Season 7

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Prologue: The Constellations

"It is not surprising that after a long period of searching and erring, some of the concepts and ideas in human thinking should have come gradually closer to the fundamental laws of this world, that some of our thinking should reveal the true structure of atoms and the true movements of stars." - Victor Frederick...

This Is A Business

A common question people ask: why don't I fill this site with team and conference previews in early November? Shouldn't I use my extensive knowledge of mid-major college basketball for the common good? The easy answer: all that stuff can be found elsewhere. I did a 1,400-word flyover for this month's Basketball...

On(,) Writing

The late Thomas Rubick, my dear friend, professor and sensei, had a unified theory of communication technology. When a utility matures, he said, once a superior thing surpasses its functional usefulness as a tool, the old tool is more free to act as a conduit for art. He first told me of this idea back in 1996,...

I. Laughter Of The Gods

Humility is knowing who you are -- not thinking too highly of yourself, but also not thinking too little of yourself. Simply put, it means having sober judgment. Do you know who you are as a player on the floor? At the start of a college basketball season, it's all free chaos and beautiful possibility. During...

II. Warm Blood

Passion is all about being vibrant and eager to put forth the effort. Are you hungry to compete and excel, and enthusiastic about the opportunity to do so? Will you be passionate when you don't feel like it? On November 25, 2008, two days before Thanksgiving, Davidson College hosted Loyola of Maryland in the...

III. All Of Us Each Of Us

Unity is best illustrated by this adage: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Basketball, more than any other sport, is one in which a team can come together and achieve greatness without having the greatest individual talents.Before George Mason, there was no George Mason. No team from a small Division...

IV. Sacrificial Lions

Servanthood is knowing your role and sacrificing as needed to make your teammates better. It's a key element of team unity and greatness. It involves having a servant's mentality when it comes to your team. Will you truly give of yourself to make your team better? Manny Ohonme once shared a letter with me he'd...

V. Grace, Too

Thankfulness involves being truly grateful when things go well. But equally or perhaps more important is to be thankful for what you learn in the hard times, and to have the wisdom to grow from them.Before Jim Larranaga became the head men's basketball coach at George Mason in 1997, he roamed the sidelines at...

Stardate 02-20101109: And Now The News

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- I love being in faraway airports early in the morning, or late at night, the feeling of not knowing exactly where I am. The butter-colored fluorescent lights, the empty chairs and shuttered kiosks, the smell and shine of floorwax, the uptempo contemporary jazz from distant speakers... all...

Stardate 03-20101110: A Brief History of the College Basketball Blogosphere

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- A friend of mine, whom I met through his appreciation of this site, is a fantastic writer. One of the best. Two years ago, at the P.I.G. Party in Dayton, I told him that he should really start his own site. I mean, he's that good, so much so that the college basketball blogosphere is worse...

Stardate 04-20101111: The Filter

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- In late August, when I was doing research for the New York City chapter of "One Beautiful Season," I dropped by the New York Public Library to look at old newspapers from the 1930s. The game stories were so descriptive, so loaded with juicy adjectives and allegories, that I felt like they were...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 701

Stardate 05-20101112: Just Turn The Damn Firehose On Already

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A lot of people talk about what's wrong with the beginning of the college basketball season. They complain about the lack of a real start date, how that keeps the sport from grabbing the attention of the Sporting Public, who apparently is some kind of stupid, overweight straw man who likes...

Stardate 08-20101115: Some Days Are Diamonds

HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- It's tough out there. I mean, it's tough where I live too, a state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. There are more houses for sale on my block than there are residents. But it's the sharp contrast between home and the road that really throws it into sharp relief. In...

Stardate 09-20101116: Sunrise

As I go about my days, friends and strangers and waitresses always smile and ask me how I'm doing. If you've been out of the house yet today, it's probably happened to you at least once or twice. Asking after others is one of those things that helps keep our society kind and civil. When people inquire as to how...

Game 7-001: Cornell at Albany

Albany moved to Division I in 1999, and spent two years as an independent before the America East Conference took the Great Danes on. In their second and final season on their own, they finished 6-22. Last year, they were 7-25, a winning percentage of just five hundredths better. There is nothing in this...

