If you do not know me (I mean, really know me) then there is something you need to understand before you read this blog: I value the truth above everything else... except a good laugh. A good laugh will almost always beat the truth as far as I’m concerned. Everything you read on this blog will be true, somewhat true, or something I made up in an effort to get a laugh. Sometimes I will go on a rant that I don’t really mean (or only kind of mean). Sometimes I will mean what I write only to completely change my mind a year, month, or day later. Such is life. By reading this blog you agree not to get offended by anything I write (or, at the very least, you agree not to tell me or anyone else that you are offended). It is worth noting that my employer does not endorse my blog (or even read it, to tell you the truth). The Wife also does not endorse my blog (though she will read it from time to time). I am not paid to write this... it’s just my way of giving back to the community. I have, and will, touch on a wide range of subjects and will give my opinion on these subjects. Again, most of what I say is for laughs but every now and then I will say what I really think and feel (see my views on Westboro Baptist Cult). How will you know when I’m serious and when I’m trying to get a laugh? You’ll know. And if you don’t know, well... maybe this isn’t the best thing for you to be reading. So, sit back, read and enjoy. Leave comments if you want and don’t be afraid to publicly follow me.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Clemson/USC 2009

I hear from time to time people complaining that this game doesn’t get enough respect nationally. My response… so what? I could care less if someone up north or out west is watching this game. It’s their loss. As for me, I love it. I enjoy watching the game. I don’t base my feelings on what other people think about the game. I have told you my story about not caring as much about Clemson football now as I have in the past (and that’s true), but I still love this game.

All things considered, I like things the way they are and I wouldn’t change a thing. It would be nice if both teams were at the top of the polls year in and year out… but it wouldn’t make the game anymore special to the fans. I was at the game in 1998 when Clemson entered the game with a 2-8 record and Carolina had a 1-9 record. Of all years, this would seem like the year for the fans to not care about the game. But that didn’t happen. Instead, the teams played in front of a sell-out crowd at Death Valley.

You can never be 100% sure what will happen in this game… but you can be 100% sure that you will hear about it until the game next year (if not longer).

If I could change anything in the history of this rivalry, I would have Danny Ford still coaching Clemson and Joe Morrison still coaching at USC (and thus, still living). Both programs had their best years under those coaches and both programs were in good shape when their coaches left (Morrison died and Ford was fired). I’m not saying both programs would be playing for a National Championship every year, but I think both programs would be in better shape. I would also have the schools in the same conference (either the ACC or SEC... or Big South).

As for the game today, it should be interesting. How will CJ Spiller do against Eric Norwood and the USC defense? Will Stephen Garcia complete more passes to Alshon Jeffery or the Clemson secondary? Can Clemson’s offensive line give Kyle Parker enough time in the pocket? Can Carolina’s offensive line do the same for Garcia? I guess we’ll find out…

Navy plays at Hawaii today.

Cleveland Cavs update: The Cavs fell to the Bobcats last night 87-94. They are back in action tonight at home against the Dallas Mavericks.

Winthrop Eagles update: The Eagles are working on the press to prepare for their Monday night game.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Carolina/Clemson 2001/2000

Before we get to sports, let me ask a quick question… Why do strangers think that because I have an infant with me that means I want to talk to them (or let them talk to me or Susie)? I didn’t like strangers before… and now I have one in my life (Susie) that I love, so what are the odds I’ll want to talk to another stranger?

It’s looking like Jeremy’s boy (Charlie Weis) is going to be let go at Notre Dame. I’m split on this. I don’t like Weis, but I hate Notre Dame… so I kind of liked him being there and losing.

Someone should do a study to see if games between in-state rivals causes church attendance to rise on the Sunday before the big game. That would be an interesting. Now to our regular program…

USC: November 17, 2001. The Gamecocks came into this game looking to take out four years of frustration on the Tigers. The last time USC had beaten Clemson was in 1996 when Brad Scott was the head coach and Randy Wheeler and Benji Young were captains. Since then the Gamecocks had suffered a losing record in ’97, a one win season in 1998, and coaching change (that involved Brad Scott going over to the evil Tigers) that brought Hall of Fame coaching great Lou Holtz… only to go 0-11 in 1999. Things started to turn around in 2000 with the exception of a heartbreaking loss to Clemson (more on that below). 2001 started off great for USC with 5 straight wins which included wins at Georgia and at Mississippi State and they entered the Clemson game with a 7-3 record and a #22 ranking. The Tigers had also fallen on hard times, replacing Coach Tommy West with Coach Tommy Bowden at the end of the 1998 season. The Tigers entered this game after back to back losses to FSU and Maryland (who was actually good that year… strange). The Gamecocks won this game 20-15 and went on to beat Ohio State in the Outback Bowl to give them a 9-3 final record (5-3 in the SEC) and a final AP ranking of 13. One would think only good things were on the way for the Gamecocks. The Tigers went on to beat Duke (a make-up game due to 9/11) and then beat Louisiana Tech in the great Humanitarian Bowl. This gave the Tigers a final record of 7-5 (4-4 in the ACC). One more note about this game. One of the captains for USC in 2001 was Brian Scott. I saw Brian Scott play high school football in 1995 when Darlington faced James Island in the playoffs. Darlington won 28-0. At the end of the first half, my friend and baseball teammate Adam Mims threw a pass to my friend and baseball teammate Tony Elliott. At least, I think he was throwing to Tony. I can’t be 100% sure because the ball was caught in the back of the end zone by Brian Scott… who returned it 104 yards for a TD. Sorry, I couldn’t find any video on this game.

