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Welcome back. I didn’t even notice the rivalry game with Texas tomorrow. That’s gonna be fun. 

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DAWGS!!!....this walkoff shit of theirs is really hard on the nerves...but I'll take it all day long :P

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On 6/16/2018 at 8:40 PM, Sol Rosenberg said:

Welcome back. I didn’t even notice the rivalry game with Texas tomorrow. That’s gonna be fun. 

Thank you sir.  That was indeed fun.  Where I come from, beating the hell out of the Longhorns is all the Father’s Day gift any of us need.

Grabbler’s Dawgs just keep doing it too.  Better get a big lead early if you want a chance against them.

TTech might be better than anticipated.  They are handing Singer his ass as I type, and that doesn’t happen often.

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1 hour ago, razorback said:

Thank you sir.  That was indeed fun.  Where I come from, beating the hell out of the Longhorns is all the Father’s Day gift any of us need.

Grabbler’s Dawgs just keep doing it too.  Better get a big lead early if you want a chance against them.

TTech might be better than anticipated.  They are handing Singer his ass as I type, and that doesn’t happen often.

Hard to watch the defensive effort. I suspect that may have something to do with Singer’s meltdown in the next inning. TT is a relentless team. They just beat the Gators down. 

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Carry on...y'all just continue to beat each other up over there in that bracket...:lol:

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12 hours ago, Sol Rosenberg said:

Hard to watch the defensive effort. I suspect that may have something to do with Singer’s meltdown in the next inning. TT is a relentless team. They just beat the Gators down. 

Yep.  Gotta start to wonder if the Gators didn’t break into a home run trot a little early this year.  End of the season, everybody was saying “doesn’t matter, they’ll still be #1seed”.  Then SEC tourney “doesn’t matter, still # 1 seed”.  I’m not counting them out at all, too much talent & experience.  But it can be hard to restart if you shut down early.

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11 minutes ago, razorback said:

Yep.  Gotta start to wonder if the Gators didn’t break into a home run trot a little early this year.  End of the season, everybody was saying “doesn’t matter, they’ll still be #1seed”.  Then SEC tourney “doesn’t matter, still # 1 seed”.  I’m not counting them out at all, too much talent & experience.  But it can be hard to restart if you shut down early.

It is a very different team from last year.  They have too many guys who are already checked out mentally, for the next level. They will not beat Texas, nor do they deserve to.  Last year, they played error free in Omaha.  Not in any one game, in ALL of them.  Now, playing TT will rattle any defense, but that was atrocious and there was no excuse for it.  

Repeating is hard because there is no sneaking up on anyone; everyone sees you coming.  Couple that with the fact that a #1 seed hasn't won it all since before the turn of the century, if memory serves, and they have quite a bit riding against them. Couple that with what looks to me like a lack of hunger, and it's an itinerary for a short trip.  

Texas Tech sure looks hungry though...even more than Auburn did, and that was a team with a giant chip on its shoulder.  

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Can't disagree with any of that Sol, except the part about the Texas game.

My idea about that is going to seem like a distinction without a difference, but stick with me.  I think you'll see what I mean.  I keep hearing the announcers go on and on about how the champion needs to win that first game.  The numbers make that obvious, but I think the reason usually given is too simplistic.  Obviously coming through the losers bracket adds games, and depletes pitching, so everybody just says "used up the pitching" as the reason.  

Here's my take:  Nobody wants to lose game 1, so everybody throws their ace (naturally).  Most of these aces have really gaudy records (Knight at Arkansas 13-0, Singer @ Florida is 12-1 or something like that, etc.)  These teams almost always win when their ace is up.  It's a punch to the head when they don't.  It's disorienting when that isn't happening, and to Sol's point earlier, defense presses, errors happen, bad pitch selection from pressing means unproductive at bats, etc.  So separate and above the obvious attrition of arms, I think the unraveling of team psyche from the unfamiliar situation of an ace not dominating is a significant factor.  Baseball is very much a state of mind sport, and when that which you have always counted on fails, it's naturally disruptive to your state of mind.  The teams that throw their ace and win just get their psyche reinforced and strengthened, while 1st round losers have to get off the mat with the new realization that this isn't going to go according to the plan you visualized.  It's not impossible to overcome, but it would take a very confident, unshakable team.  Texas is a very good team, but they don't have the recent history of success that Florida does.  I'd be surprised if that doesn't translate to Florida shaking off the loss a little better and winning one more, unless they have truly checked out.  But all these guys are super competitive, and I don't expect they'll go that quietly.  I think OSU eliminates the Huskies on the same basis.  

