A Lot Of Hot Air?

Summertime is a good time to bring up issues that sometimes get lost in the hubbub. And sometimes change, while not always appreciated, is a good thing. It's particularly touchy with something a lot of people are passionate about, though.

Summertime is a good time to bring up issues that sometimes get lost in the hubbub.  And sometimes change, while not always appreciated, is a good thing.  It's particularly touchy with something a lot of people are passionate about, though.

Take air conditioning in Cameron. When the news first came that air conditioning was on the way, a lot of people didn't want it.  Don't cool it down, they said.  It's an advantage.

Which is true, but perhaps an overstated one.  Duke has done some amazing things over the last few years, and most of the places where they have done them were in air conditioned buildings. Think the Dean Dome, the frequently chilly ESA, Joel, the ThrillerDome, and on and on.  Duke's road record over the last several years is pretty much freakish.

Actually, Cameron is one of the very few places not air conditioned, and while it might be an advantage, it's not nearly as big a deal as it is for the Crazies to crank it up, or for Duke's overall strength. 

This mostly started a couple of years ago when Coach K was so hot he put on a golf shirt at halftime.  He made it clear he'd like to see A/C put in, and when you remember the story of Bill Foster dropping a suit in an unpaved parking lot, and that supposedly being an impetus for his departure, well, you don't want to make the same mistake twice.  As it happened, losing Foster was a blessing.  Losing Krzyzewski over something so small would be catastrophic.  We're not saying that it was close to that serious, but for those who remember the Foster story, it's a bit of deja-uh-oh.

Finally, while the place was designed for basketball, it also hosts other events, such as banquets and graduations.  Having sat in that place when the temperature was truly stifling, we can tell you that we wished to God it had been air conditioned.  It's the 21st century, but getting Cameron firmly into the 20th is not a bad thing.

Besides, it can always be cut off.

 


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