Clemson: November 18, 2000. The Catch II. The Tigers started the year with an 8 game winning streak. However, back to back losses to Georgia Tech and FSU put the Tigers in a bad mood heading into the Carolina game. The Gamecocks were also having a good year entering the game with a 7-3 record and a top 25 ranking. It was a low scoring game with the Gamecocks holding leading by 1 point with time running out. In a moment of desperation, Clemson QB Woody Dantzler threw a deep pass to Ron Gardner. This set up a game winning FG to give Clemson a 16-14 win. Clemson fans call this The Catch II while Gamecock fans call this the Push-Off (I guess because the Gamecock defender was making contact with Gardner the whole way down the field? I’m not real sure why they call it that…). Clemson would go on to get killed by Michael Vick and Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl. The Tigers would end the season with a 9-3 record (6-2 in the ACC) and a final ranking in the AP of 16. The Gamecocks would bounce back and defeat Ohio State in the Outback Bowl for a final record of 8-4 (5-3 in the SEC) and a final ranking of 19.

See Gamecock fans… this week hasn’t been so bad. I told you I’d keep it fair and balanced and I have. I didn’t say anything about the 45-0 Clemson win in 1989 or the 63-17 beat down the Tigers gave the Gamecocks in 2003 (both games happened in Columbia, by the way). No, I didn’t talk about either of those games. So for that, you’re welcome.

Cleveland Cavs update: The Cavs are at Charlotte tonight to play the Bobcats.

Winthrop Eagles update: The Eagles are back at work getting ready for their Monday night game.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Clemson/USC 1977/1992


There are a lot of things that I have to be thankful for. The best is that life is so good for me that I can talk all week on this blog about the football game coming up this Saturday. So with that, let’s go down memory lane...

Clemson: November 19, 1977. Two words… The. Catch. Coach Charley Pell took his Clemson Tigers down to Columbia to battle Coach Jim Carlen’s USC Gamecocks. The Tigers came in as the favorite with a #15 ranking. The Gamecocks weren’t about to just roll over for the Tigers, however. Late in the 4th quarter the Tigers found themselves behind with time running out. I think you know what happened next. With 49 seconds left in the game, Clemson QB Steve Fuller dropped back and launched a 20 yard pass over the head of WR Jerry Butler... BUT WAIT! Butler dives BACKWARDS AND CATCHES THE PASS to give the Tigers a 31-27 victory! The Tigers would go on to lose to Pitt in the Gator Bowl ending their season with an 8-3-1 ranking (4-1-1 in the ACC). The Tigers ended the season ranked #19 in the AP poll. The Gamecocks season ended the next week on the road at Hawaii giving them a 5-7 record for the year.

USC: November 21, 1992… 2 words… Steve. Tannyhill. This was a big year for USC. After going 6-5 in 1990 (including a loss to The Citadel) and going 3-6-2 in 1991 (including ties with Duke and Louisiana Tech and a loss to East Carolina) the Gamecocks earned a bid to join the mighty SEC in 1992. Coach Sparky Woods and his Gamecocks got off to a slow start in 1992 with 5 straight losses (damn that East Carolina) but after Freshman QB Steve Tannyhill led a player revolt USC got things turned around winning 4 of their next 5 to set up this game. The Gamecocks were also out for a little revenge as they had not beaten the Tigers in four years (making Levon Kirkland and Kevin Horres undefeated against the Gamecocks... not that Kevin played... he wasn’t even on the team... but he was at Clemson at that time and this is probably the only time he’ll ever see his name listed with Levon Kirkland so I figured I’d throw my big brother a bone). Anyway, the Gamecocks were ticked off and they weren’t going to take it anymore. As an added bonus, they had a chance to hand Clemson its first losing season in a long time. The game was in Death Valley and the Gamecocks took it to the Tigers. USC won the game 24-13 with Steve Tannyhill “signing” his name on the Tiger Paw in the middle of the field making him at once the most loved and most hated person in the state. The win gave USC a final record of 5-6 (3-5 in the SEC). The Tigers ended their year with a final record of 5-6 (3-5 in the ACC).

