Duke lost? Good. Lehigh won? Ugh!
A friend called me last night asking if I was watching the game. “What game?” I asked. Then I remembered: Duke was playing Lehigh.
As a Lehigh grad, he was interested in seeing how his alma mater would fare. He thought I’d be interested as well, as I graduated from both Duke (undergrad) and Lehigh (MBA.)
I couldn’t have cared less. No, strike that. I did care. I wanted both teams to lose.
Now, it may be funny saying that, but I suppose this reveals one of my dark sides: I can hold a grudge for a long time.
Don’t get me wrong: I thoroughly enjoyed Duke, although I was there long before it was DUKE. In fact, I was there long before “Coach K” arrived. Back then, Duke almost winning the NCAA (1978) was a huge deal.
It was also a fairly conservative school with very little pretentiousness about it. I felt proud to have attended and was a regular donor.
That all changed with the Duke lacrosse incident (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_lacrosse_case) back in 2006. Suffice to say, I saw the university show its true stripes, with innocent boys being railroaded by a liberal faculty. (In fairness, Duke has its side of the story in which it comes off as a saint: http://today.duke.edu/showcase/lacrosseincident/)
In any event, my perception of the university dramtically changed, I stopped giving them money, and haven’t watched or rooted for them since.
Lehigh was a different story. I was living at home while a graduate student, so I really didn’t take in the full “Lehigh experience.” I did enjoy the school, though, and am thankful they gave me a stepping-stone into the business world.
And then my youngest daughter Diana applied to their undergrad program and was rejected.
So, you know what: F*CK Lehigh. (And, by the way, stop calling me for donations, you morons.)
Yes, I’m a small, petty, grudge-holding neanderthal. Proud of it, too.
Now, I hope Lehigh’s run is over in the next round.