Game 7-002: Vermont at Siena

There is no place you'd want to be on a Saturday night in November than in the warm, friendly, gracefully aging confines of the Times Union Center in Albany, New York, to watch a college basketball game between the defending champions of the America East and the Metro Atlantic Athletic conferences. The TUC...

Game 7-003: Oakland at Ohio

A TMM season is simply not complete without a trip to Ohio University's Convocation Center, This is a fact, like "horchata is delicious" or "redheads are awesome." Fact, fact, fact. The Convo is one of the most welcoming arenas in Hoops Nation. The flags of all nations are displayed in the round domed ceiling,...

Stardate 10-20101117: Robocalypse Now

I have a feeling that every little thing around here means something (eight pixels indeed) so I have to ask this. Every time you use the word "robots" you capitalize it, even in the middle of sentences. Even when you write for other places. Why is this? Love the new mid-majority site, thanks,- Dawna C.FLORENCE...

Game 7-004: Akron at Dayton

A capital is the middle, the hub, the battery from which the current emanates. It's not there until a decision is made -- this is the center. Placement of the capital can be a product of poor and inefficient planning (an overseas headquarters for a domestic corporation), or the location can become outdated and...

Stardate 11-20101118: Because The Dead Do Not Improve

RUSSELL SPRINGS, Ky. -- Some of you are closer to 18 than I am, and can more vividly recall that moment you received your first college acceptance letter. It might not have been the school you ended up attending, or your top choice, but what a sense of profound relief that was. Remember? Everything is enhanced,...

Game 7-005: SIU Edwardsville at Eastern Kentucky

There is what happened on the court: a current Ohio Valley Conference team, EKU, handily beat a SIUe program that will start play in the league next year. The road team played well in the first half, and then the shots stopped falling, and the superior athleticism of an established Division I program, playing...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 702

Game 7-006: Austin Peay at Lipscomb

During the conference season, Fridays are the ones out of the seven with the fewest games. Usually, there are Ivy League games, a couple Patriot tilts, and whatever ESPNU has convinced the Horizon or MAAC to move off from Saturday. In November and December, the light day tends to be Thursday. But was driving...

Games 7-007/008: Coaches vs. Cancer Subregional

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Stardate 15-20101122: #p-Law

Good Morning Kyle, I would like to thank you for all your good work, and ask you a question. I'm a Creighton grad 1 A.K. (After Korver). I live in Wisconsin, and for most Jays games, I have to resort to some kind of stat tracker or internet radio. However, pixelvision intrigues/scares me. I am an attorney and...

Heartbreak City

INDIANAPOLIS -- Nearly every location on earth is just a geocode. Memories serve to transform places into something more, and the accumulation of experiences constantly shift and change them into important places. Cutting through the middle of the city on a Sunday morning on Interstate 70, I noticed how different...

Stardate 16-20101123: Continuity Error

@midmajority @RedLineUpsets is it really an upset if wake loses? (via Twitter)BECKLEY, W. Va. -- As many of you are aware, a good percentage of what happens on The Mid-Majority doesn't happen here. A lot of the action is in real time, on the Twitter. Back in the 1980s, when people had hair like that and wore clothes...

Stardate 17-20101124: The Incomplete Circle

Hi Kyle, I'm a graphic communications major at a school above the Red Line (Clemson) but I love the Mid-Majority and I read it every day during the season. One of my favorite aspects of the site is all the symbolism and how it changes from year to year. You answered a question about the Robots, so I thought I'd...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 703

Stardate 22-20101129: Line and Formula

PHILADELPHIA - The holidays, then. In the distant past, this was a time to gather around fires, which was important enough for physical and psychological survival that people would rearrange birthdays just for the excuse to do so. Over the centuries, this time of year became a giant magnet that pulled in love...

Games 7-012/013/014/015: CBE Classic Subregional at James Madison

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Stardate 23-20101130: Le Rouge et le Noir

Double Yellow Line Upset! Both for its "do not pass" implications as well as its road imagery, I nominate Double Yellow Line Upset for the Chaminade-Michigan State style wins.- Charles C.Maybe the "Punch Line Upset," as that's what the vicitimized Red Line school will be for about 36 hours in the sportz-yelling...

