The peaks and valleys of being a fan
Having already won the first game against Oregon State, the Arkansas Razorbacks were an out away from winning the College World Series last Wednesday, as they led 3-2 in the top of the ninth inning. A pop fly was up for grabs in foul territory and three Arkansas players had a chance to end the game, but none of them did, as the ball fell harmlessly to the ground. The next pitch was hit for a single, which drove in the tying run, and a two-run home run by the next batter helped give Oregon State the 5-3 victory. The Beavers went on to win game three with ease.
As a casual Arkansas fan, that was painful to watch, so I can only imagine what it was like for you guys. But that is what makes being a sports fan so great. There are highs and there are lows. There are times when we want to yell with excitement from the mountain tops and there are other times when we want to jump off of said mountain.
I have seen many comments on social media to the effect of, "why does this always happen to Arkansas fans?” The fact of the matter is, it happens to every fan base, believe me. Some schools may seem to be luckier than others because they are at the top of the mountain more often, but I can recall countless times that a Kentucky basketball team has choked or an Alabama football team has lost a lead late.
The sting of last week’s defeat will take some time to get over, as it should. If you don't have some pain after that loss, then you aren't a true Arkansas fan. But there is no reason you shouldn't get back up and make another run at it next year. This same Oregon State team was a game away from playing for the championship in 2017 and they finished the deal this year.
When looking at the Arkansas roster, there are many players who will be licking their chops to get back to Omaha and finish the deal in 2019, much like Oregon State did this year. Until then, we will trudge along through other fall and winter sports hoping for some highs and a few surprises along the way. Hopefully those surprises don't include a holding penalty or a late-game fumble.
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Ty Loftis is the sports editor for the Carroll County News. His email address is CCNSports@cox-internet.com