I'd like to welcome all of the out-of-town fans to the 2013 College World Series. The College World Series is that annual time of year when Omaha displays its renowned hospitality by jacking hotel rates up 30 percent.
I thought I was watching footage of a civil disturbance in Turkey. Police were using water canons. Turns out it was security at TD Ameritrade Park reacting to a fan who tried to bring an umbrella inside.
At this level, every coach is looking for an edge. In order to make the UCLA players feel at home, coaches arranged to pump smog into the team hotel.
South Carolina and its fans are not here. Now who's going to give us directions for getting around Omaha?
To give you an idea how comprehensive our CWS coverage is, a conference at the mound on Saturday featured the pitcher, a coach, a catcher and six World-Herald reporters.
A Big Ten team, Indiana, is in the CWS for the first time in 29 years. The Chicago Cubs told the Big Ten, “What a drought.”
You know how the Big Ten loves trophies. In the opening round, Indiana played Louisville for the inaugural “We Can't Believe We're Here Either” Cup.
Did you see the Louisville uniforms? It looks like the crew of the Starship Enterprise fielded a slow-pitch softball team.
Craig Sager and John Daly said: “How can you go out in public like that?”
This year, a “party bus” will be circling north downtown. I'm afraid if an LSU fan boards the “party bus,” he will never leave.
And finally: I need to correct out-of-town fans. Those weren't Air Force jets flying over TD Ameritrade Park before the first game — they were mosquitoes. Get used to 'em.