Why Are We Doing This

VESTAL, N.Y. -- The first time I visited Binghamton University for a basketball game was in early 2005. Season One. It was number 34 of the original 100 Games Project. My goodness, how simpler times were back then. The Bearcats, in their fourth year of Division I membership, drew 2,700 people to the Events Center...

Stardate 25-20101202: Have You Seen Me?

I received Bally 20 after creating the awesome superhero, but I regret to inform you that his whereabouts as of now are unknown. After he came into my life, it was clear that my girlfriend's two cats didn't really care for #20's constant boinging. A couple months later, 20 lost his voice and I feared that maybe...

Game 7-016: Delaware State at La Salle

The past looms large at La Salle University. As in, it's freaking huginormous and hangs right behind one of the Tom Gola Arena baskets. You think your school has an awesome collection of banners, but do yours have people on them? No? Step game, son. Having lived in Philadelphia for an extended period of time,...

Game 7-017: Canisius at Binghamton

I want to just talk to the Binghamton people for a second. Just the Binghamton people. OK, does 30 percent of the student population have red hair? Seriously, what's the deal? @midmajority Game Tweets18:59 Game 7-017: Canisius at Binghamton. Binghamton, Binghamton, Binghamton, Binghamton.19:00 Seriously. Save...

Game 7-018: Columbia at Bucknell

It's amazing to think that back in Season 2, there was serious talk about Bucknell being "the next Gonzaga," another academics-first school that would use the NCAA Tournament to transcend mid-majordom forever. Two Round of 32 appearances tend to inspire that type of irrational exuberance. But here in Season...

Stardate 26-20101203: The Stendhal

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Julien Sorel is an uncompromising cynic, a hyper-intellectual, an iconoclast, a young man too smart for his own good. He doesn't fit in. He is poor but brilliant, caught between the peasant path of basic survival and the high existence of the powerful. Julien tries to bridge this gap with...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 704

Stardate 29-20101206: The Royal Us

Hi Kyle, I have been reading TMM religiously since I discovered in in 2007 (the ESPN years) and this is the best Season yet. I had a question about your use of the royal we. I was also a big fan of Deadspin in the old Carl Monday/YWML days, and remember how Will Leitch used it all the time when referring to himself....

Stardate 30-20101207: It's All About The State

@midmajority there have been 59 red line upsets, @TempleUniv has three of them. What is the single-school single-season record? - @clivedaddy (via Twitter)CHICAGO -- That's a fantastic question, Mr. Daddy! We've gone into our six-year archive of RLU history and discovered that the two seasons with the most occurred...

Stardate 31-20101208: Hold On Hope

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- The Athletics-Recreation Center at Valparaiso is a brick multipurpose sports facility, and at its heart is a fieldhouse-style gymnasium where the hooping Crusaders play. Most of the time, when Horizon League teams like Youngstown State and Green Bay visit, the place might fill to half its...

Game 7-019: Louisiana-Monroe at Kent State

There's cold, and there's Midwest December cold. It's the kind of freeze that numbs your extremities and ears, then goes to work on your heart and feelings. Perhaps I'm overreacting, because I'm typing this while inside, later. And perhaps I'm wrong, because northeastern Ohio isn't cold enough for its citizens...

Game 7-020: Valparaiso at Loyola (Ill.)

Think of Chicago. Cold city. Dark. Dark in the winter. But not cold and dark enough for a dude in the LU Wolf suit not to walk around slapping high fives with fans arriving for an early Horizon League preview. Loyola won a National Championship once. People sometimes forget that. But George Ireland's team...

Game 7-021: Purdue at Valparaiso

Hope. (via 30fps) @midmajority Game Tweets20:54 Game 7-021: Purdue at Valparaiso. Hail Crusaders who rise to glory.20:57 RT @cmlrun: @midmajority Our colors are unfurled.21:00 Awesome!! RT @valpo2006: @midmajority Also, our shot clocks are working. No #ShotClockFail here tonight...21:01 This is about as Indiana...

Stardate 32-20101209: The Journey or The Conversation

CINCINNATI -- Recently, at a game, I sat next to a "national columnist" as I tapped away at my keyboard, scribbling notes in a notebook, wearing my suit with sneakers, accompanied by my stuffed basketball companion. Afterwards, as I was packing up, he extended his hand tentatively. "Kyle, right? " he asked....

