PRINCETON, N.J. — Seven wins. If you’re looking for a feel-good story for the 2016 season, look no further than the ugly frog that turned into the handsome Princeton Tigers. On May 15th of last year, that’s what Princeton had on the left side of the ledger for the entire 2015 season. Seven freaking wins. Fast [...]
Welcome to the dog days of the college baseball season as injuries pile up and psyches get worn down. This is where championships are won as those who grind it out push their way to the NCAA tournament. Yes, there is actually something to the old adage of only the strong survive.
All this bunching up of SEC and ACC teams at the top of the polls and rankings has made for some monster matchups. This past weekend saw Vanderbilt and Texas A&M make for great theater. And once left-for-dead, Clemson pulled out another big time series win on the road to their recovery, this time over North Carolina State.
Let’s see how all this carnage translated in the power rankings for this week.
TEN PLACES TO BE THIS WEEKEND.
Time to load up the Easton Learjet once again and hit the friendly skies to these top locales where the most important games of the weekend will be played. If I have enough fuel in the jet and enough of this magic dust I traded the family cow for, I should be able to hit all ten.
Man alive, this was a rough two weeks for the teams in the ESPN Power Rankings. There was carnage up and down the ranks and even top flight Florida showed some vulnerability by losing a pair of games at low-profile Kentucky and fell from college baseball grace. This just goes to show you that nothing is a lead-pipe cinch in our sport. So enjoy your lofty status now while you can guys, if history is any indication it won’t last.
Man, some weeks are tougher than others here on The Ouch List. This one was particularly bad. Whether it was Texas having a lost weekend for the ages, or whether it was New Mexico hemorrhaging runs like it was a dam burst, or some big time upsets coming hair-of-the-chin from happening.
The Ouch List is never easy. So let’s just jump into it and get it over with quickly. Like hastily ripping off of the Band-Aid, here we go…
“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
“I’ll get you my little pretty. And your little dog too.”
“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in the all the world, she walks into mine.”
“You’re going to need a bigger boat.”
“I could’ve been a contender. I couldn’t had class and been somebody, instead of a bum.”
“SAY HELLO TO MY LI’L FRIEND!”
“C’mon blue! That was a strike!”
Ahhhh, the most memorable lines that always come up at this time of year.
What, you don’t know that yesterday was Oscar Sunday? You aren’t in one of those ubiquitous Oscar pools? Okay, I’m being a little facetious, because I know this is more of a Tinseltown thing. None-the-less, I thought today would be a good day to eschew the Ouch List for a week and hand out some Academy Awards of our own. So get gussied up in your best tuxedo or in your evening gown with the plunging neckline. It’s Oscars time.