Congrats to O'Sullivan and our baseball team. I don't think many of us felt this would be the team to break through and win it, but they did.
I confess that I didn't watch much of the tournament (I wrote after last season's letdown that I just couldn't continue to invest at that level), but did tune into portions of the championship games vs LSU. Like most, I expected Oregon St to be in the final, but when I saw it was LSU we were matched up with, I actually had a good feeling that we'd come away with the title. 1.) The last time it was an all-SEC final we were on the short end (South Carolina 2011), 2.) we are owed good karma vs. LSU after that hurricane incident, 3.) LSU had won 6 or 7 titles in their history and rarely finished runner-up, whereas we had been runner-up in our last 2 appearances in the final - so a reversal in those trends was due.
I have to say, in the games I watched, I thought the announcers were obnoxiously biased toward LSU. I don't normally complain about announcers, but they were seriously up LSU's *ss. The constant harping on the attendance/fan split was a cheap shot considering LSU has a much richer history with the city of Omaha and has made RV'ing out there to set up "tailgate cities" part of the experience. I remember reading an article from circa 2010 about how the Omaha Chamber of Commerce coordinates with LSU alumni groups because they're such good patrons of bars, restaurants, etc., and also a lot of locals just buy LSU merchandise and pull for them since they're pumping money into that economy. I suspect if our program had 6 or 7 national titles there, we'd have more of a presence, too - and that goes for just about any SEC school outside of Vandy. Which, by the way, I don't recall hearing the announcers blast 'Dore fans about their attendance? Or UVA fans? Miami fans? UNC fans? Arizona fans? Oregon St fans? UC-Riverside, Coastal Carolina?? Get my point? But maybe that's because there wasn't a crew member like Eduardo Perez harboring an FSU bias against our program and resenting the fact that we won our first national title before the overrated Mike Martin. I don't think it's a coincidence that Ravech threw in that little snippet about a ball being "tomahawk chopped" down the foul line...Perez was feeding them anti-UF info all series, most likely.
It'd be nice if the networks would just present games in a straight forward manner and allow each fan base to enjoy being showcased instead of feeling the need to antagonize one and manufacture non-stories. We just swept LSU out of the championship series in their supposed "Baton Rouge North," so ultimately what effect did it even have? Also, we kicked Nebraska's ass that one time they stumbled into Omaha and had a dominant crowd presence. Vandy won it all out there, for chrissakes, and how many fans do they even have? 10? It doesn't matter - why sit there and harp on it for 3 hours of a telecast? Let us enjoy the competition.
I did appreciate Ravech at least making the point in the end that, unlike Coastal Carolina last year, this is no cinderella story - UF is a big time program and will win more titles in the future.
Also, the constant praising of Poche and that other LSU pitcher who would've gone tonight in Game 3....I mean, we had already beaten both of those guys earlier in the season. They acted like we had no chance in Games 2 and 3 against them, and that we only won Game 1 because the pitching match up was heavily in our favor. Yet, look what happened...0-2 for the corn dogs and Poche goes out crying in the dugout.
Was anyone else irked with those narratives and feel like the announcers wanted LSU to win?
Anyway, don't want to let that stuff ruin what otherwise was a great night. As several posters wrote above, this is something a lot of Gator fans have been waiting to see and the fact that we just stole history from FSU makes it even better.