Ok, I couldn’t find a video of this game... so I decided to give my Gamecock friends something to laugh at. Watch this video...

Oh, I’m also thankful for something like this...

Cleveland Cavs update: The Cavs beat the Pistons 98-88 last night. Their next game is Friday at Charlotte.

Winthrop Eagles update: The Eagles are off today so that the players and coaches can spend time with their families.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Carolina/Clemson 1987/1981

Here is the intro to the 1987 game...

USC: November 21, 1987. That was the intro to one of the bigger match-ups between USC and Clemson (at least when it comes to national rankings). The Gamecocks entered the game ranked #12 while the Tigers were ranked #8. The Gamecock captains that year were Sterling Sharpe and Brad Edwards. Clemson’s defense that year included senior Michael Dean Perry, but it was the Gamecock defense that stole the game with 3 interceptions. Tiger QB Rodney Williams left the field that night to the taunting chants of “Rod-ney, Rod-ney, Rod-ney” from the USC faithful. The Gamecocks, in front of 75,043 fans (plus a national TV audience watching on ESPN) smacked the Tigers all over the field for a 20-7 win. (***Side note: I remember watching this game at the Freeman’s house [they lived down the street from us]. After this game, I never watched another Clemson game at their house. End Side note***). The Tigers would bounce back in the Citrus Bowl to hand Joe Pa and his Penn State team the worst bowl beating ever (at least at the time... not sure if that’s still true). The Tigers would end the season at 10-2 (6-1 in the ACC... ACC Champs) and would have a final AP ranking of #12. USC would travel to play at Miami (again on ESPN) the week after the Clemson game where they would fall to the #2 ranked Hurricanes 20-16. I remember this game because it was the first time I learned you can’t spell “THUG” without The “U”. For what it’s worth, I still think USC got cheated in this game.

Anyway, the Gamecocks would end their season with a Gator Bowl loss to LSU. The final record for the Gamecocks in 1987 was 8-4 and they ended up ranked 15th in the final AP poll.

Clemson: November 21, 1981. Coach Danny Ford took his undefeated, #2 ranked Clemson Tigers down to Columbia to face Coach Jim Carlen’s Gamecocks. The Gamecocks wanted nothing more than to give the Tigers their first loss of the season in front of 56,971 fans (plus an ESPN audience). The Tigers would have none of it as they used a punishing ground game to rush for 254 yards and 3 TDs to win 29-13. The Tigers would go on to beat Nebraska in the Orange Bowl to end their season as National Champions with a 12-0 record (6-0 in the ACC). Two major wins for the Tigers that year (other than the Orange Bowl win) came against Georgia (final AP ranking #6) and North Carolina (final AP ranking #9). The Gamecocks ended their season with a loss at Hawaii to give them a final record of 6-6.

Cleveland Cavs update: The Cavs are in Detroit tonight to face the Pistons.

Winthrop Eagles update: The Eagles are off until Monday.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Clemson/USC 1980/1984

There is a scene in The Godfather where we see Clemenza telling Michael that wars every five to ten years between the families are good because they help get rid of the bad blood. Such is the case when talking about the USC/Clemson football rivalry. Most people know about the fight in 2004 but few remember the fight in 1983. Granted the fight in 2004 involved more players and lasted longer… but it wasn’t the first and it won’t be the last. Below are videos from each game. One thing I remember from the 2004 game was a USC player standing at the bottom of The Hill taunting the Tiger players as they ran down. That’s nothing new really. Players have done it in the past and I’m sure they’ll do it in the future. The reason I remember this one is that after taunting the Tigers, this Gamecock player proceeded to fumble away the opening kickoff. Good one.

From the 1983 game (I love the audio on this one)

From 2004 (I could do without the audio on this one)

Now, back to our regular program…

Clemson: November 22, 1980. Coach Jim Carlen took his 14th ranked Gamecocks into Death Valley to face the unranked Tigers. The Gamecocks were feeling pretty good with future Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers running wild all season. Clemson, on the other hand, was just ready for the season to end. Then in the Clemson locker room before the game Coach Danny Ford pulled off one of the greatest motivation acts ever… orange pants. It sounds so simple, yet when the Tigers put on the orange pants they knew they couldn’t lose. And so, with the orange pants on, Clemson held USC to two FGs and won the game 27-6. Clemson would end the season with a 6-5 record (2-4 in the ACC). USC would go on to lose to Pitt in the Gator Bowl.

