INTRODUCING "FANDOM FRIDAY" AT THE COLLEGE BASKETBALL NOSTALGIC
Friday, August 19, 2016
Dear Prospective Reader,
Without question, Fridays have always been the most important day of the week in terms of developing, feeding and sustaining my basketball fandom, from watching my childhood hero Tommy Kleinschmidt play for Gordon Tech on Friday nights to eagerly anticipating the Saturday regular-season games on CBS to skipping school to watch first round games of the NCAA Tournament's second day to getting psyched the night before the upcoming Final Four.
In honor of the college basketball fan within you and me, "Fandom Fridays" will feature some special content on the NCAA Tournament.
While not posting every Friday, "Fandom Fridays" will consist of some more long-form content, hopefully including but not limited to interviews and oral histories, within three sections.
The "Friday Fifteen" will remember those unknown players who suddenly became known all because of one play or game in the NCAA Tournament. With this section, I hope to contact some of these players and speak with them about these special moments in their lives. I may also do individual scouting reports and game breakdowns, such as when Harold Arceneaux of Weber State went crazy against North Carolina in the first round of the 1999 NCAA Tournament.
"Final Fridays" is an homage to not only my favorite horror film series but the best part of the tournament to me, the Final Four. While the national semifinals are always played on Saturdays, the true viewing experience of the Final Four occurs during those televised Friday practices of all four teams. With that said, "Final Fridays" will review Final Four teams, story lines, games and even musical introductions such as this 1997 classic that still gets me pumped up.
3. "Friday Foreshadowing" will return back to some of those players who became part of the "Friday Fifteen" and see how they fared in previous tournaments before hitting it big. For example, NCAA Tournament fans know that Bryce Drew became famous in 1998, but do you remember that his Valparaiso team played in 1997? How did Drew do in that 1997 tournament game? "Friday Foreshadowing" will include box-score breakdowns of those players before their NCAA Tourney "Moment in the Sun."
As always is the case with this section and other areas on the site, I may add or change ideas as I see fit. For example, I am considering a section called "Football Friday" during which I break down the hoop games of famous football players (think Tony Gonzalez, Julius Peppers and Antonio Gates) who played in the NCAA Tournament.
If you have any suggestions for future "Friday Fandom" sections or content, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With all that said, thanks in advance for your time, consideration and support.
Sincerely, Chris Maynard email@example.com