Season 7

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Epilogue, The Seventh: The Complete Circle

I. I Believe That We Will WinHOUSTON, April 5 -- When Adam Walsh was in his twenties, he climbed up the coaching ladder through the juco and small-college ranks as an assistant. All throughout, he had the following bullet point at the top of his résumé, under Career Goals: To be a Division I head...

Game 7-105: NCAA National Championship

TheNational Here's where the story ends. @midmajority Game Tweets20:52Nored Island! http://plixi.com/p/8960563620:53Star of the show. @ButlerBlue2 http://plixi.com/p/8960554120:54Hink looks angry. http://plixi.com/p/8960536020:55Credentials. http://plixi.com/p/8960524020:55This sign said VCU on Saturday. AOUEOU...

This Is Tomorrow

HOUSTON -- Win or lose, this is it. Today, April 4, is the 154th and final day of The Mid-Majority's Season 7. As of this writing, the ultimate final result remains unknown. We do know two things: there is a basketball game tonight at 9:23 p.m. ET, Butler will fight hard for all of us and each of us, and the...

Rebirth Of The Cool

AP HOUSTON -- In the early morning of January 20, 2009, after watching South Carolina State and Howard play a MEAC regular season game, I slept for two hours, grabbed my stuffed basketball, and made my way through the spaghetti tangle of Beltways and Metro lines to be on the Washington Mall to witness the inauguration...

The Night Before the Final Four

HOUSTON -- For the record, Jack Swiger said "Houston, we've had a problem." A present-perfect report of the recent past, not an implication of overwhelm -- as per the endlessly repeated "we have" or "we've got" misquote. Big difference between the bottom of the valley and the first steps out of it. We've all...

There's a Basketball Game Today at 6:09 PM ET

SAB HOUSTON -- For the past five months and one day, I've been very careful about making as few forward-looking statements as possible -- except when specifically hired to. This business, this "sports writing," is filthy with predictions about future events that we writers have no control over, and the best...

Game 7-104: NCAA National Semifinal

VCU from the Colonial, Butler from the Horizon League. Bulldogs and Rams. Black and gold against @ButlerBlue2. It was nothing less than the unprecedented, unbelievable Mid-Major National Championship. There are many retellings of this, and there will be more as time goes by, but we're proud to unspool the narrative...

The Mid-Majority Interview: Ron5Robot

At some point around the #ALLCAPSGAME, a big shiny Robot began appearing at Butler's Horizon League contests games. A Ron5Robot! Ron5Robot is a tribute to Ronald Nored, the Bulldogs' exceedingly unselfish Secretary of Defense, whose battered legs contain surgically implanted metal rods, making No. 5 not exactly...

The Mid-Majority Interview: Chris "Pav" Crowley

By now, most TMM readers are familiar with Chris "Pavarotti" Crowley, the self-described "that VCU guy" and the Rowdiest Ram of all. He's been a mainstay at Rams basketball games, through thick and thin, with his gold shirt and ever-present horn-helmet ever since his days as a student and a team manager, (and...

The Beautiful

AP HARTFORD, Conn. -- I remember my first fixed game. It was five seasons ago. In the final minute of a body-bag guarantee matchup in an ACC arena, with the home team up by 14, a player on the home team broke away for a transition layup. But before he could rise to the hoop, players on the bench yelled out....

"Star Power"

Last year, around this time, we talked about the need for The Document, a comprehensive encapsulation of current glory that could be properly referenced and recalled later. It's one thing to offer a rote retelling of events, but it's more important and more difficult to be able to remember how it felt. And words...

Commonwealth

CHICAGO -- Outside the art deco-inspired and quickly-aging United Center is a statue of Michael Jordan, eternally suspended in flight above a roiling sea of overmatched defenders. Underneath, an inscription: "The Best There Ever Was, The Best There Ever Will Be." On the grey afternoon of Sunday, March 21, before...

