MSU Fans Can Play Their Part to Beat UVA

MSU Fans Can Play Their Part to Beat UVA

There isn’t a sport where superstition means more to the players and fans than baseball. Before I go any further, I have to credit 247 writer Brooks Roberts with a great story on MSU player’s superstitions that undoubtedly got this topic on my brain. Many fans have certain rituals that they practice for every baseball game in hopes to please the baseball gods to shine favorably on dear ole State. Now we face UVA in a Super Regional and securing a trip to the CWS will require more than the normal rituals. It’s time to sacrifice the theoretical goat.

The day of the regional championship, I ate at PF Changs and my fortune cookie’s first listed lucky number was 17. I was then nervous. After the game I realized my nervous nature was unwarranted because baseball is America’s game and Chinese superstition did not apply. It’s time for MSU fans to do their part and fully embrace some extra American superstitions for each day of our series with UVA.

Saturday- Every single June 8th is National Best Friends Day. It is described as “Best Friend Day is a time to enjoy and appreciate your best friend. It’s a day to honor and cherish the relationship.” This one is easy. Watch game 1 with your best friend. No excuses, no exceptions. Even if you are such an unfortunate soul that your best friend is the bartender at Applebee’s, go grab a seat, order a tall bear, and feel comfort in that even though you are basking in loneliness, you are helping the Bulldogs get to Omaha.

Sunday- June 9th happens to be National Donald Duck Day celebrating the first time he stole our cartoon hearts on June 9th, 1934. This one is a bit more difficult. I’m sure your local Walmart has some sort of Donald Duck memorabilia that will appease the baseball gods. For bonus points, his little known middle name is “Fauntleroy” that could be a great secret weapon to employ when a timely hit is needed or a defensive pickle MSU could be facing in the middle innings.

Monday- June 10th is always National Iced Tea Day. This should be very easy for everyone to execute. One of the listed medicinal values of ice tea is that its soothing and relaxing. If the series makes it to Monday it’s almost guaranteed that many fans will be in full panic and it may require a Long Island Iced Tea which I’m assuming the baseball gods will be ok with.

Ok MSU fans. I’ve supplied y’all with the tools you need to make this happen and get to Omaha. Just know that if you do not follow these suggestions, you do that at the risk of the blown opportunity to advance #HailState nation.

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Ron Polk’s Legend vs Results

Ron Polk’s Legend vs Results

Heading into Sunday of the Starkville Regional, John Cohen’s 45 win squad is in a great position to advance. It’s amazing seeing the job rebuilding that Cohen has done. Despite the on field proof, there are still Ron Polk loyalist who aren’t yet sold on Cohen but they get quieter by the day.

For reference, at 29 years of age I only remember the tail end of Polk I. I remember more of Polk II and his war with the NCAA. I’m very appreciative of him but I don’t have that undying, unmatchable love for Polk that some of the older MSU fans do. I reference that to show why when I hear older fans takes jabs at Cohen, especially while succeeding, and bring up Polk it irritates me a bit.

Yesterday I ran across this post on EliteDawgs.com by Coach34 (@wool34) that really put what I’ve been laying out into perspective, particularly the fan quote at the end.

I’m always amazed at how much bigger the legend of Polk is than the results

So many people act like the only success State ever had in baseball was under Polk- and that he had some incredible career at State. While he had a very good career, I’ve always thought he underachieved immensely. He got to State a time when no other SEC programs really cared about baseball- yet couldnt dominate or even come anything close to something like Bertman did at LSU. .

State won 4 SEC titles in the 11 years before Polk was hired- Polk only won 4 SEC titles in 28 years. We have 16 overall titles

Polk did win 5 of our 7 SEC Tourney titles- but the Tourney didnt begin until 1977 when Polk was coach

Polk only won 6 out of 20 Regionals in 28 years….Tomorrow will be our 12th Regional win overall-33 total NCAA appearances

6 CWS appearances in 28 years at State with a 6-12 record (2 other CWS with Georgia and Georgia Southern- going 1-4….7-16 in CWS overall)

Just something I checked out after one of our fans said- “Ron Polk built MSU baseball, he had the right to tear it down”…maybe the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen or heard one of our fans say- and that is saying a lot.”

Regional Action Back at The Dude

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For the first time since 2003 and the 12th time in school history, MSU gets to host a regional at famed Dudy Noble Park. It’s been a long drought that has frustrated many Bulldog fans but Coach John Cohen’s team was able to battle through a brutal conference slate and earn the hosting nod. MSU owns all 10 of the top 10 attendances in college baseball so I’d expect record crowds in Starkville. Here’s the NCAA’s release which also details the pairings and remaining selections:

INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced the 16 regional sites for the 67th annual NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.

The 16 regional sites, with host institutions and records (through May 26) are as follows:

2013 DIVISION I BASEBALL REGIONAL HOSTS
CITY, STATE VENUE HOST (RECORD)
Baton Rouge, La. Alex Box Stadium LSU (52-9)
Blacksburg, Va. English Field Virginia Tech (38-20)
Bloomington, Ind. Bart Kaufman Field Indiana (43-14)
Chapel Hill, N.C. Boshamer Stadium North Carolina (52-8)
Charlottesville, Va. Davenport Field Virginia (47-10)
Columbia, S.C. Carolina Stadium South Carolina (39-18)
Corvallis, Ore. Goss Stadium Oregon State (45-10)
Eugene, Ore. PK Park Oregon (45-14)
Fullerton, Calif. Goodwin Field Cal State Fullerton (48-8)
Los Angeles, Calif. Jackie Robinson Stadium UCLA (39-17)
Louisville, Ky. Jim Patterson Stadium Louisville (46-10)
Manhattan, Kan. Tointon Family Stadium Kansas State (41-17)
Nashville, Tenn. Hawkins Field Vanderbilt (51-9)
Raleigh, N.C. Doak Field North Carolina State (44-14)
Starkville, Miss. Dudy Noble Field Mississippi State (43-17)
Tallahassee, Fla. Dick Howser Stadium Florida State (44-15)
*Record through May 25.
By virtue of being awarded a regional, all 16 host institutions have also been selected to the 64-team championship field.

Each regional field features four teams, playing in a double-elimination format. All 16 regionals are scheduled to be conducted May 31 through June 3.

Two institutions are hosting for the 20th time or more as Florida State leads the list of schools with 30 and LSU with 21. South Carolina is hosting for the 15th time. Mississippi State (12th) and Cal State Fullerton (11th) are the only other institutions to host 10 or more times since the NCAA went to the regional format in 1975.

North Carolina is hosting for the eighth time, while Virginia is hosting a regional for the seventh time and UCLA is hosting for the fifth time. North Carolina State and Oregon State are hosting for the fourth time, while Louisville and Vanderbilt for the third time. Oregon is hosting for the second time, while rounding out the list and hosting for the first time are Indiana, Kansas State, and Virginia Tech.

Eight institutions (Florida State, LSU, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oregon, South Carolina, UCLA and Virginia) also hosted in 2012.

The ACC leads the way with five hosts, the SEC has four, and the Pac-12 has three. The Big East, Big 12, Big Ten and Big West each have one school hosting.

The remaining at-large teams, top-eight national seeds, first-round regional pairings and site assignments will be announced at noon ET Monday. The one-hour program will be shown live on ESPNU. The committee will set the entire 64-team bracket through both the super regionals and the first round of the College World Series, and will not reseed the field after play begins.

Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be announced June 3 at approximately 11 p.m. ET.

There are 30 Division I conferences which will receive an automatic berth in the field of 64, along with 34 at-large selections. The 67th College World Series begins play June 15 at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Neb.