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Apps for Omaha

As I sit here getting ready to head to Omaha on Thursday, I thought I might take a few minutes to share a post I did on another blog site.  It contains a listing of tools you may find useful as you drive to Omaha to watch the Bulldogs play Saturday at 2 PM CT against Oregon State on ESPN2.

So take a gander, and remember, the Road to Omaha starts wherever you are!!

A few months ago, you might recall I travelled to Orlando, FL for a trade show. As is usually the case on any long road trip (yes, I drove) I am always trying to figure out where is the best place to stop for gas, maybe grab something to eat, and even occasionally where is a convenient rest area. So during the trip, while my buddy was taking his shift driving, I took the opportunity to look for some apps that would help me answer the questions “Where are we” and “Are we there yet?”

So here are several apps for Android  and iOS apps that you might want to check out before your next road trip.

GasBuddy – Find Cheap Gas

If you have ever been tooling down the interstate or some local highway you are not familiar with, only to see that “Low Fuel” indicator light up on the dash. Or maybe you are just in a city and looking for a particular brand of gas. This app is a great one for you. You can look for fuel in a specific city, or you can look for a station near where you are, complete with distance to the station. You can sort the list by price, or you can look for a specific grade of gas or diesel. Click on the station you want, and be given driving directions. Or, look at a map view and take your choice. Very helpful for me when I am driving to Omaha for the College World Series and try to limit the number of stops I make.

Best Restaurant Finder

Again, you are driving and it is later in the evening, or it is the weekend. You want to stop for a bit and grab a bite to eat. Fire up this app and choose the type establishment you want to visit, click your current location, and viola…places to eat, and more importantly, whether or not they are open! One more click and there are reviews, and directions to the location. Can’t beat it if you travel a lot to unfamiliar locations.

Truck Stop Locator

Always a good app to have when travelling. On the highway and suddenly the car starts acting up, you will wish you had this.  And I can tell you from experience, between St. Joseph, MO and Omaha, NE there are not too many places to stop for help. So better to have this app and be able to look up where to go before our old friend Mayhem sets in! (and no, that is NOT a plug for any insurance company)  Find out what franchise your truck stop is and what service they have.

My-Cast Weather Lite

Always a good idea to know what the weather is like where you are and where you are going. I remember the time going through Cape Girardeau, MO when the heavens decided to shut out the sunlight and let loose a frog floater. Had no idea we were driving through the middle of a severe thunderstorm warning area into a tornado warning area. If we had only had this app, along with the handy dandy truck stop locator, we could have stopped for lunch and the safety of a building instead of pushing on through the storm. Gives you warning for your location based on GPS. Actually brought to you by the good folks at Garman.

So before you head out on the road for your next trip, you might want to take a look at these apps. Besides, the price (FREE) can’t be beat. Unless you are looking for them to pay you to use them!! hahaha




OMAHA—The game times and pairings for the first two days of the Men’s College World Series have been announced. The 67th MCWS will take place at the TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha from June 15-25/26.

The first game on Saturday is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. (CT), No. 3 national seed Oregon State (49-11)/Kansas State (45-18) Super Regional winner against Mississippi State (48-18). Saturday’s second game features first-time participant, Indiana (48-14) against Louisville (51-12) and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. (CT)

The doubleheader on Sunday features the winner of the No. 1 national seed North Carolina (56-10)/South Carolina (43-19) Super Regional vs. North Carolina State (49-14) at 2 p.m. (CT), and No. 4 national seed LSU (57-9) squaring off against UCLA (44-17) at 7 p.m. (CT).

The losers of Saturday’s two games will play one another at 2 p.m. (CT) on Monday, while Saturday’s winners face off at 7 p.m. (CT) Monday. The losers of Sunday’s games will play each other at 2 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday, while Sunday’s winners meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. (CT)

The winners of the two brackets will play best-of-three championship finals, with the first game set for 7 p.m. (CT) on Monday, June 24. The second game is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday, June 25, while the third and deciding game (if necessary) is slated for 7 p.m. (CT) on Wednesday, June 26.


Saturday, June 15

Game 1 – 2 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN3) Mississippi State (48-18) vs. No. 3 Oregon State (49-11)/Kansas State (45-18)

Game 2 – 7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3) (V) Indiana (48-18) vs. (H) Louisville (51-12)


Sunday, June 16

Game 3 – 2 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN3) No. 1 North Carolina (56-10)/South Carolina (43-19) winner vs. North Carolina State (49-14)

Game 4 – 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN3) (V) UCLA (44-17) vs. (H) No. 4 LSU (57-9)


Monday, June 17

Game 5 – 2 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN3) Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Game 6 – 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN3) Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2


Tuesday, June 18

Game 7 – 2 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3) Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4

Game 8 – 7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3) Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4


Wednesday, June 19

Game 9 – 7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3) Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6


Thursday, June 20

Game 10 – 7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3) Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8


Friday, June 21

Game 11 – 2 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3) Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 6

Game 12 – 7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3) Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 8


Saturday, June 22

Game 13 – 2 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN3) or 8 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3) Game 13 will be necessary if the winner of Game 9 also wins Game 11. If it is the only game scheduled for that day, the game will start at 7:30 p.m.

Game 14 – 7:30 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3) Game 14 will be necessary if the winner of Game 10 also wins Game 12. If it is the only game scheduled for that day, the game will start at 7:30 p.m.


Sunday, June 23

No games scheduled



Monday, June 24

Game 1 – 7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3) Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner

Tuesday, June 25

Game 2 – 7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3) Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner

Wednesday, June 26

Game 3 – 7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3) Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner

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