The Low Point

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- On the evening of February 15, 2011, the Siegel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University was packed to capacity, but the home fans were solemn and silent. The visiting team from George Mason had jumped out to a 34-19 halftime lead. The Patriot guards had rained down three-pointers on a...

Game 7-103: NCAA Southwest Region Final

After a second overnight drive, a second reward: a second member of the Other 25 in the Final Four. Virginia Commonwealth, one of the last teams in the door with the selection committee, goes from First Four to Final Four -- giving every single school that plays in that event in the future a template of hope....

Don't Know Mind

SAN ANTONIO -- All media is local, and it's been that way since the beginning: the rumor mill, the town crier, the news bulletin printed on a hand-cranked press. The more technology is involved, the wider a message's potential reach. Distribution networks, moving pictures, automation, and any tool too expensive...

Unsung Hero

DALLAS -- A tribute: I would never be able to do this 100 Games thing without Bally, my stuffed basketball. This is his fourth season with me, his fourth NCAA Tournament, and he's got his second Final Four coming up. He's been in thousands of photos and logged tens of thousands of miles. Bally is the kind of...

Game 7-100: NCAA Sweet 16, Southwest Semifinal #1

The distance between the Round of 32 and the Sweet Sixteen is so long, the possibilities so tantalizing. The hopes of an upstart No. 12 seed become outsized, and an Atlantic One's dreams can grow to No. 1 seed size. But when facing the top team in the region, dreams can die quickly. In San Antonio, Kansas dropped...

Game 7-101: NCAA Sweet 16, Southwest Semifinal #2

30fps There is no feeling in the world like wanting something to happen so badly that's right there in front of you but out of your direct control. There's no better feeling that seeing it actually happen, again and again. That is what having your favorite team on an NCAA Tournament run feels like. VCU goes...

Game 7-102: NCAA Southeast Region Final

It started with a crazy idea. Since VCU and Butler were in the Elite Eight, with the sites just 550 miles away and nine hours from each other in San Antonio and New Orleans, why not go to both? After VCU's presser ended at around 12:30 am Central time on Saturday morning, we saddled up and drove all night across...

Something Good's Going To Happen

SAN ANTONIO -- The power of a first impression comes from how forcefully it floods the vacuum of the unknown, how it fills a blank slate so completely. Before actual experience with a place and the people there, it's just another dot on a map. My first contact with Richmond, Virginia came in March of 2004, in...

What 100 Means Now

SAN ANTONIO -- In March of 2005, during the original 100 Games Project, I felt like it couldn't hurt to ask. I called up Brian McCann, the sports information director at Cleveland State, a school that was organizing an NCAA subregional at the Wolstein Center. I explained that I ran a website about college basketball...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 720

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 720 Butler is back in the Elite Eight, there is no Curse of Dick Bennett (although he certainly wouldn't have approved of Wisconsin's performance last night), and the only thing surprising about it is a.) the lack of general public shock and b.) that this video has only been watched...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 719

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 719 Yee-haw! We are in San Antonio, Texas. So are VCU and Richmond. The weather is great, the Alamodome is weird, and we're ready to chat this afternoon on a special date but a regular time (4 PM ET). Come by and talk about the three remaining teams, the Butler-Wisconsin tilt...

Butler, The Way, and the Curse of Dick Bennett

SAN ANTONIO -- A single basketball play is made up of two opposing strategies hatched by two opposing coaches, ten free-agent entities of varying skill and experience levels who can choose to fall in with the chosen plan or not, hundreds of in-the-moment decision points by players and game officials, thousands...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 718

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 718 In this week between 32 and 16, only Butler, Richmond and VCU remain. What do they have to do to continue on and keep their lights lit? And what of all the fallen teams around Hoops Nation, what's next for them? New coaches, new players, or old patterns? Come chat about...

