Author Raymond Curren

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Quinnipiac continues its march toward the "Big Time"

It's now been 15 years since Quinnipiac first announced it was going to the promised land of Division I. That sentence looked about as out of place in 1996 as the Bobcats' new home - the $52 million TD Bank Sports Center - looks today as it rises from what was formerly a random hillside across the street from...

We're In The Army Now ... But Not For Hoops

NEW BRITAIN, Conn.- As the public address announcer asked for a moment of reflection to "remember those serving to protect our freedoms both home and abroad", the guys in...

Yale at Sacred Heart 12/5/2011

"You gotta play hurt," as Den Jenkins semi-famously titled his book two decades ago. Of course, Jenkins wrote it as fiction and largely lampooned sports journalism, but I digress. At about 6 p.m. on Monday evening, I was hurting. My head felt like it weighed 100 pounds, I couldn't breathe out of my nose, I'd...

It's Not Easy Being Winless

I remember my first coaching victory well. A decade ago as a recent college graduate, there was an ad in the local paper for a volunteer to coach in the local middle school league.It soun...

Mixing A Little Basketball With A Little History

There is always a mental checklist of things whenever you're getting ready to go to a game, particularly if you're making a drive of any decent length. Directions? Check. Game time is right? Yup. Gas in the car? Taken care of. Money for tolls? Got it. One thing I was not prepared for Saturday afternoon,...

Say It Ain't So, Sydney

Through sheer happenstance, I was sitting about 20 feet from Princeton's Doug Davis as he hit one of the most memorable shots of the 2011 college basketball season: a buzzer-beater t...

What's Next For Shaka of the Year 2011

With apologies to former winners Shaka Khan, Shaka Hislop, and Shaka Zulu, the runaway Shaka of the Year award for 2011 went to VCU coach Shaka Smart. This isn t the forum or time for a f...

Third Choice Is Better Than No Choice

"The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry." - Robert Burns I call it the Connecticut Triangle (feel free to give me a better moniker, that's not terribly creative). It consists of the three Northeast Conference schools in the state: Quinnipiac, Central Connecticut, and Sacred Heart, all three fairly...

Ghosts of Days Gone By

"Do you feel the same For what was remained Yesterday is gone, we can't go back again Do you ever cry for the ghost of days gone by" -Alter Bridge Time can be a funny thing as it pertains to memory, sometimes embellishing, sometimes erasing, sometimes just adjusting facts in a way that you want to recall them....

Our Rich Friends Below the Red Line

My head understands why the University of Massachusetts (and the rest of the Atlantic-14, sans Xavier) is below the Red Line, but when you're used to the low-income housing of the NE...

Thinking About MLK On MLK Day

After three hours of early-morning basketball practice (watching so much mid-major basketball has led me to put in about 40 new plays, at least two of which have actually worked), I had a rare winter's day off Monday thanks to Martin Luther King Day. I could have cleaned the house, the car, my clothes, or even...

New York State Of Mind - Part One

"I was sure you'd be on foot because you always say public transportation is for losers." - Marge Simpson (to Homer) The original plan, in place for a few weeks ...

New York State Of Mind - Part Two

I debated just going back to Grand Central Station and home after the conclusion of the St. Francis game. It was just about 7 p.m., and I really had no idea how long it would take or how lost I would get on the way to Columbia. But because I heard it would be a big crowd, I had already purchased the ticket, and...

No Country for Last Men Here

"I say unto you: one must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. I say unto you: you still have chaos in yourselves. "Alas, the time is coming when man will no longer give birth to a star. Alas, the time of the most despicable man is coming, he that is no longer able to despise...

The Mount Is Going To The Dance (Well, Not This Year)

Let the celebration begin in Emmitsburg. The Mount is going to the Dance. - ESPN s Mike Tirico; March 5, 1995 The ties to the athletic teams we support are oft...