USC: November 24, 1984. Perhaps the greatest year in Gamecock football history. If not the greatest, it’s at least in the running. The week before this big game, the Gamecocks were ranked #2 with a very good shot at #1. All they had to do was take care of Navy on the road and then travel to Death Valley to crush the Tigers. It shouldn’t be a problem… the Gamecocks had already beaten #12 Georgia and #11 Florida State. So of course, Navy won 38-21. The Gamecocks were able to pull things together in time to beat the Tigers on ESPN 22-21. The Tigers would end the season with a 7-4 record (5-2 in the ACC). The Gamecocks would go on to lose to Oklahoma State in the Gator Bowl to end the season with a 10-2 record (the only 10 win season in Gamecock football history). The Gamecocks would also come in at #11 in the final AP poll.

Cleveland Cavs update: The Cavs still haven’t played since the last time I posted.

Winthrop Eagles update: The Eagles lost to the Clemson Tigers last night 102-66. The good news? It was a season high in points for the Eagles. Next up… at App State on Monday.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Carolina/Clemson 2006/2008

As I told you, I will be talking a good bit about past Clemson/USC games this week. If you don’t mind (and really, even if you do mind), we’ll start with the most recent win for each team. Before I get started, let me point out something I came across while doing my research. The USC Board of Trustees banned football in 1906. Football was reinstated in 1907 after a series of unfortunate “accidents” led to the disappearance of a few of those Trustees.

USC: November 25, 2006. Steve Spurrier took his unranked Gamecocks into Death Valley to face Tommy Bowden’s 24th ranked Tigers. This is a game that saw Clemson score on big play after big play... but when it mattered the most the Gamecocks were able to march down the field and score. Clemson had a shot to tie it at the end of the game but they couldn’t make the FG. The Gamecocks had 492 yards of total offense that day on the way to a 31-28 win. The captains that year for USC were Fred Bennett, Ike Crofoot, and Chris White. The Gamecocks would go on to defeat Houston in the Liberty Bowl and end the year 8-5 (3-5 in the SEC). Clemson would go on to lose to Kentucky in the Music City Bowl and would end the year 8-5 (5-3 in the ACC). Here are some highlights from the 2006 game:

At this point I would like to share a clip from the Entourage Season 6 Finale. I don’t watch this show, but I came across this clip and I found it laugh out loud funny (Matt Damon is in this clip... need I say more?). There is some bad language here, so turn down the volume if you’re at work.

Clemson: November 29, 2008. Interim Head Coach Dabo Sweeny and his Clemson Tigers welcomed Coach Steve Spurrier and his USC Gamecocks to Death Valley in a match up of unranked teams. The captains that year for USC were Jasper Brinkley, Kenny McKinley, Eric Norwood, and Justin Sorensen. Clemson needed to win this game to become bowl eligible and many felt like Sweeny needed a win to help him earn the job of head coach. The Tigers went out and played this game like they wanted it more (and perhaps they did). Death Valley was rocking as the Tigers took control of the game and never let go as they went on to win 31-14. The Gamecocks went on to lose to Iowa in the Outback Bowl to end their season at 7-6 (4-4 in the SEC). The Tigers went on to lose to Nebraska in the Gator Bowl to end their season at 7-6 (4-4 in the ACC). The following clip brings me to tears every time I watch it... it’s that funny. So now I will share it with you...

Cleveland Cavs update: The Cavs are preparing for their game this Wednesday night.

Winthrop Eagles update: The Eagles travel to Clemson tonight to face the Tigers. I expect this to be a close game at tip-off. After that... I don’t have a clue. Still, if you must know, I pick my Eagles to win in a close game. The Eagles have won at Clemson before ('01-'02 season). Of course, that was before Littlejohn and Clemson's team were both renovated.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Weekend Update....

I want to start today by wishing my good friend and faithful I’m just sayin… reader Michael Wood a happy 30th birthday (his birthday was yesterday). Michael had a great party last night and I have no doubt that all charges stemming from that party will be dropped in the near future.

One more thought on the party. Jamin did a great job with the music. I got their late, so I’m sure the reason I didn’t hear Free Bird or The Devil Went Down to Georgia is that they had already been played. I did notice that there is still no cowbell in the group. My schedule is full right now, but maybe when I’m done with this whole MBA thing I will be available to fill that void.

I’m sure by now you know that I’ve been knocked out of the high school playoffs after going 0-2 in my picks. James Island had their playoff run ended when they lost by over 40 points. Summerville, playing in the other playoff game, fell by 7 to end their run.

Not sure if you’ve heard or not, but there is a big game coming up this Saturday. That’s right, this Saturday is the Clemson/Carolina (or Carolina/Clemson) game. In honor of this, I will be posting on various Clemson and USC things (including recaps of some past games). Now, friends, you know that when I’m talking about any topic (basketball, football, politics, my past…) I’m nothing if not fair and balanced. So this isn’t going to be just some USC bashing stuff going on. I made a pledge to a faithful reader that I would do my best to find something good to say about USC each day. So there is a chance that each day this week you will read something you like and something you don’t like. My advice would be to deal with it. Some of you may be from up north and will think you shouldn’t care about this game or the history between the two schools. I can’t say I’d be surprised by such a stupid thought from a Yankee. Then again, I think that most of my northern readers are smart enough to appreciate how big this game is to people in South Carolina.

