Rule number one for any giant-killer in sports is to catch the giant off guard. Bucknell might have blown its cover heading into the NCAA regional in Columbia this weekend.
The small school of 3,500 students in Lewisburg, Pa., sent up a couple of flares recently in postseason play with an upset of Kansas in basketball in 2005 and one of Florida State in baseball two years ago.
Second-guessing a manager or coach is as much a part of baseball as booing an umpire after a close call. It is an integral part of what makes the game fan-friendly. Just about every decision made in a dugout is there for questioning by knowledgeable -- OK, the ignorant ones, too -- fans in the stands.
There are exceptions, though. Ray Tanner's decision to start right-hander Sam Dyson in tonight's NCAA baseball regional opener against Bucknell is one of those exceptions.
You have to go with Tanner on this one.