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August 04, 2023


The conference was a sort of athletic terrarium where the love of the game dominated over money, name, image and likeness. We do some things "for the love of the game" (it maybe an organized sport, or an organized musical group) and it is a phrase that conveys the idea of doing something simply because of one's passion, enthusiasm, or deep affection for an activity or pursuit, rather than for any external reward or motivation. It implies a genuine and intrinsic motivation for engaging in the activity for its own sake. It can be gardening, writing poetry, building model planes or chopping wood.

The conference was where we played and recruited. Players on various teams were on a first-name basis having played against each other from the time they were kids.

There were similar conferences across the nation and good-natured debates would occur at the end of the year as to who was the best. Who would go to the Rose Bowl and who in the Big-10 would you play.

Money is the engine of entropy and we just saw it in action. Nearly 130 years of an interscholastic rivalry - a manifestation of the love of the game - destroyed all in pursuit of media revenue.

In basketball the fans were the 'sixth man' and the loss of diversity that existed with multiple conferences has eroded the fan's role and their love of the game.

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