The Gap Is Where We Live

CHICAGO -- In 1979, the NCAA expanded its men's basketball tournament from 32 to 40. One reason was to accomodate automatic bids for conferences like the Sun Belt and Southland -- fallout from the governing body's football subdivision split that "protected" mid-size schools from 76-0 gridiron poundings by the...

Redrawing the Red Line

CHICAGO -- It may be a week from now, and it may be two weeks from now, but this is certain: no matter what, the Epilogue is coming. Judging from the outlines and drafts, this season's final post will be the longest yet. There's a lot of complicated information about the future to package as a download, and getting...

The NCAA Tournament Diff: Round of 32 Day 2

This, March 20, 2011, is CAA Sunday. We're not talking about the Creative Artists Agency or the Canadian Auto Association, it's all about the Colonial Mother____ing Athetic Association. Three bids are fantastic and all, but the NCAA Tournament is about backing those bids up with NCAA Tournament victories. This...

Game 7-099: NCAA Round of 32, Southwest Region 3/11

On Saturday night, we left Cleveland and headed west to Chicago to catch back up with the VCU Rams, the first PIG team to win a Round of 64 game. And we saw them become the first PIG team to go to the Sweet Sixteen. It was an instance of a very rare type of upset: the kind where the lower-seeded team transcends...

Game 7-094: NCAA Round of 64, East Region 8/9

Getty Images> TMM360 Mason never wore white during the 2006 run. They also didn't awesome have glowing Kryptonite Nikes. They certainly weren't mercurial like this, didn't trade offense for defense like this. They didn't make a habit of tuning out Coach L when things aren't going well, or act vulnerable to...

Game 7-095: NCAA Round of 64, East Region 1/16

While the teams in this Tournament dream of replicating the feat that the Harvard women's team once pulled off, we're not getting any closer to seeing one of the 60th through 68th teams take out one of the top four. Until then, anyone who uses the word "parity" in the context of men's college basketball will...

Game 7-096: NCAA Round of 64, East Region 6/11

Hello, Xavier!! Our recently excepted friends were here in Cleveland with us, and Bally had trouble seeing over the mascot's hat from our seats in the front row corner. As the Musketeers gear up for another run, it's yet another opportunity to discuss the difference between "mid-majors" and "Basketball Schools,"...

Game 7-097: NCAA Round of 64, East Region 3/14

Thousands of Big Blue fans -- the real Big Blue -- made the trip up from Terre Haute to spend all night in Quicken Loans Arena and watch their Valley champs go down to Big Orange. And they all stayed to the very end (12:44 AM ET)... that's #TreeFever. As the action unfolds, we contemplate the bleak/uncertain/nowhere-to-go-but-up...

The NCAA Tournament Diff: Round of 32 Day 1

CLEVELAND -- From 26 at the start of the week, there are only six teams left from the Other 25 conferences. Three games of local interest today, and while we're assured of one from our side of the Line to move forward, we cannot have more than three of the four advance. It happens. In this case, it's the Atlantic...

Game 7-098: NIT Second Round

There is one National Championship. Everything else is just low-rated cable programming. Lose the wrong game at the wrong time, and you end up here -- in basketball purgatory. At the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, there is a long green curtain that separates backstage from the arena, which is a few armchairs...

Loss and Delay

CLEVELAND -- Good morning. As usual at the NCAA Tournament, I am surrounded by people typing. I know exactly what they're typing about, because I get to read it, all of it, within hours of the moment when they hit "send." I also get to hear them talk with each other about what they're going to write, bouncing...

The NCAA Tournament Diff: Round of 64 Day 2

CLEVELAND -- Something's missing at the Q this weekend. "The Diff," the "statistic" from the Gund Arena days that tells viewers the difference between the number of points the two teams have scored in plus/minus format, was blacked out on the hardwired media room scoreboard by the NCAA. It was removed from the...