Game 7-022: Toledo at IPFW

Fort Wayne, Indiana is one of hundreds of far-inland American cities struggling to find an identity in the post-crash New Economy. For now, "sports tourism" will do. And we are sports tourists, and we are here. As for this shoe, perhaps they make a size 14 so that the design can be properly considered as a model...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 705

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 705 It's great to be back in Hoops Nation's official capital city of Indianapolis. Even greater is the opportunity to chat with our fantastic readership in real time, by magic. Bring your questions and comments to the electric chatterbox today at 4 pm ET, and we're going for as...

The Moment

Last week, we asked you to submit a short essay about a college basketball moment that altered your life's course. To some, that meant a real shift, and to others it was a play that closed a circle and instilled something deep in the heart. We received 26 entries, and they were all great, but we had to narrow...

Game 7-023: Butler at Xavier

A story: once upon a time, there were two brothers. As sometimes happens with brothers, they could not have been any more different from each other. The older was the mild-mannered and cerebral one, shrewd and calculating and mostly silent. The younger was brave and brash, full of powerful pride, always bragging...

Lost Star

It was Wednesday, March 31, 2010. The Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Airport was bustling with activity. For the first time in years, every single room was filled for a week straight, and at any given time there was a line four deep at the front desk. Rolling suitcases slid and zipped across the slick marble of the...

Stardate 36-20101213: All Hail the Guaco

CHICAGO -- Necessity is the mother of invention, but another thing that Mom does is feeds and cares for you. On Saturday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse, as "Underdawgs" author-slash-Indianapolis Star superwriter David Woods and I competed to see who could close the press room (he won), I experienced a powerful late...

Stardate 37-20101214: Songs in Red and Teal

@midmajority I don't think this has been asked/answered yet... what's the record for RLUs *surrendered* in a single season in the TMM era? Brendan L. (via Twitter)CHICAGO One of the best things about Red Line Upsets is that the terms are defined in advance. The Line is the Line. At the beginning of the season,...

Game 7-024: Mississippi Valley State at Butler

Hinkle Fieldhouse. The very name oozes basketball history, if letters could ooze. For the first time in Season 7, we went to the home of the Butler Bulldogs on a mid-December Saturday night. It was cold (but not too cold), and the old barn was full (but not too full) as the suddenly .500 home team tried to right...

Game 7-025: Long Island at Northwestern

I'm not even sure how it happens anymore. Every so often, something like a perfectly normal mid-December guarantee game in a Big Ten arena can be transformed into something bigger, greater, grander. On a Monday night in Evanston, Illinois, the juice was -- how shall we say -- loose. Just a normal, regular...

Stardate 38-20101215: Good Choices

In 1996, Malik Rose recruited me to Drexel University. Not in person, but through a 17-inch TV set. The invite came in the form of slam dunks and jump shots. I was living in Oregon, looking for an east coast school to attend, and there was this 6-foot-7 guy, leading the Dragons to a 12-over-5 upset over Memphis...

Stardate 39-20101216: Lunchbang

15:08@whelliston -- I just straight-up lunchbanged some Casey's General Store pizza and potato cheese wedges. #boOMFG15:38@caseysgenstore -- @whelliston: Happy to hear you enjoy our pizza :-)16:54@whelliston -- I love it and want to marry it! RT @caseysgenstore: @whelliston: Happy to hear you enjoy our pizza...

Game 7-027: Jacksonville at Saint Louis

Saint Louis University and Jacksonville University are two institutions of higher learning that aren't hiding from anybody. Their names betray their exact GPS locations, no state-location haystacks or State title misdirection here. Both play in very nice five-digit capacity arenas within the city limits of their...

Game 7-026: Trinity International at Chicago State

Chicago State is one of the weirdest ongoing stories in Division I, much less higher education. And while framing a New York Times story by using a nearly-empty basketball arena as a metaphor is a questionable proposition (Drexel circa 1997 would have been a real implosion candidate), the Grand Gray Bird did...

