OMAHA, Neb. -- Under the College World Series' modified double-elimination format, a traveling fan faces two distinct scenarios:
Your team could be two-and-out faster than you can say those
geniuses from Stanford choked again or;
Your team might find itself on a fast track (ala the 1995 Titans) to
Championship Saturday (June 16), playing just four games in nine days.
While the Titans' No. 1 seed doesn't guarantee a long stay at Rosenblatt
it doesn't hurt to plan for a lot of off days.
The easiest time-killing strategy in Omaha is: When in doubt, fall back
on our California roots and go to the mall.
A plethora of SoCal-style shopping
centers dot the flat Omaha landscape, so there are plenty of
stores, food courts and movie theaters to keep any South Coast Plaza-loving
mall rat happy. But for the more adventurous Fullerton traveler, here are
of TitanCentral.com's favorite
IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME
You might not spot Kevin Costner (Cal State Fullerton 1978) or Archie
Moonlight Graham walking out of corn fields, but Dyersville, Iowa
guarantee a Field of
The backdrop of the hit 1989
is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the price of admission is just how we like
it at TitanCentral.com - free.
This is a 4 1/2-hour drive northeast from Omaha, so an overnight stay might
be in order. You could pair this visit with the Cedar
Rapids Kernels, the Anaheim Angels low single-A team who will be in
town during CWS week. Cedar Rapids is an hour southwest of Dyersvile, so it's
on your way back to Omaha.
Just check out of your hotel room for 24 hours on a Titans off day.
HE AIN'T HEAVY, HE'S MY BROTHER.
I live near the city of West Hollywood, Calif. and the term Boys Town
has its own, unique connotation - not that there's anything wrong with that.
But just a short drive west of Omaha is the Boys
Town, made famous by Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney in the 1938
flick. The people are nice and offer free tours of this remarkable
Two suggestions: do this tour in the morning (high attention span is needed;
by the late afternoon you could be nodding off) and try not to be too creeped
out by the display of Father Flanagan's tomb.
AL vs. NL
Kansas City is three hours away and well within a day's trip to see the
who entertain Arizona this weekend and St. Louis Tuesday, Wednesday and
And while you're in Kansas City, go ahead and check out the Negro
League Baseball Museum.
VISIT YOUR MONEY
He might be one of the richest men on earth, but he's still just a hometown
kind of guy. Warren Buffett, 70, could live in the most posh penthouse of
or over any breathtaking dune in Malibu.
Instead, the Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO hangs his hat at 3555
OK, so you might not be able to knock on his door and invite yourself in for
coffee. But it's been reported that Buffett can still be spotted sipping a
Coke at the local Dairy Queen. In Omaha, this is about as close to star
as it'll get.