Game 7-092: NCAA First Four, Game 3

It's the second day of the inaugural First Four, and the kind of matchup Dayton is used to: between a SWAC No. 4 seed and a Southland No. 7. Bally lands the greatest temp job in the world: guarding Gus Johnson's gametime snacks. (He's a big fan of Whoppers... count it!) An unconscious performance by a man who...

Game 7-093: NCAA First Four, Game 4

All in for VCU. It's the NCAA Tournament, and it's the return of eight versus five. As for 11 and 12 seeds playing in to the Big Bracket, we now have two games' worth of visual evidence, and it takes a lot of BLAPP to get through these games. Also: Google searches for "orange basketball doll" skyrocket, Bally...

The NCAA Tournament Diff: Round of 64 Day 1

CLEVELAND -- We'd be remiss if we didn't give you The Diff. Especially considering where we are this weekend! We do this every season during the NCAA Tournament: We sidestep the boilerplate game previews and give you the only numbers that really matter. For the games involving teams in Other 25 conferences,...

Game 7-090: NCAA First Four, Game 1

It's a day of first firsts. The first day of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, the first night of the 68-team future, the first First Four, the first this. This now is not like the past 10 years of the Play-In Game, when tickets were ten bucks and fathers could afford to bring their sons out to the arena. The First...

Game 7-091: NCAA First Four, Game 2

During a blowout, you need blowout material. In this case, a lot of talk about formal wear, Doctor Who and the All-Bowtie Team would have to suffice. Meanwhile, on the floor, UAB took a long and hard road to make it to the NCAA Tournament, overcoming past mistakes and a badly-timed loss to qualify for one of...

As-You-Go Bracket, As-You-Go! (clap, clap)

DAYTON -- So let's get the so-called expertise out of the way first. Utah State and Belmont are way underseeded, as in "duh." Saint Mary's and Harvard would have been given at-large bids if the selection committee was made up of poets. But that's not the way it works. The reasons for all of the above can be...

Tourney Central 3/13/2011 (Day 13)

On the penultimate day of Championship Fortnight, more hoisted nets, climbed ladders, cut nets and commemorative ballcaps than on any other day of the year. Congratulations to the winners of automatic bids in ten conferences on Saturday. Utah State backed up its regular season championship with a tourney title....

Champions Of Hoops Nation 2011

If college basketball has taught us anything, it's that there's nothing that becomes irrelevant more suddenly than Championship Fortnight. Once the NCAA Tournament bracket is released, the previous two weeks slip into history... very quickly. But one thing that has to be remembered: the teams that won these tourneys...

Game 7-089: Atlantic 14 Championship

After ten days, six leagues, 21 games, over 2,000 miles and two all-night drives, Championship Fortnight is at an end for us. It all culminates in the Atlantic 14 title game, and Spider destiny. Butt thieves, halftime Atlantic City style, why we don't hate Joe Lunardi, cake, rocking the all-tourney team vote,...

Tourney Central 3/12/2011 (Day 12)

A hearty 'Ray' for Bucknell, winners of the Patriot League for the first time since the mid-decade golden years. It was the beginning of the final chapter of Championship Fortnight 2011, a weekend that will conclude all remaining business before Selection Sunday. There are no fewer than 10 games on Saturday with...

Game 7-085/086: Atlantic 14 Quarterfinals

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Game 7-087/088: Atlantic 14 Semifinals

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Tourney Central 3/11/2011 (Day 11)

There were no championship games on the tenth day of Championship Fortnight, but there was a full set of seed upsets that transformed brackets. The biggest one came in Conference USA, where No. 8 East Carolina stunned regular season champions UAB in overtime. It was a day for luck No. 7 seeds. Texas-San Antonio...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 717

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 717 It's been a crazy week: storming the court, driving through a snowstorm, and seeing lots and lots of games up close. We are half-alive and fully excited about being in Atlantic City this weekend for the grand finale of Championship Fortnight, and to see the Atlantic One crowned....

