Off Prompter

Best or Bust? The Blog is Back!!!!
08/06/08

Ladies and Gents,

I'm back.

Boy did I miss cranking out random thoughts on college sports with "Off Prompter." This blog - in years past, has mostly harbored my weekly picks for college football. But since my loyal fan base seems to be going crazy without me, I'll begin posting other ideas to help quench your thirst.

Alow me to begin with my general picks. For some reason, I've overlooked picking my national and conference champions, Heisman winner, best at each position and so on. Since I love making picks, why not make the ultimate picks and look back with pride and glory?

So, let's get "Blog Season" going with the pick of all picks...my 2008-'09 BCS National Champion:

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( archive ) Posted by Amsinger at 10:17 AM | Comment

Off Prompter

The Blog is Back!!!!
08/06/08

Ladies and Gents,

I'm back.

Boy did I miss cranking out random thoughts on college sports with "Off Prompter." This blog - in years past, has mostly harbored my weekly picks for college football. But since my loyal fan base seems to be going crazy without me, I'll begin posting other ideas to help quench your thirst.

Alow me to begin with my general picks. For some reason, I've overlooked picking my national and conference champions, Heisman winner, best at each position and so on. Since I love making picks, why not make the ultimate picks and look back with pride and glory?

So, let's get "Blog Season" going with the pick of all picks...the team that's going to win it all.

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( archive ) Posted by Amsinger at 10:17 AM | Comment

The Red Zone

2008 Bowl Forecast
07/11/08

So I gave this thing - thing being predicting the matchups of every bowl game - a try last summer and to say I failed miserably would be putting it mildly.

I didn't predict one bowl game correctly and I only had four teams in the correct bowl.

So thinking that I can't possibly do any worse this time around I gave it another shot. And this year we've got two new bowl games. So for better or worse - probably worse - here's your 2008 Bowl Forecast, in reverse chronological order.

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( archive ) Posted by Adam Caparell at 10:12 AM | Comment

Extra Innings

Sunday Summations- Some Post-Season Extras
07/07/08

FRESNO'S BILLBOARD---
Yep, it's up already. Fresh on the heels of the 'Dogs winning the whole enchilada, here's a look at Fresno State's version of "The Intimidator" they've already erected at Pete Beiden Field on the Bulldog campus:
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It's now officially been 11 days since the 4th-seeded (in regionals) Bulldogs beat the 8th-seeded (nationally) Dawgs to claim the school's second-ever national championship. So really now, has it "sunk in" with you yet? (I always love that phrase.). Since then, Mike Batesole has picked up a couple of national coach of the year honors, Tommy Mendonca has already made some incredible plays at 3rd base for Team USA and most of us stitch-heads have wished it was still college baseball season.

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( archive ) Posted by Eric Sorenson at 04:35 PM | Comments (3)

Extra Innings

CWS, Day 12: In Pictures
06/26/08

Fresno State is our 2008 National Champion in baseball. I'm still trying to wrap my head around that one, but it's for real. The Wunderdogs rebounded from a crushing 7-6 defeat on Monday night to blitz past Georgia in two straight games, 19-10 and 6-1. So now the big brass ring is taking up residence with the pride of the San Joaquin Valley.

In the meantime, shut off the lights on the old man on the hill for another 50 weeks as the stadium known as "Mecca" closes up shop for college baseball until next June. Here are some lasting images from the final day of the (long) College World Series.

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(See you next June Johnny Rosenblatt. I'll miss you.)

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( archive ) Posted by Eric Sorenson at 10:21 AM | Comments (1)

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CWS, Day 12: It's Fresno!
06/26/08

THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
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... and that ONE is Fresno State!
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(Bulldoggin' it. The Fresno players show the hardware on the pitcher's mound in Rosenblatt after beating Georgia 6-1 to win the school's first baseball national championship.)

And you thought Oregon State in 2006 was shocking.

What the bloody hell is going on in college baseball these days? Four seeds winning the brass ring? Guys that hit .256 slamming home six RBI? A starting pitcher actually going more than seven innings in the CWS? A guy that went 0-for-4 getting named the MVP?

But amidst all the chaos, let me just say this: This is Steve Detwiler's world, we're just living in it. The Sophomore from Forest Knolls, California turned this into his own main stage tonight, tearing the cover off everything the Georgia pitching staff had to offer to lead his fellow Dogs to a win on this humid, sticky night.

Oh and I guess he'd go ahead and share the world with Justin Wilson too, since the Bulldog starter threw 129 pitches, giving up just five hits and one run and striking out nine in a dominating role.

In other words, it's just one of those nights that makes legends out of student-athletes.

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( archive ) Posted by Eric Sorenson at 01:51 AM | Comments (1)

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CWS, Day 11: In Pictures
06/25/08

THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES.
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It didn't look good early on - the weather that is. But once the rain began to taper off we were treated to one of the more bizarre games in this 2008 College World Series. Fresno comes roaring, and I mean ROARING, from behind to pull out a football-like, 19-10 win. So now we move on to a third and final game on Wednesday night.

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(An hour before game time, the grounds crew was trying to soak up the lake that had formed on the warning track behind home plate.)

