrist. We’re looking forward next year to seeing this guy get gbuckets.

4. Officially Counting Down to Craziness

It’s baaaaaack! Everyone’s favorite midnight madness event will be here in less than 3 weeks! Tickets have officially gone on sale for those of you who can’t join us front and center in Section 17. And sorry…we don’t take bribes. Get ’em quick before they’re gone! It’s bound to be quite a show, highlighted by that beautiful fourth banner dropping from the rafters. We’re planning on recording it all for you from courtside! Duke University Improv’s sure to have some ridiculous videos again. But, personally I think it’ll be pretty hard to top last year in ridiculousness

5. The Museum of…Duke Domination

We’re pretty intrigued by the construction at the new Duke Basketball museum. I guess the fourth title really helped facilitate a rearranging of hardware. I’m only wondering if all this is really worth it since we’re only going to have to shift everything around again after this season…if you catch  my drift…

6. Tyler Thornton on “The Trio”

Last but not least, we have an article by GoDuke.com’s Al Featherston on Duke’s “other” freshman point guard, Tyler Thornton. You might expect that Thornton would have been pretty sour about being “recruited over” by our superstar frosh point guard Kyrie Irving. On the contrary. Thornton apparently played a major role in Irving’s recruitment and embraces the idea of having a future NBA PG to go up against in practice every day. Thornton also prides himself on his defense, so we think he’ll fit right in at Duke.

That’s it for this edition of Deviled Eggs. Wish us luck with midterm week…but we’ll be back soon! The season starts up in…what? Seriously? 18 DAYS? #Hyped

Deviled Eggs: September 20th, 2010

Every Monday morning, Crazie-Talk culls Duke basketball news, articles, and videos into a half dozen of the best “Deviled Eggs” on the interwebs.

Here are this week’s best.

Photo courtesy of DukeBluePlanet.com.

1. Duke Dunks

Check out this video for some of the nastiest Blue Devil throwdowns caught on tape.  Everyone from G to Mike Dunleavy (no joke) gets in on the action.  My personal favorite- Dahntay Jones’s poster on Nick Vanderlaan of UVA (:47).   Not bad for a bunch of players that are alarmingly unatheletic.

To our readers – who’s your favorite Duke dunker?

2. Video: Q&A with Chris Collins

GoDuke.com recently sat down with men’s basketball associate head coach Chris Collins for a Q&A. Collins discusses working with USA Basketball during the 2010 FIBA World Championships, differences between working with the 2008 Olympic Team and the 2010 World Championship Team, facing former Blue Devil and Lithuania National Team player Marty Pocius, plus much more.

3. Chicago Honors Coach K

There’s President’s Day, Father’s Day, Veteran’s Day, and now- “Mike Krzyzewski Day.”  The city of Chicago honored Coach K this past Wednesday as the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame’s “Coach of the Year. ” Krzyzewski, who grew up in the suburbs of the Windy City, attributed much of his success to late DePaul baskeetball coach Ray Meyer, a friend and mentor.  Congrats coach, and hopefully Mike Krzyzewski Day can grow to become a national holiday!

4. Saban a fan of Duke Basketball

In wake of this past weekend’s Duke-Alabama “game,” one good news for Duke is that Coach K has at least one extra fan- Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.  Saban, who appeared on Krzyzewski’s radio show this past summer, had nothing but positive reviews for the Duke coach.  It’s just too bad that he didn’t show too much of that respect during this weekend’s beatdown at Wally-Wade.

5. Quinn Cook and Austin Rivers – Duke’s Backcourt in 2011?

Quinn Cook, one of the top point guard prospects in the class of 2011, was on campus for the Duke-Alabama showdown this weekend. It’s a real possibility that he dons Duke blue next season…along with one of his close friends, Austin Rivers. Quinn will be back on campus on October 2nd for his official visit, while Austin will be in Durham for Countdown to Craziness on October 15th.

6. The Official Austin Rivers ‘HoopMixtape’

I’m not quite sure where my life would be without HoopMixtape.com (though I’d probably have a better GPA), but I know for a fact that I still love checking out their Youtube videos.   They’ve got a new mixtape of Austin, who looks absolutely nasty in this video.  In my opinion, he has to be the number one player in the class of 2011.  No other high school player possesses the same offensive repertoire as rivers- his combination of athleticism, skill, and intelligence has molded him into an elite guard (I love the step-back three at :43).  Countdown to Craziness can’t get here soon enough!