The Hangover

As the Yale basketball team awoke with a giant headache Saturday morning, they probably had the usual questions. What happened? Did I get run over by a truck? No, that was just Harvard. And, yes, you just lost the biggest home game your program has had in a long, long time to your biggest rival. By 30 points....

The Family Business

The blizzard had subsided enough for me to make my way down to Madison Square Garden for the 1993 Big East title game between Seton Hall and Syracuse. There wasn't much to cheer about for my school that day, though, as the Orangemen were on probation, and ended their season with a 103-70 drubbing at the hands...

An Ode To Hard Work

"Follow your dreams." "Don't let anyone stand in your way." "You can be whatever you want to be." If you've been involved in sports (or likely even if you haven't), you've heard them all. But in our heart, most of the time we know when it comes to athletics, and particularly in a sport like basketball, dreams...

Warm Blood - Up Close And Personal

When our actions do not, our fears make us traitors. Lady Macbeth I choked. I could sit here and make the usual list of excuses for you: it s hard to simulate the pressure,...

Quoth the Curtain: Nevermore

"And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain Thrilled me -- filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before" - Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven I had no plan to hit the Fairfield-Siena game on Sunday. My mind had eliminated the possibility when the Saint Peter's-Loyola game was a 2 p.m. start....

Invisible Determination - Or Lack Thereof

"The difference between one person and another, between the weak and the powerful, the great and the insignificant, is energy - invisible determination." - Thomas Buxton I know that quote by heart these days because it's always one that ends up on our pregame coaching board a few times a season. For some reason...

WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

"A safe but sometimes chilly way of recalling the past is to force open a crammed drawer. If you are searching for anything in particular you don't find it, but something falls out at the back that is often more interesting." - James Barrie For some reason when I tell people that I'm a season-ticket holder...

YOU THINK YOU KNOW....

"I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance," - Socrates, 400 B.C. There used to be a show on MTV -- back when I used to watch MTV -- called Diary, that began "You think you know, but you have no idea." As much as I hated to admit it, it wasn't half bad, although I'm 99 percent sure I said goodbye to some...

Succeeding In Poverty

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you're doing the impossible." - St. Francis of Assisi You get the feeling that St. Francis of Assisi would like this group of Terriers that bear his name on the front of their jerseys (Brooklyn chapter). Once upon a time, Francis started...

The Walk-On and the Real No. 1 Fan

"The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is." - C. S. LewisIt was 60 degrees in southern Connecticut on Thursday which, if we didn't know before, let us know that spring is on the way (I even got to go out and hit some tennis balls today,...

What the Hell's a Jasper?

What the hell s a Jasper? Actually, to do that justice you have to say it in chant form: What - the - hell s a Jas perrrr? When I was eight years old, that was the funnie...

Dead Team Walking

"I am but a shape that stands here, A pulseless mould, A pale past picture, screening Ashes gone cold." - Thomas Hardy, the Dead Man Walking The St. Francis of Pennsylvania basketball team had the chance to accomplish a rare feat Saturday afternoon against Sacred Heart. They had a chance to end their season...

Schadenfreudely Delight

Despite Connecticut being among the smallest of our nation's united states geographically, there's no easy way to get from Fairfield to New Britain, meaning it was an hour drive (I'm sure some of you in other regions of the country just cringed, sorry). Time to catch up on the audio book of Ben Franklin I had...

No Justice, No Peace

"Injustice, if it is on a large enough scale, is stronger, freer, and more masterly than justice." -Thrasymachus (Plato's Republic) Part of the fun for me this season with the Mid-Majority is being a neutral, not having a dog (or a cat, chanticleer, or paladin) in the fight. The perspective of not being wholly...

Diehard Night

"I hope you would support who were are, not who we are not." -Coach Norman Dale The confluence of events that led me to the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I., Wednesday night are vast and would take far too long to detail here. Ignoring the incidents that even led me here to the Mid-Majority back in the fall, it...