Game 7-081/082/083/084: Mid-American Quarterfinals

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Tourney Central 3/10/2011 (Day 10)

Congratulations to Northern Colorado, who just needed seven years to go from new Division I independent to the NCAA tournament as members of the Big Sky -- the Bears overcame the conference champions from Montana for the title. Back east, Long Island won the Northeast Conference championship in an overtime thriller...

Game 7-080: Northeast Championship

A classic championship game in the Northeast Conference, as Long Island defeated two-time defending champions Robert Morris in overtime. LIU would be one of the greatest programs in the history of college basketball in an alternate timeline. And that it was a team entirely made up of players from outside the...

Tourney Central 3/9/2011 (Day 9)

Three more champions on Tuesday, and we salute them. Two are familiar NCAA names. Oakland repeated as Badlands champions, and 2010 national runners-up Butler shook off a regular season of ups and downs by reclaiming the top spot in the Horizon League. But Championship Fortnight had its first eternal highlight...

Game 7-079: Princeton at Penn

The final conference regular season game in the country, one of the most ancient and storied rivalries in Hoops Nation. A lot on the line, too. Princeton wins to force an Ivy playoff against Harvard at Yale on Saturday. The final college game for five Quaker seniors, the first class since the Jack McCloskey...

Tourney Central 3/8/2011 (Day 8)

Congratulations to the newest champions of Hoops Nation. On Monday night, Old Dominion defended its Colonial Athletic Association tourney title with a win over death-rival VCU. In the SoCon, Wofford won its second-ever and second straight automatic bid by defeating Charleston. Saint Peter's, the No. 5 seed in...

Game 7-078: Metro Atlantic Championship

It's a title game. Scissors, nets, ladders, and trophies too. Serious ESPN2 airtime for Bally. Memories of MAAC hair: Mike Frensley and the ponytail, and Ricky Soliver Mohawk Night at Iona. The Journey medley from "Glee" fails to inspire, we attempt to extend the legend of James Naismith to Ben Franklin proportions,...

Tourney Central 3/7/2011 (Day 7)

Congratulations to Indiana State. The No. 3 Sycamores will be taking TreeFever all the way to the NCAA Tournament after beating both top seeds in the Missouri Valley. Missouri State wasn't the only team forced into using an NIT card. George Mason was taken out 79-63 by VCU in the Colonial semifinals. Metro Atlantic...

Game 7-075/076: Metro Atlantic Semifinals

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Game 7-077: America East Semifinal

In the aftermath of yet another top seed crash on Severance Sunday (Vermont), No. 2 Boston University fights homestanding Hartford for the right to host the championship game. Turnovers vs. missed shots, and eye-popping per-possession numbers aren't quite what they seem. Dinner is served, and the Bowtie Brotherhood...

Stardate 120-20110307: Don't Be a Stranger

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Last week, I went to a late regular-season matchup between Rhode Island and George Washington. These days when I go to games, I sit in the front row wearing a suit and sneakers at a desk, with a touchscreen computer for dispatching short bursts of information to the internet. This implies...

Tourney Central 3/6/2011 (Day 6)

Congratulations to the first three champions of Hoops Nation for 2011. Morehead State won its second OVC championship in three years. UNC Asheville, the school with the second-lowest athletic budget in Division I ($3.2 million) will represent the Big South after upending regular season champions Coastal Carolina...

Game 7-071/072/073/074: America East Quarterfinals

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Tourney Central 3/5/2011 (Day 5)

Now it's mad, as in madness. Among the 22 teams eliminated from National Championship contention on Friday, Murray State became the first in Hoops Nation to be forced into using their NIT card. Tennessee Tech chased the Racers 64-59 at the OVC semis in Nashville. Three defending champions were sent home. In addition...

