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The Mid-Majority Interview: Donnie Tyndall

In 2006, after 10 years as an assistant at Idaho, LSU and Middle Tennessee, Donnie Tyndall took over the Morehead State program after a 4-23 season led to a complete housecleaning. Very little introduction was necessary; Tyndall attended MSU, where he played for the Eagles for three seasons and lett...

Sunday Funnies: Bold Moves

Sexi Swett: The Ball is in your court.

A Very Mid-Majority Christmas 2

A whole three of you e-mailed me and asked if I was doing the holiday gift guide again. My first response was, "What holiday gift guide?" It's been five years and a day since I spent half an hour writing up the last one, and if people remember it, they either have been spending time in the archives...

Road Report: December 9

NASHVILLE -- In the various regions of Hoops Nation, there are regional customs and rules that specifically dictate to whom people are nice, exactly how much they're nice to them, and when. In the Deep South, where I spent much of November, everybody's nice to you until you're not around. In the N...

Road Report: Snatches and Dispatches

Game No. 024 - Dayton at Miami Wednesday, December 2, 2009 OXFORD, Oh. -- Treble does not exist in Millett Hall; the building is literally made of pure bass. When the public address announcer calls out the name of a player who's scored a basket, you feel the announcement deep in your stomach. Eve...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 605

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Road Report: Tales of the CPIA

Ever have one of those months? Not about one of "those months," not the vague, indefinite bad stretch of luck the phrase usually implies. I am talking about an oddly specific month. Maybe what I really mean is "that month." You thought you had everything in line -- planning, good health, infrastruc...

The Mid-Majority Interview: Rick Byrd

Rick Byrd has coached at Belmont University since 1986, and brought his program to national prominence with three consecutive Atlantic Sun tourney championships. As a No. 15 seed in 2008, the Bruins suffered a near-miss against Duke, losing the lead in the final minute of a classic game. Despite ret...

Sunday Funnies: Fall of the Ball

What's in it?

Virtual Home Games

Schools like Tennessee Tech and Northwestern State, from conferences like the Ohio Valley and the Southland, spend much the first two months of the season trading humiliation for money in guarantee games. But those opportunities usually disappear when teams move up to the next level, out of the deep...

Road Report: Greetings from... Spartanburg!

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- In the South, it's hard to find a place that's not overrun with SEC this or ACC that. There are very few cities and towns down here that don't bleed some weird color. But tucked into the upper nublet of South Carolina, at the intersection of two important Interstate highways, ...

Mid-Majority D.I.Y., Part 5: Truck Stops

The road is full of questions, mysteries. Why are three-digit Interstates that start with even numbers loops, the ones with odd numbers spurs, and why can't they ever follow their own rules about that? What does "certified business location" mean? Jackie Robinson, Christopher Reeve, Michael J. Fox...

Bubble Friction

Every year around the holidays, a team south of the Red Line unleashes a surprise stretch of inspired play. Upset kings can spring up from any corner of Hoops Nation. One year, it could be Rhode Island, Nevada, Pacific or Davidson. Or in 2009, it could be William & Mary, Portland, Charlotte or Weste...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 606

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Road Report: Athens and Evansville

INDIANAPOLIS -- If you were a young boy once, or just a 1990's sitcom character, you probably passed odd hours engaging in the classic game of playground speculation -- who would win? Who'd prevail in a fight between Superman and Spiderman? The Incredible Hulk of the Green Giant? My dad or your dad?...

The Mid-Majority Interview: Tim Capstraw

There's no other way to introduce our subject; Tim Capstraw is a Mid-Majority god. A Red Line legend. We offered homage all the way back in Season 1, after Game 59 of the 100 Games Project, but it took us five years to properly pay tribute, by letting the man speak in this space. Mr. Capstraw was t...

Sunday Funnies: Balltamont

I want to make a dunk shot on your highlight reel... can you really feel the way I really feel?

Assistant Sports Information Director for a Night

Sports information is like electricity or water. When the power's on and everything's flowing regularly, nobody notices. Everybody takes these things for granted. But whenever anything goes wrong, people act like it's the end of the world. Sports information directors are expected to be perfect, t...

Bubblefighters

INDIANAPOLIS -- What is the Sports Bubble? Can you see it? Would you recognize it if you could? Does it have a smell, touch, taste? Can its movements be tracked with GPS or radar? We know it exists, we know that. But in what dimension, on what plane of consciousness? There is no sole point of foc...

