Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Yesterday, in the best tournament no one's talking about

Those there are a bunch of Michigan baseball players who are getting more touch-y than normal after a thrilling extra-innings win over National No. 1 seed Vanderbilt.

The Wolverines bounced the Commodores from the NCAA Tournament (NCAA Tournament?) and advanced to the Super Regionals.

If you're thinking something along the lines of "Who the fuck cares," then, well, you might want to stop reading. Because this tournament is hands down the most exciting sporting event going on right now and for certain reasons (like ESPN showing the Yankees for like the 14th straight day) nobody's talking about it.

That's where we'll step in. So Vandy's the top overall seed, and while the Commodores losing in sports is about as obvious as telling people that Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream, this is a big-time upset. Probably the equivalent of a No. 8 knocking off a No. 1 in the second round of March Madness.

Not only did Vandy go down, but eight other top seeds didn't advance to the Super Regionals, including Texas (National Seed No. 4), Florida St. (No. 6), Arkansas (No. 7) and San Diego (No. 8). In all, over half of the No. 1 seeds (16 total) went down, and five of the eight National Seeds lost. Crazier than a conversation between Paris Hilton and that Kardashian broad.

Check out the full bracket here. It'll make the above paragraph make more sense.

Of course ESPN is burying this tournament. It'll starting getting some media attention come the College World Series, when we're down to eight teams. For now, there's little-to-no mention on Sportscenter or the .com, let alone the games actually being televised.

But that's like saying:

Producer 1: Hey, so whaddya think about not televising the first weekend of March Madness?
Producer 2: Love it.
Producer 1: Figure skating instead?
Producer 2: I was thinking trick pool.
Producer 1: Bingo.

OK, college baseball doesn't quite have the same following as college hoops. But they're missing some great games, big upsets, and more story lines than a season of 24.

Just think if this tournament got the same exposure as March Madness. The brackets and office pools would be brilliant. It really makes you think what the College Baseball Tourney could be with proper marketing.

Until then, all sorts of great games and upsets will fly under the radar.


Signal to Noise said...

I'd be the first one in an office pool with a bracket for the regional college baseball tourneys.

rstiles said...

I love the college baseball world series...

I am going to show a little bias here:

YEAH BABY....GO BLUE!!!!....we beat the #1 team in the nation 2 out of 3!!!


Anonymous said...

It pisses me off to no end that the WWL won't cover regional college baseball, but they will show game after game of the women's college world series. I do have to say that those girls from Arizona do grow on you...

McBain said...


But it's cool, WWL. Seeing Dick Vitale give his 33rd take on Billy Donovan was awesome.

JMC said...

to their credit, they have been showing some of the games. but it's hard to really get into it when you don't know any of the players and haven't seen any of the teams play before. unless of course your own team is in it.

JMC said...

speaking of teams being in it, I just realized that my boys from Virginia are a 1 seed and playing TODAY for in the regional championship to go to the next round. Crap! And against the defending champs no less. GO HOOS!!!!

GMoney said...

more plot turns than 24??? 24 was f'n terrible this season.

Moose said...

Should make for a fun trip to Omaha, alot of teams that haven't been before, or at least in a long time.

NFL Adam said...

Titans, baby!

Texas Gal said...

I *adore* college baseball, but since my Horns got bounced- and ruined my normal June CWS-lovefest- I'm having a hard time of it.