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The Countdown is On.

In Football on August 30, 2011 at 9:38 pm

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you are probably in the wrong place.  However, if you would like to learn, please feel free to stay.  🙂

Thursday is opening day of the NCAA college football season and I for one could not be more excited.  Personally, I’m a Gamecock fan, which means that I am REALLY excited about this year’s possibilities.  All the tools are there and with a little bit of luck, we really will have something to “crow” about.  This is the only the fourth time that a USC football team has been ranked in the top 25 during the preseason, and this team has all the makings of a fantastic showing.

Last years SEC East Champions, these guys are ready to put the “chicken curse” to rest.  This team, this coach, this year is the one to watch.  The Gamecocks play Saturday against the East Carolina University Pirates for the season opener in Charlotte at 7PM, ESPN3.

South Carolina players to watch: Marcus Lattimore, runningback already surrounded by Heisman whispers.  Alshon Jeffrey, on his way to being the best wide receiver in the nation, maker of unbelievable catches last season.  Stephon Gilmore.  Deadly cornerback, nominated for more preseason awards than I have space to write about.  Jadeveon Clowney, voted the number one prospect by ESPN, a tight end whose tackling/sacking abilities are going to have more than one quarterback on the run.

The best part about all of these guys?  SOUTH CAROLINA HOME GROWN!

Now, about our neighbors in the upstate.  Clemson has truly been on a roller coaster ride over the past couple of seasons.  Dabo Sweeney swooped in and saved what could have truly been a miserable season for the Tigers, and has made some awesome improvements as coach, but has also shown some rookie and inexperienced moves as well.  The Tigers also lost some key players this year and that will be challenging to overcome.  But Clemson seems to be getting their feet back under them by all accounts and are hoping to really shake up the ACC pre-season predictions.  They open against Troy, who while a smallish team, plays a very quick game, making it difficult to maintain the pace but Clemson is still favored to win.

Bringing it home to Charleston, we cannot forget about the Citadel Bulldogs.  Members of the Southern Conference, the Bulldogs had a pretty miserable season last year.  They won only one conference game, so really any improvement this season will surely get their fans excited.  The Dogs open at home against the Jacksonville University Dolphins, but host the archrival Furman Paladins the next weekend.  Win or lose, a Citadel game is something to behold, especially this one against FU.  You haven’t lived until you’ve heard 900 cadets chanting in unison or seen The Summerall Guard perform their cadence.

Well, there you have it.  My summary of what is coming up football in South Carolina this weekend.  Obviously there are several more college teams here in this state but these are the ones I’m going to focus on for the time being.  If any juicy tidbits or amazing plays come out of Wofford, Charleston Southern or Furman, I’ll be all over it but I’m taking baby steps with this new blog.  In parting, I’ll leave you with this…

http://youtu.be/WO4tIrjBDkk

Why I’m Here

In Uncategorized on August 25, 2011 at 10:24 pm

This blog began simply because I was looking for something that was never found.  A college sports blog by a woman, for women.  Not one that focuses solely on stats, or on one team or even on one sport.  I was looking for a blog that talked about the same things I love about college sports – things like the fans of perpetually losing programs filling the bleachers anyway.  Things like tailgating, game day fashion, family based activities and yes, the games themselves.  I love the stories of the players, the coaches and even the nobodies who make the whole thing happen.

Be warned, however, that this does not mean that this site will be rainbows and unicorns.  I know and love college baseball.  I live and breathe college football.  March Madness keeps me awake at night, plotting my tournament picks.  The point is that this blog will talk sports.  Real, hard hitting, fight to the death sports. The “no guts, no glory” moments will be glorified and the “are you serious?” moments will probably be mocked.

But mostly it will focus on us, the fans.  Things that we like and things we don’t.  Things that keep us coming back for more, things that make our sports experience memorable or miserable.  Things we like to eat, and things we like to wear.  Because the fans are what give life to the whole experience. The fans are who will be there when most of these players are having kids of their own, coaching Little League or working in the insurance industry.  So we’ll focus on what that means and how we go about being these fans.  And maybe we’ll learn a little something along the way.

If you ask me, one of life’s great mysteries is how people who very often have never walked the hall of a certain institution can love it’s teams so much.  But they do.  What makes us care so much about people we’ve never met playing a game we’ve never played?  I don’t know but I’m eager to find out and I’d be thrilled if you came with me.