MMBOW

Vol. 1 Kyle Whelliston November 15, 2004  1
MMBOW #1: Jonathan Sanders, St. Mary's

The inaugural anything is tough - there's all that pressure, all those questions. What will the public think? Will this new thing be embraced, accepted? Will it become an iconic institution, or will it join the ranks of such outright flops as Crystal Pepsi, Cop Rock and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays? So...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 1 Kyle Whelliston November 22, 2004  1
MMBOW #2: Travis Niesen, Santa Clara

When the Mid-Majority Baller Of The Week award made its debut last week, I never expected that it would be argued about in sports bars across the nation, become the target of intense lobbying by athletic directors, or gain a cherished place in college basketball fans' hearts. At least, not right awa...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 1 Kyle Whelliston November 29, 2004  2
MMBOW #3: Jose Juan Barea, Northeastern

Like a young, wet foal bravely attempting to put his legs under him for the first time, the Mid-Majority Baller Of The Week Award made some happy progress this week towards its very first frolic in the meadow. Yes, this week saw the first vote that originated from the TMM-reading public. It was for ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 1 Kyle Whelliston December 6, 2004  2
MMBOW #4: Jaycee Carroll, Utah State

The other day, I was doing something I rarely do - watching SportsCenter. (I'm more of an ESPNews guy.) They were coming in from a commercial break, and they showed a 30-second quick-cut highlight reel of all the Heisman Trophy candidates, set to hot and funky urban beats. There was a repeated loop ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 1 Kyle Whelliston December 13, 2004  2
MMBOW #5: David Moss, Indiana State

Kids sometimes ask me what it takes to be Mid-Majority Baller Of The Week. "Eat your vegetables," I tell them. "And always listen to your parents." After they tell me to go "F" myself, I bemoan the general coarsening of the Great American Dialogue. Then I say that they might achieve their dreams if ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 1 Kyle Whelliston December 20, 2004  2
MMBOW #6: Marcellus Sommerville, Bradley

I know why you really visit this site. Once March comes around, you'll be filling out your brackets with confidence - you'll know each of the teen-seeds inside and out. While the CBS pregame camera is trained on some guy from conference X who's shooting jumpers in his sweats, and Billy Packer is fum...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 1 Kyle Whelliston December 28, 2004  2
MMBOW #7: Paul Millsap, Louisiana Tech

Because I took an extra day of X-Mas break yesterday, this week's MMBOW only has six days to rule over the mid-major world instead of the normal seven. I'm feeling a little guilty about this and it even kept me up last night for a few extra minutes, so I wanted to do something extra-special for this...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 1 Kyle Whelliston January 4, 2005  1
MMBOW #8: Michael Harris, Rice

Our eighth Mid-Majority Baller Of The Week is Michael Harris of the Rice Owls, who also happens to be the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week as well. The 6-6, 240-lb. senior power forward wants to let everyone know that Rice isn't just about baseball, and wishes to end the Owls' 35-year ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 1 Kyle Whelliston January 9, 2005 
MMBOW #9: T.J. Sorrentine, Vermont

Since this has turned out to be America East week here at The Mid-Majority (four of the last five 100 Games Project tilts have been from that particular league), it's only fitting that an AE guy is the recipient of our regular weekly honor. Big, burly Taylor Copppenrath of the <A Vermont Catamoun...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 1 Kyle Whelliston January 16, 2005  1
MMBOW #10: Levi Rost, Western Michigan

Not very many people outside Kalamazoo were taking the Western Michigan Broncos seriously this year in their quest to defend their Mid-American Conference crown. After all, they lost the reigning MAC Player of The Year, forward Mike Williams - WMU rode his coattails on many occasions last year on th...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 1 Kyle Whelliston January 24, 2005  2
MMBOW #11: Brandon Temple, Missouri-Kansas City

Kangaroo legend Michael Watson, the Mid-Continent Conference's all-time leading scorer with 2,488 points, graduated and left his blue and gold uni behind last spring. So someone had to step up and provide some points this year for Missouri-Kansas City, and it turns out that the entire backcourt did....                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 1 Kyle Whelliston January 31, 2005  2
MMBOW #12: Danny Horace, Miami (Ohio)

Miami (Oh.) made an early splash this season with a huge "Miami Valley Conference" win at Xavier, but they fell off the map somewhat after a letdown-game loss against a weak Butler club. The RedHawks have shaken off a slow conference start with a four-game winning streak, and they've done it with th...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 1 Kyle Whelliston February 6, 2005  2
MMBOW #13: Seamus Boxley, Portland State

At the start of the season, folks thought the Big Sky conference would play out as usual - last year's Dancers Eastern Washington, traditional powerhouse Weber State, maybe one of the Montana schools would be in the mix. Nobody - and I mean nobody - saw Portland State coming. The Vikings had only 11...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 1 Kyle Whelliston February 15, 2005  2
MMBOW #14: Torrell Martin, Winthrop

When the Big South decreed that two of their postponed games would be made up during a week that they already had a pair scheduled, some Winthrop fans believed the fix was in. Some thought that the move to bestow a four-game, six-day strech on the Eagles was made solely to sabotage their season - th...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 1 Kyle Whelliston February 21, 2005  2
MMBOW #15: Nick Fazekas, Nevada

After Nevada's streaking ascent to the Sweet Sixteen out of a 10-seed (they defeated Michigan State and UMPFN before falling to eventual national runner-up Georgia Tech), they lost their coach (Trent Johnson) to Stanford and their top scorer (Kirk Snyder) to the NBA. Most preseason publications had ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 1 Kyle Whelliston March 1, 2005  1
MMBOW #16: Darren Brooks, Southern Illinois

Darren is a senior guard for the Saluki-men who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 205 pounds. SIU's team leader uses his quick hands to steal, his long arms and powerful hops to snare rebounds, and his soft touch to score points. And he scores a lot. His primary MMBOW credentials are as follows: a 8-of-10...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 4 Kyle Whelliston November 12, 2007  2
MMBOW #1: Kyle Hines, North Carolina-Greensboro

One of the most common e-mails I received last year was the repeated question about where the Mid-Majority Baller of the Specified-Time-Period went. I can't even remember why I took a year off from doing it, it was always such a fun part of every Monday. It had become such an honor that school SID's...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 4 Kyle Whelliston November 19, 2007  1
MMBOW #2: Josh Akognon, Cal State Fullerton

There were plenty of deserving candidates in the season's second week, lots of big-time performances by big-time players on teams in the lower 22 conferences. But we're going to use this space this time to recognize the efforts of a little guy from a little conference that gets little exposure back ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 4 Kyle Whelliston November 26, 2007  1
MMBOW #3: Jason Thompson, Rider

The Rider Broncs went 1-2 over the weekend at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, but one of the top stories coming from that tourney was the performance of a certain 6-11 center, number 1 in maroon and a likely NBA pick. Fresh off a nationally televised showcase that lasted all weekend long, Jason Th...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 4 Kyle Whelliston December 3, 2007  1
MMBOW #4: Michael Bramos, Miami (Oh.)

Michael Bramos of Miami (Oh.) was Michigan's Mr. Basketball runner-up coming out of high school, and he's spent most of his college career as a solid, dependable yet overlooked third option -- he's that guy out on the floor who plays 35 minutes but usually puts up more intangibles and Charlie Points...