MAAC #1 - Rage Against the Dying of the Light

Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night. Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright ...

MAAC #2 - Scouting With Our Friends

"The readiness is all." - Hamlet When you get a No. 7 seed against a No. 10 seed, tip-off isn't until 9:45 p.m., and the two teams in question come from six hours away (and that's at warp speed on I-90), it's going to be a sparse crowd. Full credit to the smattering of Canisius students who made their voices...

The Game's The Thing, America East

The America East conference can t thank the Binghamton men s basketball program for much in last couple of seasons. By now, most of you know the scandal that has pretty much crippled the Be...

MAAC #3: Destination Springfield

Welcome to Springfield: No, not that Springfield. Springfield, Massachusetts. Other than being the birthplace of basketball, Springfield, Mass. was a curious choice for the MAAC Tournament. Traditionally, the MAAC Tournament is held in a large arena, but with at least one "host" team, whether it be in Albany...

MAAC #4: Marist Doesn't Have a Machado Gear

There was a slight break between games, so I got to check out the MAAC's version of the FanFest, which was significantly better than America East, primarily because going to it was a strictly volunta...

MAAC #5: Ten Minutes To Patsos

The announcement came over the PA system at the end of the Iona-Marist game that they were going to clear the MassMutual Center, as the next game between Loyola and Niagara started a new session, which required a new tickets. Alas, I bought my tickets pretty far in advance so that wasn't a problem, but they...

MAAC #6: After Midnight

"Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o'clock is a scoundrel." - Samuel Johnson Back in my college days, and probably for a whilethereafter, my friends and I would go out on a random Saturday night early inMarch, and after approximately stop three, stumble toward a television. "Dude, this game...

MAAC #7: Poor Mike Glover

"History is written by the victors." - Winston Churchill In wandering the halls of the MassMutual Center after Fairfield's 85-75 upset of Iona in the MAAC semifinals, I came across a scene which hurt me. In the spot designated for families to meet the players, Iona senior Mike Glover - who had taken a somewhat...

MAAC #8: Lactic Acid

Lactic acid has gotten a bad rap over the decades. Long thought to be the source of muscle fatigue, in the past few years it has been shown to be critical to fitness and energy in athletes. Of course, when it is allowed to accumulate, muscles can become tight, athletes get tired, and the level of performance...

A Young Coach and the Struggle

When I last left Hartford coach John Gallagher, he was deep in thought, trying to figure out how to get his team better as the season turned toward the all-important homestretch. When I first met Gallagher this season, back in December, he was the sympathetic young leader of one of the last winless Division...

MAAC Final: Row, Jimmy, Row

As the final horn sounded Monday night and Loyola had officially won the MAAC, I half-expected Jimmy Patsos to run to the middle of the court and rip off his suit, revealing a white T-shirt. Then, I thought, the lights would go out, a spotlight would shine on Patsos, water would start to stream from the ceiling...

America East Final: Two if by Sea

For what will likely prove to be my final game for the 800 Games Project, I figured that I'd bring back a concept that seems to be very popular when I do my high school writing: the running diary. It was a fun trip that I probably had no business making. Stony Brook was one (reasonably) local school I didn't...

Back From The MAAC Dead?

It seems in my travels that The Simpsons are either loved or hated, there's not much in between. But at the risk of offending our loyal readers, the best analogy I could make to how I felt Sunday afternoon heading to watch Fairfield play Manhattan in the CIT has to do with one Bart Simpson. When the Simpsons...

Second Encore

"Just like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen." - Benjamin Disraeli The patterns of games get monotonous over time, teams do the same things, games play out the same ways, coaches yell the same way at their players. But you always hold out for that moment...

Believing in Teamwork

"Upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that, upon other fields, on other days, will bear the fruits of victory." - Douglas MacArthurI'm not quite sure what a mid-life crisis feels like, but it's entirely possible I was in the middle of one driving up the windy roads that lead to West Point last...

