New York Magazine gave Middlebury a sassy shout-out in the “Neighborhood News” round-up from their November 28, 2011 issue. The weekly feature highlights strange and out of the ordinary news stories from the five boroughs.
- via New York Magazine
Sure, college-age kids running around on broomsticks and tackling each other to the ground playing a once-fictional game and winning an international competition for the fifth year in a row is newsworthy. But was it necessary to include the cost of tuition? Simply put, no.
A team picture of the Middlebury Quidditch team who just won the Quidditch World Cup for the fifth straight year (picture courtesy of @WellyKilson)
The set of brooms Middlebury won today.
Middlebury won an exceptionally exciting Quidditch World Cup earlier tonight, catching the snitch to beat the University of Florida 100 to 80. Their victory preserved their perfect Quidditch championship record in the game’s five year existence. The team won the game despite losing star player Phil Palmer ’12 early in the game to injury, and getting a red card for a tackle from behind.
The path to the cup was not as easy for Middlebury as in years past, suffering their first loss ever to the University of Michigan yesterday, and coming back from 30-0 against Boston University in the round of 16 earlier today.
Check out this Twitter for play by play of the game, and also check out MiddBlog’s coverage of the World Cup.
Quidditch World Cup wins from years past: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
**UPDATE** Phil Palmer ’12′s injury is a bad sprain, not a break.
**UPDATE** Middlebury wins it all for the fifth year in a row!
**UPDATE** For more information throughout the day, head over to our page on the menu bar where we will be posting any and all coverage we have of the tournament.
**UPDATE** Midd is in the Final! Go to our page for more details.
**UPDATE** Midd is in the Final Four! Go to our page for more details.
**UPDATE** Middlebury just came from behind to beat Boston University 60-40 on a snitch catch. At one point Middlebury was down 30-0, but in very intense battle, Midd pulled it out. They will now advance to the quarterfinal where they will play the winner of UCLA (who they’ve already beated earlier in the tournament) vs. Michigan State.
Also, just found this Twitter that will have score updates on the UCLA vs. Michigan State game. And see this Twitter for a recap of Midd’s win over BU. MiddBlog will let you know where to find updates of Midd’s next game on Twitter
Promo video for Quidditch World Cup 2011
Middlebury’s Quidditch Team has made it into the elimination bracket, one of 32 teams out of the orignal 60 that advanced. Midd started playing a match against Marquette, but it was cut short when a mistake in the bracket was caught. They then played Carleton instead, beating them soundly 100- 10. Now they will advance to the round of 16 where they will play Boston University. It is single game elimination at this point.
Since the Quidditch World Cup website hasn’t been updating, nor has their twitter, Middblog will try to keep you up-to-date on the status of Middlebury’s Quidditch team with info we are getting from the sources we have at the tournament. Check out our first post on the World Cup to find out what has happened so far.
Proving that our dominance extends beyond our small Vermont campus, Middlebury Quidditch captured their fourth World Cup title last night in New York City by defeating Tufts, 100-50. The match was a close one at first, with the Tufts Tufflepuffs playing a hard, and violent game. Middlebury soon pulled ahead however, and came out on top at the end, even with the Tufts seeker catching the snitch.
Photo courtesy Metromix New York
The numerous Middlebury fans stormed the field and went into a rousing rendition of “There’s Only One Middlebury” before being awarded the prestigious, if not flimsy gold World Cup trophy. The team and its fans celebrated their victory in true Midd Kidd fashion: a playing of the Midd Kid Rap, complete with the Quidditch verse being sung by player Phil Gordon.
The final match marked one of many for Middlebury and the other 45 teams competing in the 2010 IQA World Cup IV this Saturday and Sunday in DeWitt Clinton Park in Manhattan. Earlier in the fall, many Middlebury students expressed concern at the fact that the World Cup was moving from Middlebury to the Big Apple. However, the move seems to have been a success for the IQA, gaining a multitude of press coverage for the event. With a total 757 players competing, the IQA has set themselves up for another great year of publicity. This year’s World Cup featured high school teams as well as graduate schools.
Middlebury was still very well represented at the Cup though, with many students taking advantage of the fan bus from Middlebury to NYC. Three Middlebury groups also took part in the festivities, with Otter Nonsense and Middlebrow providing commentary to the matches and the Mountain Ayres performing their Quidditch repertoire.
Overall the event was one of pride and excitement, resulting in a great weekend for not only Middlebury College but for the sport of Quidditch as well.
The IQA (International Quidditch Association) just released Photographer Stephen Mease just released a video in anticipation of the Intercollegiate Quidditch World Cup that is going to be held in New York City on Nov 13-14. Check it out:
The transition of the World Cup from Middlebury to New York City has not been without some controversy. Largely, the appeal made by Alex Benepe and the Middlebury Quidditch Club to take the sport’s growing popularity into consideration has quelled most of the discontent. Moving the World Cup to New York City is a good idea for at least three other reasons: 1) It allows Benepe’s non-profit organization, the International Quidditch Association, to gain publicity; 2) It is a closer venue for some teams to travel to than Vermont; and 3) It allows teams to compete on a neutral site, meaning that Middlebury no longer has the advantage of the home field.
I see a few interesting trends that followers of Quidditch might want to keep in mind. First, Quidditch is becoming increasingly institutionalized. This is not necessarily a bad thing, since Quidditch needs a central governing body to organize events and to keep the rules of the game consistent. But these institutional developments might lead some people to take Quidditch a bit too seriously. See, for example, this Op-Ed that argues that Quidditch ought to seek admission into the NCAA.
Along with this increased institutional organization, there are important questions about how decision-making power will be distributed between the IQA and its member schools. In the future, who will get to decide where the World Cup will be played? The IQA’s executive board? The IQA and delegates from Middlebury? The IQA and delegates from all of its member schools? Maybe the team that wins one year should host it the next? As the overall parity of the league increases, the answers to these questions will become more contested and less obvious.
That’s not to say that I would change any of Benepe’s decisions up to this point. The IQA is currently in very good hands. But it will be interesting to see what direction Quidditch takes in the post-Middlebury era (that is, once Middlebury finally gets eliminated in a World Cup), and who will get to chart that course.
Edit: This post previously asserted that the IQA made this video. In fact, the IQA did not produce or release it. Credit for the video should instead go to Quidditch fan and photographer Stephen Mease. [10/11, 2:45 PM] –RL