Wednesday, June 25, 2003

The Culture: Geographical Ignorance

I know college basketball players often leave school early, but what excuse does Duke Coach Mike Kryzewski have? In an interview, Coach K talked about how he thought the ACC expanding outside its traditional geographic region was a bad idea:
To me, there's a reason why the United States doesn't have a state in France or Venezuela. We don't belong there. That doesn't mean we don't deal with them. If all of a sudden Georgia is in Venezuela, the people in South America are saying, 'What the heck are these guys doing in here?' And I think we kind of did that. I think there is a lot to be said about your geographic area and that landscape.
To borrow a Buffy line, that's insane troll logic. Ever hear of Alaska and Hawaii, coach? They're not exactly in our geographic area. And indeed, native Hawaiians weren't all that thrilled when the U.S. decided to "expand" (albeit not for football purposes).

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