A Baldcast and A Whole Lotta Balderdash

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on May 16th, 2013 in Thursday thoughts Comments: 5

Beyond the highly-informative and always-entertaining Baldcast, here’s what else went on in college baseball today… read on.

 
 

Weekend Preview – With a little New York Review first.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on May 9th, 2013 in Thursday thoughts Comments: 4

 

MCU Ballpark at Coney Island. Home of the Brooklyn Cyclones and the City University of New York Athletic Conference tournament.

MCU Ballpark at Coney Island. Home of the Brooklyn Cyclones and the City University of New York Athletic Conference tournament.

Before I get to the usual Thursday preview stuff, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention going to see the College of Staten Island and Baruch College of NYC play a second round game at the CUNYAC – the City University of New York Athletic Conference – Tournament which was being held in Coney Island, which was on my way to JFK airport and my flight back to Los Angeles.

 
 

LSU Dampens Florida’s Spirits, 3-2.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on May 2nd, 2013 in Thursday thoughts Comments: 2

 

Okay guys. Small apology here.

 

This thing is a little on the late side. But hopefully you’ll dig it either way.

 

Commander Cody. Spinning a good yarn vs. Florida on Thursday night.

Commander Cody. LSU’s Cody Glenn shown here spinning a good yarn vs. Florida on Thursday night.

I wrote most of this write up from the Thursday night Florida-LSU game at the stadium after the game. Then I went to my buddies house to finish it before hitting the rack to rest my bones. But lo and behold, there is not a reliable wireless signal there – damn him. Then, this morning I had to haul ass down to New Orleans to catch a flight to New York, so I didn’t get a chance to post this. But now as I post pictures and put the finishing touches on this thing, I’m in the middle of Bryant Park in bustling Manhattan and I’ve finally got an internet signal to finish this column.

 
 

Weekend Preview – music by the Bakersfield Sound

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 25th, 2013 in Thursday thoughts Comments: 1

All three of Bakersfield's local TV stations showed up to cover the RoadRunners game with Fresno State on Tuesday. This is head coach Bill Kernen getting his prime-time on.

All three of Bakersfield’s local TV stations showed up to cover the RoadRunners game with Fresno State on Tuesday. This is head coach Bill Kernen getting his prime-time on.

Gonna be a big weekend ahead. Was an interesting mid-week too.

 

Let’s get this thing goin’…

 
 

The Weekend Preview – The Stretch Run Starts.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 18th, 2013 in Thursday thoughts Comments: 3

 

Nebraska has gotten hot, with the help of Dylan Vogt (#26) and Blake Headley (#22), who played key roles in sweeping No. 10 Arkansas this week.

Watch out for these guys down the stretch in May: Nebraska has gotten hot, with the help of Dylan Vogt (#26) and Blake Headley (#22), who played key roles in sweeping No. 10 Arkansas this week.

It’s just the times we live in.

 

I think I’ve come to hate that phrase.

 

It runs the gamut from cell phone texting, to endless lawsuits, to Facebook, to single parent homes, to terrorist bombings. Good or bad, they’re part of the times we live in.

 
 

Weekend Preview – A New Pope & Mean New Cardinals.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 11th, 2013 in Thursday thoughts Comments: 1

Rick Pitino makes good on his promise to get a tattoo following the national title.

Rick Pitino makes good on his promise to get a tattoo following the national title.

 

It’s pretty good to be Louisville right now.

 

Your basketball team just won its third national title. Your women’s team just made it to the national title game. Your football team ran circles around Florida to win the Sugar Bowl to finish 11-2 and will have a preseason top 10 team this coming fall. And now, your softball team is ranked No. 11 and – most importantly – your baseball team is ranked No. 12.

 
 

Weekend Preview… and a whole lot more.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 5th, 2013 in Thursday thoughts Comments: 5

Northeastern base-runner Michael Foster eluded the tag of UMass 3rd baseman Nick Sanford. Somehow, despite what you see in the pic here, Foster was not called out of the basepaths by the umpiring crew and would go on to score what would be the game-winning run.

Northeastern base-runner Michael Foster eluded the tag of UMass 3rd baseman Nick Sanford. Somehow, despite what you see in the pic here, Foster was not called out of the basepaths by the umpiring crew and would go on to score what would be the game-winning run.

Before we get to the heavy dose of college baseball stuff, lemme rant a little on the Rutgers situation.

 
 

Those Souls In Need of Redemption

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 28th, 2013 in Thursday thoughts Comments: 2

 

"Andy crawled through five hundred yards of shit-smelling foulness I can't even imagine, and came out clean on the other side."

“Andy crawled through five hundred yards of shit-smelling foulness I can’t even imagine, and came out clean on the other side.”

“I’ve had some long nights in the stir. Alone in the dark with nothing but your thoughts, time can draw out like a blade… That was the longest night of my life” – Red, Shawshank Redemption.

 

Like Andy Dufresne in that famous Stephen King novel, there are a lot of teams that have fallen on hard times and are in need of redemption. This is their weekend.

 
 

Giving Praise to the Brave.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 21st, 2013 in Thursday thoughts Comments: 4

 

The Kent State Golden Flashes can take pride in knowing they've played the toughest schedule in the country.

The Kent State Golden Flashes can take pride in knowing they’ve played the toughest schedule in the country.

 

Since we’re just now starting conference play in a lot of leagues or are at least early on in most conferences, now is a good time to see who has played the toughest schedules so far this season. And bring shame to those who haven’t the guts.

 
 

Weekend Preview – Finally some games worth watching.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 14th, 2013 in Thursday thoughts Comments: 0

Cool pic. No, I didn't take it, I just saw it on the web and decided to post it here 'coz it's nice.

Cool pic. No, I didn’t take it, I just saw it on the web and decided to post it here ‘coz it’s nice.

Okay, guys and dolls. For a large part of our sport’s landscape, it’s apparent that we’ve reverted to college football. That is to say that this early part of the season has become a bunch of pile of crap matchups that don’t hold our interest very much. What is this… the stitched-ball version of the BCS? Gah!

 

But thankfully, we’ve got conference play kicking in for big-brother conferences like the SEC, the Pac 12 and the Big 12 among others. Should be an interesting weekend where some teams are finally – FINALLY – gonna get off their arse and play somebody good.