June 30, 2007

Box Score Of The Day -- June 30th

Last day in June. We found this video and wanted to post it. If you remember "Cha-Ching" you are a true fan of America's Team. It's a loss, but today's box score was the first ever Saints game for one of us. Almost two decades of losing to the 49ers sucked, it's nice to see that the Saints have won 5 of the last 6. 49ers 13, Saints 12.

A Very Cool Overlooked NBA Draft Fact

As we have mentioned before, we also like to follow LSU sports (one of us admittedly much more than the other). So it is very awesome, and has heretofore gone unnoticed, that Glen "Big Baby" Davis went to Seattle in the draft along with KD.

Two of our favorite players from our two favorite schools will now be teammates. Go Sonics!

NOTE: We apparently missed the fact that Big Baby was traded to Boston. A nice consolation prize for Bill Simmons we suppose.

June 29, 2007

Box Score Of The Day -- June 29th

Along the theme of TJ Ford games we rather enjoyed, this one may take the cake. It was the only time we rushed the court during our time in Austin, and it was Jason Klotz's finest moment (hitting a key hook shot with just over a minute to play). For those that don't remember, OU used to have a good basketball team, and had beaten Texas 8 straight leading up to the game in Austin. That's right, there was a time when Texas had lost to OU 4 straight in football, 8 straight in basketball, the national media said Mack Brown couldn't coach and Rick Barnes was a coaching geinus. We're glad to see times have changed. OU 61, Texas 67.

June 28, 2007


We love Kevin Durant. He won every award imaginable. He probably deserves to have his jersey retired, as apparently UT officials are discussing doing.
Although no official word is expected for months, UT officials are discussing plans to retire Kevin Durant's No. 35 jersey, possibly as early as next season.

That having been said, why are we discussing the retirement of KD's jersey and not Vince Young's? We know UT's "official" policy of only retiring the jersey's of those players who win player of the year awards. Each year the Maxwell Award is given to: The College Player of the Year. You can read it here on their website. TJ deserved it, Ricky deserved it, Earl deserved it, KD will have earned it, but VY has arguably done more for Texas football than any other Longhorn since James Street. It's time to retire #10.

It's Seattle

Just a reminder of why KD to Seattle is a good thing, from the Kevin Durant Mock Draft:
There is a reason that Seattle slipped all the way to the 13th pick. I've never been do the Pacific Northwest, but I understand the weather there is awful. I can't really think of any reason to like Seattle other than the fact that my new roommate is from there. I've never been there, however, and I hate to speak ill of places I've never visited...that's the kind of thing they do in Russia. But the SuperSonics aren't going to be in Seattle much longer. The team was recently bought by a group from Oklahoma City. We all know that Oklahoma sucks, but playing in OKC would put KD only 6 hours from Austin. That's the closest KD could be to The University without playing on one of the Texas teams. Kevin Durant to the OKC SuperSonics could be the steal of the draft.

Box Score Of The Day -- June 28th

Today's the NBA Draft, TJ Ford was drafted, so it made sense to have a TJ-related box score today. Texas vs. Baylor isn't usually the most entertaining game, but 2003 was different. Those that remember TJ's dunk that day still remember it as arguably the finest single play in recent Longhorn basketball history. TJ came from nowhere along the baseline, grabbed a missed shot off the rim with one hand above the rim, and slammed it down. One of us was there, one of us was watching on television, both of us were amazed. Today's box score: Texas 82, Baylor 71.

June 27, 2007

Box Score Of The Day -- June 27th

In honor of tomorrow's NBA Draft, we present arguably Kevin Durant's finest game as a Longhorn. Texas 76, Texas Tech 64. Kevin Durant had 37 points and 23 rebounds, a pretty good night for #35.

June 26, 2007

Kevin Durant: Cover Boy

For the next year or so you're going to have a tough time playing a sports video game without a Longhorn on it. As reported on TexasSports.com, KD was chosen to grace the cover of NCAA '08, joining VY who was chosen as the Madden '08 cover boy. That story led us to this video in which KD explains why he chose to spend a year on the 40 Acres...cool stuff.

Also, in anticipation of the NBA Draft (this Thusrday), we found this awesome ad featuring KD and Gilbert Arenas.