Road Report: Leaving Dayton

Guided By Voices "Dayton Ohio 19 Something and 5" Isn't it great to exist At this point in time? DAYTON, Ohio -- Schoolteacher-turned-rocker Robert Pollard, leader of the legendarily little-known and long-departed indie band Guided by Voices, has written thousands of songs -- literally. Only a ...

Road Report: A CPIA Christmas

INDIANAPOLIS -- Many stories are bolstered by a strong sense of place. Locations can affect and shape the motivations and actions of the humans that move within them, so much so that they become characters themselves. I don't know how many stories out there contain three-and-a-half star airport ...

The Beautiful Season, Part 2

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- One more drinker's holiday, and the calendar will flip. Many Americans are spending this week in silent fear of what's on the other side: a return to the bleak routine of five-day workweeks, the gray skies of short days, and January bills from December's illusions of prosperity. O...

Stat Crew Spotter for a Night

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- The date was December 21, 2007. The place: Manhattan College's Draddy Gymnasium. A small crowd, its numbers diminished by school break and holiday shopping, watched the homestanding Jaspers take on the Pepperdine Waves in just another pre-conference tuneup. Those who did show...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 607

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The Mid-Majority Interview: Mike Lonergan

It seems like just yesterday when the University of Vermont was winning three consecutive America East titles and upsetting Syracuse in the 2005 NCAA first round. In real time, the days of T.J. Sorrentine, Taylor Coppenrath and Ultra-Violence Mechanism were nearly five years away. After Tom Brennan ...

Sunday Funnies: Conspiracy?

Hoop Booz isn't going to solve your problems, my friend.

Road Report: Greetings from... Albany!

ALBANY, N.Y. -- There's a city that's 136 miles south down the Hudson that might be in an "Empire State of Mind," but this is the Empire State of Reality. Most of the laws and budgets that New York City must live with are written up here, in New York's true capital. Albany is one of the most impor...

Road Report: Trying Hard Now

PHILADELPHIA -- I was only four years old when Rocky was released. Even at a young age, I had an idea of its cultural impact; my mother kept a poster of Sylvester Stallone, muscles taut under a green tank top, in the downstairs bathroom. I didn't see the movie until I was a teenager in New York City...

Get Big

PHILADELPHIA -- Malik Rose asked me to go to Drexel. Not in person, but through a TV set. It was a somewhat elegant request, though -- it came in the form of two-point dunk shots and sweet jumpers, as he led the Dragons to a stunning 12-over-5 upset over Memphis in the first found of the 1996 NCAA...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 608

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The Mid-Majority Interview: David Worlock

Since all the "bracketologists" are coming out of the woodwork, that must mean that March is right around the corner. And it is! In exactly 65 short and symbolic days, the NCAA Selection Committee will release the pairings for the 2010 field. And we're also nearly 11 months past the most popular pos...

Sunday Funnies: ...Strikes Back!

Pick 'em baby. Pick 'em!

Identity

PHILADELPHIA -- On June 6, 2001, the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-101 in overtime. It was Game 1 of the NBA Finals, and the Allen Iverson-led Sixers catapulted to a quick series lead. It was a promising harbinger of a championship, since the game was out west, on the road. Ph...

Road Report: Empty City

NEW YORK CITY -- Who is the poet laureate of Long Island? I pondered this question as I walked along the Hempstead-Bethpage Turnpike from the train station towards Hofstra University, past Mexican laundromats and dimly lit gyro joints. In a flourescent storefront, ladies with tall hair were gettin...

Ah, That Moment's Gone

CHICAGO -- As we waited to fly out of Philadelphia on the big orange, yellow and blue bird this morning, we learned of the death of one of that city's greatest musical innovators and ambassadors. Teddy Pendergrass died following complications from cancer surgery, and he is now able to connect with t...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 609

Mid-Majority Chat Block (Kyle 2-3) It's a travel day for both of us, but you can still yappity-yap at Kyle at 2 pm ET. ...

Road Report: Good Morning Hoops Nation

INDIANAPOLIS -- I threw back the blinds. Behind a south-facing window was the capital city against a dusty chalkboard sky. The jagged comb of the skyline sputtered and twinkled in the night's final moments of darkness, set off against the great brick anchor that sat alongside to the immediate righ...

Sunday Funnies: In Training!

Feeling tall now.