Deviled Eggs: September 6th, 2010

Every Monday morning, Crazie-Talk culls Duke basketball news, articles, and videos into a half dozen of the best “Deviled Eggs” on the interwebs.

Here are this week’s best.

Kyle Singler should be back in full form before Countdown to Craziness. Will he earn his place in the rafters this year? (Photo courtesy of DukeBluePlanet.com)

1. Surprise! Kyle Singler recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery

The reigning Final Four Most Outstanding Player had an extremely busy summer. Among his many activities, #12 played for the U.S. Select Team in Vegas and New York, hosted a basketball camp for kids in his native Oregon, and competed against much shorter dudes—and future UNC opponents—at Chris Paul’s guards camp. Thus, it’s no wonder that he wasn’t 100% after working hard through the season that saw many hoopsters chilling at home. Wojo had this to say, quoted from the GoDuke.com article:

“Kyle had some discomfort in his knee following a very busy summer so we elected to go in and clean it up prior to the start of the season…By all accounts, today’s surgery was a success and Kyle will be back at full strength before the start of practice.”

Singler is the noted Iron Man of our team—how many bruises and black eyes has he been dealt in his career? A little knee surgery most likely won’t slow his roll too much, and I’m pleased that Kyle, the staff and the medical team decided to “clean it up” sooner rather than later. I don’t want anything derailing his campaign for National Player of the Year.

2. College Park 5-0 prepares for next year’s Duke “celebration”

One of the best games in the ACC last year was Duke-Maryland in College Park (ESPN’s Steve Levy’s hilariously unsubtle remark in that highlight: “Me? I’m like everybody else. I’m going to find [UMd. alumnus Scott] van Pelt at Bentley’s or something like that…”) Greivis Vasquez went crazy on his senior night, and I grudgingly gave him respect. Maryland forced Duke’s hand to tie them at the top of the conference standings against UNC, which happily resulted in 82-50. And we didn’t lose again. Maryland got their national championship, we got ours. Fun for all, right?

Well, Maryland students celebrated by taking it to their own town and pissing off some power-tripping crazy policemen. In response to this perennial mess, this coming year the authorities are trying to tame the celebration after a potential victory over Duke. That amounts to two new protocol: hosing down dumpsters to prevent fires and trying to keep glass bottles of the streets. I guess it’s a start. Something tells me that after years of acting the fool, Maryland students will try their damndest to destroy and burn things after Duke games, win or lose. And considering Vasquez is finally gone and Duke’s bench is better than the remnants in College Park, expect the latter this year. Hopefully the cops will avoid beating another happy-go-lucky student so I can go back to being absolutely pitiless for the pitiful Terps.

Anyway, kudos to the Maryland police for trying to control the bunch of wackos who go to school there. Nothing this recession-riddled economy needs more than its state-funded students destroying their own state-funded institution, right?

(Bonus: In Googling around about Maryland fans, I found a hilarious post celebrating Duke’s ’08 win in College Park. Enjoy.)

3, 4. BallisLife puts out Quinn Cook, Austin Rivers mixtapes

There seems to be an abundance of amazing high school hoops mixtape artists these days. Thank jeebus for those YouTubes, right?

One of our favorites, BallisLife.com, recently compiled highlights of two of Duke’s 2011 guard prospects: Crazie-Talk’s most wanted, Austin Rivers, and the next great Oak Hill Academy (and Blue Devil?) point guard, Quinn Cook. Both had dynamite summers and are surefire five star recruits. Enjoy the highlights.

Sidenote: Cook injured his knee in the recent Elite 24 event, and we’re happy to hear that his recovery—which was previously estimated to knock him out for the entire high school season—should only take 4-5 weeks. We wish him luck and hope to see him lead Oak Hill back to the promised land. That’d sure make his godbrother Nolan Smith happy.

5. Duke football starts off on a good note

Before I leave the U.S. for a semester in rainy Dublin, I wanted to check out Duke’s opening football game against the not-awful Elon Phoenix this weekend. And I wasn’t disappointed with our 41-27 victory in packed-to-the-brim Wallace Wade Stadium. What used to be a groan-inducing program is firmly on the upswing, and I can’t wait to see what the messianic Cutcliffe builds in coming seasons. Especially if our quarterback Sean Renfree keeps on putting up these ridiculous numbers.

However, it might be good to be out of the country so I don’t have to witness what Alabama will do to us in a few weeks. As an unnamed friend who works for the football team told me, “they could score on every play if they wanted to.” Yikes. Go Duke!

