Why You Should Watch the College World Series
There are multiple reasons to watch, but here are our top three:
1) North Carolina pitchers Andrew Miller and Daniel Bard, both of whom will be coming to a major league ballpark near you. They were selected No. 6 (by the Tigers) and No. 28 (Red Sox) respectively in MLB's First-Year Player Draft earlier this month.
2) Oregon State pitcher Jonah Nickerson, who is 12-2 in his last 16 starts, including a two-hit masterpiece against Rice on two days rest to advance the Beavers to the Finals. The hard-throwing right-hander was drafted by the Tigers in the seventh round. His baseball hero: David Wells.
3) Tradition. The CWS has been held at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium since 1950. Part celebration of baseball, part carnival, the Series attracts over 200,000 fans and turns Omaha, Nebraska into one of the unlikeliest sports hotbeds in the nation. If you don't believe us, check out this story.
Those are just three reasons. Do you have any more?
Why would a player foolishly risk millions of dollars and a life most people covet? Do elite athletes think they're invincible in their prime and why do they take such risks? What other examples can you think of and what can be done to prevent people from destroying their careers?
Choke like Phil
Phil's epic collapse got us thinking: What memorable Michelsonian collapses from the college sports hemisphere stand out most in your mind? FSU kickers seem to have a foothold on the category, but the parallel analogy in our minds is Maryland's two choke jobs against Duke in 2001. In their first meeting, Duke erased a 10-point deficit with a minute to play as Jason Williams scored eight points in 13-seconds and later that year in the NCAA tournament, Duke methodically erased a 22-point deficit eventually stomping the Terps 95-84 to advance to the championship game.
What other college sports choke jobs had the Michelson, rather than the Midas, touch?
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