TTech and Hogs could really have some fireworks.  Two offenses that just don't give you a pitch off.  I don't know enough of TTech's bullpen to speak to theirs, but Hogs pitching gets erratic after first 2 guys.  3rd starter has been dominant, and a complete no-show.  Can't tell till you send him out there.  Same with the back end of the bullpen.  On a good night, my boys are very, very hard to beat.  It's just a matter of stringing enough of those nights together.  From what I've seen, TTech has a similar feel and that might make for a classic.  

Grabbler it looks to me like things are going about as well as could be hoped on your side.  MSU & UNC should be a battle.  Lots of momentum on both sides.  Whoever wins will have to deal with OSU again, and I suspect they will be tougher to eradicate than any of the other 1st round losers.  

We've been hoping for a Dawgs & Hogs final here (father in law was MSU 3rd baseman in the '60s) and we've got our fingers crossed.

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Dawgs are running on pretty much nuthin' but spirit I think, but after last year's devestating injury toll amongst what coulda been an amazing pitching staff we'll take what we can get...somehow managing to get shit done, and don't forget they swept a cruising UF the last weekend of the season...corny as it sounds, they are the "one game at a time" team...looks like we've gotta wait a day...howzabout these Dudes just for old times sake...:D

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Faaaaarkin' Daaaaawgs!!!!!

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On 6/18/2018 at 2:11 PM, razorback said:

Can't disagree with any of that Sol, except the part about the Texas game.

My idea about that is going to seem like a distinction without a difference, but stick with me.  I think you'll see what I mean.  I keep hearing the announcers go on and on about how the champion needs to win that first game.  The numbers make that obvious, but I think the reason usually given is too simplistic.  Obviously coming through the losers bracket adds games, and depletes pitching, so everybody just says "used up the pitching" as the reason.  

Here's my take:  Nobody wants to lose game 1, so everybody throws their ace (naturally).  Most of these aces have really gaudy records (Knight at Arkansas 13-0, Singer @ Florida is 12-1 or something like that, etc.)  These teams almost always win when their ace is up.  It's a punch to the head when they don't.  It's disorienting when that isn't happening, and to Sol's point earlier, defense presses, errors happen, bad pitch selection from pressing means unproductive at bats, etc.  So separate and above the obvious attrition of arms, I think the unraveling of team psyche from the unfamiliar situation of an ace not dominating is a significant factor.  Baseball is very much a state of mind sport, and when that which you have always counted on fails, it's naturally disruptive to your state of mind.  The teams that throw their ace and win just get their psyche reinforced and strengthened, while 1st round losers have to get off the mat with the new realization that this isn't going to go according to the plan you visualized.  It's not impossible to overcome, but it would take a very confident, unshakable team.  Texas is a very good team, but they don't have the recent history of success that Florida does.  I'd be surprised if that doesn't translate to Florida shaking off the loss a little better and winning one more, unless they have truly checked out.  But all these guys are super competitive, and I don't expect they'll go that quietly.  I think OSU eliminates the Huskies on the same basis.  

TTech and Hogs could really have some fireworks.  Two offenses that just don't give you a pitch off.  I don't know enough of TTech's bullpen to speak to theirs, but Hogs pitching gets erratic after first 2 guys.  3rd starter has been dominant, and a complete no-show.  Can't tell till you send him out there.  Same with the back end of the bullpen.  On a good night, my boys are very, very hard to beat.  It's just a matter of stringing enough of those nights together.  From what I've seen, TTech has a similar feel and that might make for a classic.  

