Battle of America’s hottest teams in Omaha tonight, MSU-Indiana

Omaha Dawgs preview from HailState. Bob has been on fire lately with great piece after great piece.


Tonight, two of the hottest teams in the country will face off on ESPN2.

Naturally, any team in the World Series is playing well, but Mississippi State and Indiana are a combined 21-3 in their last 12 games each.

Dating back to their the final regular season game against South Carolina, the Bulldogs are 10-2, while the Hoosiers have gone on a red-hot 11-1 streak as they enter game two of the College World Series, including a 6-0 run to date in the postseason.

“The key is who gets hot at the right time,” senior MSU pitcher Kendall Graveman said. “For us, right now, we’re kind of rolling. Not only the physical part of it, but mentally, we get down in a game, we’re like, ‘Man, we’re gonna be OK. We’ll be able to come back.’ We’ve done it for the last month.”

Such has been the story for MSU…

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I know this isn’t typical of something I put on 3rdAnd57 but I have never heard of bow hunting woodchucks. As stated in the article, many whitetail hunters are anxious for fall and this is something to do in the summer. Woodchuck steaks anyone?


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Most woodchuck hunters use firearms.  But, some fall to hunting archers in search of some summer hunting as preparation for the fall white-tailed deer season.

The woodchuck is the third largest rodent in North America.  Only the beaver and porcupine are larger. There are no exact figures as to what the seasonal harvest is in number of animals taken by hunters.

An adult animal will be 20 to 25 inches in length from the tip of his nose to the end of his short bushy tail.  In the early part of the year, they will weigh 6 or 7 pounds.  By the end of hunting season, in the fall, they could weigh twice that much in order to make it through hibernation.

Coloration varies from yellowish brown to a dark reddish brown with a grizzled effect due to the lighter tips of the hair.  They have a stout body with…

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10 years worth the wait for Mississippi State baseball

Another must read from Bob. Seems like everything he does is a “must read”.


In few places are the lives of fans and a team so intertwined as Mississippi State and its faithful baseball following.

As MSU’s entire team walked the full length of the fences along the first base line, outfield and third base line, shaking hands, high-fiving and even hugging strangers-turned-family after a Regional championship, the bond was clear.

Often, after big wins, fans rush the field. They didn’t on Monday night, so the Bulldogs went to them. 6’5”, 275-pound first baseman Wes Rea was diving over the fence, halfway into the stands, embracing fans and yelling in triumph.

It had been 10 years since MSU hosted an NCAA Regional, and six since the last time Dudy Noble Field held postseason baseball of any kind.

Entering the 2013 season with both hype and one of the toughest schedules in the country, many on the outside connected MSU to the College World Series…

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