Box Score Of The Day -- June 26th

We heard through the grapevine (read: BON) that one of our favorite Texas exes Nathan Vasher hit the jackpot with the Chicago Bears. Vasher signed a five-year $28 million extension that will keep him in Chicago through 2012. In honor of Vasher's big pay day, today's box score is from one of his biggest moments. This victory kept Texas's chances of a Big XII Championship and BCS game alive (for two more weeks), and continued the Horns dominance of Nebraska in Lincoln. Many of us wondered what the hell Nebraska's offense was doing on the field with under :20 to play in the game and in field goal range. Vasher's INT near the goalline sealed the win. Texas 27, Nebraska 24.

Mike Maroth Goes to Sleep in Detroit, Wakes Up in Hell

We resisted temptation to comment here that Detroit is very close to being in hell anyway. Oops! Guess we just blew it.

So, Mike Maroth got traded to the World Champions from the World Runners-Up and promptly started a game at Shea Stadium. The Newest Cardinal of Them All and his overpowering 82-mph fastball* then proceeded to throw 7.1 innings of 2-hit, one-run ball. And guess what? He left the game in a 1-1 tie because the Cards could only muster one little run despite eight hits. So, of course, Shawn Green (who is currently our least favorite Jewish athlete) won the game on a walk-off solo shot to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning--just the Mets' third hit of the ballgame. Cheering for this year's version of the St. Louis Redbirds is getting more difficult by the day. But somehow we know there is no way we will be able to stop trying--even if the team ownership has.

*Description of Mike Maroth's fastball courtesy Jonathan Brater

June 25, 2007

Box Score Of The Day -- June 25th

68 days left. That means 68 more box scores. With apologies to Jonathan Brater, this game was loads of fun and our first real dance in the big time. Texas 39, Michigan 38.

June 24, 2007

Cards Lose Again

"What? But the Cardinals won yesterday!" You might be thinking to yourself. Or perhaps "Now that I have read the first line of the post, I know that the Cardinals won yesterday and the heading makes no sense." Either way, the headline is about today's 1:15 PM game against Philadelphia, which has not yet taken place.

Call it prescience if you wish. Or, more accurately, you could just call it complaining. But we would like to note that, assuming the Cardinals do lose today, you heard it here first! How do we know that the Cardinals are going to lose today?

Kip Wells: Bad Pitcher, or The Worst Pitcher?

Kip Wells is pitching. That's how. Kip did earn a win the other night in relief, which is encouraging until you realize two important facts:
1. Wins and Losses by a pitcher is the most overrated, useless stat in baseball
2. He's starting today. The Cardinals lose when Kip Wells starts.

But hey, we've been wrong before. Maybe the Champions will manage to score 16 runs off the Phillies' Cole Hamels and his 3.82 ERA.

Box Score Of The Day -- June 24th

Yesterday's 77-0 box score got us thinking that there really was only one box score for today. We'll probably never again see a conference championship game as lopsided as this one. Texas stopped playing the game less than halfway through the third quarter. Colorado QB Joel Klatt got hit so hard by Drew Kelson that he didn't blink while being walked from the field to the sideline once he could stand, and Texas scored its 10 touchdowns in the first 11 possessions. Good times: Texas 70, Colorado 3.

June 23, 2007

Box Score Of The Day -- June 23rd

Continuing on the theme of non-Texas games that made us smile, today's box score set the standard for beating the crap out of Texas A&M. Plus it gave us a reason to post the picture above. Poor aggies indeed.

June 22, 2007

Box Score Of The Day -- June 22nd

We're posting today's box score of the day simply because it made us happy. Aaron Rodgers once said:

"I thought it was a little classless how Coach Brown was begging for votes after the [Texas A&M] game," Rodgers said. "I think a team's record and the way you play should speak for itself, and you shouldn't have to complain about the BCS system. Coach Tedford isn't going to, although he's frustrated just like we are. I think we're a bigger team, classier than that."
We aren't here to talk about the past, but we definitely enjoyed Texas Tech 45, Cal 31

June 21, 2007

Box Score Of The Day -- June 21st

We haven't really gone old school in our box scores of the day posts, so we're going to do that today. Until the 2006 Rose Bowl this was probably the biggest and most famous football game in UT history. While we were over at BON we called a book written about the game our favorite UT-related book out there. Today's box score: Texas 15, Arkansas 14.

June 20, 2007

A Brand Spanking New Saints Blog

We love the Saints. When they won the playoff game this year, we were happy. One of us even won $500 bucks on one spin of roulette betting on #26 for Deuce that night at Harrah's. It was awesome. We were obviously excited, therefore, when Peter told us about Canal Street Chronicles, a new blog dedicated to our very favorite NFL team. If you like America's Team as much as we do, please stop by over there. Who Dat!