Illinois State Wins "The Moment"

We are pleased to announce that we have a winner in our "The Moment" writing contest. With 36 percent of a heavy vote and a very organized campaign, Stephen Spence and Illinois State have taken the prize home to Normal, and to the Valley. For his efforts, Stephen will be receiving a red and white Team Ballz....

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 706

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 706 As we wind down this leg of the journey and head back east, it's another Chat Block live from the CPIA in our capital city of Indianapolis. We can blab about all the big Red Line Upsets this week (Drexel! Oakland! UC Santa Barbara!), or about how your team looks going into...

Game 7-028: SIU Edwardsville at Indiana

Hi Kyle-- I should go ahead and preface this by saying that I'm a lifelong Bloomington resident and a student at IU now. I've spent my entire life on the other side of the Red Line and agonized over games that were cause for celebration in your world (Lipscomb, Northeastern, Boston U in recent years come...

Stardate 43-20101220: Error 302 Object Moved

Kyle, I remember reading your "Lombardi" piece when you first posted it, but since you referenced it, I re-read it. What strikes me now, is what separates the game you talk about, compared to what's covered by the larger sports media. To them wins and losses adds to the entertainment. Basketball (like all sports)...

Stardate 44-20101221: The One With Embedded Charts

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- When do Red Line Upsets happen? Well, one timeframe when they don't is January and February. That's when everybody's playing conference games. So that means we are closing in on the end of rooting for the little guys, surprise @RedLineUpsets alerts on Twitter, and all of the other things...

Game 7-029: Middle Tennessee at Evansville

Roberts Municipal Stadium was built in 1956, back when indoor arenas were called "stadiums" and it didn't sound kind of awkward. It has seen a lot of Evansville Purple Aces basketball. It won't see too much more, because the team (and most of the city's country concerts and ice shows) will be moving to a shiny...

Game 7-030: Western Kentucky at Murray State

There is nothing like the sight of a college basketball arena on a December night without daylight savings, shining beacons beckoning from afar. Groups of shadows move towards the light, arms straight and parallel and rigid, hands in pockets against the freezing cold. Ghosts of breath leading them to that glowing,...

Stardate 45-20101222: The Last One Hundred

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- I remember when I was a baseball-obsessed preteen. I followed the standings and leaders in the newspaper every day, collected Topps and Donruss and Fleer baseball cards, and tuned in Armed Forces Radio games on a shortwave I bought for ten dollars at a yard sale. The world of baseball was...

Stardate 46-20101223: Winter Break

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- This is the last Stardate until 52-20101229 (a Wednesday), at which time we'll turn our attention from Red Line Upsets to conference play. There will be a Chat Block on Christmas Eve at 4 pm Eastern, and if there's anybody around, we'll talk about whatever you want to talk about. But this...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 707

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 707 (XMas Edition) So this is Christmas. And we're going to try to keep the Chat Block streak alive. One last chance to gather together before we go back to our real, actual families. Like most things on this site, it will either be heroically epic or tragically embarrassing....

Stardate 53-20101230: How Strange It Is To Be Anything At All

CHICAGO -- I was very young during the Blizzard of 1978. It was not my first memory of snow, but it was the first time in my life that snow had transformed the world around me into a network of tunnels, mazes and forts. I took the opportunity to ask my father what it all meant. "Why is snow white, Papa? " I asked....

Stardate 54-20101231: Between '10 and '11

CHICAGO -- Here at The Mid-Majority, the calendar is off-kilter. New Year's Day is November 1, and Auld Lang Syne is a refrain for March or April, not now. Most other people, however, strictly follow the more traditional Julian calendar, a grid of 12 months and not five. Still, December 31st is a day of reflection...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 708

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 708 Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Sure! Why the hell not. Say goodbye to 2010 and let's look forward to two months of awesome conference play and the megafun of March Madness today at 4 pm ET. It's New Year's Eve, and the house rule of B.Y.O.B....

Stardate 57-20110103: Become What You Are

CHICAGO -- Coaches talk a lot about taking things away from an opponent; indeed, one of the objects of basketball is exert enough force and will as to displace identity. If the other team is slow and methodical, you might try to speed them up, or vice-versa. If there's a dynamic star who scores and rebounds...

