Season 8

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Only Brownies and Ice Cream Can Ease This Pain

Coming into last night's game, in six of their eight conference losses, Hofstra has lost by a total of twenty five points. It's never been a question of heart. The Pride have played hard all season, and with very few exceptions, they have been very competitive in their games this season. Hofstra even has three...

Falcons Defeat Chips, Keep Wolves at Bay

The Falcons went out yesterday and got a win they pretty much had to have. It many ways, it was far from a perfect effort; on the other hand, they took a poor team and beat them pretty easily, and that's what you are supposed to do with poor teams. (Final: 71-58). I was surprised, in fact, at how negative BG...

Searching For A Signature Win

Earlier in the season, when looking to buy tickets from the UNC-Wilmington website, there was an option to purchase 4 games at once at a discounted price. You could either get the Old Dominion, VCU, or George Mason packages which guaranteed you a ticket to one of those "premium" games, plus 3 additional home...

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. ...

Catch Us If You Can: Nevada at New Mexico State 1/26/2012

In the time since Sam Wasson and I both covered the NMSU-Idaho game nearly two weeks ago, the conference race has begun to take shape. Tonight's opponents in Las Cruces are the clear favorites: Nevada came in unbeaten with a 5-0 record, including key road wins at both Utah State and Idaho; last week the Wolf Pack...

The Care Factor

Just over a year ago in November 2010, I had Thanksgiving dinner with a small group of my family. My cousin Amelia was then a freshman (now sophomore) at UNC Asheville, and I wanted to have a conversation with her that did not start a huge argument. So I asked her what she had been paying attention to how the...

The Path to Redemption Avoids Thursday

"The Week from Hell" was what the Southern Illinois radio announcers were calling it as Drew, my friend and SIU alumnus, and I made the drive into Carbondale. In the seven days that made up the third full week of January, the Salukis suffered a solid McDermott-ing (Doug with 25 points and 11 rebounds) in a 19-point...

Don't Forget To

In going to so many games this year I usually try to plan everything out well beforehand so I can make it to my game destination on time. This is probably only a tenth of wh...

It's Still a Rivalry--Gonzaga at Portland 1/26/2012

Let's get some things out in the open now: I don't like Gonzaga. I've disliked them since 1994, the last time Portland beat them at home. That is, of course, well before they made deep NCAA runs,...

Reflections

Every team has been through tough times. Even the best ones like Duke lose home games, and it depends on how your team can get through these. The College of Charleston, having to replace three seniors last season, including Andrew Goudelock, who is now in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers, are one of the hardest...

The Ray McCallum Jr. Show

When you start coming to games at the same arena, with the same team, the result is not that much different that the last. This is my 5th time covering the University of Detroit Mercy Titans at Callahan Hall, and quite frankly, nothing ever changes. Everything gets tired out: the same starting five, the same dance...

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...

Harvard at Yale 1/27/2012

For any fan of Harvard basketball, it only took stepping one foot inside the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven, Connecticut for the memories to come flooding back. Harvard's twin last possession losses at this Church of basketball last winter cost them their first trip to the NCAA tournament in over 60 years....

Mismatched in Bridgeport

I went with my ten-year old son Ian to Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT where Fairfield hosted Iona. The guest Gaels, at 7-2 in the MAAC, were tied for the conference lead but looking a little less fearsome as they came off a loss to Siena. The host Stags, at 5-3, had won two in a row after early conference...

Free Ticket

Another Thursday night, another visit to the Mabee Center in south Tulsa for an Oral Roberts game. After parking outside, I made my way in to the familiar confines of the entrance lobby and headed towards the ticket counter. As I passed a small group of people, a lady stopped me and asked if I had a ticket....

Behind the lens (George Washington at Fordham)

Nowadays when I attend a college basketball game it's usually with a seat on press row. At arenas like Rose Hill, Draddy, Levien and Hynes the seats are typically great, even for writers like myself. But it's interesting, because my blogging career actually started out as a photographer. Yup, my first press...

Perfectly Average Basketball

For its college basketball preview, ESPN The Magazine developed a system to figure out how often each team would defeat the "average" opponent, using the system to rank every Division I team. Central Connecticut State finished with a score of 50.1 percent. For all intents and purposes, the Blue Devils, coincidentally...

