Don't root for Mr. Burns
It's Good Butler vs. Evil Duke in the NCAA Championship Game
OK, Butler really isn't the little team that could. But that doesn't mean you can root for Duke.
Pulling for the Blue Devils in Monday night's NCAA Championship Game would be akin to cheering on Mr. Burns in The Simpsons, giving Chris Brown a high five and kicking a dolphin — all on the same night. Once Duke blew away West Virginia 78-57 in the second game of the Final Four, anyone with a conscience became an instant Butler Bulldogs fan.
Butler beating Duke wouldn't be the lesser of two evils, it'd be like Clint Eastwood just shooting bad guys on a whim as Dirty Harry. Sure, the hero might be a loon himself, but a pubic service is a public service. And there could be no greater good done in sports than the Bulldogs breaking Mike Krzyzewski's cold heart on Monday night.
Sure, Coach K — the sanctimonious king of college basketball phoniness — is in his 11th Final Four. He's bullied and berated another set of college kids to the grand stage, blitzing the overmatched Mountaineers with a barrage of ball movement and long shots. Duke hit 13 of the 25 triples with Jon Scheyer (23 points), Kyle Singler (21 points) and Nolan Smith (19 points) doing most of the damage. But just because Coach K is here ... so close, that he can taste the chance for increased commercial endorsements ... doesn't mean that he has to win.
Krzyzewski is 3-for-10 in his previous Final Fours, a .300 title-taking-home percentage that would get have gotten him fired by George Steinbrenner if he was a Yankees manager. Truth is, Coach K's over-screamed-at teams often freeze up on the biggest stage.
If Butler can grind the championship game down into an unsightly tangle of defense, if Gordon Hayward can keep dragging rebounds, if Singler has another one of his K nightmares and doesn't get any sleep, maybe just maybe, good will triumph over evil.