December 18, 2010 8:26 am ET by Kyle Whelliston
SIU Edwardsville Cougars at Indiana HoosiersDecember 17, 2010 7:00 pm
Hi Kyle-- I should go ahead and preface this by saying that I'm a lifelong Bloomington resident and a student at IU now. I've spent my entire life on the other side of the Red Line and agonized over games that were cause for celebration in your world (Lipscomb, Northeastern, Boston U in recent years come to mind). Nevertheless, I'm a big fan of The Mid-Majority. I've been aware of your work since the ESPN days and I've followed this site sporadically for the last few years before really throwing myself into it this year.
Sure, I love rooting for the underdogs and pointing out the injustice of major college athletics, but more so I find myself relating to your writing style and the substance of your posts. The searching, the wondering, the occasional finding of answers so often mirrors my own thoughts and expresses them in a way I'm incapable of doing.
I wanted to say hi at the game tonight but you left before I had a chance to get over to press row and from the looks of your twitter updates it probably wouldn't have gone over well. I'm not entirely sure why I'm writing this message. Part of me is upset that you seemed to equate IU with everything that is wrong with high-major basketball. You've spent enough time in Indiana to know that people here are sensitive about their basketball and I'm no different.
I acknowledge that IU is guilty of some of the sins associated with high-majordom: guarantee games have increased, true non-conference road games have decreased (this year, at BC in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge and at Kentucky in an ongoing rivalry series are the only two), and the influence of money is always apparent if one is willing to see it. However, I just don't know if I'll ever be able to fully dissociate myself from this school and this team and admit all the flaws because of how much it's meant to me throughout my life. The Mid-Majority appeals to my love of upsets and Milan Miracles (or Hickory High, for the Gene Hackman-inclined), but IU appeals to my heart. It's home.
I think I'll have to stop following your site for a while and reconcile my thoughts on this. I'll still check the scoreboard for RLUs and I'll still root for mids against every other high-major, but for now, at this point in my life, I can't buy in totally to this way of life. I need comfort and home more than I need the hope and highs and lows that come from fully investing in the Mid-Majority way, so to speak.
I'll come back someday but until I do, here's a parting gift. Go back and look again at your twitpic of the NCAA championship banners at Assembly Hall. Beneath the press row up there, where it says "Hoosiers" in crimson, the final railing at the top of the stairs bisects the first "s" just so that it looks an awful lot like a dollar sign. Thought you might enjoy that. Stay warm.
|19:06||Game 7-028: SIU Edwardsville at Indiana. eeeeeeeeeeeeeee.|
|19:12||Assembly Hall. http://img.ly/2DRY|
|19:12||And so Indiana opens up with a 11-0 lead, forcing a SIUe time out and "Chelsea Dagger."|
|19:15||Because I am not on the laptop tonight, and instead on the FutureTron 8000, I cannot use the (R) symbol, but it's there on SIUe's uniforms.|
|19:17||Folks listening in on @Joe_Pott and the SIUe radiocast get a special guest color commentator. The color is orange. http://img.ly/2DS4|
|19:18||Six minutes in, and Indiana has scored the first 18 points of the game. No cussing on the air, Bally!|
|19:19||20-0 Indiana. That zero has a marca registrada in the center.|
|19:22||24-0, 12:10 1H. "F@&$ Indiana!" - @ballybasketball http://img.ly/2DSa|
|19:23||Well, this might be historic. I wonder what the record is for most consecutive points to open a DI basketball game is? #factcheckincuz?|
|19:25||Indiana up 24-0 at the 2nd media time out and it doesn't look like SIUe is going to score any time soon. We're on BTN if you're so inclined.|
|19:27||Opportunity for a breakthrough. SIUe's Michael Messer at the line for two. And he makes the first! Assembly Hall explodes. 24-1 IND.|
|19:28||Now 24-2, thanks to a foul in the act of shooting. And another SIUe drive and two: 24-4. Cougars on a 4-0 run.|
|19:28||That was beautiful, man. #FCC RT @nickwynne: @midmajority Overall: 34-0 Seton Hall v Kean, 11/29/98, D-I: 32-0 UConn vs UNH, 12/12/90|
|19:31||Indiana shooting #superhoops for fun and play. It's 32-4 a minute into the second quarter. And oh, the crowd is so smug about it.|
