Those that did... The play at the plate emotionally demoralized our team, and basically shifted the tide of momentum. The lengthy delay, along with the bizarre ruling that went in favor of the 'bad guys' allowed the 'good guys' to find an escape and give up the focus of their ballclub, and ultimately, the game itself. It was an out, and they took it. That's very discouraging, and I know for a fact that Smoke had to be worried about the manner in which this team exited. That doldrom they entered after they got that call against them is the kind of thing that can curse a team. For some reason, though, I don't think it will. Patterson is going to be a first team all-American after the regular season next year. If I'm Smoke, I give him a tape of his performance versus Miami to watch...every day, as he wakes up....spliced with only his "lowlights"...then have him go out and run....Go work out....go hit off the tee...Go to the cages...Work out....Cages..Work out...Run...You get the drill...I really think that Patterson forged a HUGE impetus for offseason improvement next year by playing so horribly. I also think that Smoke made a major mistake for the future by not ripping Stavinoha out of the lineup. He should not have had anymore than the first two AB's versus Miami. Not to say I told you so, but Hawthorne said it best..."Stavinoha is now 0-fer for the College World Series." He played himself out of the lineup for next year, if you ask me...Quinn Steward I'm hoping sticks around after he redshirted this year...The kid absolutely MASHED in '02 against the Cocks...and at this point, we no longer need to find out if we can simply "make it to Omaha". We have to WIN THERE. Stewart showed us last year he could get the job done. Stavinhoa looks to have totally screwed himself in that respect. I love the guy, but I didn't see too many bigger chokes than the slow, agonizing asphyxiation he suffered over the team's 96 hours or so in Omaha... We've said this two years in a row now...but the pitching staff next year will be LOADED. If they can remain healthy, we've got Mestepey, Determan, Dirks, Meier, Faircloth, Smith, Bonura, etc...I put those in order of their relative level of talent if you ask me on the day that fall ball opens. If I am Jason Determan, and I'm healthy on opening weekend, if I don't take the hill on Friday, Saturday or Sunday to open things up...I'd transfer to Southeastern or Ole Miss or something. It'd be an absolute crime. Our arms will have been CWS tested...We know what it's like. We have Patterson, the Harris twins, Blake Gill, and Liuzza back. We return a lot of pop, and a lot of talent. I think we're going to be alright. But, Jody Autrey should be fired, from what I hear (I only heard, I did not see). I also believe that Brady Wiederhold has ONE SEASON to turn around the performance of the pitching staff. Inconsistency has plauged this staff, and more than one commentator, opposing fan, and even Tiger fans have questioned his almost fear to go inside at times...He must improve, and I fortunately think he can. All in all, a good season, with a very, very discouraging ending, but plenty to build on and grow from...The Garden of the month always starts out as just a bunch of dirt...We'll be okay...Just give this team some time to grow...The experience will pay off.. Geaux Tigers! Geaux Smoke!