How did you get involved with princetonbasketball.com?
Prepare yourself for more backstory than you (or anyone else) needs! I consistently started going to Princeton basketball games right before I started high school in the, uh, late 1980s.
Shortly after I became a regular at Jadwin Gym, the Tigers won four straight Ivy League titles. Mix teenage excitement with great basketball and I could not have become a fan in a better era.
I went to college in Chicago without a way to keep tabs on the Tigers beyond the occasional ESPN nonconference game and my folks holding the phone up to the radio if they were around when Princeton was playing.
Sometimes I'd call the press row phone at Jadwin and ask for score updates again and again and again...
Thankfully, in the mid-1990s - along came the Internet! I created a listserv to keep displaced Tiger fans like myself aware of what was going on with the team and slowly built a network of 600+ subscribers.
A few years ago I decided to "go legit" and move from an email format to a more journalistic approach through a web site, fulfilling a boyhood dream of becoming something comparable to a beat reporter.
Now I cover more games per season than any other member of the print media and host a weekly interview show with Princeton coach Sydney Johnson. The 15 year old me would flip out if you told him this.
As more and more branches of the Pete Carril coaching tree have sprung up at Northwestern, Georgetown, Oregon State, Denver, Richmond and most recently Mercer County Community College, I've tried to provide detailed coverage and analysis of those teams as well. I just got back from seeing the Hoyas and Spiders play in Providence two days sooner than anyone expected.
Princeton Basketball: They care about sports there? How is the turnout both from students and "general" fans?
Turnout is poor, unfortunately.
There's an older core of alums who care deeply and a small number of current students who are interested. The game versus Cornell was a near sell-out, packed to the top of the arena and full of energy and emotion, but that's been the exception not the rule.