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|June 4, 2005 - ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, Oklahoma City, OK
12 and a half innings. TWELVE and A HALF innings.
I tell ya, in 87 degree weather, wearing our navy blue uniforms, our girls dug so deep coming back from a two-run deficit late in the game against one of the best pitchers in the country that even as those of us in Oklahoma City have begun to scramble for flights back to the West Coast earlier than we ALL would have liked, I can honestly say that I have never been more proud to be a Cal fan than I am at this very moment.
Before I dive in too deep though, its time to shower and meet up with the team for one last blue and gold dinner. Ill be back later with my in-depth daily report, which I assure you will include plenty of self-effacing humor surrounding the damn ESPN cameras that stalked me throughout the day. I swear, no money exchanged hands.
Until later tonight, I smell. Time for me to hit the showers.
GO BEARS still!
Oklahoma City Marriott (and not the Waterford), Oklahoma City, OK
Nine hours and counting until the first pitch crosses the plate between the Bears and the Cats and as I sit here typing in the late Oklahoma night Im glad - to say the very least - that I slept so well at the Sheraton, for two reasons.
First off, because the traveling dreams that I mentioned in my last entry did in fact, come true. I have a room reserved at the WATERFORD for the next five nights, the Marriott two miles down the road. Thank you, thank you. Please, hold your applause.
Luckily, the crew has saved me for the evening and Im currently shacking up in room #1422 at the Oklahoma City Marriott.
More importantly, despite the fact that the game doesnt start until 11 a.m., there is much to accomplish before then. Tailgating and Tecate drinking are set to begin in-house at 8:30 a.m. Followed by cheer practice, led by yours truly, at 10:15 a.m. If you dont hear the Cal contingent loud and clear on TV today, feel free to take back anything good youve ever said about me, for I will have failed as a Cal Mic Man. Hell, anything good youve ever thought too.
Anyway, I digress, back to the rest of my day. We left off pre-happy hour, while I was hanging out with K-Thor and Kaleo in Mikes room. A few hours of doing nothing led us down to Russells the in-hotel sports bar around 6 p.m. Cheese fries, chips and artichoke dip, and chicken tenders made for an exquisite three-course dinner, and at 6:45 p.m. it was time to head over to the Amateur Softball Association complex to cheer on UCLA talk about hard because here in Oklahoma, its the Pac-10 vs. the world.
While at the field I did everything I could to distract myself from having to clap for the Bruins, and found funnel cakes and left fielder Lindsay James to be the perfect diversionary pair. K-Thor, meanwhile, didnt have to find something to sidetrack herself from the game. The autograph eager softball youths in attendance took care of that for her.
After UCLA disposed of Tennessee 3-1 in the first game of the evening, I got my first peak at the NCAA Softball Player of the Year, Texas pitcher Cat Osterman - who the Bears will now face tomorrow night if and when they defeat Arizona in the first game of the day. At 62" shes quite the physical sight. She even looked tall from my seat in the outfield bleachers. But as Michigan, the #1 team in the nation proved after knocking in three runs and knocking Osterman out of the game, shes definitely hittable.
A few other tidbits from the complex before I hit the sack. The hairdo of choice for a number of young female fans at the tournament is one youre unlikely to miss much the same as youd be doubtful to avoid its natural disaster namesake the tornado. Not only have I been unable to figure out how the girls are making their hair stand up, but Im more confused as to why exactly, they would want to do such a thing. I suppose they would say the same thing about the Calfornia faux hawks craze, but fashioning a hairstyle after a twister? I really need to get to the salon more often.
Oh, and Kelly Anderson is starting tomorrow against Zona. I can taste the Tecate already. Until next time, thanks for reading. GO BEARS!
|Rapid Fire - Julie Meyer
|Rapid Fire - Lindsay James
Full Name: Lindsay
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