TCU plays Texas in Game 3 of the Austin Super Regional at 3 p.m. today, ESPN telecasting the game from Disch-Falk Field.
The winner advances to the eight-team College World Series in Omaha. Kyle Winkler will be the starting pitcher for the Horned Frogs, Brandon Workman, from Bowie, Texas, born in Arlington and a second-round draft choice of the Boston Red Sox, will start for the Longhorns.
For Texas, a victory would be fitting, a team that has been there 33 times to be part of the farewell to Rosenblatt Stadium.
For TCU, a victory would be historic, emotional, cathartic, mind-blowing.
A TCU victory would be part of a college shake-up of which Saturday's Game 2 was a unwitting participant on the front lines. As captured by ESPN cameras, watching from their Disch-Falk perch, but actually sitting on a college tsunami, were Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds, UT president Bill Powers, UT women's athletic director Chris Plonsky and UT football coach Mack Brown. It was maybe a respite as they pondered a break with the Big 12 and creating a huge gulf, perhaps unbridgeable, between Texas and Texas A&M.
The past two weeks in college athletics is mindful of June 17, 1994, the day that will be revisited in an upcoming ESPN film. On that Friday, network telecasts captured O.J. Simpson in the white Bronco leading a slow-speed chase, Arnold Palmer saying farewell to big-time golf in his final U.S. Open and the NBA Finals game between the New York Knicks and the Houston Rockets, "the city that never sleeps versus the city that never wins."
For TCU in the past week, two former Frogs pitchers, Jake Arrieta and Andrew Cashner, have pitched in the major leagues and plans were revealed for the Frogs home baseball stadium to be doubled in seating capacity. Think of that.
TCU wasn't supposed to be here, with so many freshmen in key roles, after losing to Texas last year.
That the Frogs could go to Omaha partly due to a gift from the Texas Rangers because former UT big wig Tom Hicks couldn't pay his bills or Matt Purke adds to the surreal nature of June 2010.
-- Vince Langford