Kzryzewski Thinks Playing Too Much on Sunday is a Burden

Let me offer a disclaimer here. I only caught a snippet of the interview Mike Kzryzewski was giving on the Duke Radio Network which prior to the game with Boston College and it may include context that might change my take on this. However here is a paraphrase of what I heard him say:

K was complaining about the schedule and the fact Duke is slated to play on Sunday from now until the end of the regular season. He said it was tough on the kids to not have a Sunday off for that period where they could “kick back, maybe go to church.” He also went as far as to compare it to having a business and never being able to take Sunday off. He concluded the remark by saying they were ready to play in spite of the schedule.

First of all, this is such an asinine complaint. Consider for a moment that he is talking about 18-22 year old kids who, because of their tremendous talent, have been afforded the opportunity to play college basketball at the highest level. They are also getting a free ride in college which can be stressful as far as academic work goes but for the most part is probably the greatest four years of your life for any number of reasons. So someone tell me why I should feel even a tinge of pity for these guys because they are scheduled to play six straight Sundays? Excuse me if I failed to see the huge stresser here? Yes, it might be a bit inconvenient as it was me when I had cross country meets almost every weekend from September to November when I was running at UNCG. Guess what? I made a choice to do that as these players have made a choice to do so knowing full well that it might mean the sacrifice of a handful of free weekend days throughout the season.

And if I might point something out to the whining, self absorbed Duke head coach, but there are several business which must operate every single day of the year and whose employees get little to no time off from jobs that are a heck of a lot more important and dangerous than playing college basketball. The foremost such insitution that comes to mind is the United States Military whose soldiers often work seven days a week in highly dangerous environments so that we can have the freedoms we enjoy prominent among those being the freedom to play sports and go to college. For K to suggest that Duke’s schedule of six straight Sunday games is somehow a burden to the poor Blue Devil players is not only arrogant but requires such a complete loss of perspective on the order of things it hurts.

So considering this is such a difficult stretch might I suggest the Duke players and coaches all quit the team and take jobs at Chick-Fil-A that way they will never have to work on Sunday again.

4 Responses to Kzryzewski Thinks Playing Too Much on Sunday is a Burden

  1. Chris says:

    I would agree that K is very self-absorbed, and certainly takes himself and his program much much too seriously, especially when one considers all the bad stuff going on in the the international scene today. Duke basketball just is a sideline in the scheme of things to most people, and not number one as K seems to believe. That being said, I don’t see too much wrong with him trying to eliminate a large number of Sunday games. The burden is on these college kids, who can’t go out and party Saturday night, etc. like normal kids. Yeah they have scholarships, but they’re also human beings. I wouldn’t want to play every Sunday night….let’s give him a minor break on that one.

  2. Tar Heel Fan says:

    I will disagree with you in the respect that (1) these kids make a choice to play college basketball which entails this type of sacrifice and (2) this is only a six week stretch out of a four month season and 52 week year so I think the burden is minor in my opinion.

  3. Chris says:

    Well said, and I guess becuase the Sunday night games are very popular with the public, and the public ultimately finances these games via commercial watching producing network money, the teams (including Duke) are just going to have to go with the flow and the time slots during which fans want to watch.

  4. Tar Heel Fan says:

    I know that Sun night game did not come about until the last five or six years. The 5:30 start is a little odd IMO and sometimes tough to see if I am busy with dinner.

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