The Benefits of Youth

For any fan of Harvard basketball, it only took stepping one foot inside the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven, Connecticut for the memories to come flooding back. Harvard's twin last possession losses at this Church of basketball last winter cost them their first trip to the NCAA tournament in over 60 years....

A Hockey School Embraces Hoops

The moment I drove down the exit ramp from I-25 and approached the merge with University Boulevard about 25 minutes before Denver and Arkansas State were set to tip off Thursday night, it became clear something was different this night. There was...traffic. Lots of it. Usually I just zoom through that merge,...

The Struggle

There's something stale about writing about "your" team. At least, as far as I'm concerned. For the first dozen games or so, I tried to write about Belmont. I attempted to describe the nuances of each game, analyzing the ins and outs of Coach Byrd's dunk-rule, Marshall's texter (a post that uncomfortably went...

Hawkman Isn't Lame After All

It had been several years since I had last traveled to Boston to visit my friend Jim. We had known each other since second grade and had always shared many of the same sports interests growing...

Records Can Deceive

After watching a pretty good game between Hofstra and'Northeastern, my friend Jim and I were ready for the next game of the day. We'had taken the train to Northeastern, but Jim's wife Abbe picked us up outside the'arena and we headed to Bryant University in Rhode Island. It was just over an hour and the traffic...

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....

Brown's Missed Opportunity

My third game of the day could have been considered the main event of the evening. Harvard s success has become well known throughout the year and it is easily the most recognizable...

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...

A Newer New Start

After seasons are over, fans in the Other 24 will single out a point in the season where everything changed. Finding such a moment, event or date is inherently a post-facto phenomenon because it requires knowledge of what happened afterwards. I highly doubt Pav would have broken his whiteboard against Mason last...

Bad Memories

My basketball memories were for the most part fairly good at High Point. In my four years as a student, the Panthers were 47-8 at the Millis Center. We always made it to the Big South semifinals when I was a student. Most of everything went well for High Point basketball fans then, under the play of AZ Reid....

Things Have A Way of Working Out

Sometimes, things just turn out better than you might expect them to, even better than you could've dreamed.Last February, when the St. Joseph's Hawks came to the Liacouras Center, the Temp...

A Tough Time

The College of Charleston and Wofford have had a big rivalry for the last 13 years that they have been in the Southern Conference. The teams have fought hard in previous years. CofC won both regular season meetings last year, but lost in the tournament final to Wofford. Wofford blew out CofC in the first game...

The Lou Henson Classic: Fresno State at New Mexico State 1/28/2012

Saturday brought us to a series of basketball events to the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M. First, the NMSU women continued to learn new coach Mark Trakh's system against Louisiana Tech's Lady Techsters, a traditional power in women's hoops. The first half was close, but two 15-0 Tech second-half runs,...

The Big Mean Green

The innocuous look on the face of the young man did a noble job hiding his true emotions that crisp Friday evening. As he was pacing toward the entrance of a large cathedral of a building nestled amongst what appeared to be a distinguished college campus, no words were necessary to express what his face did not...

Chances Lost: Montana at Portland State 1/29/2012

It's not often you see TV trucks outside Portland State's arena, the Stott Center. While the Portland Pilots appear a couple times a season on the ESPN networks thanks to the WCC's TV deal, and usually a handful of other times on regional cable (this year the local Comcast Sports affiliate is carrying nine...

And on the 7th day there shall be more basketball

Time for a confession, and with this being a Sunday night tilt, it is rather fitting. I was running a bit later than normal. Didn't miss any of the game but had to hustle to get in the building to get to the top of the tunnel leading to my seat as the Anthem was starting. One of the features of the brand new Ford...

Unique Traditions

One of the best things about MEAC basketball is that there are more unique traditions than at other mid-majors. Most other mid-majors seem to borrow traditions from one another as well as from schools above the Red Line. HBCUs have developed another culture and unique tradition separate from our other schools,...

I Do Not Eat Frosted Flakes

The 800 GP guidelines say no smac, which in the case of this game will require great restraint on the part of your correspondent. (The lawyer in me is tempted to muse on the nature of guidelines vs. rules, but that would in all likelihood get me in trouble at work.) So, just the facts. Last night, Penn hosted...

408's Second Finest

I might work at Stanford, might have been a manager for the basketball team as a student, might run through a wall for Johnny Dawkins or Trent Johnson, but I will alwa...