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Cleveland Cavs update: Since we last met, my Cavs won 105-95 at Indiana and 97-91 at home vs. Philadelphia. The Cavs won’t play again until Wednesday when they will travel to Detroit to face the Pistons.

Winthrop Eagles update: The Eagles won a defensive battle yesterday against the Spartans of USC Upstate (49-46). At one point around the middle of the second half, the Eagles were down by 13 before making an epic run to win the game. Winthrop will be on the road on Monday when they travel to Clemson to face the Tigers. To be honest, my hope is that Clemson will forget about the game… or that Winthrop will build on their late second half run from yesterday and will stick it to the Tigers.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday fun night.....

The Wife left me home alone with Mary Ruth and Susie… so this is going to be short.

Big news... Oprah has announced that her TV show will end in 2011. I can’t help but think my blog has something to do with this announcement.

The post tonight is brought to you by ESPN…

We have two I’m just sayin… High School Football Games of the Week tonight. Game number one is a game that all in the state will be following: James Island at South Pointe. South Pointe is the defending Division II-AAAA state champion. James Island doesn’t care. The line is South Pointe by 21 ½. Give me JI and the points. Game number 2 is a lesser known contest but people in this area seem to care about it: Gaffney at Summerville. Gaffney killed Summerville last year… but this game is being played this year. The line is Summerville by 3. I say take Summerville and give the points.

Cleveland Cavs update: The Cavs are in Indiana tonight facing the Pacers.

Winthrop Eagles update: The Eagles are at home tomorrow against USC Upstate.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Raising money.......

As you, my faithful readers, are aware I spoke many weeks ago about the difference in the amounts that people give to their church and sports teams. For most, money goes first to the college booster clubs and then what is left (if any) goes to the church. I’ve thought some more about it and I’ve come to realize that the colleges just flat out do a better job of raising money. Let’s look at the 3 major colleges in South Carolina and see what their booster clubs are like.

The Eagle Club: This is the booster club for the Winthrop Eagles. There are 8 levels of membership in the Eagle Club. The first four levels are Gold ($50+), Garnet ($150+), Coaches ($300+), and Imperial ($500+). Next you have the President’s Circle, which is made up of the following four levels: Golden Eagle ($1,000+), Executive ($1,750+), Scholarship ($3,500+), and Platinum ($5,000+). There is also a student club (the WU Crew) and a club for children (the Lil’ WU Crew). Each of these levels, of course, comes with their own little set of “benefits”. One mistake Winthrop makes, in my opinion, is that the benefits for Imperial and Coaches are the same… and all four levels in the President’s Circle have the same benefits. So someone giving $5,000 doesn’t receive any more benefits than someone giving $1,000. To be fair, it might be this way because there might not be anyone giving more than $500 at this time… so it might not really matter. Winthrop’s Alumni base (for the most part) is still rather small and poor compared to the other two schools we’re going to look at.

IPTAY: This is the booster club for the Clemson Tigers. IPTAY has 10 levels: Purple ($140+), Orange ($350+), Champion ($700+), Tiger ($1,400), Howard ($2,100+), IPTAY ($2,800+), Jervey ($4,200+), McFadden ($5,600+), Fike ($7,000+), and Heisman ($10,000+). Clemson also has a student club (IPTAY Collegiate Club) as well as a level for children (Tiger Cub Club) and a club for teens (IPTAY CATS). The biggest benefit (that I can see) with each level is the number of football and basketball season tickets you are allowed to buy at that level. I have to admit… this just blows my mind.

The Gamecock Club: USC’s booster club, this also has ten levels: Roost ($55+), Century/Classroom Club ($165+), Roundhouse/Tutor Teammate ($385+), Half Scholar/Book Benefactor ($725+), Full Scholar/Computer Contributor ($1,500+), Silver Spur/Meal Member ($3,300+), Garnet Spur/Housing Host ($7,000+), Golden Spur/Tuition Tier ($10,000+), Platinum Spur/Scholarship Society ($15,000+), Diamond Spur/Commencement Circle ($30,000+). Just like with the other clubs, these have different levels of benefits… although I will say for $30,000 a year I think you should get to call at least one football play on offense and defense each game. I mean really, for $30,000+ a year you can buy a state worker.

