- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 13, 2005

Last night at Comcast Center

BEST CHEER

“No one knows you.”

— Fans to the first Duke players coming out for warmups.

BEST SIGN



“Devil with a blue dress on.”

— PHOTO OF DUKE GUARD J.J. REDICK WEARING A BLUE DRESS.

SEEN AND HEARD

FANS, PART I: Darth Vader would have received a warmer reception than Duke guard J.J. Redick during warmups. More than a dozen signs targeted Redick from “Wash your back” to “J.J. is Redickulous.” The student section, filled nearly two hours before tipoff, welcomed Redick with “how’s your sister?” — a reference to his younger sister, who once attended Maryland.

FANS, PART II: More than 1,700 students watched ESPN’s “GameDay” program at 11 a.m. before returning eight hours later when the doors opened for the game. With a studio set built atop the tunnel, fans cheered announcers with one sign declaring, “Dance Digger [Phelps] Dance.”

FANS, PART III: Maybe he’s called “Dookie V” but ESPN announcer Dick Vitale is still a big favorite among Terps students. He worked the crowd before the game, posing for pictures and shaking hands. One student’s sign said, “Dickie V — Be my valentine.”

Rick Snider

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