June 18, 2012
"Ask yourself, do you know what beef is?"
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The late start of Saturday's game pushed a lot of work back to Sunday, and then there was practice on Sunday afternoon, but I remained undaunted. Joined by friends/confidantes/beat members Darryl Slater, Michael Haney and one of Michael's friends, my visage once again brightened the darkened interior of The Drover.
How too, too divine. Absolutely magnificent. Prices were raised a bit, but nobody's lost their touch on how to grill a side of beef.
We ignored all of the sinners who ordered ketchup or A-1 with their steaks, soaking in the true ingredients of The Drover's wares. The resulting meat coma should have had me soundly sleeping until the start of tonight's 9 p.m. game with Arkansas, but we are re-starting another USC beat writer Omaha tradition — the day-of game of catch.
* If you missed it, Colby Holmes is feeling good about facing the Razorbacks. He didn't face them in the regular season due to being injured, but it's not like scouting reports aren't available. Speaking of those, Holmes isn't a huge fan of poring over every detail of a report, preferring to go by instinct on the mound. Hard to argue with him after his last three starts, other than the SEC tournament.
* No decision on who starts tonight, between Grayson Greiner/Dante Rosenberg and Erik Payne/another DH. If I had to guess, I'd say Rosenberg and Connor Bright, with Bright being the most likely option. But that's just me.
* These 9 p.m. starts are hell for a writer. Taken with the extra time between half-innings, the numerous pitching changes and such, we're not leaving the park until 2 or 3 a.m. Not sure why ESPN felt that European soccer held more precedence than American collegiate baseball, forcing the programming switch, and I also don't understand the willingness to let TV call the shots. But at least the Euro-Cross The Pond Kickball Challenge will be gone after this year, which hopefully will put College World Series times back to where they need to be (2 and 7 p.m.)