Lagniappe, March 5th. The Mike Martin is Cool Edition

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 6th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

My Mike Martin column on ESPN To that in a minute. First, the usual… This Day in History, March 5th

 
 

Lagniappe, March 4th. The Hall of Fame Edition

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 4th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

Ebbetts Field, as it appeared in postcard form in the 1950s

On this day in 1912, ground was broken on the building of venerable Ebbetts Field in Brooklyn.

The new Hall of Fame class is here.

No big shocks of course. Just a lot of well-deserved talents.

Today in history, March 4th:

- In 1888, Knute Rockne was born in Voss, Norway. He would emigrate to Chicago at age five and become an All American end for Notre Dame in 1913, helping to popularize the forward pass.

 
 

Lagniappe, March 3rd

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 3rd, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

Hawaii's Les Murakami Stadium still gets good crowds, but nothing like it did back in the mid-90s.

Hawaii’s Les Murakami Stadium still gets good crowds, but nothing like it did back in the mid-90s.

Oh how the attendance has changed. Once the king of baseball attendance was Texas and the ruling court was other far flung places like Fresno, Hawaii and Miami. Now, it’s all in the SEC.

 
 

Lagniappe, March 2nd. A Word About SuperFans

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 2nd, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 5

UCI-SuperFan2

Here’s a note on fanatic fans.

On this day in history, March 2nd.
- In 1960, USC opens its season with an 8-4 win over Occidental College. The Trojans would go on to finish the 1960 season at 32-11 and national runner-up to Minnesota. They would play the Gophers three times in Omaha that season, all three of which went into extra innings, including the title game which Minnesota won 2-1 in 10 innings.

 
 

Lagniappe, March 1st.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 1st, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

UCLA frosh Nick Valaika zeroes in on this swing by Michigan State's Cam Gibson.

UCLA frosh Nick Valaika zeroes in on this swing by Michigan State’s Cam Gibson.

Got a chance to see a pair of Big 10 teams on their barnstorming tour of Southern California as Michigan State came up goose eggs at UCLA again and Nebraska evened its series with LMU with a sound spanking.

 
 

More Lagniappe From Oregon-UCSB

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on February 28th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

It was another Chamber of Commerce day in Santa Barbara for the Gauchos and Oregon Ducks to play nine innings.

It was another Chamber of Commerce day in Santa Barbara for the Gauchos and Oregon Ducks to play nine innings.

Caught a great battle between what appear to be two pretty good teams on the West Coast as I ventured up the Pacific Coast Highway on Friday to see Oregon edge UC Santa Barbara with some late-inning heroics at the plate and on the mound.

 

Today in History, February 28th:
- In 1940, the first televised basketball game was shown between Pittsburgh and Fordham, played at Madison Square Garden.

 
 

Lagniappe, February 26th. The “I Hate Winter” Edition

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on February 26th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 1

 

The amount of snow and cold weather in the South is ridiculous this year. I say start more new D1 hockey programs down there. C'mon, that's the best use of all that college football revenue.

The amount of snow and cold weather in the South is ridiculous this year.

Mother Nature, Ole Man Winter… you guys are freaking jerks! Just cut the crap, wouldja?

 

This day in history:

- In 1919, the Grand Canyon was established as a National Park. Ninety-six years later Grand Canyon University’s baseball team raced out to a 7-0 start, before losing to Cal State Northridge 10-1.

 
 

Lagniappe, Feb.25th

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on February 26th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 2

Posting this while flying back from the East coast. I complimented the stewardess the minute I got on the plane and lo and behold, for the duration of the flight she ended up bringing me four airplane-sized Jack Daniels bottles and a Heineken, all FREE. Everytime I offered my credit card she just looked at me and said, “Don’t worry ’bout it.” So by all means StitchHeads, be nice to your flight attendants from the minute you get on the plane, it can really be beneficial.

I worked on my latest article and drank freely the entire five-hour connecting flight from Newark to L.A.  Oh, I also watched the movie “Die Hard” for the first time in my life. One of the best flights I’ve ever had.

The FSU bench doing some kinda one-legged thing while Jacksonville's Cameron Gibson is at bat.

The FSU bench doing some kinda one-legged thing while Jacksonville’s Cameron Gibson is at bat.

 
 

Lagniappe, February 23rd

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on February 23rd, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 1

McKethan Stadium about an hour after Florida completed the series win over Miami on Sunday.

McKethan Stadium about an hour after Florida completed the series win over Miami on Sunday.

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While I was in Gainesville for the Miami-Florida series, I got some good pics from a couple buds of mine. But I was so slammed I couldn’t post them this weekend, so I’ll put them up now.

Good work to amateur photog Kenton Cook, the Doctor of College Baseball, and to professional photog Matt Brown, who is the official photographer of the Angels and is at MattBrownPhoto.com.

 
 

I See A Couple Of Boat Races On Saturday

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on February 21st, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

The Hurricanes slap fives in the post-game line after their 7-2 win over No. 2 ranked Florida.

The Hurricanes slap fives in the post-game line after their 7-2 win over No. 2 ranked Florida.

I guess it had to happen eventually. After back-to-back weekends of gut-wrenching, white-knuckling finishes in Arizona and in Gainesville, my Saturday turned into a complete bore. Ah, no worries. You can’t have an epic finish every time out.