Mr. Almighty Dollar’s Tight Grip On Sports

Et cetera, Trible To Your Bass — By on November 20, 2012 at 10:26 am

Once again, our old friend has come to join us.

He came to ruin the once-sacred. His delight increases with each waking hour. The crooked grin he wears shows how much he cares.

With both feet in the pool of athletics, he earmarked and curtailed. His proficiency remains clear to the observer. The bottom line has spoken, and he transcribed the words.

Mr. Almighty Dollar, so sad to see  you again.

I remember the improbability of Duke’s 10-point deficit against Maryland in 2001. The Blue Devils came back – as only they seem to do – and defeated the Terrapins.

Me, I was a partial observer. As a 13-year old North Carolina fan, I poured my heart and soul out for Maryland. Not for any sake other than to see Duke lose. That win was a symbol of the rivalry at that time. The games were close, hard-fought battles. Names were enlarged, feelings were hurt and memories were made.

Many were compelled to watch, not because of allegiance. The consumers witnessed to observe great college basketball with a little something extra behind it. Emotion, passion, hatred and more were in the arc of every shot and the fury of every shot block. Each possession more important than the last.

As I sat in disbelief on a friend’s couch, I thought that only Maryland could bring that comeback out of Duke. The climate of the rivalry was searing its way through the screen.

This was Maryland, the school where Coach Lefty Driesell proclaimed that he would put an ACC Championship trophy on the hood of his car and drive down Tobacco Road.

This was Duke, the team everyone envied and loved to hate.

It was a beautiful thing.

M. Trible

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    3 Comments

  • Here’s something I never even thought of until I read this: How do today’s children sports fans view the game? With all the information we’re fed about money and sports, whether on the internet or on Sportscenter and all the other sports broadcasts, is it jading their fandom compared to how we consumed the game growing up?

    I mean, sure there were strikes and lockouts when I was growing up, but the nonstop money talk was not nearly as prevalent. I’d like to know how kids these days see the game and if it’s in a different eye than all the generations before them.

  • Mary kaye says:

    Great article that brings up so much more than dollar. Perhaps mr dollar has left the room???

  • Dillon Friday says:

    I went to Harvard-Yale on Saturday and I remember thinking as I left “Sure the stadium is ugly as all hell, but at least the school holds onto its past.” The Ivies don’t play sports at the level of other Division 1 schools but at least they respect historical proximity and rivalry. In a great ironic twist, the most elite schools in the country are the ones the average, nostalgic fan can identify with most.

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