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Saturday, June 4, 2016 – Sad Day in Sports – One Classy Organization – And Legends.

Saturday, June 4, 2016 – Sad Day in Sports – One Classy Organization – And Legends.

From The Bryan Eagle By TRAVIS L. BROWN travis.brown@theeagle.com The Eagle

“All I could do is sit and look at it because, first of all, I couldn’t believe that there was an organization classy enough to do that for us,” Minnesota infielder Micah Coffey said.

When the Minnesota baseball team arrived at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park on Friday for their NCAA tournament opener against Wake Forest, they were met with a special surprise.

Texas A&M staff members placed a new on-deck mat just outside the third base dugout with a large No. 25 filling the middle of the circle — the number of Minnesota pitching coach Todd Oakes. Oakes died May 26 after his third bout with leukemia. He was in his 18th year coaching for the Golden Gophers.

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The families of baseball also mourn the passing of Vanderbilt pitcher Donny Everett. The sophomore – projected number one draft pick – drowned while fishing with his buddies on the eve of the Commodores’ NCAA regional opener.

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Whether you liked him or hated him, he was The Greatest. Muhammed Ali was the greatest heavy weight boxer of the twentieth century.

Here’s to these three from the great philosopher of the twentieth century, Jimmy Buffet from The Last Mango in Paris.

I had to search my memories

As I looked into those eyes

Our lives change like the weather

But a legend never dies.

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For my Parrot Head buddies seeing Jimmy in The Woodlands tonight. This is from Austin 2013 – photo by me

Friday, June 3, 2016 – Baseball, Bubbles and Texas Aggies

Friday, June 3, 2016 – Baseball, Bubbles and Texas Aggies

It’s a long way to Tipparari and it’s a long way to Omaha, Nebraska, home of the Division I College Baseball World Series. But it begins today in Blue Bell Park on Olsen Field. Coming to visit the beautiful, if not still flooded, Brazos Valley are:

Beginning at 3:00 PM today, the teams taking to the field are:

The Wake Forest Deacon Demons and the Minnesota Gophers.

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina – a city named after two brands of cigarettes. It was found in 1834 and first called The Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute. In 1839 the name was changed to Wake Forest College. That made it sound less like a prison. The mascot of Wake Forest is the Demon Deacons whose colors are Wake Forest gold and black. Everyone loves a good oxymoron mascot.

The University of Minnesota – represents the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Their mascot is the Gophers whose name is Goldy Gopher. They could be scary gophers. They have been to the CWS SEVEN times, have many conference baseball championships and have many players who play or have played in the MLB. Not just a pretty gopher face. The school colors are doo-doo brown and yellow.

At 8:00 the teams taking the field are:

The State University of New York Binghamton University Bearcats. BU, as they like to be known, was established in 1946 to meet the needs of the local World War II vets returning from war. The color is dark green. Just one color? Not even white? Is the Baxter the Bearcat dressed in all green?

And hosting the regional we have the #4 Top National Seed – The SEC Tournament Champions – Texas Aggie Baseball Team! WHOOP! Bring on the bubbles! When the Aggies score a run, the fans have bubble machines sending bubbles throughout the field.

The Aggies and the Bearcats can be seen on the SEC network. The rest of teams’ fans get to pay ESPN3 for streaming.

A word to the other teams – don’t forget to factor in the train schedule. I so enjoy hearing the train whistle as moves along the tracks next to Wellborn just as the visiting pitcher goes into his wind up. Scares the crap out of him and makes him throw the ball into the upper stands! Gig ‘Em!

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A landmark in College Station. Do you know what it is?

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BTHO Binghamton

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 – Football, Basketball and Baseball

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 – Football, Basketball and Baseball

NCAA Football – I have shied away from the Baylor University scandal. It is a sad situation and I know my personal Baylor family and my family of Baylor friends are heartbroken. I will take a bat-crap, mentally disturbed Heisman winner over this scandal any day.

However, I saw today that Baylor hired Wake Forest football coach Jim Grobe as acting head coach for 2016. He comes from a school whose mascot is the Demon Deacons. Here’s what I’m thinking – it was the demon deacons that got Baylor in this mess in the first place. The ultimate irony is Ken Starr being demoted in a sex scandal.

NBA Basketball – too much Curry and not enough KD (Kevin Durant) Sad for my OKC Thunder fans, but excited for my Golden State Warrior friends.

NCAA Baseball – THE University of Texas reassigned long-time baseball coach Augie Garrido. Meanwhile to those teams whose sights are set on the College World Series in Omaha get to play on. The CWS takes place in Omaha, Nebraska in case the Longhorns forgot where it is held since you have not visited in so long.

First, however, in order to play in Omaha eight teams must win through their NCAA College Baseball Regionals and Super Regionals beginning on Friday. Perhaps the name should be changed to “Welcome to the SEC and ACC College Baseball Tournaments.” Or maybe the name should be changed to the Southern NCAA Regionals, since most of the 64 teams and all of the hosting sites are in the south.

Meanwhile for the #4 National Seed – The Fighting Texas Aggies play Binghamton State University of New York. Who? More about the Binghamton Bearcats later. Until then,

BTHO Binghamton

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Note the trespassing sign to the left. I am outside the fence with a telephoto lens. Photo by me.

Oh look – The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are in the College Station Regional too.