Grabbler it looks to me like things are going about as well as could be hoped on your side.  MSU & UNC should be a battle.  Lots of momentum on both sides.  Whoever wins will have to deal with OSU again, and I suspect they will be tougher to eradicate than any of the other 1st round losers.  

We've been hoping for a Dawgs & Hogs final here (father in law was MSU 3rd baseman in the '60s) and we've got our fingers crossed.

You were right about UF/UT.  Kowar is amazing when he is "on", and yesterday he surely was on, which he has not been for some time.  He did not need much help, but he got it.  Today's game should be a good one.  It's a shame to see the SEC vs SEC matchups whittling the field down, but such is life.  

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Well, TT did not have much of an answer for the freshman pitcher. That was quite a performance by the youngster. Thankfully, the Gators proved me wrong, after I saw no signs of life from them in their first game.

Today should be fun. Go Gators!

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Nice job Arkansas.  Just too much for the Gators to handle.  There's a reason that we don't see back to back champions very often.  It's hard to do.  I'm gonna miss that senior class.  They were awesome.  

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33 minutes ago, Sol Rosenberg said:

Nice job Arkansas.  Just too much for the Gators to handle.  There's a reason that we don't see back to back champions very often.  It's hard to do.  I'm gonna miss that senior class.  They were awesome.  

Thanks Sol!  We’re fired up about it, as you can imagine.  You’re right about repeats being tough.  Just too many great teams to get through twice. Getting to the final over Florida definitely gives a feel of legitimacy.  Gotta beat the best to be the best!  

Both remainders on the other side have been rolling, but I’ve gotta admit that OSU is almost scary.  Holy crap they can hit!  But we’re there with all the arms as intact as they can be at this stage.  All that’s left is doing it.  Let’s go boys!

WOOOOO Pig Sooie!

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Well done Pigs!!!!...we just need to pull out the big bananas tomorrow to join you...them OSU boys were brutal today though...

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20 hours ago, Grabbler said:

Well done Pigs!!!!...we just need to pull out the big bananas tomorrow to join you...them OSU boys were brutal today though...

Watching and rooting for you!

Dawgs & Hogs final is how it should be.

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Just now, razorback said:

Watching and rooting for you!

Dawgs & Hogs final is how it should be.

+1.  An all SEC Final for the second year in a row is fine with me.  

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Aaaah shit...amazing late season run for the Dawgs , gotta be honest they surpassed my expectations big time...Go Hawgs!!

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Hawgs and Beavers.  Sounds like a good summer afternoon in this part of the world....

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On 6/23/2018 at 11:36 PM, Grabbler said:

Aaaah shit...amazing late season run for the Dawgs , gotta be honest they surpassed my expectations big time...Go Hawgs!!

Yup.  Helluva run.  3 cheers for the Dawgs from here.

Whoever wins this one will have earned it.  

 

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OK guys, be advised that I will not be changing any article of clothing, nor bathing, nor shaving, nor altering anything that might screw up the flow of chi around here for the next day or two.

its not that I believe in any of that hocus pocus, it’s just that we are on the eve of the day I’ve looked forward to for probably 44 or so of my 51 years and I don’t want to risk anything going wrong.

My God we’re close.

WPS!

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Out. Fuckin'. Standing!!!...great pitching outing from that kid!

Keep it coming Hawgs!

Sorry RB, 114° heat index here...I'm going through a couple three shirts each day on the job, and I'm gonna have to shower at least...

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2 hours ago, Grabbler said:

Out. Fuckin'. Standing!!!...great pitching outing from that kid!

Keep it coming Hawgs!

Sorry RB, 114° heat index here...I'm going through a couple three shirts each day on the job, and I'm gonna have to shower at least...

Knight/Loseke/Cronin were perfect.  Couldn't ask for a better game.  

Knight is just a killer competitor.  He's not 14-0 by accident, and he's done it against the best the opponent can throw.  Heimlich, Mize, Hjelle, Rolison, Singer, Kowar, Pilkington, etc.  He's got good stuff.  He's got GREAT stones.

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14 hours ago, razorback said:

OK guys, be advised that I will not be changing any article of clothing, nor bathing, nor shaving, nor altering anything that might screw up the flow of chi around here for the next day or two.

its not that I believe in any of that hocus pocus, it’s just that we are on the eve of the day I’ve looked forward to for probably 44 or so of my 51 years and I don’t want to risk anything going wrong.

