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Entry from March 14, 2018
Indiana: Hoosier Hysteria (basketball)

"Hoosier Hysteria” is a name for the annual high school basketball tournament that is held in Indiana in February/March. The term “Hoosier hysteria” has been cited in print since at least 1930. The Indiana Hoosiers basketball team of Indiana University is infrequently associated with “Hoosier hysteria,” but the term is usually reserved for Indiana high school basketball.

February/March basketball has also been called “Hoosier Hoopla,” “Indiana Insanity,” “March Madness” and “Midwest Madness.”


Wikipedia: Hoosier Hysteria
Hoosier Hysteria is the state of excitement surrounding basketball in Indiana, or more specifically the Indiana high school basketball tournament. In part, the excitement stemmed from the inclusion of all tournament entrants into the same tournament, where a small town’s David might knock off a large city’s Goliath. The most famous example occurred in 1954, when Milan (enrollment 161) defeated Muncie Central (enrollment over 1,600) to win the State title. The plot of the now famous movie, Hoosiers, was based on the story of the 1954 Milan team and seems to typify the hysteria related to basketball in the state of Indiana.

20 March 1930, Evansville (IN) Courier, “Coleman Has Seven Hubs Signed,” pg. 8, col. 7:
While the majority of sports fans in this vicinity have been devoting their attention to the Hoosier hysteria, namely basketball, Bob Coleman, president-manager of the Evansville baseball club, has been busy preparing for another Three-I season.

31 December 1930, Evansville (IN) Courier, “Shots at Sports” by Daniel, pg. 9, col. 5:
You can be exposed to the “Hoosier hysteria” just so long without it “taking.”
(The column is about basketball.—ed.)

14 November 1932, The Times (Munster, IN), pg. 7, col. 2:
CAGERS TAKE PLACE OF POLITICAL LIGHTS
[STAFF CORRESPONDENT I. N. SERVICE]
INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 14.—With the political situation now past history, and football on the wane, the annual Hoosier hysteria—basketball—was trotted to the center of the stage for its 1932-33 debut.

14 November 1932, The Vidette-Messenger (Valparaiso, IN), pg. 7, col. 6:
HOOSIER HYSTERIA IS ON AT ALMOST ANY TOWN
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Nov. 14—(INS)—With the political situation now past history, and football on the wane, the annual Hoosier hysteria—basketball—was trotted to the center of the stage for its 1932-33 debut.

1 January 1935, Evansville (IN) Courier and Journal, “Shots at Sports” by Daniel, pg. 14, col. 6:
All narratives will be embalmed as evidence to convince future generations of the tremendous proportions of Hoosier Hysteria back in the good old days of A. D. 1935.

5 March 1936, Evansville (IN) Journal, pg. 8, col. 1 banner headline:
HOOSIER HYSTERIA ENTERS FINAL STAGES OF CONVULSION THURSDAY NIGHT

28 March 1938, The Evening Republican (Columbus, IN), “Fans Rejoice at Fort Wayne,” pg. 2, col. 1:
Fort Wayne, Ind., March 28 (UP)—Hoosier hysteria swept Fort Wayne today.

The keys of the city were turned over to Southside high school basketball fans whose brilliant team won the Indiana state championship at Indianapolis Saturday.

9 November 1939. Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette, “Hoosier Hysteria Just Basketball,” pg. 18, col. 7:
KOKOMO, Ind., Nov. 8.—(AP)—The annual season of Indiana insanity or Hoosier hysteria (basketball to the 47 other states) can’t be far away.

OCLC WorldCat record
Hoosier hysteria : a history of Indiana high school boys basketball.
Publisher: Indianapolis, IN : Herb Schwomeyer, 1970-
Edition/Format: Journal, magazine : Periodical : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Hoosier hysteria : a history of Indiana high school boys single class basketball
Author: Herbert Frederic Schwomeyer
Publisher: Indianapolis : H. Schwomeyer, 1997, ©1970
Edition/Format: Print book : English : 9th and final ed

OCLC WorldCat record
Hoosier hysteria! : Indiana high school basketball
Author: Bob Williams
Publisher: South Bend, Ind. : Hardwood Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format: Print book : English
Summary:
For 40 years Williams covered Hoosier prep sports for the Star. If he shows up at your game, you knew it was either The Game in the state that night, or that one of the state’s top stars was playing in it.

OCLC WorldCat record
Who killed Hoosier hysteria? : sport survives amid fading fervor
Author: Wendell Trogdon
Publisher: Mooresville, Ind. : Backroads Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format: Print book : English

(Trademark)
Word Mark HOOSIER HYSTERIA CELEBRATING 100 YEARS IHSAA
Goods and Services IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: Wearable garments and clothing, namely, shirts. FIRST USE: 20091101. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20100201
Mark Drawing Code (3) DESIGN PLUS WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS
Design Search Code 01.01.03 - Star - a single star with five points
01.01.10 - Stars, three or more; Three or more stars
01.17.11 - Maps of states of the United States, excluding Texas
02.01.02 - Men depicted as shadows or silhouettes of men; Silhouettes of men
02.09.19 - Diving, humans; Humans, including men, women and children, depicted playing games or engaged in other sports; Playing games or sports, humans
09.03.02 - Coveralls; Exercise clothes, shorts; Gym shorts; Jeans; Knickers; Overalls; Overalls; Pants; Shorts; Slacks; Sweatpants; Trousers
09.03.07 - T-shirts
09.07.02 - Athletic shoes; Boots, ski; Exercise shoes; Gym shoes; Roller skates; Skates; Ski boots
21.03.20 - Basketballs
Serial Number 77925578
Filing Date February 2, 2010
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition February 1, 2011
Registration Number 3946742
Registration Date April 19, 2011
Owner (REGISTRANT) Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. AKA IHSAA CORPORATION INDIANA P.O. Box 40650 9150 Meridian Street Indianapolis INDIANA 46240
Attorney of Record Michael D. Beck
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “THE MAP OF THE STATE OF INDIANA” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Description of Mark The color(s) blue, gold, white and black is/are claimed as a feature of the mark. The mark consists of a blue silhouette of a basketball player shooting a ball; to the left of the player are gold stars with white outlining with the term “HOOSIER” written in blue script with white fill beneath the stars and beneath this is the term “CELEBRATING” written in black; to the right of the player are gold stars outlined in white with the term “HYSTERIA!” written in blue script with white fill beneath these stars and beneath this is the term “100 YEARS” written in black; to the right of this phrase is a map of the State of Indiana in gold with black outlining and the term “IHSAA” written in blue with white fill superimposed over the map.
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR).
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

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