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The Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament is designed so that anyone can play: male or female, young and old, short and tall, the most experienced or no experience at all. This maintains the purity and integrity of the driveway game.

Since 1987, the Macker tour has expanded, holding a total of 972 tournaments with over 2.2 million players – male and female from 7 years old to 50+ - and more than 23 million spectators.

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T.O., also known as Tim Otteman

  Just don’t call him Dr. Otteman.

  He’s good with Tim or the most common T.O., and he is not just a chip off the old Chippewa, he is 100 percent, Grade A, full-court-press Central Michigan University Chippewa and a Macker Maniac to boot.

  And he does it all at about 100 miles per hour as the youngest 50-year-old ever, according to Gus Macker.

  T.O. was born and raised in Mount Pleasant, Mich., earned three degrees at Central Michigan University, home of the Chippewas, and now is a professor with his office in old Finch Fieldhouse right across the hall from the Gus Macker showcase on the wall.

  See, CMU is home to the only class in the world (RPL 333 Production of Festivals and Events) that teaches 35 select students each year how to run a Macker tournament, and then has them do it for the final exam.

  And T.O. is a point guard of sorts as a professor who likes the nickname over the Dr. getting in the way of a person-to-person adult working relationship. 

  He’s a Macker Player of the Week this week because the final exam is at hand for the students of this year. Yes, the Macker is on in Mount Pleasant, on campus, all around Finch Fieldhouse, home to the students of RPL 333, who are better known as the “Finch Fanatics.”

  In Macker World Finch Fanatics equals Macker Maniacs, by the way.

  Oh, and T.O. is easy to find at the Macker. He will be wearing CMU colors, which of course are the same colors the Macker uses because Gus is a Chip, too. T.O. takes the maroon and gold clothes a little beyond on most days however. He is not averse to striped shorts, matching shoes and the type of an outfit that would make a multi colored parrot jealous.

  “He has crazy outfits,” Gus said. “That’s just T.O. You should see his golf outfits; they are even more amazing.”

  T.O. likes golf, but he fell in love with Mackers way back in junior high. Tom Crean, best known these days as the head basketball coach at Indiana and a Macker Hall of Fame member, was getting together guys like Leon Guydon and other CMU area players to go to this hoops thing in Lowell, Mich., called a Gus Macker.

  T.O. and three friends were tagged as a young team, attended their first in 1979, stayed in a nearby campground and had a blast. They kept coming as often as they could as they grew into adults, and they have all reconnected as parents and such through the Mount Pleasant Macker.

  “It becomes a pilgrimage, a way to connect as a group, so much fun and we were hooked back then and I guess I never grew out of it,” T.O. said. “Macker does that to you.”

  When Gus Macker first came back to campus as an event seven years ago it was as a fundraiser for athletics to recognize former CMU basketball coach Dick Parfitt, who also happens to be in the Macker Hall of Fame.

  From there, with the help of T.O. and other impactful Chips, Macker is in a classy class at CMU.

  “The ability to give the students a hands-on experience is so valuable to them,” T. O. said. “We want to help them build a resume full of experiences and this is perfect. This is the only college in the world to teach you to run an event and then gives you academic credit for doing it. It’s a feather in their cap if they are going into the world to work in recreation or event management. They already have experience.”’

  T.O. said the Finch Fanatics and Macker Maniacs share similar DNA, as in they use a group approach, a family approach tied to the benefit of a community and make sure fun is involved.

  “It’s a family relationship, an adult relationship where you work together,” he said. “It takes that to produce an event, and the students really buy into it and I think see if after they are gone. It’s very rewarding to here from our alumni who look back and articulate what it meant to them and how great it was to be part of it.”

  T.O. is the Pied Piper to the Finch Fanatics as Gus Macker is the Pied Piper to Macker Maniacs.

  “I’m halfway to 100, but mentally I think I’m 28,” he said. “It’s being around the students. They keep me thinking and feeling young and having the ability to help make a difference in their lives is completely what I do it for.”

  Gus said T.O. has the perfect personality for his role at CMU.

  “I can’t think of anybody who fits better at what he does,” Gus said. “CMU is fortunate to have him. Gus Macker is fortunate to have him. They say “Fire Up Chips.” He’s the guy that fires everybody up.”

Player of the Week

T.O., also known as Tim Otteman

Gus Macker Hall of Fame

Larry Abbey

The Forgotten Brother

Craig “Skinny Mulligan” Anderson

Dominant Driveway Player

Cla Avery

Local Organizer, Roswell, N.M.

Bad Boyz, In Your Face

Cedric Wynn, Artese Simmons, Ernest Walker, Mike Hidden, Mike Ayers, Lester Hubbard

Russ Bartz

Parini’s Pasta Palace

Bob Becker

Putting Gus in the Headlines

1987 Belding City Council and City Manager

Will Youngs, Ed Jenkins, Val Whitkey, Dan Blunt, Ron Hughes, John Nienela

Shawn Biggs

Macker’s Quiet Stat-Man

Dick, Nola, and Lane Bryan

The First Family

Bill Buckey

Ultimate Macker Hoops Junkie!