Box Score Of The Day -- June 20th

Today's box score is more personal than most. We've fancied ourselves Saints fans since long before we started this blog, and this box score was about the only really great memory we had until this season. Plus it really signified the downfall of Kurt Warner's career. Saints 31, Rams 28.

St. Louis....... 7 0 0 21 -- 28
New Orleans... 0 10 7 14 -- 31

June 19, 2007

The Curious Case Of Anthony Jones

Apparently over the weekend five-star basketball recruit Anthony Jones committed to Texas A&M. The Horns didn't recruit Jones hard and he represented a coup for the Aggies. Then the story got strange.

Jones decommitted ($$$) yesterday, with his mom saying he was coerced into signing with A&M. The story, according to a very knowledgeable poster at HornFans is:

The mom wasn't pushing him anywhere. Anthony Jones got hooked up with some shady characters who are in a position you'd normally look to for advice and counselling. They took Jones on an unscheduled visit to College Station --- Jones had committed to participating in Baylor's Elite Camp --- and basically kept him there until he committed. Anthony's Mom had every right to be pissed off. This isn't a parent with an agenda, at least none that is clear at this point. This is a parent rightfully upset that her son was maneuvered in a way where it seemed he had no choice regarding his decision.

You can read the full account here. All we have to say is 'wow'! We aren't sure how this situation will end but it is a welcome entertaining respite from offseason boredom.

Box Score Of The Day -- June 19th

Today's box score comes from our very first Texas football game attended in person. At the time we were very impressed with a 27-0 victory. In retrospect, not so much. Texas 27, North Texas 0.

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
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North Texas......... 0 0 0 0 - 0
Texas............... 14 13 0 0 - 27

June 18, 2007

Bigger Than Ziggy...?

Sometime this week we passed one of our earliest influences with regards to blogging, ZiggyBackRide. At present he is at 12,215 hits while we are a far more impressive 12,382. Passing Ziggy makes us feel like we have arrived; after all we have more hits than the former Funniest Person in Memphis. In appreciation for all he's done for us (like picking one of us up at the Memphis airport when Northwest Airlines drops the ball), we'd like to introduce you all to the comedy stylings of Michael Danziger below. Enjoy.

We're In

Peter and Orson have released Elevated Discourse: A Proposal, a set of guidelines for college football fans to follow. Naturally throughout the sports blogosphere the question is being asked: "what will 40 Acre Sports say?" Well...

Rabble Rabble Rabble Rabble Rabble Rabble Rabble!

We agree with all of the rules for discourse. Among our favorites:

3. We will abstain from constructing an All-American team (this is mostly because we are too lazy to attempt one anyway).

5. When referring to a team's ranking, we will use the BlogPoll.

15. We will limit our complete ad hominem hatred of a coach to one man and one man only. (Stoops)

16. We couldn't care less about season-end awards.

And most importantly:

17. We are fans of the game, above all else.

75 days people.

Box Score Of The Day -- June 18th

Our box score for today is in honor of the College World Series, which is apparently going on without Texas. Here's to hoping we can get back on track next season...Texas 6, Florida 2

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Florida 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 6 1
Texas 0 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 X 6 10 0
W: Kyle McCulloch L: Bryan Ball

June 17, 2007

Happy Fathers Day

In case they didn't think the gift certificate to Starbucks was not enough, we wanted to wish our dads a Happy Fathers Day.

It's your fault that we're using our free time on this blog as opposed to going outside and being social.

Box Score Of The Day -- June 17th

Today's box score wasn't pretty. On the surface it was a four point victory over a crappy Kansas team. It could be argued, however, that this victory paved the way for the national championship to come the next season. Moreover it gave us this play:

Today's box score: Texas 27, Kansas 23

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
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Texas............... 0 7 6 14 - 27
Kansas............ 3 6 0 14 - 23

June 16, 2007

For Your Offseason Viewing Pleasure

We're REALLY looking forward to Monday, September 24th on ESPN. Until then, enjoy this highlight video of VY and RB's rookie seasons.

Box Score Of The Day -- June 16th

Anyone who was there surely remembers the five scariest minutes of their lives occurred when TJ Ford picked up his fourth foul halfway through the second half. Terrell Ross performed valiantly, that is to say Texas ended up winning, and the rest is history.

