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March 25, 2013



So, why don't people hate Michigan State and Izzo?
1. Sustained success - 6 final fours and 1 national title in 12 years.
2. Leader - Tons of articles praising Izzo for making yet another run to a Final Four year
3. Aggressive behavior - one can't go through a MSU telecast without an announcer mentioning the "War Drill" that keeps MSU among the top 5 in rebounding each year.
4. Media coverage - Every MSU game is televised. You had the Detroit thing in 2009. 7 different MSU moments in "One Shining Moment" this year.

It has to be number 5.

Lance Haun

MSU is different.

TV coverage is different (especially for those outside of Big 10 territory). While I still get to suffer with Duke every week, MSU is typically running at the same time as a Pac 10 game.

Media coverage is different. Outside of Big 10 territory, I rarely read or hear anything about MSU.

Duke is covered and talked about on a national level. MSU isn't. That's what my west coast perspective is. I hear news about the Pac 10, Gonzaga and Duke/UNC.

I'd also argue that most of their players are system players who can dominate because most college programs aren't well rounded. When those players get in the NBA though, they generally lack the talent to achieve at a high level.

I know some purists love that but I'll take the up and down of a Cuse, MSU or even UNC over the Duke game if only because those programs deal with star level talent like NBA teams do.

I like how I live within spitting distance of Duke. Makes the spitting easier.

Tracy Tran

I really think people hate Duke not because of the players or Coach K. I think people hate Duke because they perceive the media is hyping up Duke way too much where there are other solid teams.

I will add as well, the 1992 Regional Final game between Kentucky and Duke was the turning point. Everyone knows Laettner's shot at the buzzer, but most don't know in the same game, Laettner stepped on a Kentucky player and believe got a technical or did nothing and that is where the Duke hate started because of the action and smugness.

In all honesty, people don't have issue with the program, they blame Dickie V (or Dukie V), ESPN, CBS, and others thinking Duke is the best school, which in reality they only won 4 titles in 20 years, not 8 or 9.

By the way, the only villain in college basketball now is John Calipari, not Coach K.


A 15 year MSU-Duke comparison:


Here's another item to add to the Duke haterade:


May your hate keep you warm in the winter of your career and help you raise your game.


i'm not sure that all or even most people hate those who are successful. IMO, only silly people do it. intelligent people are able to question and understand why some people are successful.

oh, and they can also live with it without being frustrated by it


In my opinion, its there a couple reasons why people hate duke, indiana back in the day, google, microsoft and others like them....

The shared reason might be that as humans we like the underdogs, because they somehow seem more relatable to the blood, sweat and tears we may have put into whatever sport or career and still never became quite good enough to claim the title of the best. 10,000 hours people (outliers)

The reason people hate these sports teams might be because they feel....we pay for entertainment and teams like duke and others like them have a systematic disciplined style that is most of the time, boring. So, to witness someone getting such accolades through such a boring execution of what is supposed to be entertaining for my money...we "hate it"

The reason people hate these companies might be because they represents those who are often judged as the entitled graduating classes of stanford, harvard, etc. who have wealthy parental safety nets vs. the underdog company thats more relatable to the to the blood, sweat and tears of the massess who feel they weren't quite good enough to claim the title of the best.

I leave you with these...

Haterism is alive
Haters gon' Hate
Dont Hate...Congratulate


Craig -

Like the line of those thoughts. Look at the recent press on Apple - people hating on Apple.

We hate the Yankees - and now Apple. Don't get too good or we're going to try and pull you down.

thanks for stopping by.


" Look at the recent press on Apple - people hating on Apple."

The press still holds the power to public opinion it seems.


Hating success is just another form of envy, however much it may be rationalized or covered up.

Someone once put it a little more delicately: "Happiness is earning slightly more than your brother-in-law ..."

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