Bally's Dream: The Book

Let me tell you a story you may not believe. (It's all true, I promise! No, really! Don't leave!) It's about my friend Bally, who's orange and round, And the wonderful dream world he magically found. WICHITA, Kan. -- If you're a super-longtime readers, or if you've just happened by in the past 36...

Road Report: Greetings from... Edwardsville!

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- When I come to a place, I try to get a sense of it, learn its moods and rhythms. So I drive around the neighborhoods. If you want to understand how people live, you have to go to where they live, and see how they've developed their homesteads. I spend hours driving down resid...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 610

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The Mid-Majority Interview: Dominic Latkovski

Several times a year during our travels of 100-plus games, we'll run into a halftime show called ZOOperstars! Though the concept is simple -- double-lifesized mascots that are each a hybrid of a sports celebrity and a zoo animal -- it's still the weirdest and most awesome thing in the world. So what...

Sunday Funnies: Media Day!

Pain -5.5.

Valley Stories

We've spent most of the last week in the Missouri Valley Conference, an annual trip of ours since The Mid-Majority's second season. People often ask me, "Why do you always say that the Valley is the best mid-major conference in the country?" It's a harder sell nowadays, as the MVC will, most likel...

In the Band for a Day

BOSTON -- My high school, just an hour's drive north of here, wasn't big enough for a band -- unless you count the garage-rock outfits that banged out Grateful Dead covers in the dorm rooms. It wasn't until I got to college when I crossed paths with "pep band people," strange creatures who tended ...

Road Report: Ghost Story

PHILADELPHIA -- The Palestra, the concrete and steel Cathedral of College Basketball, opened in 1927 at 215 South 33rd Street, near the edge of the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, it's hosted 52 NCAA Tournament games, hundreds of Big 5 and Ivy League tilts, and thousands of c...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 611

Mid-Majority Chat Block Conference races are really heating up as most reach the halfway point, and the only way to put out the hot fire is with cool, refreshing chat. ...

Assistant Palestra Custodian for a Day

PHILADELPHIA -- They say the difference between home and the road is that when you're at your own place, you clean up. That the difference between a guest and a friend is that a friend will help with the dishes. So when I slept over at the Palestra on Wednesday night, a place I consider to be the ...

The Mid-Majority Interview: Seth Davis

Seth Davis is a professional sports journalist who worked his way up from the New Haven Register to a fact-checking job at Sports Illustrated, and then on to a 15-year, award-laden career covering college basketball (and golf) for SI's magazine and website. And you also might possibly recognize him ...

Mid-morphosis

The "meta-" prefix has its roots in Greek, and its etymological root just so happens to have sprung forth "mid-" as well. The original preposition meant, among other things, "with." In modern First World times, we have computers and the Internet. That proves that we're smarter than the ancient Greek...

The Hoops National: February 1, 2010

TMM Shortattentionspantheater! Siena (19-4, 12-0) has won 13 in a row now, and Butler (18-4, 11-0 Horizon) has a 10-game streak! And they could play each other in the Busters, yeah! (Don't forget, matchups are announced tonight!) Northern Iowa (19-2, 10-1 MVC) remains two games clear in the Valle...

Why Things Suck

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- This was going to be the day. Conditions could not have been more perfect. The Bryant Bulldogs, 0-21 on the season, had the struggling Monmouth Hawks right where they wanted them -- on the ropes. The newest member of the Northeast Conference sprung out to a 15-5 lead on the four...

BracketBusters Matchups 2010

As is annual tradition here at TMM, we've put together a full rundown of all 49 announced BracketBusters matchups, and this will likely be the most clicked-on page of the season once again. It's incredibly difficult to find a complete list of all the non-TV games, which are quietly announced by the ...

The Hoops National: February 2, 2010

College Hoops... by the Numbers! Last night, Jackson State held off Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the G!O!T!N! by a 72-67 count, stifling the Golden Lions' second-half comeback from out of a 17-point halftime hole. The Tigers withstood disqualifications on fouls to nearly their entire starting five, to ...

MMBOW #12: Ryan Thompson, Rider

Rider figured to be one of the teams that would step up challenge Siena's two-year stranglehold on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference -- heck, a single first-place vote for the Broncs was what kept the Saints from being a full-consensus top pick on media day back in October. And Rider, not Siena...

