CWS Diary: An Off Day... Ugh

Monday was a tough one. Not only are we getting over the crushing, extra-inning loss to those alleged geniuses from Stanford, but this is our first weekday in Omaha.

OMAHA, Neb. - Monday was a tough one.

Not only are we getting over the crushing, extra-inning loss to those alleged geniuses from Stanford, but this is our first weekday in Omaha.

Killing time here is easier said than done.

Day 4 went like this:

9:30 a.m. (CT): We wake up. It's hot. It's humid. And it's windy. Where the hell was this wind when we needed it to push Mike Rouse's ninth-inning drive over the left-field wall on Sunday night?

9:35:
We flip on TV news, and are told - in great detail and with more post-game reaction than any college baseball game has received -- that Timothy McVeigh is dead. Phew. America is safe again.

9:50: For the first time all CWS, we get downstairs before 10 a.m. to take advantage of the free continental breakfast. Titans798495: You gotta love the waffle iron. I have the George Foreman Lean Mean Fat Grilling Machine, but a waffle iron next.

3:30 p.m.: After killing time all day in the hotel, we set out to shop. Titans798495 takes complete responsibility for an ill-fated trip to the Nebraska Landing outlet mall in Grenta, Neb. The place was a ghost town. NO ONE was there. Later, we hit the Crossroads shopping mall in Omaha and were totally unimpressed.

7:05: We walk into the official steakhouse of the CWS (or so it seems), Anthony's, and spot Mike Rouse's family enjoying a nice steak meal. He didn't look all that happy. But we're confident he'll come through big against Tulane. He's been clutch all season.

8:04: We discuss the loss of former USC and Tampa Bay coach John McKay. Jeff Bebe: Will O.J. attend the funeral?

8:15: Uggggg. After 14 ounces of New York strip (for Titans798495) and 10 ounces of sirloin (for Jeff Bebe), we're ready to sleep or get an angioplasty.

8:30: ESPN2 shows an end-of-inning highlight of USC's Josh Persell hitting a two-run homer to pull his team within, 4-3. The ball left his bat and -- despite his team trailing - he thrusts his fist in the air. Take the lead, and then hot dog you showboating fuck.

8:45: ESPN2's Mike Patrick tells viewers what beautiful weather Omaha is seeing. What?! Yeah, maybe in an air conditioned press box! It's 100 degrees and humid! To quote Neil Simon: Man it's hot. It's like Africa hot. Tarzan couldn't take this kind of hot.

9:15: We spot a Florida state trooper in the Miami dugout. Hey, who pays for that guy? His salary, travel, hotel, all those Krispy Kremes? The taxpayers of the state of Florida? Then again, this is the state that gave votes for Al Gore to Pat Buchanan; thus, giving America President George W. Bush.

9:39: Welcome to the loser's bracket USC.

Good night. It's time for some AC-assisted sleep and so we can kick some Tulane Green Wave.