Today's box score: Texas 82, Connecticut 78

1 2 T
#5 Connecticut 38 40 78
#1 Texas 44 38 82

June 15, 2007

Maybe Just This Once

The NBA Finals were terrible. For the most part boring, low scoring, predictable contests. We've seen plays that were more exciting than that series...honest to god, plays! The one good (for non-Spurs fans) thing that came out of this mess is the t-shirt below. We're sure there's a double meaning but can't quite figure it out. Apparently it was seen on ABC last night, we're still looking for a screen shot and will post when found.

Box Score Of The Day -- June 15th

Just remember, we've won two straight...

Today's box score: Texas 28, OU 10

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
----------------- -- -- -- -- -----
Texas............... 7 0 14 7 - 28
Oklahoma ..........0 10 0 0 - 10

June 14, 2007

A Rant on Kip Wells

We don't spend much time at the computer these days, as you may have noticed. With summer camp just getting into full swing and dealing with things as they come up, this just isn't a great season for blogging. Which works out nicely, since it's the off-season. But here's the problem: when we do look online for our quick sports fix, we want good news. And on nights when Kip Wells pitches, there's no hope of that.

If you want true, knowledgeable analysis of the Cards' young arms in the farm system, you'll need to visit Viva el Birdos. But we're just saying: there's got to be SOMEONE who might possibly, one day, maybe be a decent major league pitcher in Memphis right now. As this is going up on the blog, the World Champions trail 9-4 after two (2) innings at Kansas City. In case you're having trouble, that's nine runs in two innings for the Royals. The Royals. Yes, the Royals. After climbing back into the race in what is clearly baseball's worst division, the Champs are staring right in the face of losing 2-of-3 against the cross-state bums on I-70. When you are trying to get back into a race that you've woefully failed to sniff for most of the season, you have simply got to beat the bad teams and steal some from the good. The Cardinals can't even beat a bad one this week. And would you like to know why?

You guessed it! Kip Wells. Kip started tonight's ballgame and didn't make it out of the 2nd. The Royals scored 8 runs in the bottom half of the second. Mind you, St. Louis already has 4 runs through two frames. That's pretty good, if Roger Clemens' wife--or someone half as talented--is pitching. But with Wells on the mound, any run total under three digits is unsafe. The fact is, Wells now has 10 losses on the season, and unless the bats and bullpen bail him out tonight will make 11. He was the only pickup in a dreadful off-season, but it's time to cut your losses. Someone pitching for the Memphis Redbirds must be ready for at least a few starts until Mulder and/or Carpenter are ready. Yes, the 'Birds are 29-39 and last in their Triple-A division. Yes, they just got swept by Nashville. But there are 2 guys on the Memphis roster--Anthony Reyes and Randy Kiesler--who have at least thrown one decent game at the big league level this year. Anything would be better than a guaranteed loss every 5 days with Wells.

*NOTE: In the time it took to type this post, St. Louis posted 2 in the top of the 3rd to pull within 9-6. Even if they don't end up totally embarrassed tonight--heck, even if they somehow win--our stance on Kip Wells is unchanging. Kip Wells?! Come on.

** FINAL NOTE: Cards lose 17-8, nice to see Alex Gordon over .200...?

Box Score Of The Day -- June 14th

There are 79 days left in the offseason. Some places are giving you countdowns with pictures, we're going to give you a box score. Every day. Until football starts. Each will be a victory from a team we support, each will hopefully remind all of us about a time when stuff was happening and life wasn't so boring.

Today's box score: Texas 41, USC 38

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
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Texas............... 0 16 7 18 - 41
USC................. 7 3 14 14 - 38

June 13, 2007

What About Acie?

As seen on Pardon The Interruption, the Portland Trailblazers have allegedly introduced democracy to their website. The choice is Oden or Durant and they're letting the people decide. KD is facing a...slight...deficit, currently down 79% to 21%. We'd love to see KD end up with Lamarcus, and we're fans of democracy, so go vote for the Trailblazers to draft Kevin.

June 11, 2007

Something To Read Instead Of Stealing A Car

Finding things to write about during this lull in the offseason has been...a bit challenging. In case you haven't heard, Texas safety Robert Joseph was arrested for getting caught in somebody else's car, running away, then getting in a third guy's car.