The Hoops National: February 3, 2010

I'll never forget Christmas 1987. The anticipation made my little underdeveloped heart jackrabbit in its bony cage. I recall bounding down the old toasty staircase, pushing my little sister aside, my eyes wide as canned hams. And there, 'neath the tinsel-topped tree, was the box I'd longed for so ...

National Pixelvision Day

National Pixelvision Day: Enhanced Coverage The hashtag is #pixelvision. Relevant Links InfoCenter/Trading Post | Huh? | The Pixelvision Patrol Pals Schedule of Events (all times Eastern) 6:30 pm - National Pixelvision Day Pregame Show 7:00 pm - East Coast games begin 10:00 pm - Halftime show f...

The Hoops National: February 4, 2010

Yesterday was National Pixelvision Day. We didn't make #pixelvision a Trending Topic -- we topped out at 0.03% of all Twitter traffic, which is about a tenth of what #UKnowUBrokeWhen got over the course of the evening. That's still pretty impressive, but what really matters is that there were peop...

The State of the Other 24: Week 8

The State of College Basketball is a ratings system that uses a lot of good basketball sense, per-game team performance ratings and degradation of older results to rank the teams from No. 1 to 344 (here's the long-winded version). In its overall form, it retroactively picked three of the Final Four ...

The Hoops National: February 5, 2010

One of the greatest paradoxes in our human condition is that we seek acceptance from a greater collective, when all we need in order to find fulfillment and satisfaction is one single Other from among those strange billions. Just one, somebody with whom you can lock eyes, who will say, "I understa...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 612

Mid-Majority Chat Block (2-4 pm ET) K-Dub holdin' it down for two hours. Werd. ...

Sunday Funnies: Thumb Bowl!!

Say, wouldn't you rather turn off the TV and have a thumb war with your friends instead? Here's how. ...

The Name on the Floor

Most of the great coaches in college basketball came from down here, below the Red Line. There are plenty of old friends in the national polls. Bill Self got his head coaching start at the Badlands Conference's very own Oral Roberts. Jay Wright got his current Villanova gig because he was so good ...

Last Man

Last summer, a friend in the basketball world sent me a brochure about an organization that puts together popular pursuit challenges in major American cities. The way the game works is that you're locked in the trunk of a car, your hands bound with tape, then you're taken to a undetermined locatio...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Olympic Edition

Mid-Majority Chat Block (Olympic Edition) Kyle's leaving the country for 16 Days of Glory, so come on by and enjoy this last Chat Block for a couple of weeks. ...

Every Goodbye is a Hello

SEATTLE -- The papers are in order: passport, car insurance, medical. The Canadian government's extradition order for Bally has been overturned, following several rounds of tense inter-embassy negotiations. I think we're ready for a border crossing. We will be at the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Van...

Every Hello is a Hello

SEATTLE -- Think of the most memorable, most exciting, most overwhelmingly intense moment you've experienced in the past month. Now imagine that kind of occurrence three, four or five times a day. For 16 consecutive days! This is what going to the Olympics is like. If you've been to the Games, you ...

Sympathy for the Content Monster

VANCOUVER, Feb. 24 -- I'm writing to you from the diiiiistant past. Wooooo-ooooo-oo. By the time you read this, the flame will be out, the [CENSORED - ed.] will be over, conference tourney time will have begun; I'll be a jello glob with re-entry syndrome and a fried immune system, telling everybod...

Tourney Central 3/3/2010 (Day 2)

Bullet Points Ten of 12 higher seeds won on the first evening of Championship Fortnight. The Big South semifinals will feature the four top teams in that league, and seeds Nos. 3 through 5 are through to the Horizon League second round. In the OVC quarterfinals, No. 6 Tennessee Tech upset No. 3 Aus...

Championship Fortnight: The Musical

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- It's 2010, and the future is now. We have androids and robots that do our bidding, we use magic phones, and all the kids are having droid sex on "virtual AOL." Everything either flies, glows, or has a touch screen. But there's one machine from the old-school that has not been ou...

Tourney Central 3/4/2010 (Day 3)

Bullet Points Day 2 saw the first major upset of this year's conference tourneys, as Atlantic Sun No. 8 Kennesaw State beat No. 1 Lipscomb. Kurtis Woods hit a layup with 10.8 seconds left to seal a 72-69 win for the Owls. It was Kennesaw's first game as a postseason-eligible team, and the first No....

Site of the Day!