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( archive ) Posted by Eric Sorenson at 09:23 AM | Comments (1)

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CWS, Day 11: Fresno bites back
06/25/08

THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES.
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In the words of John Candy from Planes, Trains and Automobiles, "Oh, these dogs are barkin'!"
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Did I not say in my preview with Doug Kroll that there's no way you should count out the Fresno State Bulldogs? No way on Eddie Albert's Green Acre should you. These dogs are doing more than just barkin', they're bearing their teeth and frothing at the mouth now.

Late Night at Rosenblatt Stadium saw the most unlikely of teams make a rather most unlikely turnaround in game two tonight, plating six runs in the 3rd, five runs in the 4th and four runs in the 5th inning to turn what looked like a certain defeat into a laugher.

Then again, if we've learned anything from this CWS, it is that you should never count anyone out.

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( archive ) Posted by Eric Sorenson at 02:53 AM | Comment

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CWS, Day 10: In Pictures
06/24/08

THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
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You know it's a big event if luminaries like Warren Buffet, Nolan Ryan, Augie Garrido and Mark Richt are in attendance. So here's a handful of pics from the first day of the championship series (and what seems like the 27th day of the CWS in total):

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(Warren Buffet and Nolan Ryan walk out of the hallway that leads from the press box. I think Nolan was actually there just to pick up the money trail that Warren was leaving as he walked.)

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( archive ) Posted by Eric Sorenson at 10:46 AM | Comment

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CWS, Day 10: Fresno blinks, Georgia one game from title
06/24/08

THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES:
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After struggling through injuries and back-to-back games, you just got the feeling that there were only so many quality throws from the mound that Fresno had in them tonight. In the eighth inning, that proved true as the well ran dry.

For the third time in the CWS, Georgia made another comeback win a reality. The never-say-die Junkyard Dogs plated four runs in the bottom of the 8th to counter the three runs FSU had scored a half-inning earlier to pull out a W in game one of the championship series.

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( archive ) Posted by Eric Sorenson at 02:21 AM | Comment

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CWS, Day 9: In Pictures
06/23/08

Do you ever wonder why, when a team gets eliminated and their season comes to an end, you always see so many pictures like this?...
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It's because of scenes like this...
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It might be hard to tell, but there are eight photographers in this picture surrounding the North Carolina dugout at the end of the game just looking for that teary player picture they so crave.

Here are some more pics from Game 13 at Rosenblatt.

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( archive ) Posted by Eric Sorenson at 11:58 AM | Comment

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CWS, Day 9: Fresno wins. Let the bad Dog cliches begin!
06/23/08

Fresno State howls into the championship round with a convincing win.

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(Alan Ahmady is pumped after sliding into home)

You can see the bad puns coming from a mile away. After Fresno's win over UNC tonight, you can just imagine all the horrible headlines with their awful puns that papers and websites will be running tomorrow.

So in that spirit, here is my top five worst Dog vs. Dog championship headline cliches you'll probably see on Monday:

1- It's Dogs vs. Dawgs.

2- It's a dog eat dog world.

3- Best in show: Dogs vs. Dogs.

4- CWS going to the Dogs.

5- It's one Dog-gone good finale.

Dishonorable Mention:
Welcome to the Michael Vick Invitational.

Let me just say that it's amazing that Fresno is sitting where it is now. After spending the entire final month of the season (five weekends) on the road, they've built up quite a callus for tough games and tough situations. Look closely people, we may be looking at one of the toughest-minded teams that's ever been in Omaha. And here's how they got there tonight.

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( archive ) Posted by Eric Sorenson at 10:49 AM | Comments (1)

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CWS, Day 8: In Pictures
06/22/08

Georgia wins and waits. While Fresno and Carolina play another great game. In the meantime, I had the shudderbug thing biting me, so here are a few more pictures from Saturday's double-header at Rosenblatt.

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(Gotcha! Everytime I pointed my camera toward this little kid, he would immediately duck down behind his father. Finally, I held up a piece of candy and he emerged from his hiding place... snap! Got the picture I wanted of the young Miami fan.)

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( archive ) Posted by Eric Sorenson at 11:07 AM | Comment

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CWS, Day 8: Bulldogs win. Bulldogs lose.
06/22/08

One Bulldog wins. One Bulldog plays again.

In Day eight of the 2008 College World Series, Georgia got the W. Fresno got the lump of coal. We now go to Sunday with another Fresno State-North Carolina matchup to decide who will play the Junkyard Dogs for the national title.

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(Along with this home run trot, Ryan Pielsel also scored the run that put Georgia up for good earlier in the win over Stanford.)

Georgia beat Stanford 10-8 and North Carolina beat upstart Fresno State 4-3. Here's a quick run-through of what happened at Rosenblatt Stadium today.

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( archive ) Posted by Eric Sorenson at 03:21 AM | Comment

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CWS, Day 7: Ladies & Gents, Billionaire Warren Buffet's house
06/21/08

Here's Day 7 in pictures from Omaha. And since it was a single game that didn't start until 6pm, I was able to spend the day finding out where billionaire Warren Buffet lived. Here you go...

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Kind of non-descript, huh? I was expecting something like Montgomery Burns on The Simpsons, replete with 30-foot fences, ravenous guard dogs and constantly ominous skies. Nope.

Instead, it's totally open, no fence, no guards, no nothing. Hell, if I was one of those Mormon missionaries, I could walk right up and knock on his door.

Now for more Day 7 pictures...

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( archive ) Posted by Eric Sorenson at 01:40 PM | Comments (1)

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