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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Nearing the end of the road.....


Welcome to Rosenblatt stadium, home of the college world series.  Since 1950 the NCAA baseball champion has been crowned on this field.  It's a tournament with a long history and quite a bit of tradition.  It's a tournament that I look forward to as much, if not more, than any other.  What makes it even more enjoyable for me is that my wife gets into the games just as much as I do.  Every June we look forward to picking a team and following them through the tourney.

The most exciting baseball that I have ever seen played has been while watching the CWS.  The passion that these kids play with, in my opinion, is unmatched by anything I have seen in the pros.  Miraculous comebacks, walk off home-runs, small ball, amazing glove work, you name it, it's all a part of the CWS year in and year out.

The teams have advanced, the stage has been set, and on Saturday the tournament will begin.  As I pick my team I have decided to try to involve some of you as well.  Since I am so excited and also feeling generous I thought that I would borrow the idea from Amanda and Vanessa and offer a free give-away of my own.

This is the deal.  Pick a team.  If the team you pick wins the series I will give you and a guest free tickets to go take in an Orem Owlz baseball game.  I know it's not much, but it's something and it's free.

If you win and are feeling a little more daring, you can trade in your free tickets to the game for a secret prize. (It's cheesy, I know.  Bare with me though)  There is a catch with the secret prize however.  It's a bigger, better prize but it would not be free (discounted, but not free).  I can't advertise what it is, but  it would involve you and a guest traveling to see a baseball game somewhere outside of Orem, Utah.  I will give more details to whomever wins.  

All I ask in return is that a picture is given to me to post on this blog of you enjoying the baseball game.  Not too much to ask, right? 

Rules of the contest.  
1.  You have until the first pitch of the first game to pick your team.  After which, the contest is closed. (Saturday, June 14, 12:00 noon)

2.  For tie breaking purposes, I also need you to pick three other things.  

The final two teams will play in a three game series.  Tell me which game your team will win the best of three playoff, whether it's the second or third game.  

Tell me also the final margin of victory in the very last game without going over. 

Lastly, guess who their final opponent will be. (pick wisely)

Example:
Stanford, 2nd game, 10 points, North Carolina 

3.  I would like to limit this to people I know.  I know on Vanessa's give-away she had people introducing themselves in their comments.  If I don't know you, sorry.  Introduce yourself and next time you can join.  I'm not saying you have to have been my best friend from childhood but I would have like to have at least met you.  And, if you are one of my best friends from childhood, sorry but no preferential treatment.  

Sound fair?     

The teams are:

Bracket #1 
Stanford
Florida State
Georgia
Miami

Bracket #2 
Fresno State
Rice
LSU
North Carolina

Good Luck!


College World Series Experience

14 comments:

SittinDeadRed said...

My pick:

Rice (they wear a shade of blue), 3rd game, 4 points, against Florida State.

June 10, 2008 2:07 AM

Spread goodness. said...

I am going to say North Carolina (another shade of blue), 3rd game, 6 runs against the Stanford Cardinal.

Fat One said...

I am in for sure, I will post my picks as soon as I do a little research, U of A and ASU are gone, so I have to dig a little bit deeper

Tikes said...

I don't know who Spread Goodness is...but they are wise. SDR knows I will pick UNC every day of the week. We should have had it the last couple of years, but this year we are breaking through.

I will also let you know, that I will PASS on the Orem tickets when I win them.

1) North Carolina wins it all, they will beat Miami in the 3rd game of the series by 2 runs. I will watch it and scream like a girl....even louder than the PING! of the metal death sticks they use to hit with.

Anonymous said...

You don't know me, but I am a friend of a friend of a friend. So I'm not eligible? What the @%&*?!?

SittinDeadRed said...

You're right. I don't know you.

Kade & Kendal's Mom said...

Florida State, 3rd game, 4 points, against Rice.

SittinDeadRed said...

V-nes,

You don't have to stay anonymous, you can give us a pick if you want too. I had a feeling it was either you or E.

Vanessa said...

I didn't mean to freak everyone in the Edwards family out. We'll nail down our pick asap. :)

Agent_Scarn said...

Miami, 3rd game, 2 points, North Carolina

Fat One said...

agent scarn is wise, I have Miami, 2nd game, 3 points, No Carol

34/31 said...

Miami, Game three, 3 points over Florida State

Spread goodness. said...

Just wanted to tell everyone that they are "runs", and not "points".
I think they are called points in Ping Pong!!

SittinDeadRed said...

Very good "point" Jon. I'll take the blame for that one.