Onions, Or Lack Thereof

"Hope springs eternal in the human breast; Man never Is, but always To be blest: The soul, uneasy and confin'd from home, Rests and expatiates in a life to come."- Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Alexander Pope, like some of his 18th century contemporaries, probably had more faith in...

The Big Year

"In some alternate universe, a much better version of The Big Year exists, one that embraces the essential, insular weirdness and romantic fanaticism of the birding community it chronicles." - Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Comcast was pissing me off last spring. I try to be pretty...

First Impressions Don't Mean Much

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Kyle Vinales drilled a three-pointer and had a few words for the Fairfield bench on the way back down the court, beating his chest and pointing toward the Central Connecticut student section. It was three minutes into the season. Needless to say, Vinales will be an interesting figure...

Let's Welcome Mr. Jones To The Clan

"How did it get so late so soon? " - Dr. Seuss HAMDEN, Conn. - For whatever reason, I've found a niche in coaching younger kids, 9-11 year-olds. It's fun, there's not much pressure to win, and they always come ready to be active and learn. But then they usually move on to other coaches as I get the next...

Taking a Field Trip

AMHERST, Mass. - I don't deal well with traffic, which is to say that I don't deal with it at all, so most days I'm posthumously pleased that my job starts as early as it does (and therefore gets out early comparatively as well). With a 10 a.m. tipoff and about a 90-minute drive for a very intriguing Harvard-UMass...

A Window Into The Past

STORRS, Conn. - There was a time when I was a huge fan of the University of Connecticut and its basketball team. As a wee lad in the early 1980s, I took a couple of trips to Greer Field House to see guys like Corny Thompson and Earl Kelley battle in a new conference called the Big East that had a few games...

Trash Talk, The Organic Variety

WORCESTER, Mass. - Even though he went to a couple of prep schools and now plies his trade pretty darn close to the Terrestrial Middle of Nowhere, surely Maine sophomore Xavier Pollard heard his share of trash talk on the basketball court growing up in the Bronx. After all, it was modern philosopher Bobby Bonilla...

Unconditional Love For Our Game

courtesy Quinnipiac athletics The Quinnipiac that existed when Bill Mecca came aboard in 1978 is, quite simply, unrecognizable from the one that exists today. In 34 years, the name has changed from Quinnipiac College to University, and it has gone from a tiny local school to one that draws students from...

Score One for the Old Men

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream."- C.S. Lewis NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - For better or for worse, there are more Mike Martins than Howie Dickenmans in Our Game these days. Martin, who was in just his second game as a head coach Thursday night, took the seemingly newly developed...

In Search of Nate Wolters

"I don't believe in fate."- John Wooden HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - For one of the very few times in my life, I had to disagree with Mr. Wooden Friday night. But I can understand why those involved in Our Game don't put much stock in something that's very difficult to see and even more complicated to define. And so...

What Are We Doing at a Casino?

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Sometimes in life, you take a look around and things just don't make a whole lot of sense. Seeing Loyola of Maryland and Jimmy Patsos and Norfolk St. together warming up for a game on a Saturday morning in a near-empty cavernous arena in my home state of Connecticut did not really compute....

Going In Blind

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Being at a casino and all, I decided to play a little internal challenge with Game 2 of the tripleheader (there were actually four games Saturday, but we don't care much about Seton Hall-Washington in these parts) between Albany and Missouri-Kansas City. Normally, I would at least do a smidge...

Hall of Famer and Sons

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Given the choice of going back to the casino before the next contest or talking to Bob Hurley, well, that's not a very hard choice, is it? Hurley was in attendance primarily to see his sons Danny and Bobby coach Rhode Island against fourth-ranked Ohio State, but was also inducted into the...

Doin' Work, Without Fanfare

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - It was 10:45 a.m. on a Sunday, but the casino never sleeps, so the bells and whistles still greeted my sleepy body as I returned to the Mohegan Sun Arena. Somewhere to my left and right, people were winning and losing thousands of dollars, but I still thought this greeting from the security...

