The NCAA baseball tournament is officially underway, with regional games being played through the weekend. It reminded me of the upcoming
hell week at work festival of all things ping. When someone moves to Omaha, as I did four years ago tomorrow, there are maybe four conversation scenarios that invariably follow:
1. Have you been to the zoo? (Omaha has a nice zoo. Whee!)
2. Have you been to the Old Market? (Omaha has a revitalized former warehouse district. Just like every other city in America.)
3. Wanna come watch the Huskers with me? (Unless you’re over 50, quite rich, and desire social exposure. In that case, the invitation is to a Creighton basketball game … as long as they’re winning.)
4. Are you going to the College World Series?
Ah, the College World Series. The 12 days in June where Omaha is always cast in a positive light, SUV-clogged suburban subdivisions are emptied, and that one dive bar near Rosenblatt Stadium is packed. Unfortunately, the CWS also sometimes features teams attired like Wichita State (above). As “performance-enhancing technology” advances, college baseball teams are going the way of Cool Base — lots of light, stretchy material designed to enhance comfort. I think we can all agree that comfort is a nice thing.
But not if it looks like that. Because with comfort comes extra panels sewn into what should be a pretty straightforward design. And then you end up with no room to put a NOB even if you wanted to. Cool.
Other than the black panel, though, the Shockers aren’t too bad, right? Exhibits A through D: A, B, C, D. Other than black and yellow and the word “Shockers,” there’s no consistency there. Feel free to actually match your uniform sets to each other, folks. Or keep your script fonts the same. Or something.
And I don’t even want to start with the helmets. — Bryan