Before today, I knew just three things about Nebraska:
1) They have the only unicameral legislature in the country.
2) Carhenge is there(and I once forced Editor/Husband to go there and he got me a tee-shirt).
3) The College World Series is played every year in Omaha.
I’m sure Nebraska’s a very nice place, and despite a strong argument that inventing Kool Aid is pretty awesome, I think my Top Three list hits the high points.
(Editor/Husband would like me to point out that Bob Gibson, Rex Barney, Gregg Olson, and Sloppy Thurston are all from Nebraska, and I shouldn’t be so fast to close the door on interesting facts.)
But, this post isn’t about Carhenge (which means many of you will just stop reading now).
It’s about this: the University of Virginia Cavaliers will be playing in this year’s College World Series which kicks off this weekend.
To join the seven other teams in Omaha, UVa first had to emerge from a weekend regional tournament (where they beat Bucknell once and Arkansas twice) and last weekend’s Super Regional best of three against the University of Maryland Terrapins.
Editor/Husband and I went to every game.
Look, it’s us!
It came down to Game 3 on Monday night against Maryland. And, at the risk of burying the lead, which I’m afraid I’ve already done, this happened at 10:17 p.m.
Followed by this …
Followed closely by this …
You can see the dogpile ballet in slow motion here.
You can see the team climbing into the bleachers with us here.
You can almost see me.
A recap of the Virginia/Maryland weekend:
UVa lost Game 1 on Saturday.
It was during that especially hot and humid day game that I nearly succumbed to heat exhaustion. I’m not kidding. I almost passed out. It took two bottles of Gatorade before the field stopped spinning. My face was covered in a thin layer of grit which I later discovered to be salt that my body had leached completely out.
Editor/Husband was impressed that despite my weakened state, I was still scoring the game on my scorecard.
This conversation really happened:
ME: If I die you’ll need to write something on my blog to let people know I’m dead.
E/H: OK. Amanda* can help me with that.
ME: Tell them I died at a baseball game, it will make a better post.
* Amanda knows raptors and, apparently, Word Press.
Rehydrated, I rallied for Game 2. So did UVa.
And, it came down to Monday night’s Game 3.
Happy Hoo. Unhappy Terps.
FUN FACT: The University of Virginia Cavaliers are known informally as the Hoos, which is short for Wahoos. Back in the 1890s, baseball fans at Washington & Lee University called UVa’s baseball fans a “rowdy bunch of Wahoos.” The name stuck. (UVa didn’t become the Cavaliers until the 1920s.)
You can see University of Virginia take on Ole Miss in the first round of the College World Series this Sunday, June 15, on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. EDT.
If you do, you’ll likely see this guy …
All-American Pitcher Nathan Kirby
And, these guys …
Shortstop Daniel Pinero and First Baseman Mike Papi
Pitcher Nick Howard
Third Baseman Kenny Towns
Third Baseman/Designated Hitter John LaPrise
Right Fielder Joe McCarthy
Left Fielder Derek Fisher
“Fish” threw a lot of foul balls into the stands this weekend. I nearly caught one.
She caught it instead.
And, this is Wyatt.
He goes to almost all the UVa home games and sits just a few rows down from us.
Wyatt’s either happy the Hoo’s are winning or happy that his mom just bought him some ice cream.
Photos: University of Maryland vs. University of Virginia, June 7, 8, and 9, 2014, Davenport Field, Charlottesville, Virginia
Ouch! I don’t know which I’m going to DVR on Sunday — the opening episode of Game of Hoos or the season finale of a Game of Thrones.
You can always read the book and find out what will happen on Game of Thrones. Game of Hoos … much more exciting with much less violence! :)
“Tell them I died at a baseball game, it will make a better post.”
Love it! (But I’m glad to hear he didn’t need to make the post.)
Randy seemed a little too eager to take over the blog. The appropriate response should have been, “Don’t die, honey, here, have some more Gatorade.” He’s been plotting a blog-takeover for some time. Now I have the proof. Still, I’m glad I made it through … and I will never say a bad word about Gatorade ever again!
So long as opposing fans don’t refer to Virginia as Hoo-ville, Ya-Hoos and such. Nebraska is also known for CORN! and being linked to an Interstate-29 exit from Sioux City, which sent be on the way to Ralston…or some town to the west, when I was headed for Missouri. UVA certainly has the talent, so it’s time for WaHoo orange to decorate Rosenblatt Stadium. Enjoy the journey… and the series.
Ahh, the embarrassment of riches! The University of Virginia’s teams go by several nicknames — Cavaliers, Hoos, Wahoos — while the University of North Dakota struggles to find just one (well, one that won’t upset the NCAA anyway). Interestingly, UVa’s “Wahoowa” cheer was an “Indian yell” that was stolen (yes, stolen!) from Dartmouth. I’m sure the University of North Dakota now-nameless athletic teams could give UVa an earful about using Native American imagery during games. I hope you get to watch the games!
You’re missing a good time in Omaha for the series. Here’s a take on Omaha from Jane Fonda (her dad Henry grew up here): http://www.janefonda.com/alexander-payne-laura-dern-an-amazing-weekend-in-omaha/2/. Rooting for the Hoos. If they get back you should make the trip.
Jeremy … I almost mentioned that I actually knew someone who lives in Omaha … you! And, I was thisclose to calling you to see if you had a spare sofa I could crash on … Go Hoos!
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