So I hope by now you see where I’m going with this. Churches need to have different membership levels! BRILLIANT! I know. Of course, you have to be careful doing something like this. You don’t want people to think that the people in the higher levels will have a better shot at getting into heaven. Well, you DO want them to think that… you just don’t want them to know that you want them to think that. Different benefits could include “priority” parking and seating, car decal, church newsletter, use of church gym, extra prayers (whoops… how did that get there?)… anyway, you get the idea. I really think this could work. If only there was a new church with a preacher bold and brave enough to implement an idea like this. If only…

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Cleveland Cavs update: The Wizards (even without Harry Potter) were able to upset my Cavs 108-91 last night. The Cavs were off tonight.

Winthrop Eagles update: While there is still debate on if this is a real man’s sport or not, I have to congratulate the Winthrop men’s soccer team for winning the Big South Championship and making it to the NCAA Tournament (where they lost tonight to a bunch of spoiled rich kids. FYI… a devil by any other color is still a devil. Here’s a question… is a blue devil a liberal devil?).

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Clemson Tigers..............

I would like to take a second here to talk about Clemson football. As you well know, I am a huge Winthrop Eagle fan... but I grew up a Clemson fan. To be honest, I wouldn’t really call myself a Clemson fan anymore. I’m more of a Clemson football follower, if you will. I still cheer for them, but I’m not nearly as into Clemson football as I was back in the day. It’s funny (in a sad kind of way) but I can still remember when I stopped caring. It was September 11, 2004 and Clemson was playing Georgia Tech. The Tigers had ended the 2003 season on a high note (thanks in large part, I believe, to my friend Tony Elliott) and the ’04 season started with a win. I was all about Clemson football. Then I stayed up until after midnight to watch Clemson give the game to Georgia Tech. The next day, my sister-in-law’s Dad died (unrelated to the game... I think... he had been in the hospital for something and was going to go home when he died). [***A word about Tommy (my sister-in-law’s Dad)... I met him when I was in middle school some time after my brother started dating his daughter. I was rather tall for my age back then, but I met Tommy and thought “Good God this man is huge”. Anyway, he always treated me great. Maybe he was this way with everyone... but I like to think he treated me great because he thought I was a swell guy. It’s not like he had to be nice to me. It’s not like I was the one that was going to marry his daughter. Hmm, now that I think about it, maybe that’s why he was nice to me. But really, it’s not like I could intimidate the guy... at best, I could only hope to out run him. He was a great guy, and to be honest... I miss him.***] So, Tommy died on the 12th... and then Dach (aka, greatest dog ever... I’ve talked about him on here before) died that Monday (the 13th). After that, I just couldn’t care. I haven’t been able to care as much since. I don’t know why... I just don’t care anymore. I think in some way, I was pissed at Clemson for the way they played that game. Tommy was a big Clemson fan. What if he saw that game? The last game he ever saw and it was that?! How much would that suck? Oh well... enough of that talk.

Now let’s talk about CJ Spiller. Remember I told you here first weeks ago that this guy is fast (and good). I know some people don’t like him because of where he’s playing... but he’s still good. And he’s doing this stuff hurt. Amazing. I saw where he was voted one of their captains. I remember my friend Tony was a unanimous selection for captain his last season (2003). I always thought that might have been the highest honor for him (that I know of). I mean, he was a walk-on WR who was 4th on the list of Clemson receivers that most people wanted to talk about that year... and he was a unanimous selection. That’s respect right there.

I knew a baseball team that voted on captains (or had the coach appoint a captain) at the beginning of the year. We didn’t do that at JI. Someone (almost always a senior) just stepped up at some point. It was never something that was said out loud... it was just a case of everyone on the team looking to that guy. When I was there, Coach Hatley was teaching at Harbor View Elementary School and coaching at JI. So we would start stretching and warming up early so that when he got there we were ready to practice. The main thing the (unspoken) Captain would do is announce when it was time to get started. I remember my senior year standing out at the field thinking about who would be the one making that call that year when I noticed everyone was looking at me waiting for me to say something. That’s how it worked on that team.

I have an idea to help churches raise money... and I’ll tell it to you tomorrow. So make sure you check back tomorrow because this one is a good one.

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Cleveland Cavs update: My Cavs crushed Golden State last night 114-108. Tonight we are at Washington to play the Wizards (no, Jenn, Harry Potter doesn’t play for Washington).

Winthrop Eagles update: My Eagles are back in Rock Hill trying to figure out a way to make a jump shot in a game. I really hope they figure it out soon.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Do you believe in miracles?


I MADE A 97 ON MY FINANCE TEST LAST WEEK... proving once again that miracles still happen! With this 97, I still have a mathematical chance at an A in this class. It's a long shot though... but it does remind me of a Quantitative Methods class I took at Winthrop in the Fall of 2001. I found myself not doing too good in that class. I'm not one to make excuses... let's just say The Girlfriend was taking up a lot of my time. Anyway, with two tests and one other assignment left I was in need of the following grades: 100, 100, 100... in order to get a C in the class. Nailed it.

