As a Syracuse fan and now an ACC fan, I have always had a loyalty to Jim Boeheim and a healthy degree of healthy, spirited dislike for Coach K and Duke. I am not saying that Duke is not a great program. I would be hard-pressed to make an argument that any other coach in college basketball is superior to Coach K. 1,000 wins and (now) five championships speak for themselves. Still, to me, Duke is the New York Yankees of college basketball… when you meet a non-alum fan living outside the region, you cannot help but think “fair weather.” And it is beyond debate that Duke seemingly “gets the calls” as much as any team in any sport. Somewhere along the way, Dick Vitale converted from a basketball knowledge savant to a Coach K agent and Duke promoter, which grew intolerable. So, if any praise for Duke and Coach K comes from this writer, it is a brand new feeling. But here it goes… props to Coach K and Duke for the national championship this year.