Rockin the Suburbs

My affection for the Other 24, like it did for so many without direct ties, began in the spring of 2006. It was a tough time for me, and I spent even more time than usual glued to college basketball as its regular season wound to a close and the tournaments began. Living in the Shenandoah Valley, the only mid-major...

Miami (Oh.) at Ohio 1/21/2012

ATHENS, Ohio -- Ohio and Miami are the two oldest universities in the state of Ohio (1804 and 1809, respectively), and had met on the hardwood 187 times since 1908 coming into Saturday's contest, with Ohio holding a slim 96-91 advantage in the all-time series. The teams have had a tendency for close games the...

Then And Now Mark I -- A-10 Rumpus

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Once every so often, I get so excited about something that I tend to bite off a bit more than I can chew. It has become readily apparent to me that my most recent something involves my sacred duty as a Mid-Majority correspondent. Finding the tenets of this website to be in line with my personal...

Turnovers, Blown Whistles and Bill Murray

When Towson defeated UNCW last Saturday, the Tigers ended their NCAA record 41-game losing streak. With the win, Towson entered a tie for eleventh place in the CAA with Hofstra. The Pride had just lost earlier in the day at Northeastern. Both teams entered last night's game with a 1-10 conference record. One...

Questions Me and the Seahawks Can't Answer

As many of you have already read, the details for Season 9 were released Wednesday afternoon. I was waiting in anticipation, like I m sure others were to see wh...

Free Food at FU

I had not been to Furman's Timmons Arena in three years. The last time I was there was when I went to visit all 23 Division I and Division II men's basketball arenas in South Carolina. Back then I had intended to go see Davidson play there, but when the presence of Stephen Curry led to a sellout, I had to move...

Marist at Manhattan 2/2/2012

The Manhattan student section was plentiful and rowdy on Thursday night in its first home game of the second semester, with the wisecrack of the night going to an obnoxious student, who yelled out to Marist head coach Chuck Martin, "Chuck Chuck Bo Buck Banana Fana You Suck." Obnoxious students can get annoying,...

In Memory of Coach Spoonhour

Authors Note: I'm writing this recap on Wednesday, February 1st. This morning we learned of the passing of Coach Charlie Spoonhour, who coached Missouri State (then Southwest Missouri State) from 1983-1992. Coach Spoon, as he was affectionately called, was a legend in Missouri State basketball. He helped usher...

Slow Down!

The previous game I had seen between Charleston Southern and Campbell was much closer than the final score indicated. It was a high-scoring affair that was bucket for bucket until the Buccaneers pulled away late. Charleston Southern plays with the 17th-highest tempo while Campbell is 2nd in the nation at shooting...

Anticipation

6:25 couldn't get there soon enough. That's what time my Business Law class ended, and while I enjoy learning about leasehold agreements and evictions (who doesn't? ), I was ready to get out of there. I went through the same process that typical 9-5ers do at 4:30 every day: constantly checking the clock. Everyone...

Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten

He sat on the bench, dressed not in the normal "street clothes" one sees when a Montana State player -- usually a walk-on, but also an injured player -- is on the bench. While Danny Desin, Cody Anderson,Tor Anderson and the MSU student managers were decked out in dress shirts, dress pants and ties, one lone soul...

An Outsider in His Own City, or A Philadelphian's Existential Crisis

I'm filing this article very, very late the game took place over three weeks ago but I believe I have a legitimate excuse, and it has nothing to do with my undiagnosed case of CPS...

Last of the Independents: Cal State Bakersfield at New Mexico State 2/1/2012

Wednesday in Las Cruces saw a visit to New Mexico State by the Roadrunners of California State University at Bakersfield. The Roadrunners played their first Division I season five years ago and have yet to find a conference home, although the Big West has been hearing from them regularly. There are only three...

Home Court Advantage

As I walked into Lavietes Pavilion with 1:30 left to go in the first half of Harvard's clash with Columbia, I thought to myself that, all things considered, things had gone very well. I had planned to be at both of Harvard's Ivy Weekend home games, but real life had intervened. I thought I would miss both games....

Falcons Beat Dreadful NIU, Win Second Straight

I said yesterday that Mark Montgomery of NIU had to feel a little strange. He went from coaching at MSU to coaching Northern Illinois, and those Huskies are just plain awful this year. The only time I remember seeing a team I thought was worse was the first Gene Cross team at UT. I actually felt a little pity...

