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
over the left-field wall on Sunday night?
9:35: We flip on TV news, and are told - in great detail and with more
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
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
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
Landing outlet mall in Grenta, Neb. The place was a ghost town. NO ONE was
Later, we hit the Crossroads shopping mall in Omaha and were totally
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
8:30: ESPN2 shows an end-of-inning highlight of USC's Josh Persell
a two-run homer to pull his team within, 4-3. The ball left his bat and --
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
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.