Game 7-069/070: Metro Atlantic First Round

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Tourney Central 3/4/2011 (Day 4)

On the third day of Championship Fortnight, the first final was set. UNC Asheville, the No. 3 in the Big South, will face top seed Coastal Carolina on Saturday. There were nothing but upsets in the Atlantic Sun. No. 6 North Florida hung on to upend city rival No. 3 Jacksonville 68-64 in the Atlantic Sun quarterfinals,...

Game 7-068: America East First Round

Championship Fortnight begins with the other side of March: a low-seed eliminator between recent champions Binghamton and the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. "Ladies and gentlemen, there will not be a national anthem for this game. Here are the starting lineups." Also: "Teach Me How To Bally," the...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 716

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 716 Championship Fortnight is in full swing, and the lights are going out every day on our tote board. What will the shape of the constellation be when it's all over? Come by and join us with your speculations and musings at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard. We are in Bridgeport, Conn....

Tourney Central 3/3/2011 (Day 3)

In Day Two of Championship Fortnight, five higher seeds advanced. Three higher seeds went down. Patriot League No. 6 Lafayette upset No. 3 Holy Cross, never trailing in a 77-70 win. In the Ohio Valley, neither of the first round games went according to seed. No. 8 Tennessee-Martin ended Tennessee State's downward-spiral...

Game 7-067: George Washington at Rhode Island

There's a bye on the line! Atlantic 14 tiebreakers and scoreboard-watching, another Senior Night (with the student section), A-14 Title R compliance, small amounts on giant checks, Jack Kvancz's retirement, and the deep history of the term "mid-major." @midmajority Game Tweets18:44 Game No. 7-067: George Washington...

Stardate 116-20110303: Sportz Party

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Championship Fortnight is two days old, but for us it truly begins now. Tonight is the America East's No. 8 vs. No. 9 game between UMBC and Binghamton, and we will be there. It would be just another bottom-seed wipeout in an mostly-empty neutral arena, except that these are two of the conference's...

Tourney Central 3/2/2011 (Day 2)

The Big South and Horizon League opened elimination play on Tuesday. The four Horizon games went according to seed, but there was a big 7-over-2 upset in the BSC.Shay Shine, best known for his #omgdunx, scored 26 points and led Big South No. 7 High Point to a 66-60 upset of No. 2 Liberty. The Flames end the 2010-11...

Stardate 115-20110302: One More Chance To Try To Save My Soul

KINGSTON, R.I. -- The stars are beginning to flicker and burn out in the elimination games. For others, it's far from over. Here, one final look at the remaining league regular season races as we move towards getting all the rest of the Other 25 conferences in the gate and ready for bracket time. It's a long,...

Tourney Central 3/1/2011 (Day 1)

The calendar says March 1. Repeat: March 1. Elimination games begin this evening on the first day of Championship Fortnight. For the fourth straight year, we will be providing daily updates to the tourney brackets, an avalanche of Basketball State information, and links to resources from the competing schools'...

Stardate 114-20110301: Something Lucky About This Place

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- First of all, a great big thank you to every single person who got in on the Team Ballz promotion yesterday. They sold out in just under eight hours, and there are going to be some awesome new Ballz births in Hoops Nation in April. There were some folks who ended up late and heartbroken too....

The History of the Conference Tournament

To celebrate the beginning of March and Championship Fortnight, here is an excerpt from Chapter 13 of One Beautiful Season. This section covers the birth and evolution of the "conference tournament," in parallel to the fits and starts of the national overall title procedure. From regional challenges and scheduling...

Stardate 113-20110228: Like Sonny Liston

BOSTON -- There was never any master plan to any of it. The four-stage season and its familiar rhythms were formed by generations of pushes and pulls, and the best concepts became traditions. Putting the non-conference games at the beginning, holding separate league round-robins and eliminators, the bid-based...

Game 7-065: Cornell at Penn

Kid Reporter Night at The Palestra! Suit separates, the taste of tweets, a Corky Calhoun sighting, mascot senior night, Keepin' It Klassy with the Sigma Kappa tug-of-war team, and Cornell hijacks the Power of Booba. @midmajority Game Tweets18:52 Game 7-065: Cornell at Penn. Where you want to be. http://img.ly/36bT18:56...