Taking a Closer Look

"The answer is that we are not helpless in the face of our first impressions. They may bubble up from the unconscious - from behind a locked door inside of our brain - but just because something is outside of awareness doesn't mean it's outside of control." - Malcolm Gladwell, "Blink" UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Psychologists...

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. - At the end of a long weekend, I either misread or didn't bother to look at the schedule of Sunday's games to see that the championship game of the Naismith Bracket of the Hall of Fame Tournament (see: major schools) was going to take place before the consolation. Which meant I had to sit...

Thank You, CSM Burnett

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The much maligned and scrutinized Shabazz Muhammed scored 21 points as UCLA held off Georgia, 60-56, Tuesday night at the brand spanking new Barclays Center. Muhammed - projected as the top pick in next year's NBA draft - has had more words written about him, more stories telling us how good...

What Comes After Success?

BRONX, N.Y. - I was left with a travel dilemma again Wednesday. I wanted to write up the recap of the game I attended Tuesday, but didn't want to get caught in New York traffic on the busiest day of year heading to Manhattan College. The answer, as it was the week before in Massachusetts: the public library,...

Row, Danny, Row

KINGSTON, R.I. - After a quick stop at Mystic Aquarium, somewhere I hadn't been in two decades, I arrived at the University of Rhode Island campus to find it absolutely deserted. One of the fun things about traveling to college basketball games for me is to check out the different campuses: some small, others...

Being Remembered, By Those Who Matter

"The years teach much which the days never knew."- Ralph Waldo Emerson EASTON, Pa. - Somehow Jim Finnen had never heard of Joe Arnone until Saturday. And that's a shame. As I took my seat at the Kirby Sports Center Saturday afternoon, the voice and - let's be honest - age of the public address announcer immediately...

We Are .... The Mid-Majority

"I hope you would root for who we are, not for who we are not."- Norman Dale There are plenty of websites that can tell you who leads the nation in scoring, what kind of efficiency the starting five of Kentucky has, or even what top eighth-grade recruits North Carolina might be bringing in. This isn't it. Yes,...

Had Us At Unfinished Business, C.J.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - You had me at "unfinished business", C.J. McCollum. Actually, you probably had me at Lehigh beating Duke in the NCAA Tournament, but close enough. Conventional wisdom had McCollum going pro after his stellar junior campaign. McCollum had 30 points in Lehigh's upset, the second No. 15 over...

The Road Not Taken For A While

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference."- The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost ALBANY, N.Y. - "The Road Not Taken" is one of the most misinterpreted pieces of American literature. The obvious takeaway for the reader is to blaze a new trail, to...

See The Duke Slayer For Just $1

HAMDEN, Conn. - The text message went out to several of my friends at exactly 7:25 a.m. Tuesday morning. It read as follows: "Future possible lottery pick and Duke slayer C.J. McCollum at Quinnipiac tonight if you're interested". I quickly got a couple of RSVPs back, one of which didn't understand that it was...

MAAC Early Bird Special

"I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm." - Franklin D. Roosevelt NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - At the risk of being unpopular, what is the purpose of the non-conference college basketball season at the mid-major level? You need some practice to...

Can't Go Wrong With Spirit Fingers

We all want to get that original holiday gift, don't we? Another season goes by, you give the same types of gifts to the same people and you never actually see them again. We here at the Mid-majority have a solution to your problem. Global warming may be creeping slowly north, but it may take a while to get...

Slowing It Down A Little

"Beware the barrenness of a busy life." - Socrates NEW YORK- Somewhere outside the Prada store on 5th Avenue and 59th Street, it hit me. Call it a mini-epiphany. I was running, attempting to race to a train I was late for, or at least one I thought I was going to miss. But in front of me, all I saw was humanity,...

