Volume 7

Kyle Whelliston November 1, 2010  16
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...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 2, 2010  14
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...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 3, 2010  15
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,...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 4, 2010  9
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...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 5, 2010  12
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...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 6, 2010  10
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...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 7, 2010  11
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...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 8, 2010  12
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...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 9, 2010  10
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...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 10, 2010  7
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...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 11, 2010  6
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...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 12, 2010 
Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 701

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 12, 2010  4
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...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 15, 2010  5
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...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 16, 2010  6
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...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 16, 2010  2
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...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 16, 2010  7
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...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 16, 2010  7
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,...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 17, 2010  6
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...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 17, 2010  8
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...