6. Do-it-all Dave Bradley writes book on the championship

Dave Bradley, the genius behind DukeBluePlanet.com (which, you may have noticed, kindly allows us to use his stellar photos), has written Worthy Champions, a book celebrating last year’s run to the title. In addition to being a great guy, Dave has unprecedented access to the team. If you already follow DBP, you know this from his fantastic interviews, videos, blog posts, etc. It’s truly in a class of its own in terms of the websites of college basketball programs.

The book will be out later this week, so be sure to follow Dave on Twitter for all the details. It will likely be available at the physical Duke store and on their website. If you spring for one more piece of championship memorabilia, this should be it.

UPDATE: The book is now available at the physical Duke bookstore and through their website. Enjoy!

Bonus: Top 50 NCAA Dunks of All Time.

From Dime Magazine, a video of 50 ridiculous college hoops dunks. Grant Hill checks in at #42, and Dahntay Jones’ pushup dunk at Virginia at #7. ACC love abounds; among others, Vince Carter, Stackhouse, Georgia Tech’s Isma’il Muhammad and Miami’s DeQuan Jones all make the cut. Check the whole video out below:

If it had been a top 100, I bet this poster by Gerald Henderson would have qualified.

Thanks for your continued support of Crazie-Talk. If you want to give us a shout-out or a shout-down, feel free to do it on Twitter, Facebook, or by e-mailing us (email@crazie-talk.com). Tally-ho!

Deviled Eggs: August 30th, 2010

Every Monday morning, Crazie Talk culls Duke basketball news, articles, and videos into a half dozen of the best “Deviled Eggs” on the interwebs.

Here are this week’s best.

Photo courtesy of Towerview Magazine / The Chronicle

1. Hungry and Humble

Fantastic read on Kyrie from the summer issue of Towerview Magazine. Kyrie is the very first freshman athlete to be featured on the cover in the magazine’s history.

2. New Devils Welcomed

Every year, the incoming freshman class meets in Wallace Wade to meet their fellow freshman athletes. It was pretty cool to see Kyrie, Josh, and Tyler address their classmates on Saturday night.

3. Rivers Sets Visit Dates

Austin Rivers has set a few dates for his official visits, according to KUTheShiver. Austin plans on visiting Duke on October 1st and will be at Late Night with Huckleberry in Chapel Hill on October 16th. No word on whether he’ll stop by at Countdown to Craziness on the 15th.

4. Tyler Adams Refutes Rumors

A few weeks ago, some reports surfaced that Tyler Adams had been in contact with Georgetown and Mississippi State.

5. Boost Mobile Elite 24 Recap

An excellent recap of the Boost Mobile Elite 24 event in Venice Beach, CA, this past weekend.  The event featured one Duke commit, Michael Gbinije, and a number of Duke recruits, namely Austin Rivers, Quinn Cook, Quincy Miller, Shabazz Muhammad, and Alex Murphy.

6.  Coach K Day

Save the date. September 15 will officially be Coach K Day in the city of Chicago.

BONUS: Nolan and Mason count down the Top Ten Plays of the 2009-2010 season!

Deviled Eggs: August 23th, 2010

Every Monday morning, Crazie Talk culls Duke basketball news, articles, and videos into a half dozen of the best “Deviled Eggs” on the interwebs.

Here are this week’s best:

The Plumlee Brothers Dunking Company looks to move to the Fortune 500 next season (Photo courtesy of DukeBluePlanet.com)

1. Plumlee Bros Dunking Company gains worldwide fame

Thanks to a convenient front page video posting on Yahoo, Miles showcased his “alarmingly athletic” jumping ability to the rest of planet Earth by vaulting over his 6-10 brother Mason and finishing emphatically at the rim. The video, shot at Duke’s summer basketball camp, now has over 1.6 million hits on YouTube. The PBDC will be getting plenty of business next year with Duke’s new fast-paced offense spearheaded by Kyrie Irving. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the Company’s newest employee in 2011.

2. Kyrie’s new Hoopmixtape

Speaking of Kyrie Irving and new videos, check out Hoopmixtape’s sick new highlight reel of our incoming freshman point guard. Of particular interest is the special guest appearance by Irving’s counterpart at UNC, Kendall Marshall, 55 seconds into the video, when he greets the floor. Kyrie’s got some decent handles. (#UNDERSTATEMENT)

3. Blue Devil Nation breaks down the Blue Devil offseason

Next up is an excellent article by our friends over at Blue Devil Nation which summarizes the summer training done by each of our Blue Devils. We particularly like the references to Ryan Kelly’s newfound confidence in his game and Seth Curry’s aggressiveness/versatility, things which we managed to confirm during our trips to the NC Pro-Am summer league.