More bad karma is following the Horns as former Horn Shaun Rogers is under investigation for touching a stripper "inappropriately." Finally, Michigan, one of the two college baseball teams that we've been cheering for, was bounced from the postseason by Oregon State.

Clearly you need something to cheer you up, and the fact that football doesn't start for 81 days isn't helping. It's too soon to start our Texas football preview and too boring to discuss the NBA Finals. We present to you, therefore, arguably the worst college football preseason article ever written: "Texas-sized snubs won't slow McNeal" by Matt Hayes of The Sporting News. Enjoy.

June 10, 2007

Post MLB Draft and More

A few notes and links as we enter the worst part of the offseason...
  • We have adopted Mississippi State and Michigan as our new post-Texas NCAA Tourney favorites. MSU has already qualified for the CWS and Michigan began its run today. You know what sucks? Throwing 8 2/3 of no-hit ball, giving up a single with two outs in the 9th and being the losing pitcher. That's what happened today to Michigan pitcher Zach Putnam today in a 1-0 loss.
  • We know reading Curt Schilling probably isn't the first thing you do when you get out of bed in the morning, but if you'd ever wanted to know what's going through a pitcher's mind as he tries to throw a no-hitter, you should definitely read this.
  • Some Texas related links...Robert Joseph is a moron, Augie thinks Kyle Russell might return, and we're only 83 days from football season.
  • Want to know how bad the summer drought is about to become? The TexasSports.com calendar shows exactly a 2 month hiatus between the Men's Track and Field final meet and Volleyball's opener versus Penn State. It's about to get hot and boring.
  • Finally, we had difficulty finding a fifth piece of news because the offseason sucks, so please entertain yourself with the random kitten generator.

June 8, 2007

MLB Draft -- UPDATE 6/8

Texas baseball fans looking for some good news got some today as not a single Horn or Horn recruit (that we know of) was drafted in the first three rounds. Kyle Russell was the first Horn drafted in the fourth round by St. Louis. Bradley Suttle was the only other Horn drafted in the first four rounds, taken by the Yankees with the last pick of the fourth. Both Suttle and Russell are draft eligible sophomores who have extra leverage to come back for two more years. It wouldn't be inconceivable to see both back in burnt orange next season. Texas baseball could be salty next season, especially if the starting pitching returns. Then again, a tough bracket, tough luck and bad play can end a great season very quickly.

Randy Boone -- drafted 235 to Blue Jays (7th round)
Adrian Alaniz -- drafted 250 to Nationals (8th round)
James Russell -- drafted 427 to Cubs (14th round)
Joseph Krebs -- drafted 439 to Reds (14th round)
Chance Wheeless -- drafted 523 to Diamondbacks (17th round)
Nick Peoples -- drafted 592 to Cardinals (19th round)
Preston Clark -- drafted 995 to Cubs (33rd round)
Kenn Kasparek -- drafted 1027 to Nationals (34th round)

Additionally, the following Texas recruits were drafted:
Brandon Workman -- drafted 107 to Phillies (3rd round)
Runey Davis -- drafted 338 to Pirates (11th round)
Kevin Keyes -- drafted 800 to Rangers (26th round)

June 7, 2007

Think They're Talking About Us?

As if our congrats mean anything to the giants at Every Day Should Be Saturday, we wanted to offer them up regardless. This column entitled "BANDWAGON FAN CAN'T WAIT TO ROOT FOR YOUR TEAM" may be the greatest thing ever written. Included is a Matthew McConaughey dig, some LSU info, and a picture of the crying OU boy. All that was needed was a link to this post to be complete. Enjoy!

June 6, 2007

Baseball Offseason News

The baseball offseason has begun as crappy as the postseason ended. Already the Statesman is reporting that freshmen Josh Prince and Michael Demperio will be leaving the Texas baseball team to transfer "closer to home." Prince was a clutch hitter in the lineup and Demperio added great speed to the base paths. The college baseball offseason is a time of transition and we can only hope that Augie will build a team capable of returning to the College World Series.

A Stroll Around The Internet

A few Longhorn related links for your afternoon reading today.
  • First, from BON's Morning Coffee, Texas had a down year in '06-'07, Taylor Teagarden is lighting up the minors, J.P. Howell had a great season debut, and Kevin Durant didn't look so good last season.
  • College Football News has posted its Texas preview which you can read here. Overall, a pretty fair assesment of Texas's chances in '07.
  • Remember Curtis Thigpen? Well, he has now been called up to the Blue Jays to replace injured first baseman Lyle Overbay. Curtis is the third Longhorn from the 2004 team to play in the Majors...that was a good squad.
  • Finally, the MLB Draft is less than 24 hours away, beginning at 2 PM EST on Thursday. As such, here's a mock draft having Kyle Russell going #24 to the Rangers.

