Driving around town this weekend with nothing to do but wait to see if Texas Tech's baseball season would be extended or whether it was time to start thinking football, the appropriate song came on the satellite radio.
Sorry, Tom, but the waiting was not the hardest part.
Not for the Red Raiders.
An obviously disappointed, but maybe more frustrated, Dan Spencer stood in front of the cameras and graciously answered why he thought the Red Raiders were left out of the NCAA tournament field for a seventh consecutive season.
His disappointment didn't last long. It soon turned to measured disdain.
He tried to rationalize why St. John's, which wouldn't even come close to an NCAA berth if it played in the Big 12, was in and Tech was not.
"That's the deal you get with the (selection) committee, and our baseball committee is weighted toward the northeast."
He tried to rationalize the selection of Dallas Baptist, a 39-win independent team that Tech split with this season.
"They are a good team, and if you're talking about one of the 64 after the 30 automatics, then they should get in," Spencer said. "But surely they shouldn't be in ahead of a Texas Tech."
He also took a shot at Southland Conference champ Texas State, which Tech beat less than 24 hours after losing a series in Austin, but which earned a No. 2 seed at Texas' regional.
"They were (2-5) against the Big 12," Spencer said. "Those things are hard."
No, not really.
I harken back to a conversation I had with Spencer at the end of the last year, and was reiterated on Monday.
He told me when you haven't been in the NCAA tournament in a long time - and seven years constitutes a long time no matter what you did in the past - you have to kick the door down to get in.
It's kind of like the scene in "Wizard of Oz" where Dorothy and crew make the long journey to Oz and knock on the door to the castle, only to have the guy in the window tell them no, go away. Tech knocked, but not loud enough, and were told by the NCAA to go away.
The Red Raiders just left too many doubts for the committee to consider.
Sweeps at the hands of Oklahoma, TCU and Kansas State. Losing close leads late at Texas and Missouri. Losing a home series to Texas A&M. Late-season non-conference losses to New Mexico and Dallas Baptist. Not enough road games early in the season. Gong 0-2 in Oklahoma City last week.
All these factors added up weighed more than series wins against Baylor and Oklahoma State, the 21-12 home record and the six wins over top 25 teams.
What makes it frustrating for Tech is the gap from here to there wasn't that wide. A win or two against OU or TCU, finishing off UT or Missouri, could have Taken Tech from seventh place to third in the Big 12 without much effort, and we'd be talking about the Red Raiders' seeding instead of their searching.
There's no doubt Tech is a better team than several in the field this year, mostly the 21 teams from the one-bid, automatic-qualifier conferences.
Tech will get in, eventually. There's no doubt in my mind, and it ought to be next year with the talent and experience returning from 2011. But the Red Raiders are going to have to have an immense sense of urgency all 56 times they step on the field and every day in practice - fall and spring - to make it happen.
"Obviously we've got to have a better record and a better resume to get back in and kick the door down," Spencer said. "Those are the things we'll work on and feel like we're making progress, and I think the people who follow us, I know the guys in the clubhouse and in the conference, know we're making moves. We need to take that next step and get in."
And they're going to have to break the door down. Or, to put it in Oz terms, they're going to have to land the house on the Wicked Witch of the West.