My God we’re close.

WPS!

I hope it happens, that's an amazing feeling.  I've been a Gator baseball fan for 35 years, and last year was a lot of fun to watch happen.  Being close enough to go over for regional and super regional games is just an added bonus.  But that final out was sure special.  I hope you get to experience that.  And I really hope I don't have to unleash a torrent of Nice Beaver jokes if this thing goes the wrong way.  

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Well shit. Those were some feisty beavers tonight. All or nothing time tomorrow. 

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Got used to this late innings stuff with State's run this year...hated to see it from OSU at this point RB...but fuck I love this shit!

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Ugly way to lose last night for Arkansas. Looked like the RF should have hustled a bit more and he would have been able to catch that foul ball easily. 

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Oh man.  I feel for that kid who missed that play last night.  That is going to live with him forever.  

Sorry RB, but it was a great year.  Football season in a couple of months.  

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Well boys, I survived drinking away my pain and am again present, clean, and sober.  Well, mostly.  HOLY SHIT we were close!  That's how it goes though.  Something about the CWS seems like teams have to get really, really close a couple of times before they break through.  Some comfort in the belief that the two best teams at the the end of the year did actually meet in the finals.  Congratulations to a very fine Oregon State team.  I do love a great baseball contest, even when it doesn't go my way.

On a sort of related note, Razorback Jr. is still playing ball.  His 16U team participated in the 16U Wood Bat National Championship in Atlanta last week.  384 teams, biggest damn tournament of any kind that I've ever seen.  Every college coach & scout were there.  Quite a few MLB staff shirts carrying around clipboards and stopwatches too.  Big time atmosphere.  Our team won a couple of good ones, played terrible in a couple of losses, and probably played their best game in a loss in the final game of the trip.  We played the dreaded Team Elite Prime, a national all star team with everybody on the roster either committed to a very high D1 school (SEC, ACC, etc.) or just waiting to be drafted.  They represent 12 states, plus 2 Canadians, plus 1 USVI kid.  They have the #1, 4, 7, 15, and 20 overall individual prospects in the class of 2020 (according to Perfect Game).  They are ranked, unsurprisingly, #1 in the country.  So our Grays, pretty much a Cincinnati local team (though in fairness, all the boys are pretty much the best player in their class at their respective high schools, so it's not exactly the bad news Bears) take the field against essentially Team USA in front of a bank of radar guns and video cameras being manned by guys wearing golf shirts that say Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Reds, Gators, Tigers, Bulldogs, etc.  It was all pretty amusing till I saw a guy wearing a straw hat just like the one I had on.  HOLY SHIT!  THAT'S WES JOHNSON!  (Razorback Pitching Coach).  This is big time!  A Razorback coach flew to Atlanta to watch a game my kid is playing in!  I think I reached for a bag to breathe into at this point.  Now, I am realistic enough to know that he ain't here for Lil Razorback, since his fastball MIGHT hit 80 mph if he's really pissed, but still, that's pretty cool.  

Well Wes almost got a look at Junior pitching after all.  Our Grays played the gold platers off their asses and nearly beat them.  Lil Razorback was 2-2 plus a walk and a sac bunt as the DH against pitchers headed to LSU and Tennessee.  He made the final out in the final inning at home plate in a bang/bang collision play with a catcher that isn't expected to bother with college.  We lost 4-3.  Junior had warmed up in the bullpen prior to hitting in that last inning and was headed to the mound if we got it into extra innings.  Elite Prime went on to win the whole event.

All that said, Lil Razorback did pitch some while down there.  5 innings pitched, 0 runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, 1 hbp, 5 K's.  Not bad at all considering the competition.  I do have mixed feelings about his performance vs Razorback verbal commits.  He faced 2 of them that I know of.  They were a collective 0-3 with 2 K's and a dribbler back to the pitcher.  Neither of them has a prayer of hitting his curveball.  So, I'm proud of him, but a little concerned about my future Hogs.  

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