The Ballad of Mo Cassara

"We have to distrust each other. It's our only defense against betrayal." - Tennesee Williams HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - With his team struggling against Wagner's pressure and trailing for the first time in the second half Tuesday night, Hofstra coach Mo Cassara looked down his bench for a possible solution to the...

Conference NYC Green

I was a geography minor in college, and I can tell east from west, north from south. I didn't take too many math classes, but most days I can count to 10 or 12. Bigger is not always better, so it's time to rethink where we're going. So I've combined two passions of mine to form the brand new Green Apple Conference....

Put Him In, Coach. Please?

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - We all love it when a plan comes together. Everything just falls into place, and it's just magic from the beginning to the end. You all know that feeling, right? Didn't quite work that way Wednesday night as I made my way down to the Pitt Center for a seemingly unremarkable matchup between...

Mr. Obnoxious vs. Mr. Annoying

PROVIDENCE, R.I.- After paying $10 to give my car a rest at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, I could obviously use a lark, and the sight of the University of Rhode Island cheerleaders following me out of the parking lot certainly did the trick. Like a bad Saved By the Bell knockoff, they jogged through the tunnels...

Everything Happens for a Reason

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - When it was told to me that my JV coaching contract was not going to be renewed last spring, it hurt, not going to lie. It was a part-time gig, and it was probably a net loss financially because of the time put in, but it was still tough. You become attached to people, routines, other coaches;...

Me, Mikey, and Brian Voelkel

"Ah, you have no idea of the magnitude of this thing. If she is allowed to infiltrate this world, then George Costanza as you know him, Ceases to Exist! You see, right now, I have Relationship George, but there is also Independent George. That's the George you know, the George you grew up with -- Movie...

A Winter of Despair?

"In short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."- Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities BRONX, N.Y. - It was Chamber of Commerce weather Sunday afternoon in Riverdale,...

Standing in Brooklyn

"I'm standing in Brooklyn just waiting for something to happen. I can't help but look thinking that everyone doesn't get it." - Fun., One Foot BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Would you believe I heard that song for the first time on the train heading down to New York City on Tuesday afternoon? I made the point last time...

Exclusive: The Curtain Speaks to TMM

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - One of the surprising breakout stars of TMM Season 8 was the Webster Bank Arena black curtain. It is just so ostentatiously huge and intimidating that people gravitated to it and couldn't stop staring. Every time I mentioned The Curtain, people wanted to know more about it. Unfortunately...

From Newtown to West Point

"Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably And never regret ANYTHING That makes you smile." - Mark TwainWEST POINT, N.Y.- One of the reasons West Point and Marist were two of my favorite places to go last season was...

We Never Change, But...

"Where the vale of Onondaga Meets the eastern sky Proudly stands our Alma Mater On her hilltop high. Flag we love! Orange! Float for aye- Old Syracuse, o'er thee, Loyal be thy sons and daughters To thy memory." - Syracuse University Alma Mater SYRACUSE, N.Y. - We never change, of course, but that doesn't mean...

Hiding From the Fallout

"Thus, what is one man's safety is another man's destruction." - Daniel Defoe NEWARK, N.J.- Let the record show that if Thursday, Dec. 13 was the day that the college sports bubble finally burst, that I was nowhere near it. In fact, I was about as far away from the epicenter as humanly possible. I heard...

A Matter of Perspective

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - What are theories if we don't attempt to put them into practice? I somewhat haphazardly wrote about a hypothetical Green Apple conference that would include all the New York City teams. However, even in the three weeks since I wrote it, it seems less far-fetched. Who knows where the conference...

No Chance, But Who Cares?

"Hit me with it! I've come a long way to see you, Mary. The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances? " "Not good." "You mean, not good like one out of a hundred? " Mary: I'd say more like one out of a million." "So you're telling me there's a chance." - Lloyd and Mary in Dumb & Dumber...