David and/or Goliath

For the UNO Men's Basketball team, 2011-12 is a difficult season. It is not hard because of the quality of the schedule. It is not hard because the roster was recruited with Division II in mind. It is not even hard because in-town competitor Creighton is 21-2, ranked in the top 15, and robbing UNO of any local...

Escaping Reality

There's something special about sports. There's just something unique about it that raises it above other forms of entertainment for me. Most forms of entertainment I enjoy because it allows me to escape my day-to-day life. It's not that I hate my life, I rather enjoy it, but I like to be carried somewhere else....

Six Degrees of Hofstra Separation - Part I

I wanted to do something crazy for the 800 Games Project. An opportunity arose a few weeks ago to be able to see three games in one day: Charlotte vs. Fordham, Georgia State vs. Hofstra and Iona vs. Manhattan. The time schedules were perfect; 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 7:00 PM. With a little luck and a lead foot, I thought...

1,000 Interim Coach Big Heads

There is something strange and perhaps wonderful happening in Bowling Green, Kentucky. After starting 5-12, WKU fired its head coach halfway through the season. The Tops proceeded to lose their next three games, but that was before Harper Mania had fully set it. At my last writing, I was giddily tapping away about...

Iona at Manhattan 2/4/2012

Walking up West 242nd Street toward Manhattan College in the Bronx on Saturday night made our little group, two dads and three sons, feel like we'd caught up to the leading edge of New York City's excitement. The Iona Gaels were down from New Rochelle to play the Manhattan Jaspers, both teams' rosters full of...

The Quest to Contain Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy is the man. Tennessee Tech's senior guard is averaging 21.8 points per game, which makes him the nation's fifth leading scorer in terms of points per game. On January 21st, he scored 26 against Southeast Missouri State. Five nights later, he hung 34 on Eastern Kentucky. Two nights following that,...

My Night as a VIP

UNO Basketball has always been a small event; a glorified high school game, often with fewer people. Parking is free, but you have to find it in one of the lots or in the parking garage a short walk away. There are no reserved seats, so the early bird (or anyone who shows up) gets good seats. Season ticket holders...

Six Degrees of Hofstra Separation - Part 2

When the CAA Tournament is over and I look back on this Hofstra season, I will remember all the incredibly close games that ended in losses; the last second losses to Florida Atlantic, James Madison, Delaware, Northeastern, Drexel and George Mason. There were the large second half leads that evaporated vs. Boston...

Nonsense

Nothing about it made sense. The matchup between 3-21 University of Tennessee Martin and undefeated Murray State probably didn't spawn many impromptu road trips for fans of Hoops Nation (outside of Murray, Ky.). But for some reason I found the wheels of my 2003 Focus station wagon tearing up the secondary highways...

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...

Young Guards Shine: La Tech at NMSU 2/4/2012

Saturday marked the beginning of the second half of the WAC season for both New Mexico State and visiting Louisiana Tech. On Jan. 7 at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, the Aggies defeated the Bulldogs 83-73, in a game that the Aggies led by six at the half and by double digits much of the second half. But...

Return on Investment

A lot of investments paid off Saturday at Denver's Magness Arena. For me, it was the payoff of the Emotional Investment I made starting in 2010, when I was belatedly inspired by Kyle's Season 6 "investments" essay to adopt Denver as "my" mid-major team, start a blog about the Pioneers, and begin attending and...

Six Degrees of Hofstra Separation - Part 3

After watching Hofstra suffer another tough loss at the hands of Georgia State, Matthew and I bid adieu to Tieff, who couldn't make our last part of the Hofstra influenced tripleheader. My six year old color analyst and I raced up north to the Bronx. Our destination was Manhattan College, who were hosting Iona...

The Anatomy of a Blowout

Everyone knows how being part of a blowout feels. The winning side is clearly overjoyed with utter domination of an opponent while the losing side is left scratching their heads wondering what just happened. That's what happened Wednesday when Akron took out visiting Eastern Michigan 77-47 at the James A. Rhodes...

66 Year Olds Shouldn't Say Re-Dunkulous

I made my return to Kimbel Arena for the first time in two weeks. It seemed a lot longer than that since I had been to so many games since then, including a tr...

