Author Mike Miller

28 entries

My School: Butler

When Kyle proposed the series of fan essays about various schools in the Mid-Majority, I hesitated about writing about mine. It's not like Butler has been starved of column inches by the national media or TMM. Butler has almost reached a Gonzaga-esque point where some folks might prefer calling th...

For Now, It's OK to Hope

On the first full night of the college basketball season, both Morgan State and Xavier could take the court at Cintas Center full of hope of a great season ahead.Morgan State took the cou...

Always Expect the Unexpected

If you tried to come up with story ideas prior to Saturday's game at Millett Hall between Miami University (don't call the school Miami of Ohio, unless you want to be beaten with a stick) and Belmont, you were wasting your time. Belmont was the presumptive favorite, heading into the contest as one of the sexy...

'Twas the Game Before Christmas

'Twas the game before Christmas and through UD Arena,12,000 people were cackling, like laughing hyenas. The fans were decked in their blue and their red, Excited for a victory that la...

Come Into My Pretty, Pretty Pain Cave

If you ever attend a game between Wright State and Butler, you may want to bring a mouthpiece. Just in case. Last year's game at the Nutter Center seemed more like a mixed martial-arts fight than a basketball game. I coined the phrase "Octagon of Doom" to describe the game and the Horizon League title race...

Instant Karma's Gonna Get You

Instant Karma's gonna get you, gonna knock you right on the headyou better get yourself togetherPretty soon you're gonna be dead. Karma seems to have gotten the better of Xavier lately. ...

Hoops in the Shadow of XLVI

There was a big sporting event going on in Indianapolis last weekend, and it wasn't at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Indeed, the city's attention was transfixed on downtown and Sports Bubble Stadium for the World Championship of American Gridiron Football. Downtown was abuzz with activity in the days prior to the Super...

AVOIDING THE FINAL BUZZER

I'M JUST GOING TO COME OUT AND SAY IT. THE ONLY REASON TO ATTEND SATURDAY'S GAME AT MILLETT HALL WAS TO WRITE A RECAP FOR ALL CAPS DAY. BOTH TEAMS WERE SOLIDLY IN THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE. MIAMI ENTERED THE CONTEST AT 7-15, 3-7 IN THE MAC. CENTRAL MICHIGAN WAS EVEN WORSE AT 7-16 AND 2-8...

One More Chance to Try to Save Their Soul

When I really got hooked into the Mid-Majority community three years ago, I resolved to go to at least one college arena every year that I had never been to and normally wouldn't have a good reason to go to. At the beginning of this season, I had pinpointed a weekend where Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky...

The Battle of the Bricks

Every once in a while, something happens that reminds you that we take this game too seriously. Friday night was one of those times. The second leg of the Battle of the Bricks, the rivalry between Miami University and Ohio University, was supposed to be played on Friday night. However, an outbreak of tornadoes...

Same As It Ever Was

You may ask yourself, how did we get here? Well, the results of Saturday's George Washington-Dayton game, along with other results around the Atlantic 10 Saturday, led to the exact same matchup being played three days later in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship. Had George Washington realized after...

Escaping Purgatory

Writer's Note: This recap was written months ago, but eaten by a hard drive failure on my computer. This is an attempt to recreate a much better recap.Purgatory: The condition or temporary punishment in which, it is believed, the souls of those who die in a state of grace are made ready for Heaven.While the concept...

The Politics of Dancing - QuadPIG Game 1

When I first heard that President Obama and Great Britain Prime Minister David Cameron were going to attend our beloved Quad-PIG, I immediately noted the following on twitter "Get down there REALLY EARLY then." While a Presidential visit certainly legitimizes one of "The Most Honest Games in College Basketball,"...

Sad If They Lost It - QuadPIG Game 2

With Game 1 of the QuadPIG over, it was time to kill the massive amount of time between games. Since my evening food consumption to that point consisted of a giant candy bar and NCAA-appropriate sports beverage, I headed to the concession area. As expected, the area was packed, but hardly anyone was actually buying...