4. Seth Curry ready to step into the spotlight

The long wait is almost over for Seth, and you can tell that he’s ready to turn some heads on the court and prove people wrong. I honestly don’t think there’s anyone on this Duke team with more to prove than Curry. He’s been stuck in the shadows of his former NBA pro father and college-superstar-turned-pro brother. He was overlooked by the majority of Division 1 schools coming out of high school because of his size, strength, and the assumption that he couldn’t match his brother’s accomplishments. In spite of being the 08-09 D1 season’s top-scoring freshman at 20.6 ppg, he endured criticism because his accomplishments came at mid-major Liberty and against lesser competition. And finally, after transferring to Duke, he was forced to watch from the bench while his teammates won a national title. So yeah. We’re looking forward to him proving everyone wrong and making his own name. Go get ’em, Seth.

5. What makes a great coach?

ESPN RISE sat down with a few high school stars to see what they look for in an outstanding coach. Among the interviewees were Duke targets Alex Murphy and Shabazz Muhammad, who like their coaches to have close relationships with their players on and off the court and demand respect from their players. We also thought it was interesting that Tar Heel commit James McAdoo listed “motivating players to succeed” as one of his favorite coach attributes. We’re going to assume that he didn’t watch a whole lot of UNC basketball last year.

6. Mike Singler? Kyle Dunleavy? Alex Murphy.

Last but not least, here’s some new footage from HardwoodElite.com of Duke 2012 wing target Alex Murphy in action. The similarities in playing style to Duke’s current #12 and former #34 are uncanny. Maybe he’ll continue the numerical legacy and wear #56 at Duke?

That’s all we’ve got for this edition of Deviled Eggs. Thanks for reading, and stay tuned! Basketball season is just 52 days away…

Duke Bound Kyrie Irving Official Hoopmixtape; Best PG In The Class?

Deviled Eggs: August 16th, 2010

Every Monday morning, Crazie Talk culls Duke basketball news, articles, and videos into a half dozen of the best “Deviled Eggs” on the interwebs.

Here are this week’s best:

Photo courtesy of DukeBluePlanet.com

1. Team USA’s Teenage Years
Fantastic piece by Duke alum and former Chronicle editor, Mr. Ben Cohen. Hopefully we’ll see Mr. Irving on the gold medal podium someday.

2. SLAM: Chillin’ With Kyrie Irving

Can you tell that we’re huge fans of Kyrie? Seriously, we’re going crazy just thinking about this kid on the floor in Cameron. Fifty-nine days until Countdown to Craziness…

3. R.Kelly Believes He Can Fly
Pun totally intended. Space Jam soundtrack classics aside, this is a great read from Al Featherston on Ryan Kelly’s summer of hard work. We absolutely cannot wait for him to blow up.

4. Adidas Nations Player Evaluations

NBADraft.net evaluates Nolan Smith, Miles Plumlee, Mason Plumlee, and Marshall Plumlee, as well as Duke recruits Quincy Miller, Quinn Cook, Shabazz Muhammad, Alex Murphy, and Amile Jefferson on their performance at the annual Adidas Nations event, which took place last weekend.

5. 2012 Wing Shabazz Muhammad Sits Down with HighSchoolHoop

Shabazz is a stud and a half.  In this interview with HSH, the name ‘Duke’ seems to come up quite a bit. He’ll be in Cameron for the December 4th matchup with Michigan State. Shabazz, along with 6’8 SF Alex Murphy, are the top priorities for the Duke staff in the Class of 2012.

6. News & Observer: That Dude Will Compete with Irving, Harrow

…to be the ACC’s top freshman. Let HB have his MVP season. Kyrie and the rest of the Blue Devils will see you in Houston.

BONUS:

Roster Updates

Courtesy of GoDuke.com. Ryan Kelly has grown an inch and gained fifteen pounds, making him the tallest player on the roster at 6’11. Andre Dawkins has also gained fifteen pounds to 205 lbs, while fellow sophomore Mason Plumlee has gained ten pounds to put him at 240 lbs. The only measurements that have not been updated are those of Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith, who have been playing with the Team USA Select squad for the past week.