Homecoming Slump Buster

I didn't think at the beginning of the season I'd be traveling as much as I have or going to as many games as I have been to so far, but there I was, making the drive to Wilmington for the 2nd game in what is becoming a customary Saturday doubleheader. I wasn't too pumped as I had been on previous weekends because...

Deception on the Road

I'll admit it. I got there late. Iona vs. Manhattan was probably going to be one of (if not the) biggest regular season games of the year in New York City and I got there late. It was my fault. I tried to pull off a triple-header, but something crazy happened in game two. After a lot of jawing during the game...

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....

Dance With Me

"Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music." -George Carlin Great sports traditions share common traits. They are organic in nature, as they derive from simple beginnings. They also spread through the surrounding culture in a spontaneous, natural way. And once the tradition has...

Independent Struggle

In the 2003-04 school year, Longwood began to transition to Division I like Nebraska-Omaha is now. Then over the next four years, the Lancers would play a full Division I schedule as they waited to become a full Division I school. It was not an easy process for Longwood, now having to travel much more than usual....

The Winter of Mark Macon's Discontent

The week before Saturday's game at the Event Center, the Binghamton University student newspaper made it official. Pipe Dream designated the Bearcats the worst Division I basketball ...

Reading Between the Clouds

There is one topic that is the butt of many jokes, the place to turn to when there is nothing left to be said, the weather. Here in the Midwest we like to tell people if you don't like the weather, just wait 10 minutes and it'll change. So as I departed Cape Girardeau for a few hours to take in a game at SIU Arena...

Legends of the Game

My recent visit to Ball State allowed me the chance to witness four individuals who have left very prominent marks in the Mid-Majority. One has long ago completed his career, another is nearing the end of his career, yet another also may very well be at the end of that road, and the fourth finds himself in a strange...

Meetup!

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending a game with several of our fellow 800GP-ers when Old Dominion traveled to Fairfax for George Mason's homecoming. Although this was nominally the DC-area meetup, attendees came from south (Norfolk) and north (Philadelphia), east (Annapolis) and west (ok, not too far...

Like Father, Like Son

I love the sport of basketball. I've loved it since as long as I can remember. Ever since I was a kid, it's been a staple in my life. From playing in community leagues, to junior high, and on to high school, it's the sport I've played the most. From the NBA, to the local high school games, and now college basketball,...

Let's Play Two

When I last saw the outside world last Saturday, it was a dreary, drab Midwestern winter day, with a light mist falling outside SIU Arena before a Missouri Valley tilt between E...

Camels Get Over the Hum ... Chants

The last time I saw Coastal Carolina and Campbell playit was in Buies Creek, N.C., and probably was the best game I had seen while doing the800GP. While I was rooting for the Chanticleers, I couldn't deny how great thegame was with Campbell winning in overtime. The win put the Camels at 3-0 inconference play,...

The New Neighbors Come Visit

Some of you writing for and reading the 800 GP have seen teams join and leave the conferences you follow. Not me. Until this season, the West Coast Conference has had the same lineup for as long as I can remember, and only the Ivy League had been together longer. The travel partners were the same, and there was...

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...

Big Bro Outduels Little Bro With Own Weapons

It's Wednesday night, four days after the first round of the annual clash of the intrastate rivals in Bozeman. I fear missing another recap, I fear being picked last amongst team members for Season 9 (still have to sign up for that) and I fear TMM8 community shunning me or looking down upon me for all three statements...

A Night Out With the Hurleys

Mount St. Mary s University is located a healthy 70 miles away from my workplace, and another 50 miles in a different direction from my home. It certainly makes for a challenging comm...

Are You My Rival?

In the academic field of international relations, a decent amount of scholarship is devoted to the study of dyads. A dyad is any two countries, but in this context, pairings like Guyana-New Zealand aren't usually given too much thought. Historically, the most studied dyads are or were the most newsworthy ones...

The Mix-Reghi Effect

Whenever Steve Mix and Michael Reghi of SportsTime Ohio show up to your game, you know craziness is about to ensue! Television coverage always has a habit of highlighting match-ups and bringing that added atmosphere of excitement to a game. But whenever Mix and Reghi show up for a MAC game, they somehow take it...