Laurie Byrd

Queen of The Macker

Chippewa Pride

Val Bracey, Tim Bracey, Leon Guydon, Coach Tom Crean

Judge Connors and his Ann Arbor Squad

The Judge and His Court Jesters

Steve “Baby Dawk” Doyle and Geoff “Stormy” Stormzand

Original Macker Advisory Council

Dream Kids

Gus Macker’s Youngest Stars

Sharon and Gary Eickhoff

Original Neighborhood Volunteers

Miss Elizabeth’s Fan Club

Jerry Fike, Richard Paff, Ralph Mora, Bernard Balaney

Frankovich Family

The Frankies

Rodney Glassnor

“For The Love of the Game”

Orloe and Mary Ann Gwatkin

The original Macker neighbors

Chris “The Artist” Hankinson

Bringing the Macker Man to Life

Ned Henley and Dave VanKeulen

Ned and His Neighbor

Kipp Jones and Kita Jones

Tom Men’s Division

Jumpin’ Jack Kelly

Dunk Legend

Joe “Smoothie” Killinger, Art Maui Legend Finger

The Original Gus Busters

The Flying Knueppel Brothers

Klint, Kon, Kole and Klay – Akrobatic Kings of the Kourt

Tom LaMonde

The Georgia Gunner

Mike Lavery

Quincy Macker’s Founding Father

Steve “Preacher” Lee

Louie’s Records

Marvin Stevens, Karl Newman, Hank Cornley, Derek Fields

Gary Love

The Defender of Human Rights

T.O. “World” Mattern

Macker Fanatic

Melvin McLaughlin

Sugar

Dick and Bonnie McNeal

Mom and Dad Macker

Coach Parfitt

Coach Dick Parfitt of Central Michigan University

Ron “Huckleberry” Parker, Bill “Manute” Saunders

King Ding Ding and Captain Crunch

The Root Brothers

A Family Tradition

Rick Thomson

Nickname Originator

Carlton Valentine

The Big Fella with the Big Heart

Don Warsaw

Senior Player

West Michigan All-Stars

Bob Mitchell, Steve Harvey, Todd Hennink, Tim Muller, Steve Honderd, Brad Holwerda, Shawn O’Mara

Betsy Wiersma and Don Zulauf

Local Tournament Organizers

Zach Williams

The Happy Macker Hoopster

Alex Wolff

Sports Illustrated Writer, Player

Larry Wray

Godfather of Macker in Ohio

Tom Crean

From the Macker Driveway to Indiana University

Ernie Cryer

No. 1 in our Hearts, The Entertainer

Gus Ganakas

Put the “Gus” in Macker

Don “The Bracketologist” Stabenow, Dean “Mr. Happy” Wallin

The Gusbuster Originators

Warren Reynolds

Grand Rapids Sportscaster Legend

Our Staff

Scott McNeal

Owner

Patty Donovan

V.P. of Marketing and Community Affairs

Mike Fuller

V.P. of Operations and Sales

Kristy Riches

Accounting Manager

Noah Williams

Director of Community Relations

Mallory Kunkel

Social Media Manager

Rebekah Fletcher

Customer Relations Manager

About Gus Macker

The Original Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament was started in 1974 by Scott McNeal (alias Gus Macker) on his parents’ driveway basketball court in Lowell, Michigan.

About Gus Macker

The Macker Tournament is designed so that anyone can play: male or female, young and old, short and tall, the most experienced or no experience at all. This maintains the purity and integrity of the driveway game. Since 1987, the Macker tour has expanded, holding a total of 972 tournaments with over 2.2 million players – male and female from 7 years old to 50+ - and more than 23 million spectators.

Teams are computer-matched into male and female divisions within one of the following categories: Junior, Adult, or Top. The age, height and experience of all four (4) players are considered. Teams receive at least three (3) scheduled games each tournament. The Macker is a double elimination tournament with a consolation bracket: the “Toilet Bowl” for teams losing their first two games. A GusBuster maintains law and order on each court and calls all fouls and violations in the Junior Divisions.

The History of Gus Macker

The Original Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament was started in 1974 by Scott McNeal (alias Gus Macker) on his parents’ driveway basketball court in Lowell, Michigan. It started with 18 friends playing competitively for $18.

The tournament continued to grow and in 1987 moved from Lowell to Belding and took to the road because of a tremendous demand from communities outside of the home base.

The “Gus Macker All- World Tour” was greeted with enthusiasm and spectacular news coverage in every area. Over 10,400 players participated in five cities in that first year. Since 1987, the Macker Tournaments has expanded, holding both indoor and outdoor tournament in over 75 cities and with over 200,000 players and 1.7 million spectators enjoying 3-on-3 competition and family fun each year.

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