Gonna be a late night in Clearwater ...
I'm here at Bright House Field in Clearwater, where theoretically, USF's baseball team should be playing in a matter of hours. The Bulls, originally scheduled for an 8 p.m. first pitch against third-seeded Notre Dame, have to wait for Cincinnati and West Virginia to finish their game, which is plodding along in the bottom of the second ... at 7:30.
So we're looking like 9:30 in the best scenario, probably more like 10. The upside? There's a mercy rule in effect at the tournament, so if Cincinnati -- up 7-0 now -- can get up by 10 runs after seven innings, that might mercifully shave a half-hour off the game time. My last deadline is 11:50 or so tonight, so it's looking rough for Wednesday's Times readers getting a USF result. Hope ... is a good thing.
Really, really bad news? The former La Spada's, now Delco's, home of outstanding authentic Philly cheesesteaks in Dunedin, has chosen this week of all weeks to shut down for a week. I'm out here every day for five days, and they're not open at all. Again, I'm from Philadelphia, so this is cruel.
Lots more to come tonight, so keep checking back, and it'd be cool if Cincy'd go ahead and win by 10.