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Monday, June 02, 2008

Prepare for a long, hot summer

BATON ROUGE - To the the typical, football-first LSU fan, the best thing about college baseball is how it helps fight the pigskin addiction.

When the LSU baseball team is good, it makes the summer shorter. When the LSU baseball team is great, it can virtually erase the summer. Well, look for a lot of unkempt lawns around Louisiana this summer.

It could be nearly July before the LSU sports season ends if the Tigers defeat UC-Irvine this weekend in the Super Regional at Alex Box Stadium, where they have never lost a Super Regional, and advance through their bracket at the College World Series to the national championship, best-of-three series. The CWS runs from Saturday, June 14 to Wednesday, June 25 if the championship series goes three games.

By June 25, the LSU football players will be three weeks into their summer weight lifting and conditioning program. One month later, and it will be time for the Southeastern Conference Media Days in Birmingham, Ala. Then football practice starts.

Ladies, your "Honey-Do" window is shrinking.

When Warren Morris hit the most dramatic home run in college baseball history to win the 1996 World Series for LSU, it was June 8. LSU will likely be playing this June 8 in the Super Regional. There are so many days off in the CWS format now, one could apply for citizenship in Omaha. It's ridiculous. If the Tigers win their first two CWS games, fans will have enough time to drive home and back to Omaha for the next game. The World Series now outlasts the NBA Playoffs. What's next? The national championship game in baseball followed by the college football season opener?

Get ready. LSU has that type of team this year. The winning streak is at an SEC-record 23 now. Seven more wins and the Tigers are national champions. By then, it will be time to start making your tailgating evacuation plans.

Enjoy. And if you bring the kids to Omaha, you'll have enough time for back-to-school shopping.


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