"Every tourney provides lessons in social studies, geography, and life. Tourney time reminds me of Mattawamkeag and Ashland, Damariscotta and Oxford, and the rest of Maine." - Bangor Daily News columnist Dr. Erik Steele in yesterday's column about the Maine high school basketball tournaments.
For what it's worth, I concur with Dr. Steele's take. My addiction to the high school tourneys this week has taught me one important lesson: If you want a quick primer on Maine geography, chuck your DeLorme Maine Atlas and tune in to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network's coverage of the tourney. I guarantee you'll hear of Maine schools and towns you never knew existed. And better yet, you'll learn that real people actually do live in those unbeknownst places (we southern Mainers aren't self-centered or anything).
Moreover, you can add to the fun by (rhetorically) mixing it up with Mainers from around the state here and here.
- John C.L. Morgan