Last week I wrote a post titled, “Nerd Heaven – Krzyzewskiville.” The post was a big hit with our readers and I had fun learning about Krzyzewskiville and the history behind the Cameron Crazies. To be clear, the facts in the post were accurate. There really is a cluster of exactly 100 tents.
The tradition really did start in 1986, when Kimberly Reed, and her friends, decided to camp out in line at Cameron Indoor Stadium days before the UNC game to get tickets. Krzyzewskiville truly is a formalized entity that is regulated by Duke Student Government, with the Head Line Monitor overseeing the activities.
In summary, the facts in the post were true, with exception of my personal, second hand assertion that all Cameron Crazies who camp out in Krzyzewskiville are nerds. Writing about nerds is funny, plain and simple. It’s just a funny word, and like farts, no matter how old you get, the word alone elicits laughter.
It’s also no secret that Duke is synonymous with Nerds, just like Notre Dame is synonymous with Ugly Coeds and ASU is synonymous with fake tits and STD’s.
Anyway, one of the readers took offense and left a comment criticizing the post. It turns out that concerned reader was none other than Kimberly Reed, Duke Class of 1986, and the original founder of Krzyzewskiville.
That’s right, the Queen of Krzyzewskiville! I don’t personally know Kim Reed, and I obviously didn’t know her in college (I was only 5 when she founded K-Ville). I made a blanket assumption that Kim and her friends were a bunch of nerds with nothing better to do than camp out and wait for basketball tickets. Like I said, the word nerd is hilarious.
Well, I’m the first to admit that any proud alum who would spend the time, 24 years later, to set the record straight, is pretty awesome. Today, Kim is a successful attorney in New York and some of the other K-Ville founders have also gone on to successful careers, including several in our military (and here at the Bore, we admire and respect our military heroes).
So, to be fair to Kim, and the other founders of Krzyzewskiville, I would like to publicly give them props for starting the Krzyzewskiville tradition. Anybody who is that passionate about their team deserves props.
Whether you’re a Duke Blue Devils fan or not, you have to recognize real school love when you see it. Kim was obviously a huge fan back when she was studying history and english at Duke 24 years ago, but she’s an even bigger fan now.
When you grow up, you move, you get a real job, and life starts flying by, so it’s easy to forget your college days. For those out there who still bleed their school colors, you’re the reason college sports are so great. We all keep getting older, but college stays the same age.
Thanks for opening my eyes Kim… keep rockin that dark blue and white!
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