If James Naismith were alive today, he would be grilling
and cursing his brackets, just like the rest of us.
St. James Day Activities
honor of the traditional roots of the tournament, we here at the website
continue to denominate the brackets by the compass, rather than by the
hosting city. It only makes sense. Would you rather win the "St. Louis
Regional" or be crowned "Midwestern Regional Champion of the World?" And if
we said "Salem Regional," would you know which part of the bracket we were
talking about? Of course you wouldn't. And neither would James Naismith.
It's that time of year again. That glorious moment when you realize that there,
in fact, are sports to watch on TV after the Super Bowl and before Opening Day.
That's right, it's NCAA Tournament Time. More specifically, it's time to again
St. James Day
West Region: This year's festivities (the 13th
Annual celebration of St. James Day) will again be in Salem.
The Heston, Augusto, Simmons, Murphy and Hermsen/Mize families celebrated
St. James Day 2010 in Kansas.
n Regional Festivities,
Tifani Jefferis, Mississippi
P.S.--for those of you outside of the above designated festivity areas --No,
we don't actually expect you to come to travel just to watch basketball.
But, we do expect you to spread the gospel of St. James by either finding a
local St. James Day party or holding one of your own (and be sure to send
pictures as proof that you actually celebrated).
Midwestern Regional festivities 2009 were celebrated at the
McLoughlin McMansion in the Greater
Leavenworth, Kansas area. Festivities began at the break of dawn
on St. James Day.
West Regional festivities
took place at the home of
In a sign of the growth in popularity
of St. James Day, in 2009, it was celebrated for the first time in a
foreign country. Mr. Thummel and Mr. and Mrs. Sanchez enjoyed St. James Day at a London pub. Jolly good, mates.
West Region, March
One Stanley, two Smiths, three Littlejohns and three Agarwals, and four
Midwestern Region, March 21, 2008: Front row, left to right:
Scott McLoughlin, Katie Chastain, Mike Chastain, and Adina Sanchez. Back
row: Melissa McLoughlin, Todd Thummel, Tracy Million Simmons, Rand Simmons,
and Cyprian Sanchez
West Region, March 18, 2005: Front row, left to right: Rives Kistler, cofounders Derek Simmons and Paul Smith, John Wittmayer. Back row,
left to right: Patrick Smith, Barry Smith, Scott Stanley, J.D. Cozier, and