Introducing "Within the Field: Wednesday Watch" at The College Basketball Nostalgic
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Dear Prospective Reader,
When first creating The College Basketball Nostalgic, I wanted to do daily game reviews of classic NCAA Tournament games, which I quickly realized, even with all of the time in the world during summer break, would not be a sustainable task, especially when my school year gets rolling.
With a more realistic view, I am hoping to review two to three NCAA Tournament games weekly, specifically during the middle and end of the week.
With the ideas of "Wednesday Watch," "Thursday Treasures," and "Friday Favorites" already in mind, I had to think of some name to bring these daily game reviews together.
"W.T.F. do I call this section?" I wondered.
And then the letters for these three days of the week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, hit me in relation to the tournament.
"Within the Field" will work perfectly.
Essentially, "Within the Field" refers to why we watch the NCAA Tournament each year: the games, especially those unbelievable upsets, exciting contests, and nail-biting affairs that ended up much closer than they should have been.
Wednesday Watch: Each Wednesday, I will post a new "Wednesday Watch," which will cover NCAA Tournament games that have been somewhat forgotten or merely overlooked, from the first round to the Elite Eight.
I will watch each game in its entirety, and then provide key information on the contest, including some background/context, historical significance, players/coaches worth knowing, and moments worth seeing.
In other words, I will do all the grunt work for you, the reader, so you can watch these games as you see fit, whether you choose to skim, watch in entirety, or just learn more about them.
In addition to the games, I will provide key details and observations about the game's venue and announcing teams, and any other interesting tidbits that stand out to this NCAA Tournament geek.
Format: I am hoping to follow a similar format each week.
Here is what I am initially thinking, though the format is subject to change.
Each "Wednesday Watch" will be broken down into the following:
Why You Should Watch This Game: An introduction as to why this game matters in NCAA Tournament lore.
What You Would Have Been Watching for Team A in Specific Year: An introduction to the favored team.
What You Would Have Been Watching for Team B in Specific Year: An introduction to the underdog team.
What I Remember Watching: A quick flashback as to what I remember from this game.
Who Was Watching for You: A quick introduction and commentary on the game announcers.
Where Were They Watching: A brief establishment of the setting and the aesthetics of the court.
If You Don’t Want to Watch (Game Summary): A short summary of all you need to know about the game.
What You Should Watch in 2017: Time codes for the defining moment of the game that should be watched.
Player You Should Watch in 2017: A breakdown of the most important player in that defining moment.
What Stood Out During This Watch: A list of things that stood out to me during my review of the game.
Related Watch: YouTube links to similar games in NCAA Tournament history.
Style: The "Wednesday Watch" will be set up as a running blog where you can read excerpts of various posts and click to read more. As I do more and more of these for different tournaments, I am going to create pages for each "Tournament" to store all of this different content.
The Prototype: Around the Fourth of July, I tried my first "Wednesday Watch" of 1999 first-round games between Maryland and Valparaiso and Syracuse and Oklahoma State. Please see that post for an idea of what the "Wednesday Watch" will look like.
First Official Wednesday Watch: With this format established, I will post my first "Wednesday Watch" on 8/24/16. As I am beginning with the 1997 NCAA Tournament, I will be watching the first round game between Coppin State and South Carolina.
I can't wait to bring this game and other NCAA gems to my readers in the future.
As always, thanks again for your time and consideration.
Let's start watching!
Sincerely, Chris Maynard email@example.com