LOLThey could have played 2 hours and gotten in enough of the game, if they wanted to, but Purdon't chose to be cowards, and then back into the tourney. They had a better percentage than us, but less wins! Totally without class, is Purdon't!
This sort of tells some of what happened:
Yes…and I know in Omaha that team will get razzed mercilessly and that is frankly a shame. Those kids are…kids…and they don’t make the decisions…they just play ball and Purdue just doesn’t have much success in Baseball. And Nebraska fans have a reputation for courtesy and sportsmanship…not the hooligans you see elsewhere.Stop blaming PU. NU has done nothing this year to deserve the post season.
All true…which entirely leads back to my lament on amateur sports right now…
Maryland the culprit? Purdue the Culprit? Does it matter?
Cancel games because they are “meaningless“?? …when they aren’t?
Too much questionable stuff being done by the people in charge and this is simply one example. And it’s not just this…it’s EVERYTHING to do with college sports lately.
I did some checking…and calling the sports department at the Lafayette Journal Courier, Lafayette’s Newpaper.
The person I spoke with was friendly and honest. Said it was pretty obvious both teams did not want to play and were looking for an excuse. Said it DID look like bad weather coming…but there was no real effort to even start the game. He said the thing about the 5:30 flight from Midway airport for Maryland is almost laughable as all teams have multiple travel arrangements and back up plans if a game is extended.
Here is a picture of the field he sent me…at that time…..and the expected rain never materialized. Two High School Games were played in the area…one was cancelled.
Nebraska should have not let themselves get into this position…check…you are correct….absolutely true.
What happend Saturday in West Layfayette should not have happened either. A valid effort should have been made to play…that simple as well.
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Ha… good approach…I use that approach throughout all of life. Only concern myself about what I can control -- not others. I almost never point the finger at anyone but myself. It truly never does any good -- unless venting is important.
Regardless of our record, Purdue refused to play the last game, knowing they would get into the tournament without having to play. They were afraid to "earn" it, because they had to face Md's ace.Stop blaming PU. NU has done nothing this year to deserve the post season.
Good job, John. It is said, with our record, we don't deserve to go. Well, do you think Purdue deserves to go? Purdue has less wins than we do, but they managed to come out with a "higher percentage". Rewarded for averting a game they had plenty of time to start. Purde's coaches intentions was pure gamesmanship.Yes…and I know in Omaha that team will get razzed mercilessly and that is frankly a shame. Those kids are…kids…and they don’t make the decisions…they just play ball and Purdue just doesn’t have much success in Baseball. And Nebraska fans have a reputation for courtesy and sportsmanship…not the hooligans you see elsewhere.
But at the same time I think it is somewhat indicative of a “mindset” that has wormed it’s way into amateur sports.
Do anything to “Win”…sportsmanship be damned. NIL deals, enticing kids to transfer, shady recruiting, et all.
Last week the Huskers played a 7 hour baseball game at Illinois into the night. Two 45 minute weather delays that turned into 3. A torrential rain and at 6 hours in…the game was tied at the end of 9 innings. Nebraska was the visiting team and had a LONG bus ride waiting. BiG and NCAA rules allow for a ”tie”…..umpire makes the call. At this point a tie does not hurt Nebraska‘s chances for the Tournament while a loss certainly does. Umpires and coaches discussed as well as calls to school officials and all decided to “play the game” if at all possible. A break in the weather occurred. Illinois has an artificial turf field and the game continued at the 7 hour mark. Illinois wound up winning.
End of story right?
Not so fast….had the Huskers “gone for the tie” they would be headed to Omaha. But instead they treated the game, the fans and their opponent with respect and made every effort “to play”….regardless. I dunno….but kind of what I think amateur sports should be all about.
Compare the above situation to what went on in West Layfeette on Saturday.
Draw your own conclusions.
OBTW….Maryland had a plane waiting…yeah…right. Name me a College Sport that does not have multiple backup plans for travel in case of extended game, weather etc.