Monday, November 06, 2006
Dude Hall of Fame Inductee: Spencer Romine
Long before the men’s lacrosse case divided Duke, a much greater schism threatened to destroy the gothic wonderland. The late 1990s witnessed an epic quarterback controversy between Bobby Campbell and Spencer Romine. No student was without an opinion, and everywhere you went, people were talking Duke Football.
But the dudes, being of sound mind, backed Spencer. He wasn’t a physically intimidating man, but his laid-back charm masked a ferocious competitiveness and rifle arm. Besides, Campbell once threw seven interceptions in a single game (oh Lord how I wish that were a typo), and as Weitao said, “he couldn’t hit an ocean from a pier.”
Early in his career, Romine was hampered by the conservative offense of fellow inductee, Fred Goldsmith. But when Carl Franks launched his Airborne attack with Romine as the centerpiece, well, the results speak for themselves.
His career numbers do not dazzle, but numbers don’t always tell the story. All I know is this: If a time-traveling DeLorean were to pull up into my driveway tonight, I wouldn’t kill Hitler or break bread with Jesus. I would go back to the late 1990s and Wally Wade just to see Spencer throw one more tight spiral to Richmond “I’m a receiver, I catch footballs, that’s my job, thank you, Jesus” Flowers.
And to all those NFL teams floundering near last place, remember, Spencer’s for hire!