This Rivalry Goes To 11

Since around this time last year, Butler fans and Xavier fans knew that their teams would meet on November 13, 2012 at 4 p.m. in Cintas Center. Both schools had agreed to play a home-and-home series as part of ESPN's Tip-Off Hoops Marathon, continuing a recently-renewed rivalry from the old Midwestern Collegiate...

The New Nostalgia

Wright State is a bit of a challenged university. It has only been an independent institution for 45 years, it was a branch campus of Ohio State and Miami University until it became autonomous in 1967. WSU is generally viewed as inferior to its Division I neighbor, The University of Dayton, or other nearby universities...

Welcome, We Are With You

College basketball. You can't find it in the dictionary, but you can find it in Wikipedia: "College basketball is the USA basketball competitive governance structure established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)." That might be what it is, but it's not totally accurate and certainly not...

Not So Fast!

From time to time, I've tried my hand at coaching soccer. I even coached a girls varsity high school team for one season when the school was desperate for a coach. My career high school record as a coach is 5-10, although our team did reach the sectional final though a somewhat kind draw. As a soccer coach,...

Get Some Mid-Majority Christmas Bling!

Hey! You! It's only 26 days until Christmas! Do you have that special gift picked out for that RedHawk fan in your life? Well, look no further! Take a look at this beauty! That's right, it's a Miami RedHawk Flip Flop Charm Bracelet! What better way to express you love and honor for Miami than with this rhinestone...

It Just Didn't Matter

Admittedly, my memories of the events of December 29, 2001 are a bit vague. Part of that is the lapse of time and part of it is the fact that I did not actually attend the final of the Hoosier Classic at Conseco Fieldhouse between host Indiana and Butler. I can't remember why I didn't go to the game. The game...

The Washington Generals Had a Better Chance

With the number of games dwindling as the holidays approached, I didn't have many choices locally that fit into my schedule. I hadn't attended a Cincinnati game yet, and the number of opportunities to do so in a game that would count were running out. Plus, last year I witnessed a Red Line Upset when Presbyterian...

Want You, Coocoo, Caanan-Ball!

There is one band from Dayton that has received a cult following and has become a bit of a muse in the Mid-Majority, that band being Robert Pollard and Guided By Voices of course. But GBV wasn't the only band to emerge from the Dayton music scene. Funk legends The Ohio Players came out of Dayton in the 70s....

Everything You Know is Wrong

When word got out last season that Butler would be playing a home-and-home series with Vanderbilt starting in 2012, I knew that it would be a must go road trip if I could make it. Having seen Vanderbilt's Memorial Gymnasium on television, I knew it was one of the most unique venues in college basketball. Add...

Murfreesboro Not So Rockin' Eve

When I decided to go to the Butler-Vanderbilt game, I knew that I wanted to check out at least one more game during the trip. I really wanted to check out Belmont, but they didn't have a game at home during the time I was down there. Tennessee State had a game, but it was at the same time as the Butler game....

They Come From the Land of the Ice and Snow

When you arrive on the campus of Northern Kentucky University, you notice that it doesn't have a lot of personality. There's a reason why; it hasn't been there long enough to develop one. NKU wasn't an independent university until 1968, and has only been on its current site since 1972. Most of the buildings...

They've Got Bulldog Skin

I've seen many games inside UD Arena. It was often the host of the sectional that my high school played in. I've also witnessed several Dayton and NCAA tournament games inside the venue as well. The one thing I hadn't seen is my college alma mater, Butler, play there. For a few years in the late 80s and the...

They're Not as Good as They Once Was

I had yet to visit Oxford, Ohio or Miami University yet this season. That may not seem strange, except that Miami is the closest Division I school from my home. I'm not the only one that has struggled to find a reason to attend a Miami basketball game this season. Millett Hall was only seeing an average of...

Yeah. It's Worth It

The commitment and dedication it takes to be a Division I college athlete is insane. Not only do you have to manage a full-time class load of 15-18 credit hours each semester, you have 20 hours of practices and games each week during the season, and that doesn't account for any travel time. Even in the "offseason,"...

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