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Omaha tradition: hooding ceremony

Updated: June 17, 2009, 10:43 AM ET
By Ryan McGee

OMAHA, Neb. -- Right on time, exactly one half-hour after the first elimination game of the 2009 College World Series on Monday, the fans in Omaha gathered for a solemn occasion.

They lined up three deep at the bend in the road at the southeast corner of the Rosenblatt Stadium parking lot, where College World Series Boulevard turns into 10th Street and the air is thick with grill smoke, laughter and classic rock.

The gatherers formed a circle around a row of pink plastic flamingos, ...

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