Now I’m not one who usually engages in the rhetoric of name-calling, but John Kaltefleiter of the Athens Banner-Herald is a Judas, a Benedict Arnold and the kind of guy who would sleep with your wife. He has betrayed his hometown interests – the University of Georgia men’s basketball team – and voted the hated University of Florida as the number one squad in all the land.
His defection away from the majority is striking since he’s the only writer who didn’t vote for Duke University in the top spot. I’m no Duke fan, but I would walk over hot coals to avoid ever recognizing the achievement of Gators or the Pat Riley wannabe Billy Donovan.
That said, here is the rationalization of Mr. Benedict Kaltefleiter:
“There is no big man running the floor right now as well as Joakim Noah, and Lee Humphrey can shoot. He may not be (Duke’s) J.J. Redick but he can shoot,” Kaltefleiter said. “This may be one of Billy Donovan’s closest-knit teams as far as chemistry and I think Duke will lose before they do. Florida was very, very impressive. I thought there would be more people who would switch. I was surprised I was the only one.”
So because Florida plays in a weaker conference (Alabama and Kentucky are both having down years) and Duke will lose first (hypothetically since neither team has lost yet), that’s a reason to give them a first place vote? Props to Florida for going undefeated thus far (big wins against Syracuse and Wake Forest early on) but I don’t think they’re the number one team in the nation. I think Duke, UConn, Texas and Illinois are all stronger teams at this point in the year. Plus, if you want to use the undefeated logic, what about a team like Pitt?
In any event, this kind of voting would be OK if it happened in Gainesville but not in Athens. Here’s hoping Mr. Kaltefleiter is catching Hell in the Letters to the Editor this week.