Stardate 58-20110104: Dark Roads

Kyle, I just returned home from my first college basketball double header not involving a conference tournament. I drove for about six hours today to watch UNCG play in front of a couple hundred fans at Greensboro Coliseum against Richmond at noon. Followed a few hours later by a UNCW game against Campbell in...

Stardate 59-20110105: The 800 Game Project

I felt like I ought to write in about the end of the 100GP, since I have to admit I felt a pretty big sense of disappointment (though not surprise) when you said it wasn't going to happen in the future...I think the road is an important part of the site. In general, I think a good outcome would be fuller mid-major...

Stardate 60-20110106: I.D.

CHICAGO -- Many of the conferences in college athletics were born in hotel ballrooms somewhere, converted from ideas into working cooperatives by men in suits who took turns talking and occasionally sipped glasses of water. The league names and statements of purpose and guiding principles and slogans weren't...

Game 7-032: Detroit at Loyola (Ill.)

So good to be back to work. @midmajority Game Tweets20:05 Game 7-032: Detroit at Loyola (Ill). Oh-oh, back on the chain gang. http://img.ly/2LlN20:09 RT @HorizonLeague: Detroit @ Loyola Men's Basketball LIVE on HorizonLeague.com http://bit.ly/cspLRr20:12 Hoops 4 real! Terrence Hill #superhoop at 16:00, Loyola...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 709

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 709 We won't have an accurate reading until it's all over, but somewhere around here is the exact middle point of Season 7. And students are coming back from break now (unless you go to a Jesuit school and are still in your pajamas, eating cereal and watching 30 Rock DVD's, at...

Game 7-033: Cleveland State at Butler

Much of what passes for sports wisdom in enlightened 2011 is so linear and transitive. With so much information to sift and process, the human brain goes into panic mode. It must break matters down to immediate elements, get to core understanding as fast as possible and with the least amount of information necessary....

Game 7-034: Detroit at Illinois-Chicago

The five-game, four-day, three-city Horizon League tour continued with a Chicagoland doubleheader. First up, it was a trip to the Near West to see Detroit go up against UIC. At UIC Pavilion, you can get a picture with Illini-killer Robo Kreps. He is not a Robot, and in fact his real name is Bob. Total disappointment....

Stardate 64-20110110: Family Business

VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Now that January has reached double-digits, the slow transition is, in full essence, complete. It's conference season, and even the teams in the Ivy League are starting to play each other. This is definitely the second part of the beautiful season, the third best of the four. No more Red...

Game 7-035: Wright State at Loyola (Ill.) - plus BONUS NAIA field trip!

Without rules, societies collapse, and all that's left is smashed windows and awesome rock music. To avoid this, The Mid-Majority has specific rules about what games count and what games don't. These date back to Season 1. Games involving less than one Division I team do not count. Sometimes, traffic and front...

Stardate 65-20110111: Football Independence Day (Observed)

CHICAGO -- America has one more month in its ongoing annual quest to figure out how to allow violence to thrive in tightly-controlled, non-contaminated petri dishes. But as you might have heard, last night marked the conclusion of the Ugly Season. For those of you just joining us this year, we save the bulk...

Game 7-036: Cleveland State at Valparaiso

Sometimes Our Game is so difficult to understand. Can you wrap your head around the concept of retractable bleachers? Somehow, with hydraulics and sparklepony magic, a wall transforms into a thousand chairs. Not only that, but there are stairs and a railing and when you shuck your peanut shells, they go somewhere...

Stardate 67-20110113: The Season of Ideas

CHICAGO -- Whenever I am standing in a long line at a bank, holding a check and a deposit slip in a limp right hand attached to a limp right arm, my mind wanders. I know the others in line are experiencing the same in-between feeling too, that it's a state we share. These days, most people occupy themselves...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 710

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 710 Wasn't it just yesterday when we were driving around Vermont looking for wifi so we could hold Chat Block 701? Seasons go fast; savor every omgdunx and #superhoop. The tenth edition of S7 will occur, as always, on Friday at 4 pm Eastern (3 pm Central). Suggested topics include...

