Wednesday, June 25, 2008

We're STILL here!

I'm still in Omaha.  The wrong Bulldogs won.  The Georgia Bulldogs squandered a five-run lead and lost to the Fresno State Bulldogs 19-10 to force game three of the College World Series Finals and to keep us in Omaha for one more night.  

Despite wanting to leave a day early, I am intrigued by and impressed with the Fresno State team.  Buoyed by great defense and a never-say-die attitude, these Bulldogs have overcome a rash of injuries and an overworked pitching staff to become the lowest-seeded team ever to reach the College World Series.  (I typed that line several times in more graphics than I care to remember.) Their toughness and timely hitting ruined my Tar Heels' chances of vying for the NCAA Championship, but I find myself rooting for these "underdogs turned wonderdogs."  The team that wasn't supposed to be here has hit twelve home runs in the past two weeks, twice as many as any other team.  (Again, this is an example of how the loyalties of TV person waxes and wanes based upon the game situation.  Yesterday I was all for the Georgia Bulldogs; last night UGA's implosion irritated me to the point that I don't want them to win anymore.)

So we're here for another day, and there's nothing I can do but work the game and provide the best statistics that tell the best stories.  After all, I'm objective, right?

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