Having been raised in Omaha and spending many summer nights scampering through Rosenblatt Stadium long before the ESPN cameras ever showed up . . .
As the Foo Fighters would say, there goes my hero. On the last Saturday of the regular season for most conferences, today was full of heroes as games went down to the wire and regular season titles were up for grabs.
Lots of ebb and flow to this weekend’s action already, and it was certainly exemplified on Saturday.
“I want to wake up in that city that doesn’t sleep,
and find I’m king of the hill, top of the heap.”
- Frank Sinatra “New York, New York”
With these four teams all hovering in at-large land of the RPI, this tournament almost feels like it could be a four-team Regional field. All good teams and all playing good, competitive games. Today was a pretty cool day in The O. And sure, it was a little on the long side too, since there were three games played.
Hmmm… just how ARE those defending national champions doing this year?
Here’s where I found out.
C’mon, did I really want to see the Ryan Eades-vs-Ryan Stanek showdown in Fayetteville, when I could get a chance to see Central Arkansas live and in-person? Oh HELL no.
Sorry Tigers. Sorry Razorbacks. Today, it was Railsplitter time.
Since I wanted to make sure to watch the Final Four basketball games, I sat my fat butt on my couch today and didn’t go anywhere. And I’m glad I did. Among other things, I was finally able to see Texas up-close and in living color, and I saw them do what they do best, pitch like a mother and defend like they’ve got a moat around the diamond.
Remember how I wrote in Friday night’s column that Oregon State pitcher Matt Boyd was nearly a shoe-in for his second consecutive Pac 12 Pitcher of the Week honors?â€¦ baring that there was no perfect game or something.
Well, it looks like the “or something” part has come about.
Frank Sinatra was right, this is a “love you” town. But it’s also a “shove you” town. And this time, UNLV shoved back.
These Cardinals know how to shake a tail feather. And I suppose I was drawn to Cassius Clay-town only to be impressed.
If you’re wondering, here’s how I got here today. A couple weeks ago I got an Email from Louisville baseball SID Garett Wall saying, “Louisville is calling.”
“Oh really?â€¦ Hmmm.”