Arkansas Let A Chance To Win The College World Series Fall Harmlessly To The Ground, And You Can Probably Guess What Happened Next...
Let's set the scene. Arkansas up 1-0 in a best of three series. Up 3-2 in top of the 9th. Two outs, with only one to go before claiming the championship as their own. In the infamous words of Terrell Owens, get ya popcorn ready...
Most would call that a heartbreaking turn of events that could easily carry over to a third and deciding game that was one competent call-off away from not being at all necessary, because...well...that's exactly what it is. Arkansas would have been totally justified in having nightmares of their three fielders standing helplessly in a circle like they were trying to decide who was driving to the bar as a championship bounced right out of their grasp. You know, if not for the fact that waking up in a cold sweat probably wouldn't prove beneficial to them in foretelling tonight's final.
That said, it could also be described as simply as "welp, that's college sports for ya". For, as many times as we are reminded that the NCAA is a solid stepping stone to the pros, it's just as often that we are reminded that it's not only an amateur association in its laughable lack of compensation.
I heard about the most untimely of fundamental fuck ups before I saw it, and I have to admit that I was actually expecting worse. That's not to downplay how deeply that mental image will be burned into their brains if the Razorbacks don't swing with a shortness of memory tonight, but it is to say that I've seen pressure baked situations make college kids look dumber. Those momentary lapses don't always set into motion a monumentally volatile example of Murphy's Law, but when they do it's impossible not to be checked with the reality that it's especially not over until it's over when the game is being played between 18-22 year olds.