A #TMM9 team is six players, and consists of one captain, four writers, and one “fantasy” mid-major player.
To the random web passer-by, The Mid-Majority will look like a regularly-updated weblog about the college basketball Other 24 conferences, the gameday experience, and the sport’s history and culture. Just like it has for the past eight years. Upon further inspection, there will be The Game, a friendly contest where teams of fans compete (in a friendly friend way) to create awesome content.
Teams will primarily collect points by writing about games (100 per recap), gaining mileage bonuses (0-50, based on distance from home), and adding an extra point each time a “like” or comment is added. There will be weekly challenges (i.e. “write a story about a team superfan,” “go to a women’s game and write it up,” or “spend a game with a student section and document your experience”), worth 150 points.
All entries will be edited and cleared to the site by the captain, using a web mechanism that will be familiar to 800 Games Project participants; team members will submit items to the captain the same way.
A fantasy player will contribute The Game points to a team whenever he plays, based on the NBA efficiency formula: http://is.gd/UHo6Xp . Positive attributes (points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks) are added, then negatives (turnovers, misses) are subtracted. The draft will be held during the Opening Ceremony/Turntable.fm Dance Party/Site Relaunch on the night of October 31, and the random draft order will be presented a week before.
These teams of six (one captain, four writers and one fantasy player) will collaboratively create great college basketball content during the season, and will be competing for the prestigious Golden Bally.
ATTENTION WRITERS: Are you a writer who’d like to join a team for the season? Would you like to go to games, write essays and generally have a much better and more fun college basketball season than you would have otherwise? Try contacting a captain to see if they have any openings. If there is no contact information listed, the team is likely already full.
The following is also the order for the fantasy draft, to be held the night of October 31. Each team will pick one mid-major player who will gain the team points whenever he plays. The writer recruiting period ends (for practical purposes) on November 9, when the games begin. Good luck everybody, and have fun!
Captain: Ed Pelle
Colors: blue and white
Motto: Go Forth and Observe
Home Base: New York
The Hopping Cats
Captain: Ian McCormick
Colors: blue and brown
Home Base: South Carolina
Captain: Bill Harty
Colors: crimson and white
Home Base: New Mexico
Hickory Picket Fences
Captain: Ray Curren
Colors: red and gold
Motto: Don’t Get Caught Watching the Paint Dry
Home Base: Connecticut
Jen Folds Five
Captain: Jen Ahearn
Colors: red and blue
Home Base: Maryland
The Blood Red Line
Captain: Mike Miller
Colors: red, yellow, black
Home Base: Ohio
If you don’t have the time to join a team, you can always support our site with a Season 9 Membership. There are only a handful remaining!
Eight years ago, when Facebook was only available to Ivy Leaguers, long before Twitter was born, one man’s blog began with a simple mission: serve as a receptacle for documented experiences of college basketball games on nights and weekends. It wasn’t supposed to be a life-changing experience, a new career, a launchpad for multiple books, or anything other than a hobby.
The above photo was taken at the second game written about on The Mid-Majority. It depicts a young man cleaning the court during a timeout of a relatively meaningless Penn-Quinnipiac matchup on November 16, 2004, dressed in southwestern gear and riding the mop like a horse. The motivations of players and coaches are clear: win the damn game. Most sportswriting dissects this will to win seven ways to Sunday. But why would anyone dress up like a bandito to wipe sweat off the floor?
Questions like these form the backbone of The Mid-Majority. College basketball is its own unique culture with its own rules, a community that exists indoors and for five months a year. It is the madness that gets us through the winters. Those who have come along for the long strange trip recognize this, and that’s why TMM has lasted as long as it has.
This site is something different than it was. A lot of former readers don’t think it’s as “good” anymore or whatever. But we here at TMM believe it’s something better, much more high-minded than it ever was. With the 800 Games Project last year, and The Game in 2012-13, we are trying to maintain a supportive community where young writers who are interested in experiential and perceptual sports journalism can write and be read, and also be mentored and coached along by those a little older. If our ideas stay fresh and vibrant and new every year, we could continue this for another decade. In a very small way, we’re pushing back against all the sportz, the low-IQ Top 5 lists, and the florid, navel-gazing sportsy lit-blogs that have taken over the web since we first started. The Mid-Majority is and always was about going to games, and will be until we run out of people who believe in it.
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[Springfield College athletic director Edward] Steitz said Sunday a survey of college coaches showed a margin of 2-to-1 against the shooting clock similar to the 24-second clock in use in the National Basketball Association. The rules panel voted 13-1 against the 30-second clock.
Steitz said officials were told to crack down on improper bench decorum, hand checks on defense, grasping the rim and charging fouls by jump shooters.
Too often, the panel agreed, officials improperly allow a basket by a jump shooter who commits a charge as he launches a successful shot. The basket, under the rules, must be disallowed.