Volume 3

Kyle Whelliston November 2, 2006  4
Flipping The Switch, One More Time

One thing you can never say about our game is that it overstays its welcome. For all but the lucky pocket of players and fans whose season didn't end in a meaningful loss, college basketball is quickly forgotten, gone, off the radar. For some, it's the pull of the new baseball season, but for most...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 13, 2006  5
The Daily Paragraph 11/13/2006 (Lid-lifting Edition)

BLOOMSBURY, N.J. (en route to Charlotte) -- Hello again, friends, and welcome back to TMM's regular schedule. This here is The Daily Paragraph, which is specifically designed to be triply too clever for it's own good: it's a play on existing basketball literature, is a sarcastic/ironic attempt at on...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 14, 2006  4
The Daily Paragraph 11/14/2006 (America East-centric Edition)

ROANOKE, Va. (en route to Charlotte) -- Hello again, friends, and welcome to your mid-major Pre-Hump Day. Before we get to yesterday's action, though, something's been bugging me. I was driving through Maryland this morning, and out of nowhere a beer ad jingle from the Eighties jumped from the dee...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 17, 2006  2
The Daily Paragraph 11/17/2006 (Kansas-Beating Edition)

RICHMOND, Va. - Thank you for your repeat business. Before we get to the mailbag, credit where it's due. Oral Roberts 78, Kansas 71 (Wed.) -- Kansas is undoubtedly the greatest program in the history of college basketball, with links that go as deep as the game's origins themselves. But lately, Bea...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 20, 2006  3
The Daily Paragraph 11/20/2006 (Upset Stomach Edition)

PAWTUCKET, R.I. - By November 19, 2005, there had been 16 games in which a school from one of the eight major conferences had been beaten by a school from one of the 23 other D-I conferences*. [*Unnamed Major Program From the Northwest excluded] This year, on that date, there have been 26. This i...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 21, 2006  3
The Daily Paragraph 11/21/2006 (Insanely Uptempo Edition)

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Calendar years. Every 12 months, it's a different one. Crazy stuff, that. But aside from the numbers, here's the only real difference between this basketball season and last season. Last season, ESPN's non-Andy Katz blog was telling you all about how great all these mid-major upse...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 25, 2006  3
The Daily Paragraph 11/25/2006 (Hot Butler Lovin' Edition)

CHICAGO - The holiday season. What a putrid, disgusting thing it's become. Housewives maiming each other over "door-buster" sales, crappy holiday music, pointless religious debates over nomenclature, and all those Lifetime movies starring Valerie Bertinelli about the little town that found the true ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 28, 2006  4
The Daily Paragraph 11/28/2006 (Close Call Edition)

VALPARAISO, Ind. -- For every upset of a major program by a mid-major (and there have been 44 so far this season, as compared to 36 at this time a year ago), there's a tantalizing near-miss. Like last night at the venerable old Athletics and Recreation Center, where the Brown and Gold of Valpo nearl...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston December 5, 2006  4
The Daily Paragraph 12/5/2006 (Cash and Prizes Edition)

PHILADELPHIA -- Just a quick check of the tally board: mid-major wins are still ahead of last year's total at this time, 60-54. Seven of those came on "Black Saturday," when you had such corkers as Wichita State's 64-61 nailbiter over Syracuse, in which they held on after building a huge first-half ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston December 8, 2006  3
The Daily Paragraph 12/8/2006 (Conference-licious Edition)

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. -- Let's go straight to the mailbag, no delay, no bullpoop. Kyle, all these heroic recaps of "mid-over-major" results are great and everything, but what about the December games that really matter, the early conference stuff? Stan K. You're right, Stan. It's easy to get caug...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston December 15, 2006  4
The Daily Paragraph 12/15/2006 (Fear and Loathing Edition)

Kyle, it seems like mid-majors still aren't getting any respect. It doesn't matter how many games CAA or Missouri Valley teams win, it's either a "step towards respectability" or some kind of fluke. How many steps is it going to take? John, Falls Church VA I'll start this like I always do, with ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston December 17, 2006  3
The Daily Paragraph 12/17/2006 (Wrappity-Wrap Edition)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- After the lull of Finals Week, a literal explosion of college basketball action over the weekend! Here are a few results of interest and note from around Hoops Nation. Butler 68, Purdue 65 (Sat.) -- The Bulldogs keep doing what they do. They kept hold of the ball (only 13 tur...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston December 19, 2006  11
Definitions: What's a Mid-Major?

There's a debate raging in Hoops Nation, one that has very little relevance whatsoever to anything relevant. It's supposed to be about respect, honor and parity. It should be about ball control, free throws and the flex offense. And sure, it's about basketball -- a little bit -- but it's also about ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston December 20, 2006  5
The Daily Paragraph 12/20/2006 (The Drexel Edition)

MARTIN, Tenn. -- First of all today, I want to welcome the newest member of the Mid-Majority family, the "vs. Others" page. Every team now has one -- even yours! -- and it's got all sort of cool stuff on it like records and results against current conference opponents, as well as records against oth...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston December 22, 2006  2
The Daily Paragraph 12/22/2006 (Hot Hot Hot Edition)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- First, a few noteworthy results from the past couple of days, and after that a couple of quick mailbags. Delaware State 65, at Buffalo 62 Yo, Andy! A win at Buffalo is good, especially if you're from the MEAC! The Hornets shot 63%, and won despite the fact that Buffalo outrebo...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston December 28, 2006  4
The Daily Paragraph 12/28/2006 (Yule Log Edition)

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- If you're a native New Yorker, or just someone who lives in a town with a Tribune-owned television station, you probably know about the Yule Log. It's that close-up shot of a fireplace that goes on for a commercial-free two hours and plays Christmas music. I've loved The Log for y...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston December 29, 2006  3
The Daily Paragraph 12/29/2006 (Travel Edition)

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- I'll tell you what holiday hell is. Last Saturday, heading back home to Providence from another mid-major excursion, I was stuck at New York's Kennedy airport on a scheduled three-hour layover, which suddenly became a seven-hour layover when the schedule started backing up. T...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston January 1, 2007  3
Goodbye 2006, The Year Of The Mid-Major

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- I'm not a complainer by nature, not at all. I don't gripe about primetime television becoming a lowest-common denominator toilet, or that Kenny G did a lite-jazz cover of James Blunt's "You're Beautiful," unknowingly creating the audio skeleton-key to hell's gates in the process. ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston January 2, 2007  6
The Daily Paragraph 1/2/2007 (Feature-Rich Edition)

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Let's take a quick look at happenings in Mid-Majorville on the last day of 2006 and first day of 2007. at Southern Illinois 73, Wichita State 68 (MVC) (Jan. 1) -- If you haven't noticed, the Shockers have had a real frustrating run of bad luck and sub-Shocker play recently. It star...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston January 4, 2007  3
The Daily Paragraph 1/4/2007 (Return Of Tha Krazy Edition)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Just a reminder: make sure you get in on the action as The Mid-Majority expands its feature list in 2007 in return for warm, soft cash. We're halfway to unlocking mobile boxscores, a quarter of the way towards the team mileage maps, and we've also a chunk into the Tournament Geni...