Monday, March 15, 2010

That's a wrap!

It shows how many times I've listened to the Duke radio broadcast while watching the games this season that I have this after-the-game advertisement almost completely memorized: "So the game's over. Maybe your team won...maybe not. But either way, you gotta do the post-game wrap-up, and the place to do it at is the Chop House of North Carolina: Capital City, Gate City, Twin City and Port City. Have dinner at the very large bar, or reserve a VIP room. The menu centers on 100% USDA Certified Angus beef, fresh seafood, chicken, lamb, and pork, and the cocktails are always premium mixed." There's a little more after that, but you get the gist of it. Well, the ACC Tournament's over, my team won, but I've never been to the Chop House of North Carolina at any of their locations. Oh well. While I know that several of you (probably the majority actually) did not want Duke to win, I thank you for reading these entries anyway, and hopefully you found them funny and the song picks enjoyable. I thought it would be appropriate to end things with one more song, actually songs, in honor of the 2010 ACC Tournament Champions.

I had thought about using this band to represent Duke earlier on when I wasn't sitting at the computer, and then when it came time to type I had unfortunately forgotten about them, so I'm glad I got this opportunity to showcase Blackstrap and their one and only EP, Media Slut. Since Blackstrap included Phillip and Bendy, two WXDU DJ's, and more importantly both Duke employees, they are definitely worthy of this one. Amusingly, "media slut" is also a derisive term used by the Cameron Crazies to refer to a fan that cares more about getting on TV (such as making a sign that spells ESPN) than cheering for their team. So now, like I did all weekend, I'll try to come up with some basketball correlations for each of the 6 songs here.

T.G.I. Doomsday - This is what Duke's opponents would be saying to themselves before they took the court, except it would have to be somewhat sarcastic because they certainly wouldn't be thanking goodness, or God (if they believe in her/him), for the chance to play Duke. So it would really have to be more like "oh great, now we've got to play Duke, here comes an L." But that wouldn't work as well in the form of song lyrics.

Home Security - Clearly this must be about Cameron Indoor Stadium, where Duke set a school record this year by going 17-0. The Devils kept "Our House" safe and secure all season long.

Walking Into Walls - While I normally say that this song is about my clumsy wife (she'd be the first to admit it), in this case it could refer to any player that tried to get a shot off against, or more likely run into a screen set by, the suddenly relevant Brian Zoubek. The bearded one certainly has played a prominent role in Duke's success this year, especially in the offensive rebound department. The Plumlee Brothers aren't too shabby at blocking shots either. Now if they could only learn to tap the ball back in off a miss instead of trying to tomahawk dunk it every single time.

Sex House - Hmmm, not sure what to say about this one. I'm sure you Carolina fans could make some jokes about Coach K and Dick Vitale, but that would be inappropriate. Maybe it could refer to Krzyzewskiville and the loose morals of today's college students and their hook-up culture. I'm just gonna stay away from this subject and move along.

Static Time - I'm gonna say that this refers to the fact that I'd rather watch television static than more debate between Dick Vitale and Digger Phelps about why Virginia Tech should or shouldn't have been invited to the NCAA Tournament. Jay Bilas said it best when he brought the hammer down last night - "this is the national championship, why are we spending all this time talking about teams with no chance to win it?" Of course, the 2006 George Mason team might like to argue that an at-large 11 seed can indeed win it all, but let's not worry about that right now.

Ice Age - This Joy Division cover isn't streamable in its entirety, presumably because Blackstrap would've had to pay song royalties, but since it's on the physical release I'll include it here in my breakdown. I'll be hoping that an ice age doesn't set in on Duke's shooting in the NCAA Tournament like it has in several recent seasons. But I do feel like this team is different than years past - even if our shots misfire for a game, if we defend and rebound like we have all season long then hopefully we can survive and advance. Because in the end, that's all that really matters at this point.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the Big Dance everybody!


  1. D
    That's who we came to see
    It's Duke, hey hey, it's Duke

  2. I'm glad that the committee gave Duke an easy path to getting beaten by UK in the Final Four.