Every team in college basketball has cut corners. And, as fans, we benefit from those cut corners. The high level of play we've come to expect from the nation's best college teams just wouldn't be possible without some of those compromises. It's a choice we as fans have made. Now we have to live with it. Duke is an outstanding basketball team. Let's just appreciate that team for what it really is.
TODAY IN SLATE
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Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.