Duke, a 2-seed, opens the NCAA tournament on Thursday against 15-seed Belmont.
Dan Patrick: How are you?
Greg Paulus: How are you, Mr. Patrick?
March 23, 2008
DP: Did Coach K tell you to call me Mr. Patrick?
DP: Who's more intense, Coach K or Tyler Hansbrough?
GP: Coach K.
DP: If there were a loose ball between Tyler Hansbrough and Coach K....
GP: I'm calling Coach K.
DP: You seem to be Public Enemy No. 1 with fans. How does that feel?
GP: Oh, it just makes me focus harder.
DP: But do you ever say, "Why me?"
GP: I just look at it like, you know, you want to keep those people quiet.
DP: When's the last time you laughed at what a fan said to you on the floor?
GP: At Virginia they were making fun of me because I enjoy Shirley Temples.
DP: Why do you like Shirley Temples?
GP: I don't know. I think my sister got me hooked.
DP: It's kind of hard to take a charge and admit that you like Shirley Temples. Do you get a little umbrella in the drink as well?
GP: No, just a regular.
DP: Who's a better athlete, you or your younger brother [North Carolina quarterback Mike Paulus]?
GP: I am.
DP: Whoa, that was quick.
GP: He would tell you the same thing. That's why I'm not worried about my answer.
DP: Are you a better football player right now than your brother?
GP: He would say yes.
DP: Out of high school you were offered a chance to play football at Notre Dame. Do you miss playing quarterback?
GP: I miss football, but I love my decision, and I love everything about being a Duke point guard.
DP: Do you have any Carolina Blue in your wardrobe?
GP: Yes. My brother yells at me because I don't wear it.
DP: Well, good luck in the tournament, and don't let them get to you.
GP: Thanks a lot, Mr. Patrick.
THE FINE PRINT: The NFL reports that personal misconduct incidents are down 20% in the last year (largely because many players are already in jail).
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