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- In 1995, when the internet only had 200 sites on it, there was Mirsky's Worst of the Web. Every day, a mysterious dude named Mirsky would post a link to a badly designed or horribly conceived site, and make snarky fun of the design and content. Most webmasters had nightmares abo...

Tourney Central 3/5/2010 (Day 4)

Bullet Points The first championship game matchup is set. In the Big South, Coastal Carolina will host No. 3 Winthrop on Saturday. The Eagles upset defending champions Radford 61-46 on Coastal's home floor. Both lower seeds won in the two Atlantic Sun quarterfinals played on Thursday. No. 5 East Te...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 614

The Return of Mid-Majority Chat Block You can't spell "Championship Fortnight" without "chat." Things get started at 2 PM ET. ...

Tourney Central 3/6/2010 (Day 5)

Bullet Points Two more finals are set. All four of the top seeds are out at the Atlantic Sun, leaving No. 5 East Tennessee State and No. 6 Mercer to fight for the title. In the OVC, top two seeds Murray State and Morehead State will stage a showdown in Nashville tonight. In the 22 games on Friday, ...

Tourney Central 3/7/2010 (Day 6)

Bullet Points A mighty congratulations to the first three conference tourney winners. Winthrop is the Big South representative for the ninth time in 12 seasons. East Tennessee State repeated in the Atlantic Sun, out of a No. 5 seed. And dangerous Murray State won the championship of the Ohio Valley...

Tourney Central Extra: The Last Brackets

With the end of the regular season today, all conference tournament brackets on our side of the Red Line have been finalized. After the jump, opening brackets for the seven leagues starting up during the second week of Championship Fortnight: the MEAC, SWAC, Big West, Great West, Atlantic 14, WAC an...

Tourney Central 3/8/2010 (Day 7)

Bullet Points All hail Northern Iowa, repeat winners of the Missouri Valley Conference's Arch Madness. The top-seeded Panthers put on a strong second-half burst to defeat No. 2 Wichita State, 67-52. Four of Sunday's semifinals set up Monday championship games. The Colonial title comes down to a m...

Fortnight Memories

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- This is the last week we'll all be together, before the 23 Champions of Hoops Nation (and a few others) move on to the fourth and final round -- leaving everyone else to figure out what comes next. It's a bittersweet final few days, full of joy and anguish, ultimate wins and ter...

Tourney Central 3/9/2010 (Day 8)

Bullet Points A might victory whoop! for our four newest Hoops Nation champions. Old Dominion dropped William & Mary in the Colonial, to return to the Dance after three years away. Siena won the Metro Atlantic for the third straight year, but the Saints needed overtime to fight off brave Fairfield....

Who's Next?

Mid-Majority protocol dictates that we take a look back at some of the teams that outpaced modest expectations to put together solid seasons, despite not taking it to the big stage of the Big Dance. It's a leading indicator of sorts, a distant warning to current champions that there will be teams to...

Tourney Central 3/10/2010 (Day 9)

Bullet Points Three champions were crowned on Tuesday night. Please give it up for: Butler of the Horizon League, which crushed Wright State in that league's title game; the Sun Belt's North Texas, which has now split the last four championships with Western Kentucky; and Oakland, long-suffering G'...

TMM's Second Annual Floor-Storming Symposium

One makes for a one-off, but two constitutes a tradition. It's now unthinkable to end Season 6 without having our friends from Storming The Floor over during Championship Fortnight, to discuss one of the most hallowed of all college basketball rituals: the taking of the court. Our First Annual Flo...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 615

The Mid-Majority Chat Block: Championship Fortnight Edition How ya doin'? Did your team win, did it lose? Come join in a special mid-week chat on Wednesday at 2 PM ET to discuss all the weird wonders that encompass Championship Fortnight. ...

Tourney Central 3/11/2010 (Day 10)

Bullet Points Upsets! Congratulations to our unexpected champions from last night, as Robert Morris repeated in a sticky NEC final at top-seeded Quinnipiac, and Montana engineered a comeback for the Championship Fortnight ages in the Big Sky. The No. 4-seeded Grizzlies were down by 20 at halftime t...

Love vs. the Loophole

CLEVELAND -- Just as you don't need to put lipstick on the P.I.G., Championship Fortnight doesn't need any pretty dressing. It's compelling competition that sells itself. March basketball is elimination basketball, and we need to get 31 from 347 before we whittle 65 down to a single champion. It...