Game 7-063: Columbia at Penn

30fps Palestra home shopping, #omgivydunx, the Good Drinks, Ben & Ed & William, golden pants, and Bally's greatest TV moment. Ever. @midmajority Game Tweets18:35 RT @SethHunt105: @midmajority Ooooo an envelope for me that says "Do not bend." The return address is from a Mr. B. B. Basketball. What could...

Game 7-064: Saint Bonaventure at Saint Joseph's

Phil Martelli: don't call him Coach? Hard times on City Line, Hawk funerals, welding Saint Bonaventure back together after a decade of adversity, buff mascots, and THE BELLYFILLERS. @midmajority Game Tweets15:47 Game No. 7-064: Saint Bonaventure at Saint Joseph's. A14 sadz. http://img.ly/369p16:00 SJU 2-11...

Game 7-062: Milwaukee at Cleveland State

Horizon League shoe blogging, rigged Dougie contests, airport codes, smoke and mirrors, and Milwaukee's big destiny-grab. @midmajority Game Tweets18:27 Game 7-062: Milwaukee at Cleveland State. You, me, Bert, Iris, and Horizon League destiny. http://img.ly/35lm18:34 Whenever I come to the Wolstein, I always...

Stardate 110-20110225: Stars You Never Could See

PHILADELPHIA -- Earlier this week, Caltech ended a 26-year, 310-game conference losing streak by beating Occidental 46-45. Last night in Shreveport, previously winless Centenary ended a 33-game skid (one away from the Division I record) by beating Western Illinois at home. It sure is tempting to fit these two...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 715

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 715 It's the final regular season weekend for everyone, and a few leagues start tourneys next Tuesday. That means one more full week of Stardates, Tourney Central, and four days of overlap. For the time being, it's time to chat about all the league races, tiebreaker possibilities,...

Stardate 109-20110224: One Beautiful Season Later

CLEVELAND -- Once upon a time, there was this really thick book, and it had a bunch of stuff about college basketball in it. No, not the book you're thinking of, I'm talking about One Beautiful Season. I wrote that, last summer! A few thousand people went ahead and bought it (perhaps you? ), and it's not out...

Stardate 108-20110223: Shootaround Deluxe

CHICAGO -- Every single one of the conference games going on tonight, and tomorrow, and Friday and Saturday too, were scheduled months in advance by a league office (or, in some cases, years ago). Some were circled rivalry games worth driving a day for, others were just-anothers. In early March, that completely...

Stardate 107-20110222: The Stretch Drive

CHICAGO -- BracketBusters 2011 can be summed up tidily in one paragraph. Utah State came back from 10 down at Saint Mary's to earn a rsum win. As the Missouri Valley -- the most successful conference in the short and strange history of BracketBusters -- bombed out with a 3-7 showing, three top teams in the Colonial...

GAME 7-060: BUTLER AT ILLINOIS-CHICAGO

The power, passion and glory of ALLCAPSGAME 2011. @midmajority Game Tweets14:11 ROBO KREPS HAS SCORED THE FIRST BASKET OF THE #ALLCAPSGAME #BEEP #BOOP14:13 COREY GRAY HITS A #SUPERHOOP AND UIC IS UP 5-3 EARLY. #SUPERHOOP LOOKS MORE IMPORTANT IN #ALLCAPS #ALLCAPSGAME14:13 RT @STETSONSID: @midmajority WOOO ALL...

Game 7-061: Missouri State at Valparaiso

Dickie V visits Valpo, BracketBusters balloon madness, lime green accents, and Horizon League dick jokes. @midmajority Game Tweets17:21 Game No. 7-061: Missouri State at Valparaiso. ARCetBuster. http://img.ly/33cr17:24 At the end of the first quarter, it's 19-15 Valpo. Crusaders came out hot, but Mo State is...

