Saturday, March 25, 2006

The Duke Media Conspiracy

Remember that Duke game earlier in the year when the Blue Devils shot 40 free throws versus Florida State? The media started harping on the referees after that game, suggesting that officials favored Duke.

I won't go so far as to suggest that Duke is the darling of NCAA officials. But I do wonder about the odd coincidence betwee the NCAA's official mascot and the ACC's all time leading scorer. Do direct your attention to the diagram below:

At left is J.J. Jumper, the official mascot of NCAA basketball. The NCAA sends him out to games, where he wreaks havoc on television cameras and roots for no one.

At left is J.J. Redick, who coincidentally is really good at jumpers. He was a sophomore in high school when J.J. Jumper was created.

It's highly, highly unlikely that someone at the NCAA had the foresight to name a frog mascot after Redick. But it is strange, indeed.

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