Well, that was a terrific College World Series. Drive home safely. See you next year.
Oh, there's more games?
LSU is heading home. The Tigers went two-and-barbecue, which is not rare for Louisianans in Omaha, except this time the grilling will take place back in Baton Rouge.
After they were eliminated with a 4-2 loss to North Carolina on Tuesday, there was sobbing, wailing and punching of walls. And that was just the restaurant and bar owners of Omaha.
Skip Bertman hadn't even finished his cigar yet.
History happens here all right. Well, sort of. The six-time national champions have gone two-and-cue only three times — in 2003 and 2004 under Bertman's successor, Smoke Laval, and in 1994.
The standards at LSU are high. Laval was replaced in 2007 by Paul Mainieri, who led the Bayou Bengals to a CWS title in 2009.
We thought the purple and gold dynasty was back then. We thought the party was back in Omaha.
But the Tigers missed last call at Rosenblatt in 2010 and failed to make it to the new digs in 2011 and '12. They lost to Stony Brook at home. What was going on here?