This is what Coach K said on Saturday: “We don’t look at any rivalries. We look at playing every conference opponent the same. I’ve said that every time I’ve come here. You know, I have a great deal of respect for Maryland. If it was such a rivalry, they’d still be in the ACC. So obviously they don’t think it’s that important, or else they wouldn’t be in the Big 10.”
And this is what Comcast SportsNet’s Chick Hernandez said after playing that clip on Monday: “………”
After a three-second pause, he said “I love Duke” in a Coach K voice, and then said this.
“No matter what Coach K whines about, the Maryland-Duke series has been one of the best matchups over the years. Even with burnt furniture strewn all over Route 1, beating Duke is like a great dessert: You don’t always get it, but when you do, it tastes so good.”
Definitely going to miss Duke for the Web traffic, if nothing else.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
* Nats first baseman Micah Owings consulted with Rick Ankiel about transitioning from a pitcher to a hitter.
* Boz compares Dan Haren to Zack Greinke. “Oh, Haren’s not Greinke, you say. Maybe not, but he’s a true Somebody.” Man, how happy is Boz right now?
* Before the Wizards got good, Randy Wittman “offered up jokes about seeking help from the waiver wire, begged for an exorcist to cure the spell of injuries, and even apologized to fans and ownership after a humiliating loss in Detroit.”
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Mike Rizzo has a whole team filled with people in the best shape of their lives.
“I’m pleased with the physical condition everyone showed up in,” Rizzo said. “Guys are in shape. They’re getting their cardio in. They’re getting their work in. [The weight room] is jam-packed. Guys are willing to go in there, they want to go in there. I think it shows on the field.”
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Wizards host the Raptors at 7 on Comcast SportsNet. Maryland is at Boston College at 9 on WDCA. Virginia is at Miami at 9 on ESPNU. All TV/Radio listings are here.
VIDEO OF THE NIGHT
The George Washington baseball team had a game in North Carolina canceled. Due to snow.
WHAT’S WRONG WITH OVECHKIN?
There are many things Caps fans can worry about besides Alex Ovechkin, but if they want to worry about Ovi, SI.com’s Stu Hackel has them covered. “The fun has been leaking out of Oveckin’s game for a while,” he wrote. “We’ve waited through two seasons and a quarter of a third to see the old Ovie. After watching him on Sunday, I’m not sure he’s ever coming back.”
The doghouse-dwelling Jordan Crawford tweeted his December stats, when the team was terrible but he was getting his. That was smart.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’S MEN OF LETTERS
Here are 15 of the coolest bylines that have appeared in Sports Illustrated, including Steinbeck, Faulkner, Sandburg, Updike, Frost and Kerouac.