June 5, 2007

Summer Look Ahead

The baseball season has been over for less than 48 hours, and we feel it's important to move on. We present for you, therefore, your summer schedule of important dates and occurrences on this blog and beyond.

Let the summer of George begin!

June 8th:

  • MLB Draft, will Kyle Russell, Adrian Alaniz or James Russell stick around?
  • Ocean's 13 released

June 15th:

  • Nancy Drew released, will we see you there?
  • Something called the College World Series begins sans Texas :(

June 27th:

  • Live Free Or Die Hard released, can it top Nancy Drew?

June 28th:

  • NBA Draft, will Kevin Durant really be asked to pay for part of a new arena?

Late June:

  • 40 Acre Sports will begin its football season preview, does a watched pot really never boil?

July 4th:

  • Happy 231st (or something like that) b-day America

July 10th:

  • MLB All Star Game, 'insert Peter Bean Barry Bonds defense here'

July 13th:

  • Harry Potter released, we probably won't see that one
  • The Yankees will (hopefully) be eliminated from contention, although in all likelihood they will have passed the Red Sox in the standings by now

July 20th:

  • I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry is released, one of us has a cousin in the movie and will be expecting the red carpet treatment
  • Lindsay Lohan playing a stripper probably still won't be enough to get us to see I Know Who Killed Me

July 27th:

  • The Simpsons Movie, 'Tramapoline! Trampopoline!'

Late July:

  • NFL training camp begins, will Robert Meachem ever see the field? Was the Dolphins passing on Drew Brees and trade for Dante Culpeper the worst offseason move ever?

Early August:

  • Texas football summer practice hits full swing, what will Henry Melton do next?

August 3:

  • The Bourne Ultimatum released

August 10:

  • Rush Hour 3 released, will there be an Entourage promo in this movie?

September 1:

  • Life begins anew, Texas v. Arkansas state...our summer of movies, baseball and football practice mercifully ends

June 4, 2007

Well...That Sucked

The Horns were doomed by a combination of bad luck, an unfortunate bracket, and bad play in the Round Rock regional. After reaching the College World Series for five straight seasons, Texas has now failed to reach the super regional round for the second straight year. Football, basketball and baseball had at least somewhat disappointing seasons in 2006-2007, which for Texas fans is the same as successful seasons for other fans. We are now just 89 days away from football season, is it too early to start questioning Greg Davis's second down play calling?

We're Back. And Hopping Mad.

We enjoyed our time over at Burnt Orange Nation, and we hope you guys checked over there and will continue to do so now that we are back home on 40 Acres. Burnt Orange Nation is awesome.

But enough about that. Now we want to complain. Texas received the number 4 national seed in the NCAA baseball tournament, meaning that the Horns were supposed to be slated to win their regional and host a super regional. But Texas received one hell of a draw. The Longhorns got UC Irvine as the 2 seed, Wake Forest as the 3 seed, and Brown as the 4 seed in their regional. Brown turned out to be a handful for both Texas and Wake. Wake is an ACC team with decent credentials which took Texas to 12 innings in the Longhorns' 7-4 elimination game victory yesterday. And UC Irvine is a tiny California school which, like its brethren Pepperdine, CS-Fullerton, San Diego, and Long Beach State, is a very good baseball school. Irvine defeated the Horns 3-1 yesterday with major-league performances from their starting pitcher and outfield. As we write this, Irvine leads 6-5 in the middle of the 7th inning, to be resumed from a rain delay at 1 PM CDT today. If Texas should come back and win, they would then have to win a second game to advance to a Super Regional.

Meanwhile, in Oxford, Ole Miss--who is NOT a top-8 national seed--got a draw of Southern Miss, Troy, and Sam Houston State for its regional. Once again, the NCAA Selection Committee shows it has no idea what it's doing.

To be clear, we understand that to be a champion, you're going to have to beat good teams. We also understand that if Texas can't beat UC-Irvine, then it's unlikely they'd have won in Omaha anyway. However, the number 4 seed is supposed to come with some privileges. Ole Miss did not earn the draw they got. Texas didn't either.