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Subject: Re: College World Series


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Son of Eli
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Date Posted: 18:07:48 06/28/18 Thu
In reply to: bulldog10jw 's message, "College World Series" on 17:45:41 06/28/18 Thu

Unfortunately I had to watch Game 2 on tv even though I had tickets to games 1 and 2. I wasn't counting on the rainout Monday, so I only booked the hotel through Tuesday and my return flight was yesterday morning. Therefore I only got to go to game 1.

Game 2 was an incredible game and I'm looking forward to tonight's deciding game. The Arkansas fans are awesome. They create a terrific game day atmosphere. The OSU fans couldn't be any nicer. It's a shame somebody has to lose.

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An Observer
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Date Posted: 18:40:34 06/28/18 Thu

I am looking forward to seeing whether the Arkansas kids can regroup mentally for tonight's grand finale.

This situation reminds me of other championship events when an awful spirit-breaking mistake is made prior to the series finale. What happens to the respective mental states of the two sides? The beneficiary usually gets more excited and fired up about getting a new life. It's the reaction of the other team which is more interesting.

Remember the 1986 Red Sox after the Buckner error in Game 6? They never had a chance in Game 7.

Much more recently, I think that the Cleveland Cavaliers folded after JR Smith's inexplicable mental mistake at the end of Game 1. Granted, the Warriors were the better team, but the Cavs never showed up after Game 1. Sidebar note: Yesterday, I attended a celebrity golf event in which JR Smith played. First of all, he's an excellent golfer, which you might not have expected. Secondly, I give him credit for getting out and not sitting in a dark room wondering, "What if?"

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: Re: When A Spirit-Breaking Mistake Is Made Before Series Finale


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An Observer
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Date Posted: 20:24:57 06/28/18 Thu

Karl Ravich just compared last night's foul territory pop-up to Bill Buckner's error.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: Re: When A Spirit-Breaking Mistake Is Made Before Series Finale


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Son of Eli
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Date Posted: 21:23:13 06/28/18 Thu

I think you're right. Arkansas appears psychologically defeated after last night's game.

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An Observer
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Date Posted: 11:27:55 06/29/18 Fri

Son of Eli, over the course of this season's 34-game schedule, last night was the first time Arkansas had been shut out. Granted, the OSU pitcher was in a groove, but Arkansas did not play well.

By the way, I can't stand it when coaches talk about taking out a pitcher because of his pitch count in The Last Game of The Year. Why on earth would you pull a pitcher in complete control just because his pitch count is up there? He's got eight months to rest his arm.

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bulldog10jw
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Date Posted: 10:14:06 06/29/18 Fri

Worse than Buckner's error because when Buckner made his error, the game was already tied.

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Go Green
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Date Posted: 09:38:47 06/30/18 Sat


Buckner's play was as routine as it gets. A little leaguer should have made that play.

Catching a foul ball over your shoulder is a lot harder than it looks. I could never do it at the high school level. The MLB players make it look easy, but it's not.

I think the right fielder should have called off his teammates and taken it. But he was also the furthest from the ball as well.

A heartbreaker. But sometimes the baseball gods aren't smiling on you....

As for game 3, the example I thought of was the 1985 World Series when Don Denkinger blew the call to give the Royals Game 6, and the Royals just pounded the Cardinals in Game 7.

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