The Talent (Not Geographic) Gap

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - I've tried to avoid lower division teams in my travels thus far. I've got nothing against the little guys, and Black Line upsets are always fun, but: a) I want to see as many Division I schools as many times as possible before the season is done, and b) I like to see competitive games if...

Jesse Morgan Is On Fire!

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle AMHERST, Mass.- Jesse Morgan went just 1-for-9 from the field, scoring only three points as UMass...

Assessing Our Own Importance

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Everything seemed to fit together perfectly Friday night for me. For some reason, Central Connecticut moved its game with Northeastern to an 8 p.m. tip, so I was able to get to coach a full soccer practice, and - because it was on the way to New Britain - still make it to CCSU in plenty...

Not Perfect, Still Awesome

"Have no fear of perfection. You'll never reach it." - Salvador Dali NEW YORK- We always want everything to be flawless in our lives. At least that's what we strive for. Whether it's a Thanksgiving dinner, a presentation to our co-workers, or a family...

Unavoidably Detained

"I was unavoidably detained." - Carl Spackler BROOKLYN, N.Y. - I was in the bathroom. My first game of the day at Madison Square Garden had gone a little late, and I had to say goodbye to my triumphant Temple alum friend. That didn't leave me much time to catch the 3 train downtown, across to Brooklyn...

Escape to Section 26

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Between the first and second games of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational, I committed two egregious violations that went undetected by the Barclays Center staff. Or maybe, they were just being sympathetic. First, being very hungry on my Saturday odyssey in the City, I ate some smuggled...

Sounds of (Virtual) Silence

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - I figured that the finale of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational would draw the biggest crowd Saturday night: LIU Brooklyn was literally a block away and Seton Hall is considered a New York-metro team, playing just a few miles away in New Jersey. That would be incorrect, unfortunately....

Twelve Days of Upsets

I'm not the biggest fan of Christmas music in general, but any song that has been covered by both The Muppets (RIP John Denver) and the guys from Strange Brew has a special place in my heart. Of course, the biggest holiday in Our Game doesn't begin for a couple more months, but with a few days off this holiday...

Not Quite As Advertised

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Just as I was with C.J. McCollum earlier in the season, again last Sunday I was put in the role of salesman, only this time I thought it might be a tougher sell. My friend, the Temple alum whom I'd witnessed the upset with the day before was still in town, and I gave what I thought was...

Don't Go Changin', Big Red

"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong."- H.L. Mencken BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - E, S, P, and N are not four letters we like to use in sequence around these parts, and most of the time with good reason. However, as much as people try to make everything into absolutes,...

We See You, Utah Valley

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - As a true college basketball aficionado, there is nothing quite like the neutral site, early game of a tournament. Friday's Austin Peay-Utah Valley contest in the Dr. Pepper Classic likely being the final one for me this season (until conference tournament play, of course, but that's a...

John Brown's Body

"John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave; (3X) His soul's marching on! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! his soul's marching on! He's gone to be a soldier in the army of the Lord! (3X) His soul's marching on! (Chorus) John Brown's knapsack is strapped...

Welcome to Murray, Kentucky

"Reality leaves a lot to the imagination." - John Lennon MURRAY, Ky. - Thinking that a Murray State-Valparaiso game may warrant some attention, I tried to grab a ticket before leaving on my journey/vacation last week. I couldn't find a great way to order them online, so I called the Murray State...

The Choice and The Bond

"But, you know, I feel more fellowship with the defeated than with saints. Heroism and sanctity don't really appeal to me, I imagine. What interests me is being a man." - Albert Camus NASHVILLE, Tenn. - I was left with a choice for the nightcap on Saturday. Coming from Murray State, there were only two...

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One Beautiful Season

1BS weaved the history of mid-major college basketball together with stories from the 2009-10 season, culminating in Butler's epic run to the National Championship game. Now it's available as a free download: PDF in the original 592-page book layout with all photos and graphics, or ePub format for electronic reading devices.