|19:32||Keep dorkin, bro! RT @nickwynne Hope for SIUe...NMSU trailed Bradley 28-0, came back to win 117-109 on 01/27/77 #ncaarecordbookdork|
|19:34||And they ran the guy off. #smh http://img.ly/2DSq|
|19:35||@dcbradley We can arrange this.|
|19:36||Your score at the six minute mark of the first half is Indiana 37, SIUe 8.|
|19:38||No, really. Thirty-seven to eight. http://img.ly/2DSu|
|19:39||Kevin Stineman brings the pride back for SIUe, dropping a funky layup to get the Cougars into dubl-figures. 37-10.|
|19:40||IU's Christian Watford just hit a #superhoop to put the Hoosiers up 43-10, then ran down the floor and did a bird flap dance. Awww, cute.|
|19:41||RT @dcbradley: @midmajority A lovely moment: http://www2.indystar.com/library/factfiles/sports/basketball/college/iu/stories/123001.html|
|19:46||Big heads: an Assembly Hall free throw tradition since godknowswhen. The Kelvin Sampson one is the best. http://img.ly/2DSC|
|19:48||Now 45-16 at the two minute point of 1H. This takes strength, SIUe nation. If I were @Joe_Pott, I'd be rambling about puppies at this point.|
|19:49||RT @laplanck: @midmajority 1) Geddy Lee speaks like an ordinary guy 2) I've seen the RedHawks drop 8 in a half, then 23 total. SIUE may yet surpass that.|
|19:51||Awake, SIUe! This qualifies as a 10-4 run for the Cougars. Still, the Indiana crowd sits on hands, waiting for something else to laugh at.|
|19:52||And your halftime score is 47-20 Indiana. SIUe shooting 27% (7/26) after going oh-fer for about half the half.|
|19:58||Anyone on the fence in re: rooting interest for this game is advised that the Indiana band just dropped Finger Eleven's "Paralyzer."|
|20:01||Ack. Bobby, come back, fix this. RT @brianbowsher What is 4/1/08, Alex? RT @midmajority Big heads: Assmbly Hall tradition since godknowswhen|
|20:08||Yeah. Dude even looked like a jerk. RT @Joe_Pott: @midmajority not cool. don't show up until half, then swoop in to take your seat!|
|20:10||I will claim that it was because my tweets were too hott RT @ni3t: @midmajority What did you do to get kicked off the press bench this time?|
|20:11||We are back for more borderline action and golf clapping. Two minutes into verse the second, and it's 51-20 Indiana.|
|20:16||I haven't walked out on a game in 6+ years, but I felt a strong compulsion to at the half. I really can't stand power-conference basketball.|
|20:17||53-26 at 15:37 2H. BTW, all the big heads say "IU Athletics" on the back. It's a real, honest-to-gosh grassroots tradition.|
|20:18||I feel like HST at the Derby. RT @NovaYankee: @midmajority Is it the sense of entitlement from their fan base? That always gets me.|
|20:21||All these people are totally quiet right now, and so are the 4000 or so on the other side. http://img.ly/2DTk|
|20:24||Big Head Lady Gaga. http://img.ly/2DTm|
|20:25||Indiana 61, SIUe 30, it's nearly a clean dubl-up at 12:39 2H.|
|20:27||Second MTO of the second half; enough of this, we're out. Good Night Hoops Nation, see you tomorrow from EVAN and MURR.|
|20:37||Punchline! A few hundred IND fans left with 12 to go too. But they paid to get in. Bibbity, bibbity, that's all folks. http://img.ly/2DTx|
|20:39||RT @albolte @midmajority People are Leaving? /cue music|
|at INDIANA 88, SIU EDWARDSVILLE 54|
SIU EDWARDSVILLE 2-10 (0-0) -- M. Messer 5-8 4-6 15; N. Bundalo 1-5 4-4 6; C. Chatt 2-8 0-0 5; C. Wickware 3-7 4-6 12; D. Boarden 1-9 1-3 3; K. Stineman 2-3 2-2 6; L. Murphy 0-1 1-2 1; C. Rincker 2-3 0-0 4; Z. Schneider 1-2 0-0 2; A. Mitchell 0-5 0-0 0; D. Mavrak 0-0 0-0 0; A. Newlin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-51 16-23 54.
INDIANA 8-2 (0-0) -- M. Creek 3-6 1-2 8; V. Oladipo 4-6 0-0 8; J. Rivers 1-3 4-4 6; M. Roth 1-1 2-2 5; W. Sheehey 4-6 0-1 8; D. Elston 5-8 3-3 14; C. Watford 6-8 2-2 18; J. Hulls 3-4 0-0 7; T. Pritchard 2-3 1-4 5; D. Moore 2-3 2-2 6; B. Capobianco 0-1 0-0 0; K. Barnett 1-2 0-0 3; T. Wayer 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-52 15-20 88.
Three-point goals: SIUE 4-18 (A. Mitchell 0-1; D. Boarden 0-4; K. Stineman 0-1; C. Chatt 1-4; M. Messer 1-3; C. Wickware 2-5), IND 9-16 (K. Barnett 1-2; M. Roth 1-1; M. Creek 1-4; D. Elston 1-2; J. Hulls 1-2; C. Watford 4-4; T. Wayer 0-1); Rebounds: SIUE 22 (N. Bundalo 5), IND 34 (M. Creek 6); Assists: SIUE 8 (C. Chatt 3), IND 18 (J. Hulls 5); Total Fouls -- SIUE 18, IND 18; Fouled Out: SIUE-None; IND-C. Watford.
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