Stardate 71-20110117: No Love's As Random

PEORIA, Ill. - Two years ago yesterday, on January 16, 2009, the news came down. I stared out the window for a little while, got a piece of a song stuck in my head -- it's all beginning/to feel like it's ending -- and wondered how it hadn't made it on to my 160GB iPod. I downloaded the MP3 from Amazon for ninety-nine...

Stardate 72-20110118: What If/What Now

CHICAGO -- What if the shot went in? BUTLER 62, DUKE 61 04/05/2010 DUKE 34-5 (13-3) -- K. Singler 7-13 2-2 19; N. Smith 5-15 2-5 13; J. Scheyer 5-12 4-5 15; L. Thomas 3-5 0-0 6; B. Zoubek 3-4 2-4 8; M. Plumlee 0-2 0-0 0; A. Dawkins 0-1 0-0 0; M. Plumlee 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-52 10-16 61. BUTLER 34-4 (18-0)...

Game 7-037: Southern Illinois at Northern Iowa

Of all the times we've been to Cedar Falls, there's one consistent memory: feeling like every extremity is going to freeze and fall off on the walk from the car to the arena (whether the old UNI Dome or new McLeod Center), and then experiencing how warm it is inside. From a logical perspective, I know that it's...

Game 7-038: Missouri State at Bradley

If one were to choose the city in the United States most victimized in jokes and anecdotes by theatrical personalities, the selection of Peoria, Illinois, would be a popular, if not likely choice. Two of the more popular quips are: "Say, I hear you got married. How did that ever happen? " "I was playing a split-bill...

Stardate 73-20110119: Dubl-Bag

CHICAGO -- Patterns develop as the season goes on; one seems to be that Wednesday is a perfect day to open up The Form and publicly respond to a few letters, many of which have been quite heartfelt lately. There have also been some seriously great game reports, and I think Fridays (before chats) will be the...

Stardate 74-20110120: Echo Chamber

CHICAGO -- It can't be said enough: most of what we do as college basketball fans is try to figure out exactly what it is we're looking at. Keeping proper perspective during the season is difficult, impossible sometimes. Up there, north of the Red Line, it's easier because ranked and regarded teams measure themselves...

800 Game Project: Practice Run #2

If you're just joining us, or re-joining us, 2011-12 at The Mid-Majority (a/k/a Season 8) will feature an experiment in college basketball crowdsourcing. We're calling it the 800 Game Project, and we're going to try to put together the biggest cross-referenced national spectator game report database the Other...

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 711

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 711 Onward we push into the middle of conference season. There is unvarnished league excellence at Saint Mary's, Belmont, Coastal Carolina and Oakland, surprising overachievement at places like Duquesne, Valpo, and even MEAC-undefeated Bethune-Cookman. Most of the disappointments...

Stardate 78-20110124: A Brief History of Mid-Major Smac Rap

CHICAGO -- American higher learning dates back to before the whole "United States" thing. But until the Civil War was over, no college had a fight song. That idea coincided with the idea of college athletics, and school-specific tunes were written for the purposes of intimidation and inspiration. Many of them...

Game 7-039: Illinois-Chicago at Loyola (Ill.)

In a century of progress, college basketball has proven to be infinitely scalable: from the cramped quarters of the 3,400-seat oldest living Division I gymnasium at Fordham to a 90,000-capacity false fieldhouse. So much of what Our Game is has to do with where it's played, and it can be played just about anywhere...

Stardate 79-20110125: Winning Enough

BOSTON -- This day contains failure. Every day does. Some failures are life-changing losses, some are spectacular flameouts, but most fall within the category of regular everyday minuses. You might not perform up to somebody's expectations today, or you might forget an important something somewhere and not find...

Stardate 80-20110126: The 100 Pins Project

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- It's Wednesday, and that's come to mean mailbag day around here -- that sack of letters is the hump. Your input is always welcome via The Form, but that's not the only way to "interact" with TMM... we have another Chat Block coming up Friday at 4 pm Eastern, and if you've been to a game recently...

Stardate 81-20110127: Gentlemen About It

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- The real state of the Union is that it's changing faster than ever. When you're away from the place you live for an entire month, don't expect it to be the same when you return. Here in Providence's baseball suburb, there are more "for sale" signs on frozen front lawns than ever before, the...

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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.