Volume 9

Kyle Whelliston November 1, 2012 
Mid-Majority Season 9 Opening Chat and Draft

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Matt Konrad November 2, 2012  10
Hearts of Lions

Anyone who's read this site knows that we don't put much stock in the old saw that "sports are an escape from real life." On the contrary: sports are played, coached, and officiated by real people. Fans experience real joy and real despair. And the ugly business of sports is suffused with real money serving real...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Craig Hanford November 3, 2012  8
Unbeaten and Unknown

In many respects, though it was a full quarter-century before the creation of midmajority.com, the 1978-79 college basketball season would have to be considered the season of the mid-majority. That year's Final Four included three outstanding teams that I believe the Mid-Majority Institute of Basketball Research...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Peter Feldman November 5, 2012  10
Family Matters

The wheels began to come off with a four-point play. As Penn's Eric Osmundson rose up for a three pointer on the right wing, Princeton's Andre Logan came charging into his chest. The ball swished through the net. The packed Palestra crowd erupted. The seemingly insurmountable Princeton lead that had been as much...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

William Fischer November 7, 2012  5
Love Your Team, Accept Your Life

No one really knows how the word "team" broke into American business jargon. I have my theories. I have long believed that it all started with an article in an in-flight magazine on the NY- Washington shuttle. If we scratched a little bit deeper, I think we'd find that it was written by a freelancer who was long...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Raymond Curren November 6, 2012  10
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...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Kyle Whelliston November 8, 2012  12
I Let My Teammates Down

CHICAGO, Nov. 5 - In January 2006, I had the opportunity to spend a Sunday hanging out with Southern Illinois equipment manager Alvy Armstrong. These were the types of days I appreciated most when I was on the road, killing myself slowly by zipping from game to game: meeting people whose names were generally unknown,...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Daniel Spewak November 11, 2012  14
Trust

All I needed was some gas. After aimlessly weaving through one-way streets in downtown Omaha in desperate search of an on-ramp to the freeway, I finally hopped on the interstate-- in the wrong direction, of course. It took about a half-hour, but I eventually navigated the city's ridiculously confusing highway...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Rhett Umphress November 11, 2012  3
The Hawkdacity of Hope

For #TMM8, my first game was at Chase Family Arena and featured the Hartford Hawks. So it was only appropriate that the start of #TMM9 would have me begin with the Hawks once again. I remember the somewhat apathetic crowd -- officially 980 -- that watched that game in January. Hartford was in the midst of...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Craig Caswell November 11, 2012  3
Field Trip Energy

On a day featuring aircraft carriers, Germany, new Brooklyn arenas, and 15 of the AP Top 25, college basketball threw open the gym doors right here in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I arrived at the Convocation Center at 11:45am Eastern Standard Time, primed and ready for the official start to the 2012-13 season. Yesterday,...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Parks Smith November 11, 2012  4
What's Our Score? Double Yours!

"What's our score? DOUBLE YOURS"... That was a cheer we used to shout during high school basketball games. Usually it was used in the first half when you might find your school up twenty-four to twelve or something along those lines. Tonight, the University of Richmond found the rare opportunity to be participating...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Daniel Spewak November 11, 2012  4
So You're Saying There's a Chance

Seven months ago, Missouri got Norfolked. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville only wishes it could one day have that chance. Saturday was a historic day, although not a soul among the 10,000 strong at Mizzou Arena had any idea why. For the first time in school history, the Cougars played a Division I basketball game...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Raymond Curren November 11, 2012  6
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...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Rhett Umphress November 11, 2012  2
Anatomy of a Comeback

Based on a poll of the coaches, the second game of the Connecticut 6, the Yale Bulldogs versus the Sacred Heart Pioneers, was supposed to be the best matchup of the day. In the first half, the coaches appeared to be very wrong. After trading the lead for the first 10 minutes, the Bulldogs went on a 24-9 run...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

James Squire November 11, 2012  6
Teamwork is Sacrifice, and Sacrifice is Hard

It's hard to get past the fact that until this year I had never even heard of USC Upstate. A brief scan of their website suggests that they were Division II until a few years ago, and the name suggests they belong to the fraternity of schools living in the shadow of a power conference school whose name they share...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Joe Wright November 11, 2012  4
Cougars In Sync In Opener

College basketball is a sport which can unite universities, no matter who is playing. Unlike college football, where FCS teams and FBS teams have huge gaps between each other, even within their divisions (look at the difference between say Davidson in football, compared to Appalachian State a few dozen miles...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Ian McCormick November 11, 2012  9
Starting Anew

Just as the first Tuesday of November holds special meaning as the climax of political campaigning, the second Friday of November each year holds special meaning in Our Game as the start of the season. While the offseason may have been better for certain teams than for others, nothing has been done to affect...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Jennifer Ahearn November 11, 2012  3
All In

Friday was a pretty big day for the phrase "all in," if a phrase can have a big day. As I was speeding away from Washington, D.C. to make the 7pm tip at the Palestra, Beltway types I'd left behind were all abuzz about the author of a biography by that name, and its subject, whose relationship apparently made...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Matt Cayuela November 11, 2012  11
Anticipation, Excitement, Exuberance

I often tend to think about things well in advance of them happening, almost to a fault. I can even remember when I started to get excited about TMM9. It was when TMM8 wasn't even over yet. It was February 1st when the details of the upcoming season were revealed. At first, I had a bunch of questions which went...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Raymond Curren November 12, 2012  10
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...