A Travelers Guide in Omaha

TitanCentral would not leave you out in the cold would we? Of course not. Titan798495 -- hopefully he'll add '01' to his moniker -- will bring you some insight on the 2001 College World Series.

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 alleged 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 Stadium, 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 department 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 some of TitanCentral.com's favorite time-killing day trips.

“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 will guarantee a Field of Dreams.

The backdrop of the hit 1989 movie 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 classsic flick. The people are nice and offer free tours of this remarkable campus.

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 Royals (schedule), who entertain Arizona this weekend and St. Louis Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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 Manhattan or over any breathtaking dune in Malibu.

Instead, the Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO hangs his hat at 3555 Farnum Street.

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 Cherry Coke at the local Dairy Queen. In Omaha, this is about as close to star watching as it'll get.