Building on a Trickle

Conference play is a beast. Season after season, somewhere along the way you'll see a score that just makes you scratch your head and ask 'How did they lose to them? ' In the Missouri Valley, Evansville has played the role of spoiler on a few occasions, knocking off nationally-ranked conference foes at home. These...

Wolfie Celebrates His Birthday With a Win

Seventeen years ago, Wolfie made his debut as the mascot of the Stony Brook Seawolves. Seventeen years ago, Stony Brook wasn't even a Division I basketball team. The Seawolves weren't Division I until 1999 and didn't join the America East until 2001. But here we were on a Thursday night, seventeen years later,...

A Battle for the Ages

When you hear "Vikings" and "Crusaders," you harken back to the Middle Ages when people like Pope Alexander II, Constantine and Leif Eriksson were famous. The 10th and 11th centuries were marked by wars, religious uprisings, and numerous dynasties ruling the free world. Now fast-forward to 2011. The Cleveland...

Paging Alan Thicke

Growing Pains was far from my favorite sitcom, but it hit me at the right age as a young boy coming of age in the 1980s. Alan Thicke was the kind of former-rocker-turned-wise-counseling TV dad that hit the spot. He was calm and easy-going, always with a few lines in minutes 21 and 22 of his sitcom that seemed...

Tight Spaces

College of Charleston's campus is located in the middle of downtown Charleston, one of the most historic areas of South Carolina. C of C was established in 1770, and for its first 200 years was a small private school. But over the last 40 years, the campus has become home to a fast growing public university, the...

Ugly, but I'll Take It

Thursday night was a night which was laden with great finishes throughout college basketball. This included one at Charleston Southern just up the road which involved a 35-fo...

High Point Trumps Low Energy

While I love going to games, it can be difficult to raise the excitement level when you realize there isn't much to play for. Sure, if you have a rooting interest in a team you'll want them to win, but every game can't be a rivalry or an epic war with a huge storyline behind it. There are always some games that...

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...

Just As We All Expected

Even starting in the preseason, Iona's gotten the lion's share of the attention in the MAAC. The Gaels were picked to win the MAAC title this year, and that was even before learning that they'd be able to add Momo Jones to the roster this year, thanks to a hardship waiver granted by the NCAA after Jones transferred...

A Song for Every One of Us

I live nine miles from Philadelphia, in South Jersey, but I don't go there much anymore. For eighteen years, my parents and I crossed the bridge weekly as we attended a large Presbyterian church in Center City. Our preferred route was across the Walt Whitman bridge, past the stadiums in South Philly before turning...

A Throwback Revival at the Cathedral

Imagine a drill sergeant yelling at you in your face. Then imagine that you are in a tiny room, and the noise reverberates and crashes. Then multiply that by 8,000. That was what the Palestra was like last night. One particular second half moment stands out: Penn had just gone on a 7-0 run whipping up the crowd...

GIANT EFFORT

February 11, 2012, #ALLCAPSDAY, was a very exciting day in college basketball terms, especially in the Charleston area. Today was the only day of the entire season where all three of our local teams, the College of Charleston, Charleston Southern, and The Citadel, were home, playing at different times. Thursday...

Cheesesteaks, Bungee Jumpers and Basketball

Life is like a group of weather forecasters. You never know what you're going to get and apparently neither do they. Based on the forecasts that I heard on Friday, travel to Philadelphia for yesterday's Hofstra- Drexel game was going to be hazardous with snow and rain. I even warned my son Matthew that he was...

Falcons Defeat Evil Rockets, Win Fourth in a Row

In front of their biggest crowd in seven seasons, and one that mostly consisted of their own fans, BG and UT played a very entertaining, competitive game that was made all the better by the fact that the Falcons Won and the Rockets Lost. (66-63). How's that taste, UT? In addition to the big rivalry win, the...

BREAKFAST AND BASKETBALL

NOT ONCE IN MY LIFE HAD I EVER DREAMED THAT I'D BE ATTENDING A COLLEGE BASKETBALL GAME AT 11 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING. I HAD NEVER REALLY EVEN HEARD OF SUCH A THING UNTIL THIS YEAR, WHEN A COUPLE GAMES STARTED COMING ON TELEVISION BEFORE NOON. AS A TYPICAL COLLEGE STUDENT, WAKING UP BEFORE NOON ON A SATURDAY IS...

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