Flash back to 1992. Picture a little boy cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats. Sean Woods just hits a crazy lay up that he thought had won the game against Duke . He was jumping up and down going crazy. A few moments later , Christian Laettner hits the “shot” and wins the game for Duke. The little boy who just witnessed it starts to cry. First a few tears down the cheek which turned into Niagara Falls seconds later. That little boy was me 20 years ago. Who do I blame for this empty feeling inside when I think about it? Christian Laettner, that is who. My blood pressure would go up anytime I heard mention of his name after that. I hated that he played on the Dream Team with Michael Jordon. I could barely stand the thought of cheering on any team he played for.
Now, fast forward to today. Something has changed. I’m still mad at Christian Laettner, but for a different reason. He is trying his best to get me to like him, and I hate to admit it but, it is working. Laettner is going out of his way to get the Big Blue Nation to hate him a little less. First, he agreed to coach the “Villains” last year. At the end of the game, he took a towel and cleaned off a spot on Rupp Arena’s floor as to show a little respect. Why did you do that? I have to like you a little now? Then, I hear him in a interview where is says that Duke and Kentucky are and always will be the top 2 basketball programs in college. What? He is giving Kentucky praise? I have disliked you for 20 years! I don’t want that to change.
The latest is the picture above. Anthony Davis is hovering over a fallen Laettner, with his foot promptly on Christian’s chest. It shows a lot of him to offer to pose for that picture. Now he has done it, I don’t dislike him anymore ! Hold one second though, I still don’t like him. I’m somewhere in the middle. What is this world coming to? Do you feel the same way I do?