As we sit less than a day away from a new dawning of Duke football, DudeSpin proudly rolls out the initial installment of its Airborne coverage. Every week this season, DudeSpin will aim (though we may sometimes fail) to bring you the latest and greatest in Airborne news and notes. Our schedule:
Friday: Flight Plan - A witty DudeSpin preview of the next Airborne mission.
Monday: Flight Log - A equally hilarious review of last Saturday's Airborne mission.
Wednesday: Pilot notes - some insightful commentary on the state of Airborne.
The Launch: Airborne comes into its 2007 campaign saddled with a 20 game losing streak. Some would call that a monkey on its back, but for a sleek airliner like Airborne, a mere mortal monkey does not stand in the way of lift-off. There is little doubt that the UConn defense will be no match for the run-pass attack led by senior running back Justin Boyle and Duke's trio of outstanding receivers. As Duke's talented trio become household names to fans around the country, DudeSpin will introduce them to you now by comparing them to one of the more well-known receiving trio in the professional ranks - that of the Detroit Lions. Leading the corps is Jomar Wright, or Duke's version of Roy Williams - fast, agile, and experienced. Duke's home run hitter is Eron Riley, Airborne's Calvin Johnson, who led the team in YPC last season and is tall enough to Moss balls away from defenders. Last but not least is Raphael Chestnut, a poor man's Mike Furrey who is a wizard on the short to intermediate routes. Look for Duke's air attack, led by its Trio, to dominate against UConn on Saturday.
Rip Hamilton is not walking through that door.
DudeSpin's Prediction: Duke 49, UConn 3