Doug McDermott takes chants in stride

January, 27, 2012
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We've discussed before how impressive it is that Greg and Doug McDermott, Creighton's father-son coach-star combo, have so successfully managed their unique situation in college hoops for the past two seasons. That dynamic -- the whole how-do-I-treat-my-son-like-every-other-player thing -- is hard enough in youth soccer, let alone at the highest levels of college athletics. But the McDermotts have handled it with aplomb. As a result, the Bluejays are a fixture in the Top 25, Doug McDermott is on the short list for national player of the year, and all is well at one of the best mid-major programs in the country.

[+] EnlargeDoug McDermott and Greg McDermott
AP Photo/Charlie NeibergallCreighton's Doug McDermott has heard the heckling for playing for his father, Greg. That hasn't stopped him from being one of the nation's elite players.
What haven't we discussed? How the McDermotts' unique situation leaves them open to the well-crafted chants of the Missouri Valley Conference's most creative student sections. Doug McDermott has heard most of them before -- "Daddy's Boy," stuff like that. He rarely seems fazed. No big deal.

But on Wednesday night, in the midst of Creighton's sixth straight road win (a 77-69 victory at Drake), Drake students actually got McDermott to pay attention. In fact, he even allowed himself a slight laugh. From the Omaha World-Herald's Steven Pivovar:
"You're adopted,'' clap-clap-clap-clap-clap.

"You're adopted,'' clap-clap-clap-clap-clap.

McDermott paused, then started laughing. He stepped back, composed himself and then made the free throws.

"The funny thing about it was that I saw my brother in the stands,'' Doug said Thursday. "He just shook his head, and I got a good laugh out of it, too. That was a good one."

There's a YouTube clip out there; I can't link to it for rights reasons, but you can find it easy enough. I recommend you do so. It's great: McDermott stops for a second, looks over at a teammate, gives a sort of "What are they saying?" look, smirks, and then calmly steps in and knocks down the second of two free throws. Even better? Theresa McDermott, Doug's mother and Greg's wife, got a good laugh out of it, too.
"I've always thought the Drake student section comes up with some pretty clever stuff,'' she said. "I couldn't help but laugh at that one. Sort of a slam at the coach and player all in one! No offense taken. We all have a good sense of humor and understand it's part of the game.''

Clever chant, hilarious response, and some reasoned postgame analysis from one of the few people able to confirm or deny the Drake student section's suspicions. Which, come to think of it, Mrs. McDermott never actually says her son wasn't adopted! And so the Doug McDermott "Birther" movement was born. Show us the birth certificate! (OK, maybe not.)

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