Well, here we are people. The final week or so of the college baseball season. As my banner ad on D1Baseball.com says, I hope it went really, really slow.
As you guys know, College World Series previews are all about the same: talk about the players, the stats, the park and the dead bats. Yada yada. So when the ESPNers approached me about doing a “preview” article, I told them that I wanted to do the type of preview that was different. One where we talk about how a team could be the ones raising the cheep pressboard trophy over their heads in 11 days and how they could pull a major faceplant and go home winless.
Here’s what I did for the MotherShip, Click this highlighted copy and dig it the most.
Okay people, 48 down, 15 more to go. The Super Regionals are here and the turk is ready to chop down eight more seasons and crush eight more dreams. Hope you guys took your heartache pills. This ain’t gonna be kind.
Here’s my ESPN “preview” of sorts. Not a full-fledged preview and total breakdown, just a quick look-see into what makes the 16 teams click and whatnot. Bite-sized morsels. That’s what the Mothership asked for, otherwise I would’ve written a stinkin’ encyclopedia’s worth. But, enjoy anyway.
Okay StitchHeads. Just a couple more hours and we’re off on a 27-day wild ride which will end in a dogpile and confetti somewhere in middle America. Just an FYI, I have once again been given the assignment of manning the ESPNU twitter feed during the Regionals, Super Regionals and CWS. So the good news is I’ll see a little bit of everything that is going on throughout the tournament and cracking wise all along. The bad news is I won’t be seeing any of these games in person for the second year in a row.
But look, the people at The Mothership are paying me, so I’m not going to complain.
Until then, here’s a little Regionals primer I wrote and was just posted on ESPN.com. Check it out by clicking here.
Made my way from the SWAC tournament, across the Atchafalaya Basin and over to Lafayette today to see the nation’s No. 3 ranked team in the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. Okay, I admit, I might not’ve caught the Cajuns on a good night, but they didn’t disappoint in the win column. And that’s what counts in this time of year when the pitching arms become wet noodles.
Coach Robichaux told me in my Q&A earlier in the day (you’ll read it below) that the team that wins the game is usually the ones who have the most 3-run innings.
He was right.
Okay StitchHeads, it’s Bubble Time. And the latest ESPN Notebook, which just got posted, hits that list hard. Click here and get your game face on.
And if you wanna check out the masterminds’ work, here’s Jeremy Mills’ latest Bracketology, click here and prepare to be angered.
Straight. No chaser.
Ack! Wasn’t expecting this kind of blowout here tonight in Knoxville. I mean, it’s my first-ever visit to Volunteerland and I was hoping to see the Big Orange and the Big Blue play a real knock-down, drag-out. Unfortunately, the “drag-out” part is the only thing I saw, as in Kentucky dragged out the Vols and trucked over them with the greatest of ease.
But before I get to tonight’s game, here is my latest weekend preview for ESPN.com, covering what we learned from the month of April.
Hey there StitchHeads. Remember my Baldcasts from THIS venue?…
That’s right, The Cave… it’s back. I went into The Cave to shoot my latest ESPN video, with my old camera angles and all. Tell me how you like it. Just felt like goin’ Old School once again.
Okay, so here’s the latest ESPN weekend preview…
Click your mouse here and check it out StitchHeads.
It includes some of the candidates for the newest “Sleeping Giant” programs in college baseball. I got the idea from my trek to Davenport Field in Charlottesville to see No. 1 Virginia beat North Carolina last Friday. It was a palpable, high-energy venue that reached a level which each and every college baseball program would love to attain. Impressive stuff.
I’ve got to admit, I’ve had Seton Hall in my Top 20 Power Rankings most of the season. Hell, they swept Arizona and won a game at Oklahoma on opening day. Then, two weeks ago, they dropped two of three games at Butler – a new member of the Big East. And the Wildcats and Sooners started looking more than human as their losses started to pile up. So I’m sorry to say, I dropped SHU out of the Power Rankings after that, though they remained in my ballot that I fill out each week for the NCBWA poll.
Heading back to get my East Coast bias on again, I decided to stop into Georgetown’s Shirley Povich Park in Rockville, Maryland and see how The Hall looked in person today. It was a comfy game that turned into a nailbiter in the end. Still, the Pirates stayed dry on the high seas with another W.