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One journo asks if Blue Devils' fans have lost their edge.
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The reputation of Duke's famously rowdy student section has always preceded it. (Example: this FTR list from just last week.) But one sportswriter from the Triangle area wonders if the Cameron Crazies have stopped living up to advance billing.

In a column from today's News & Observer, Ken Tysiac poses a question tantamount to blasphemy in Krzyzewskiville: Have the Cameron Crazies lost their edge?

Duke's students traditionally have been famous for embarrassing opposing players for their shortcomings with witty chants from the stands. But some longtime followers of Duke basketball say the atmosphere at Cameron isn't what it used to be. Critics say the Crazies' seldom live up to the hype anymore.

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[Author] John Feinstein, the Duke alumnus and Washington Post columnist, said the students have lost their verve. He misses the clever spontaneity of the Cameron Crazies from years past.

The current Crazies are too preoccupied with painting themselves and dressing in costumes in hopes of getting on TV, he said.

What do you think? Do the fans in Durham still rank among the best student sections in the country? Or are the Crazies simply living off a reputation earned long before their arrival on campus?

Have the Crazies lost their edge? [News & Observer]
The List: The five toughest college basketball crowds
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