Deviled Eggs 10/24/11

I bet Chris Spatola feels left out being around former Duke players literally all the time. (courtesy BluePlanetShots.com)

1. Lance Thomas will rep the stars and stripes at the Pan Am Games

Blast from the recent past: 2010 title tough guy Lance Thomas was selected to play for the U.S. in the 2011 Pan-Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. The roster is a rag tag group of guys fighting it out in the NBDL for a spot in our favorite locked-out organization, the NBA. Thomas will play alongside former college stars like Villanova’s Curtis Sumpter and UConn’s Jerome Dyson. We wish the whole crew good luck–the world needs some high level basketball right now.

2, 3. Two things from Tobacco Road Blues on Grantland

Sportswriting wunderkind Shane Ryan of the blog Tobacco Road Blues nee Seth Curry Saves Duke has written two solid articles about his beloved Blue Devils on Grantland recently. Both are worth reading for his snark and insight, particularly the latter article that compares and contrasts Curry and Rivers. (“Why Duke Will Win the National Championship” & “Austin Rivers, Seth Curry and the Unforeseen Drama at Duke’s Midnight Madness”).

4. Get excited about Silent G

The Chronicle’s Tom Gieryn highlights the relatively un-highlighted member of this freshman class: Michael Gbinije. Hopefully this woke some members of the student body up to Mike G’s existence, even if the general population will mangle the pronunciation of his last name until he starts putting up big numbers.

5. Send good vibes toward Miles

K, y’all. How important is Miles Plumlee this year. Answer: very. Watch above dunk contest one more time! The most jacked and most vertically gifted of our players needs all the love he can get this year, his last at Duke, just like the founders of this site. As we go on, we remember…

6. Wake Forest doth break our hearts again 

Life is tough when you have to lose at football.

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.

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