I have been told that it has been said that I am a fun guy to be around. It’s good to know that someone out there speaks well of me… especially when you consider The Wife and The Mother-in-Law are most likely out there speaking ill of me.

I wish I could play the guitar. Have you ever noticed when someone is speaking while a guitar is softly playing in the background they sound so cool and smart… it makes you feel like you really need to listen to what they’re saying. I’m thinking of paying someone to come with me to meetings and presentations just to play the guitar in the background while I speak. Really, it’s hard to do with anything other than a guitar. I tried something like this at work the other day using a cowbell, but I didn’t really get the result I was looking for.

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Cleveland Cavs update: The Cavs are playing the Golden State Warriors tonight.

Winthrop Eagles update: The Eagles were at the College of Charleston tonight. The Eagles are still ice cold from outside… which didn’t help things tonight. They fell to the Cougars 69-57.

Monday, November 16, 2009

I'm BAAAAAAAAAACK...........

I was away from my computer all day Saturday and then Sunday was my regular day of rest, but I’m back now and still great. I guess we have some catching up to do.

Let’s start with this……….. HOW ‘BOUT THEM TROJANS?! TR-OJ-A-N-S! TR-OJ-A-N-S! That’s what I’m talking about. Last Friday night, James Island beat Wren in OT. I still don’t think JI should have made the playoffs…. But since they’re in, they might as well win it.

Saturday was also a good football day. Navy was able to follow their expected win over Notre Dame with a 35-18 victory over Delaware. Navy still has a couple of games left in the regular season, but they have already accepted a bid to play in the Texas Bowl. They have this cool deal
here that allows you to purchase tickets and donate them to midshipmen or enlisted servicemen (and it’s tax deductible).

Clemson beat NC State bringing them one step closer to the ACC Championship game. Georgia Tech crushed Duke to win the Coastal Division of the ACC and earn their spot in the championship game. South Carolina went toe to toe with #1 Florida for 3+ quarters before falling at the end. They put up a good fight.

I spent most of Saturday in Rock Hill. I can tell you this… Winthrop alumni know how to give back to their school. There are some NICE buildings there that have been paid for (in large part, at least) by various alumni donors. I’m starting to save my money now so that one day business students can study in Horres Hall. Anyway, this past Saturday was Homecoming at Winthrop. This was the first fall Homecoming that I can remember at Winthrop. It might be the first one ever… I’m not sure and I’m too lazy to check. I bet Jeremy would know. He knows everything. The weather was great and I had a great time tailgating before the game. The game was… well, Winthrop won. Whoever said, “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game that matters” must have never won an ugly game. Winthrop played ugly up until the last 2 minutes. They did just enough to come away with a 2 point win over a very good (against Winthrop) Limestone team.

As you know, I’m not one to judge people but I have to ask… What kind of sick, twisted, crazy person watches that tv show Brothers and Sisters? I mean really, who can sit and watch such filth? (***NOTE: I’ve never seen the show… I didn’t even know about it until about today***). Ok Greg, what current TV shows do you like? NCIS, NCIS-LA, Psych, & Big Bang Theory are the main shows that I watch. There are others that I watch… but those are the main ones.

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Cleveland Cavs update: The Cavs beat Utah 107-103 on Saturday. They take the court again tomorrow night against Golden State.

Winthrop Eagles update: The Eagles will be in Charleston tomorrow night to face the College of Charleston. GO EAGLES!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday the 13th..........

The date was November 13... 1992. I remember it well. It was a dark night (because the sun and gone down). It is a special date... the last day I had a big brother. You see, he got married the next day. So there we were in Spartanburg, South Carolina the night before his wedding day. I was in the 8th grade at the time. I won’t go into details about what we did that night (because I have a preacher reading this thing...) but if you really must know, this pretty much sums it up. I will say that this night was the reason I’ve been addicted to strip clubs since the 8th grade. Haha... just kidding, I’ve been addicted to them since the 6th grade. But seriously, I’m not addicted... I could stop going if I wanted. ($10 says The Wife is rolling her eyes after reading that). Anyway, it was good to have one last fun night with my brother before he started his sentence... uh... marriage.

Well, well, well... looks like my James Island Trojans are in the playoffs. That’s right, the 3-8 Trojans are in the playoffs. My question is simple... How is this the first time in 6 years that they’ve made the playoffs? If all it takes is 3 wins, how are they not in it every year? High school football makes it look like it’s hard to make the post season in the NBA. I mean, when you’ve got 3-8 teams making the playoffs, maybe it’s time to stop letting so many teams in. Speaking of playoffs...

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The I’m just sayin... High School Football Game of the Week this week is none other than James Island at Wren. I don’t know much about Wren but I do know something about JI (and it ain’t pretty). Still, the Trojans are getting 21 points in the game. While I don’t think they’ll win, I do think the Trojans will cover... I say take JI and the points.

