My love of for sports very well could have manifested as a child going to Southern Illinois University Men’s Basketball games. And as an annual tradition to round out the season, my mom would take us to Arch Madness in St. Louis. To some the Missouri Valley Conference could be considered mid-major basketball, but to a basketball fan it is a culmination of everything you love about the sport — local talent, buzzer beaters, rivalries and great ball.

So when I got the chance to be apart of the Arch Madness experience last year I jumped at it. This year, I am proud to say I may be etching myself into the Madness tradition. (Maybe)

The 2013 conference tourney marked the second year I was able to take fans behind the scenes of the tournament. Into the locker room, under the tunnels of the Scottrade Center, by the team benches, into the student section — basically free reign to show Valley fans the Arch Madness experience.

To two successful years under my belt and many more. Cheers!

 Behind the Scenes | Semifinals 2013

 

Behind the Scenes | Finals 2013