Tourney Central 3/12/2010 (Day 11)

Bullet Points There were no bids awarded on Thursday. Instead, many of the late leagues held quarterfinal rounds, setting up semifinals for today. The Southland and WAC put forward their top four seeds, but MEAC No. 5 Hampton snuck past No. 4 Hampton. The SWAC's bracket now has a 2-3-5-8 setup; Tex...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 616

The Mid-Majority Chat Block; Championship Fortnight Edition OK, we had some technical difficulties, but let's try this again. I can haz Championship Fortnight Chat Block? ...

The Weak Ones Fall, The Strong Carry On

CLEVELAND -- It was February 19, 2009, 11:49 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, during our nine-hour BracketBusters marathon chat. We have a lot of people sign in with names that aren't theirs, but we hadn't had any multi-platinum rock stars show up before. [Comment From Tom Petty] Two questions. 1) Wh...

Tourney Central 3/13/2010 (Day 12)

Bullet Points In the Patriot League, your champions are the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. The former Engineers defeated their cross-valley rival Lafayette with a strong second-half burst, and will go to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time. Higher seeds were 12-4 on Friday. The No. 3 over No. 2 upset w...

Tourney Central 3/14/2010 (Day 13)

Bullet Points Seven championships were decided on the penultimate day of Championship Fortnight. All hail Vermont, back in the Dance for the first time since 2005 (Season 1) and also for the first time in the Mike Lonergan era. Congratulations to Morgan State; the Bears navigated the always-difficu...

Ladies and Gentlemen, We Have a Bracket

Happy Selection Sunday, the day when Christmas morning comes at 6 pm. ...

Champions of Hoops Nation 2010

INDIANAPOLIS -- We pause to repect the accomplishments of Utah State, Richmond and Xavier. Heck, even Gonzaga. And even though we don't draw the line between power conferences and "none of the above" the same way as the people on TV, there were some other schools that don't play in the Premier Leagu...

STOP. Don't Fill It Out.

INDIANAPOLIS -- I see you printing out that CBS blank bracket at work, starting to fill it out in pencil. (You like Murray State's chances for the upset, I see.) I noticed that you'd opened a Fantasy account at ESPN,com, getting ready to fill out 10 different contingency entries. (But you're defin...

Mid-Majority Tournament Chat Block No. 2

Tournament Chat Block No. 2 Due to unpopular demand, we are holding one-hour Chat Blocks every day this week. Here's the schedule (all times EDT): Monday at 3 pm, Tuesday at 2 pm, Wednesday at 1 pm, Thursday and Friday at 5 pm. And don't forget about our bracket contest! ...

Too Big Yo

You've heard the old story before. A bunch of crazy college kids record a silly rap on someone's laptop, one of them just so happens to be a star player for a NCAA Tournament-bound mid-major team, and they upload it to YouTube. Then, some fans find it. Then it goes national, yadda yadda yadda, and t...

P.I.G. Party 2010

DAYTON, Ohio -- Just the word "playoffs" tightens heart muscles, bates breaths, causes sleepless and nervous palpitations. Fans can't wait for the fun to begin. In the professional ranks of American-Style Football, "wild card weekend" is the start of a month of lost weekends. ALDS and NLCS and con...

Mid-Majority Tournament Chat Block No. 3

Tournament Chat Block No. 3 Due to unpopular demand, we are holding one-hour Chat Blocks every day this week. Here's the schedule (all times EDT): Monday at 3 pm, Tuesday at 2 pm, Wednesday at 1 pm, Thursday and Friday at 5 pm. And don't forget about our bracket contest! ...

A Day for Dreaming

It's the Wednesday before the Thursday of the Tournament, a day for hopes and dreams and wishes. Today, we're all still believing that the impossible will become possible. Every time we play the games in our heads, those teen seeds from one-bid leagues always seem to find a way to pull out wins in t...

Mid-Majority Tournament Chat Block No. 4

Tournament Chat Block No. 4 Due to unpopular demand, we are holding one-hour Chat Blocks every day this week. Here's the schedule (all times EDT): Monday at 3 pm, Tuesday at 2 pm, Wednesday at 1 pm, Thursday at 5 pm and Friday at 5 pm. Thursday's Chat Block will be at 6 pm EDT because of the spill...

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David & Goliath: A Love Story

A new underdog book about disadvantage, survival, justice and probabilities by Kyle Whelliston, coming late 2019 Q2.