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To Hate Like This Is To Stay Happy Forever: A Season In The Life Of The Will Blythe

To Hate Like This Is To Stay Happy Forever: A Season In The Life Of The

Will Blythe

Published January 16th 2010
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357 pages
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The basketball rivalry between Duke and North Carolina is the fiercest and longest-running blood feud in college athletics, and perhaps in all of sports. To legions of otherwise reasonable adults, it is a conflict that surpasses athletics- it is richMoreThe basketball rivalry between Duke and North Carolina is the fiercest and longest-running blood feud in college athletics, and perhaps in all of sports. To legions of otherwise reasonable adults, it is a conflict that surpasses athletics- it is rich against poor, locals against outsiders, even good against evil. It is thousands of grown men and women with jobs and families screaming themselves hoarse at some 18-year-old for missing a foul shot, trading conspiracy theories in online chat rooms, and weeping like babies when their teams - when they - lose. In North Carolina, where both schools reside, it is a way of aligning oneself with larger philosophic ideals - of choosing teams in life - a tradition of partisanship that reveals the pleasures and even the necessities of hatred. What makes people invest their identities in what is elsewhere seen as “just a game”? What makes North Carolina senator John Edwards risk alienating primary voters by telling a reporter, “I hate Duke basketball”? What makes people care so much about basketball?