You already know that Duke-North Carolina is not only the greatest rivalry in college basketball, it’s one of the best in all of American sports.
But U.S. Rep. Brad Miller, who represents North Carolina’s 13th district in the U.S. House of Representatives, took things a little too far recently.
While being interviewed by the AP for the North Carolina-Ohio game in Thursday’s Sweet Sixteen, the Congressman and UNC alum was very blunt in his bias toward the Tar Heels:
“I make no pretense that I am at all half-hearted in my support for Carolina,” Miller told the AP. “Nobody in North Carolina would trust a politician who claimed to be neutral on a matter as important as college basketball.”
What about cheering for Duke to appease constituents that cheer for the Blue Devils?
“I have said very publicly that if Duke was playing against the Taliban, then I’d have to pull for the Taliban,” said Miller, who announced in January he will not seek reelection after serving since 2003.
While the comment will likely draw snickers from college basketball fans, it’s surely not amusing to any American who has a loved one serving overseas in Afghanistan in a war that has lasted over a decade.