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My Road to Omaha

I guess you could say I went through my own regional and super-regional to get to Omaha today.

I first flew to Philadelphia to meet up with Marco, the founder of Storming the Floor. We tried to get into the Phillies game with the Red Sox, but apparently people actually show up to watch two championship-caliber teams play, so we couldn’t get in. I did, however, experience some of the fabled “Marco Magic”, which leads to close encounters with famous people. Marco is well known for having chatted up O.J. Simpson (post-double-murder) as well as various other stars of stage and arena. His karma did not disappoint, as we stumbled across an episode of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” being filmed near The Bank. Marco was most excited to see Green Man, but I got more of a thrill out of the fact that Fred Savage was the director, and he was sitting ten yards away from us.

So, Philly was my regional. I went from there to the Super-Regional in New York, as we attended the Blogs With Balls conference. Though it was, in fact held in a basement (which we all appreciated) most everyone there was a fairly normal person. Special shout-outs go to Yahoo’s Puck Daddy, Greg Wyshinski, who is funny and very likable, and to Spencer Hall Orson Swindle of Every Day Should Be Saturday, who is the rare comedic alpha dog who is willing to laugh at other people’s jokes. Am I name-dropping? Hell yes I am. UffordSebekSarahSpain. Mottram.

This morning I arrived in Omaha, where I’ve taken in Arizona State’s win over North Carolina. I’ll be back tomorrow at 1pm for Virginia’s elimination game against Cal State Fullerton. I also met Brian Foley of the College Baseball Blog, who scored a swanky seat in the press box. Photos and recaps to come after I get back to Charlottesville!

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Let the Road Trip Begin – Part 1

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OK, so it’s not really a road trip. I’ll be flying a lot, and I believe there are plans to go on a ferry as well. But the fact remains that I’m going on the road, which always means one of you might see me out and about in your town.

First of all, I’m flying up to Philadelphia to meet up with my basketball season partner, Marco. I’m going to laze around the museum and look at the Rocky statue on Friday. On Saturday, Marco and I will journey a bit farther northward to take part in Blogs with Balls, so if any of you bloggers areĀ  planning to be there, look for the big guy with a black-and-white beard. I’m sure I’ll have a nametag of some sort, and it will say Eric Angevine.

The next day, I fly out of Philly to Kansas City, meet up with my dad, and drive a couple of hours northward to Omaha to catch a couple of days of the College World Series. I was already excited to see Rosenblatt Stadium and do a little reporting and picture taking, but then it turns out that my hometown Virginia Cavaliers will be there as well. Bonus. I’ll be there writing a story abou the demise of Rosenblatt for ESPN.com, so again, if you see me, you can surreptitiously check my nametag to make sure it’s me before you accost a stranger.

Since my story for ESPN’s travel section will only use a fraction of the information I gather on my field trip, Bus Leagues readers can look forward to full interviews and photos when I get back.

Also, I call this part 1, because later this month, OMDQ and I will be meeting in a city on the Atlantic seaboard to watch some baseball together. But that’s his road trip, and he’s going many other places during it, so I’ll let him tell you about it when he’s ready.

Hope to see some of you in Philly, NY, or Omaha!