Found June 20, 2012 on Waiting For Next Year:

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“Wait, why am I explaining the Ohio Cup to you? Surely, you are well aware of the history and the pageantry associated with this series of stratospheric import. Now, I’m not going to suggest that the Ohio Cup is somehow commensurate with the Stanley Cup or the World Cup. Those trophies naturally have the benefit of time on their side — something the Ohio Cup, officially instituted in 2008, does not yet possess.

But if you’re compiling your Cup rankings, I’d go ahead and slot the Ohio Cup somewhere in between the Stanley and, say, badmitton’s coveted Ibrahim Rahimatillah Challenger Cup. Long story short: It’s a big deal… Where, exactly, is the Ohio Cup, anyway?” [Castrovince/]


“Kyrie Irving put on a show for the couple hundred fans in attendance. His team played against Ohio State great and future NBA player David Lighty, who also did his part for the fans gathered around the sidelines. Lighty mixed in a couple high flying dunks with some long-range bombs from the corner, and I continue to think the Cavs would be well-served by signing Lighty to a FA deal next season. There was one stretch in the game where Irving took the ball three times into the far corner himself, crossed his guy over a couple times, stepped back, and drilled a three on consecutive trips. That series alone was enough to make me willing to pay to get in, despite the free admission.” [Bowers/Stepien Rules]


This is a great idea for a series. Ranking them though would be tough. I would need more parameters. “That got us thinking about some of the biggest Cleveland sports moments in our lifetime in the pre-blog and social media era, which we are defining as anything before 2004. Because while Syknet may have become self-aware in 1999, sports blogs didn’t become prevalent in town until 2004, the same year Facebook was created, and Twitter did not launch until 2006. So we came up with the 20 biggest sports stories that would have made the Internet blow up in Cleveland had these various social media platforms existed at the time.” [Red Right 88]


“Kent State and Stony Brook came to this College World Series as the party crashers, Cinderellas with remarkable stories who had defeated history and convention and now would be faced with the daunting task of trying to defeat college baseball’s blue bloods.

Stony Brook got bounced in two games. Kent State went flat and got a little overwhelmed in losing to Arkansas 8-1 in its World Series opener, then came back to beat Florida despite walking the bases loaded on 12 straight pitches to start the ninth inning of a one-run game. Just another day at the park that’s led to another day at the park.” [Jackson/FSO]


Finally, the Bobcats will sport new uniforms next season. They are an improvement, but not sure I like the ‘Cats one. [Uniwatch]


Another unlikely hero for Kent State

OMAHA, Neb. As Kent State kept changing relief pitchers late in Monday's College World Series elimination game in a desperate attempt to find one who'd throw a strike and get a Florida batter out, Jason Bagoly watched nervously from a familiar place in the third base dugout. Bagoly's night as a player was done in the bottom of the seventh inning; Kent State's starting...

Life on the edge suits Flashes just fine

OMAHA, Neb. - It was a week ago Wednesday that Kent State centerfielder Evan Campbell -- exactly the kind of smallish, small-town kid who embodies this Kent State baseball team -- peeked out his hotel room window and saw TD AmeriTrade Park, home of the College World Series. Campbell just sat there for a minute, soaking it all in. "We're really here," he said. A week...

Gamecocks Baseball: Kent State Got Roth'd

South Carolina beat Kent State today by the score of 4-1 thanks to Michael Roth, on just four days' rest.Roth (9-1) struck out eight and retired 22 in a row after giving up a RBI single in the second inning. Roth also became the first CWS pitcher to throw a complete game with two hits or fewer since June 6, 1993, and he became the CWS' all-time leader in innings pitched,...

Not leaving just yet

Kent State builds an early lead, then survives the 9th inning to topple the No. 1 Gators 5-4. Golden Flashes will take on South Carolina on Tuesday.

Kent State shocks Florida, advances in CWS

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Winning a game for the first time at the College World Series isn't supposed to easy. Just ask Kent State. The Golden Flashes survived shaky relief pitching to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning and beat Florida 5-4 on Monday. The loss eliminated the top-seeded Gators, who made it to the finals a year ago. "It wasn't the prettiest thing in...

VIDEO: Tanner previews Kent State

OMAHA, Neb. -- South Carolina head coach Ray Tanner discusses Kent State and USC starter freshman lefty Jordan Montgomery.

Kent State's Stricklin on Stunning UF

OMAHA, Neb. -- The Kent State Golden Flashes put together a heart-racer Monday at TD Ameritrade Park, holding on to a 5-4 victory that eliminated the top-seeded Florida Gators from the Men's College World Series. Does this now prove what 'Cinderella' has been preaching all along, that it truly belongs here? Stricklin answers that inside, before reflecting on what lies ahead.

Cinderella Part Two

The College World Series has had it's share of Cinderella's in the past and this year is no exception. Only this time, there have been two, so far. The first Cinderella was Stony Brook who made it to their first College World Series and had fans everywhere rooting for them to win it all. Alas, that slipper did not fit completely and Stony Brook was sent home from the...

Three-Star OL Flips to Temple

Exactly one week after Tyler Haddock switched his commitment from Kent State to Temple, his teammate Matt Barone made a similar move. The three-star offensive lineman flipped for similar reasons, and he details the decision inside.

Rain drenched

OMAHA, Neb. -- South Carolina and Kent State will have to wait another night to play.
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