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So Much For That "Good Matchup"

-- I knew I was getting the baseball team in trouble when I made comments of a positive nature on Tuesday. NC State lost to Stanford, 7-2. Cardinal pitcher Greg Reynolds went the distance. Gib Hobson, who'd pitched well for State recently, lasted less than two innings. Don't talk to Gib 'bout no light-hittin' Stanford team.

The GoPack article features an odd word choice in the title: "Stanford Douses NC State." Douses? There's nothing in the content of the piece to tie back into the title, so douses just sort of hangs curiously.

NC State will likely face UT-Arlington in the losers' bracket.

-- At the NCAA golf championship, NC State finished the opening round in the top ten. In the two rounds since, they've faded; after three rounds, State sits in 18th place. Only the top 15 teams advance to play in Saturday's final round. It's a decent showing for a team that had an unremarkable season, though.

-- There is word of a possible football series between NCSU and South Carolina.

If the two-year deal is finalized, the Wolfpack would visit Williams-Brice Stadium in 2008, with USC traveling to Raleigh in ‘09. Vaughn said N.C. State is looking to fill a couple of future dates after a home-and-home series with Tennessee was shelved.

N.C. State and USC have not met since 1999 when N.C. State blanked the Gamecocks 10-0 to spoil Lou Holtz’s USC debut in a game played amid hurricane rains at Carter-Finley Stadium. N.C. State leads the overall series between the former ACC rivals 26-25-4.

Also in the article: USC has a I-AA opponent scheduled for every year between 2006 and 2014.

-- According to the Carolina Hurricanes, tickets for the Stanley Cup finals sold out in less than two hours after they were put on sale at 8:00 AM this morning.

I've got tickets for game two--it'll be my first Stanley Cup finals game.