Final Four Showdown No Ordinary Rivalry

March 28, 2012 by staff 

Final Four Showdown No Ordinary Rivalry, The door to the den at the Duncan house on Goldsmith Lane has a hole in it. It’s been there for decades, a battle scar from the great Louisville-Kentucky Cold War of the 1970s and ’80s.

Jeff Duncan put the divot in the door by throwing the phone book at his older brother, Steve, during an argument over the relative merits of the Cardinals (Jeff’s team) and the Wildcats (Steve’s team). That’s probably a testament to both the flimsiness of the door and the ferocity of the passions the basketball programs provoke.

The specifics of that argument have been lost over time. There were so many Cards vs. ‘Cats skirmishes in the Duncan house when the boys were growing up, it’s hard to keep them all straight.

“We used to get into huge fights,” Jeff recalled.

He sheepishly added, “There might also have been a hammer or other piece of hardware thrown in another fight.”

The root cause of the strife: The youngest child in a household of Kentucky fans had switched sides, from blue to red. Jeff Duncan abandoned his birthright, and that’s something you do not do in this state. Not without considerable family angst.

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