Game 7-059: Southern Utah at IUPUI

Bally goes college, the most Caucasian And 1 Mixtape Tour stop ever, Badlands swimming and diving, Mid-Con Appreciation Night, and a return to the scene of an old temp job. @midmajority Game Tweets18:18 Yo, Bub. http://img.ly/32ce18:45 Game No. 7-059: Southern Utah at IUPUI. "Zoo Cage" was taken.18:49 While...

STARDATE 103-20110218: ALL CAPS

CHICAGO -- Once upon a time in a city of big windy shoulders, there was a basketball game between two schools at the bottom of the Horizon League. Loyola (Ill.) beat the University of Illinois at Chicago 55-50. This wasn't any ordinary game. This game, held on January 18, 2010 at the UIC Pavilion, went down...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 714

Bracket Sale! Everything Must (As-You) Go!

March is coming, and that means brackets, brackets, brackets. We fill them out a little differently around here. We don't enter office pools or fill them out ahead of time. The best bracket is a blank one that stays blank until the games start. Then, as the games are complete, we write in the winners in the...

Game 7-058: Rice at Marshall

The Thundering Herd, the Owls, the ghost of Cam Henderson, Title R segregation issues, hard-dunxing Iranians, and Bally and Cusie kiss and make up. @midmajority Game Tweets19:01 Game No. 7-058: Rice at Marshall. They are Marshall! http://img.ly/31K319:04 Lightsticks. http://img.ly/31K619:06 Conference USA!...

Stardate 102-20110217: Only Love Can Bust Your Bracket

INDIANAPOLIS -- Things were different eight years ago. Folks were afraid of SARS. Valerie Plame was still anonymous. People still had AOL e-mail addresses. This website, Bally Basketball, and Willow Smith's recording career weren't even figments of imagination yet. But in 2003, a huge TV sports network had a...

Game 7-057: George Mason at VCU

VCU hadn't lost two consecutive games at the Siegel Center since it opened. Broken streak, broken hearts, broken signboard. @midmajority Game Tweets18:50 Game No. 7-057: George Mason at VCU. Kind of an important game. http://img.ly/31i218:54 Got something for you! RT @WM_VA_Josh: There's @midmajority...trust...

Stardate 101-20110216: Dream Seasons

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- March really is here before we know it, because there's half a week missing out of February. This month wasn't designed that way -- and nothing was adjusted for our benefit or anything -- but it's still disorienting and disruptive to look at a calendar and realize that in two weeks, teams...

Stardate 100-20110215: Hell For Hundred

RICHMOND, Va. -- For most of recorded history, things that weren't paid for didn't happen. Take the Old West, for instance. You think saloons allowed tabs? As long as there were four-legged vehicles tied to the post out front, every customer represented a potential flight risk. Plus, there was always the chance...

Game 7-056: Howard at Norfolk State

Behold the green and gold, most specifically the Spartan Legion band. @midmajority Game Tweets20:22 Game No. 7-056: Howard at Norfolk State. Echols Hall. http://img.ly/30Iq20:27 It's a very exciting race in the MEAC this year: Hampton, BCC, Morgan, Coppin on the outside track. This, tonight, is not a part...

Game 7-050: Yale at Harvard

"Ten Thousand Men of Harvard": the original Ivy League smac-rap. @midmajority Game Tweets18:14 #FF @findthelastman. Take *that*, Christmas Creep!18:17 RT @LoyolanSports: @midmajority Happy birthday to the ultimate Lions Hank Gathers. #44 would have turned 44 today. #HappybirthdayHank19:42 Game 7-050: Yale at...

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The Woods

Once you give over your entire identity to a sport, the lines that separate the game and real life start to disappear. Welcome to The Woods, a new 22-essay anthology from TMM's Season 16.