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  •  I was born & rasied in central Kentucky, and (7+ / 0-)

    love basketball. My grandmother yelled at the TV when Kentucky was playing. My mother and I got to watch the Sunday NCAA tournament game Kentucky somehow won.

    If you've never lived in Kentucky, you don't understand how much ridicule McConnell will face over this.

    There is no team Kentucky sports-hates more than Duke. It all goes back to that NCAA tournament game when Duke beat Kentucky on a last second shot by Christian Laettner.

    Yes, I still remember his name -- Christian Laettner. There are people who wear t-shirts to Kentucky games that say, "I still hate Christian Laettner."

    So this mistake, like nothing else, says Mitch McConnell is completely out of touch with Kentucky.

    Especially right now. It's NCAA tournament time. I happened to be home in Kentucky last weekend, in a public place with TVs on the game.  People stopped what they were doing and watched and cheered out loud as Duke lost. (Sorry, Termite. Not trying to rub it in, just make a point.) People stopped and watched and cheered. There was a guy beside me who was maybe 85 years old, and he was making fun of the snarl on Coach K's face.

    That's the way it is in Kentucky with basketball.

    Confession time: When I'm not ranting about politics, I write romance novels

    by teresahill on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 09:43:21 AM PDT

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    •  yep.. this might not be the worst thing (1+ / 0-)
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      mcconnell has ever done, to quote the original post by Jed, but it's probably the biggest political mistake he's ever made.  You just don't do that in Kentucky. I think it's bigger than his gun escapade.

      A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

      by dougymi on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 10:19:52 AM PDT

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    •  Everybody hates Duke (1+ / 0-)
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      As a Tar Heel, I feel ya.  And Christian Laettner is the worst Dookie of all time.

      •  Sports-hate. I usually feel guilty for hating (2+ / 0-)
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        anyone, but I think sports-hate is different and part of the fun of having an intense rivalry.

        I know Carolina is the bigger rival to Duke. (Just imagine if your coach left and then ended up coaching Duke, the way Rick Pitino did, going to Louisville.)

        Confession time: When I'm not ranting about politics, I write romance novels

        by teresahill on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 02:55:24 PM PDT

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      •  Have y'all taken the (0+ / 0-)

        "Which Duke Player Do You Hate Most" quiz? I got Christian Laettner and I couldn't agree more that he's the worst of the bunch. Go Heels.

        "So keep fighting for freedom and justice, beloveds..." -- Molly Ivins

        by goheelsgodems on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 12:42:37 PM PDT

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