Having been raised in Omaha and spending many summer nights scampering through Rosenblatt Stadium long before the ESPN cameras ever showed up . . .
Twelve things that have been going through my mind during this latest mid-week of college baseball action.
Okay Stitch-Heads. This week’s preview was intentionally a little bit lighter in volume. Mainly because of my travel back from Florida and the Frozen Four and because Walter Villa’s expose on the Miami Hurricanes was going to be front and center this week. But fear not, I still added my usual weekly “Baldcast” and also have a cool Q&A with UCF coach Terry Rooney. So be sure to click on this highlighted link and have a blast with it.
Back with more stuff in a little bit.
Here’s the link to the preview, even though a lot of teams have already played game one this weekend.
And here’s some pics and whatnot from today’s semifinals of the Frozen Four in Tampa, where Ferris State (located in Big Rapids, Mich. in case you were wondering) beat Union College 3-1 and Boston College routed Minnesota 6-1. The Bulldogs and Eagles will play for the national title on Saturday night on ESPN.
The latest weekend Notebook for ESPN is up, if you wanna check it out, here’s the link.
I shot the video from the top of the James Hotel in the SoHo area of Manhattan. Behind me, over my left shoulder, the tall building you see being built, is the new Freedom Tower which is the skyscraper that is being constructed on the spot of Ground Zero.
It’s a little late – I was hoping they’d post my weekend preview a few hours before the first pitch of the Florida-South Carolina game – but the weekend preview is up on the ESPN “College Sports” site. If you want to check it out, here’s the link to it.
Hey, the good news is that South Carolina fans will love the fact that I picked the Gamecocks to take down Florida this weekend. After tonight’s win, it’s one down, one to go. (I think this will start the influx of Carolina fans to become stitch-heads in droves).
As you might’ve seen, I didn’t do any kind of write up on the Arizona-Rice game I went to at Reckling Park on Wednesday night (won by Arizona 8-5, by the way. And I was impressed with their offense and athletic ability). I was still in the middle of working on finishing my weekend preview during and after the game.
But I still had a great time going back to the Owl’s den for the first time since 2006. Saw some old Stitch-Head friends of mine, chatted it up with Tanya Graham and froze my ass off in the heavily-air conditioned press box (which I didn’t mind, I’m Scandinavianâ€¦ and I didn’t stay in the press box too long anyway)
But due to my hyper-vigilance to my surroundings, I did jot down a few things I noticed about the stadium. Here are some goods+bads on going to a game at Reckling.
Between flying to Dallas, going to the DBU game, driving to Houston, going to the Rice game and then driving to Austin, you might guess that the energy backpack I’m wearing is running a little low on juice. I mean this Thursday night feels like a Sunday morning to me… that’s how discombobulated my wits are right now. But I say “Pshaw!”, never you fear my fellow Stitch-Heads. I was still able to throw together a weekend preview. So go ahead,
click on this highlighted bit of copy and you’ll go straight to it.
Yes, I once owned a T-shirt that read that on the back, with the words “Santa Clara University” etched on the front. It was a holdover from the school’s now-defunct football program, of which one of my good friends was a coach on the staff at the time.
Well now, that T-shirt (which was not-so-shockingly reviled by the Jesuit-based school administrators) may be more apropos than ever. Only this time, it may be time to rally around the Bronco baseball team. I found out why tonight.
A Walter Villa feature, the Upset Watch, Mid-Major Spotlight, and best of all, Jim Beam Whiskey the sponsor bumper that plays before my video kicks in. I raise my tumbler in full salute. Click on this highlighted line for the ESPN weekend preview.
I am stepping into the exorcism suit. I’ve got my black suit with the white collar and the black fedora. I’ve got my holy water and the good book. I’m ready to face the devil. The spinning heads. The pea green soup barf. The foul smell. The spinning head of Linda Blair. I’m ready to face my demons.
Yes, I get Emails. All the time. Most of ‘em are complimentary, though admittedly a lot of them are to correct something I got wrong. And yes, I even get Emails that are angry birdsâ€¦ to which I usually give the bird back to them.
But for the first time ever, I thought I’d start answering a few Email and twitter questions every other Thursday when I’ve got time to do so, maybe even make it a regular feature. So here I go.