Cleveland Cavs update: The Cavs have the day off after cooling off the Miami Heat last night. In a game that saw some of the brightest stars in the NBA today (there are some good players playing for the Heat, too) LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavs won 111-104.

Winthrop Eagles update: Coach Peele told me the other day that this Winthrop team has worked very hard during the fall workouts and the player have gone through the toughest preseason conditioning of any group in the past seven years. I expect this hard work to pay huge dividends this season.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

CMAs and Sammy Sosa...

Congrats to Taylor Swift for all of her wins last night at the CMA’s (Music Video of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year). Congrats also to Charleston native Darius Rucker for winning Best New Artist of the Year. It seems Darius is just the second black performer singer to win an individual CMA award. Charley Pride won Entertainer of the Year in 1971 and Male Vocalist of the Year in 1971 and 1972. I love Darius, I loved him with Hootie and the Blowfish and I love him as a country singer. So it is with all due respect to Darius that I say what Charley Pride did was far greater than what Darius has done. I’m not saying it’s easy now for a black performer in country music… but I am saying it’s a heck of a lot easier now than it was in the early ‘70s.

Then again, the early ‘70s didn’t have all of the media outlets that we have now… so there’s a chance most country music fans back then didn’t know Pride was black. I can’t help but think about how it was when Pride’s friends found out he was going to the awards show. I think it was probably something like the scene in Lethal Weapon 2 when Leo and Murtaugh talk to the South African consulate about Murtaugh going to South Africa.

Anyway, it was a good show last night that was worth watching.

I’ve never been a Sammy Sosa fan, but still… What the hell happened to this guy? He went from this:

To this:

That ain’t right.

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Cleveland Cavs update: The Cavs won at Orlando last night 102-93. They are playing in Miami tonight.

Winthrop Eagles update: The Eagles signed 6’9” center Martaveous Smith out of Burke County, Georgia yesterday.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Veterans Day!

Well I had a great Veterans Day today. I watched an all day marathon of war/military related shows and movies... GI Joe (cartoon, not movie), Midway, Top Gun, Star Wars, NCIS, M*A*S*H... you know, all the good stuff. I also had my Dad come up and help me with a few home improvment projects The Wife wanted done. Of course, you have to understand that me saying I had my Dad help me with home improvement projects is like Dr. Watson saying he had Sherlock Holmes help him solve some cases. Anyway, it was fun and we got a lot of work done.

But really, I think I've told you on here before how much I respect veterans. They do something I'm not sure I'd be able to do. I've also told you about some books that all of you should read. Since I don't think you've read all of them yet, I will list them again for you:

Halsey’s Typhoon – A book about a typhoon during WWII that tossed around a bunch of aircraft carriers and battleships like they were little toys.

In Harm’s Way – About the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. One word... sharks.

We Were Soldiers Once... And Young – The movie was very close to the book... but the book was 100 times better. Amazing book.

Breakout – A book about the Chosin Reservoir Campaign in Korea (1950).

A Civil War: Army vs. Navy - While this book is about the Army/Navy football game, it is also a reminder that the guys who play in this game will one day serve in either the Army, Navy, or Marines. Great book. Go Navy! Beat Army!

Trust me, read these books and you'll have a whole new respect for people in the military and their family members.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Late night with I'm just sayin....

Well, the exam is over and I think I did ok on it. I was able to answer every question this time… at least that’s an improvement over last time. To be honest, I hate this class. The professor, I like. She, like all of the professors I’ve had here at CSU, is top notch. It’s just there is so much material each week that it kills me just to keep up. The good news is I will have no more exams in this class. The main thing we have left is a group project and I think I have a pretty good group. So I’ve got that going for me.

I love this picture that was forwarded to me by my good friend KC. That’s a classic look on De’Andre McDaniel’s face.

A fussy Susie is keeping me from typing so I’m going to cut this short.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

ANCHORS AWEIGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I told you earlier this week that it was going to happen and it did. Navy went to South Bend and laid it on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The final score was 23-21, but it wasn’t really close until the end. Navy just pounded the Irish… Notre Dame players are going to be hurting all of next week. Great game. GO NAVY! This is just another example of good overcoming evil.

I also told you to take James Island and the points last night… and I was right about that, too. The Trojans beat the West Ashley Wildcats by 10 points (35-25). This allowed the Trojans to end the season on a high note.

I have noticed something I find rather funny about college fans (mainly in football and basketball… but it might be like this in all sports). If their school has a good team, they will talk about their team. However, if their school doesn’t have a good team, they spend most of their time talking about their conference. As if just being in the conference makes them good. At best, this is faulty logic… at worst, a lame excuse for not winning.

Summerville won Region 8-AAAA, yet no Green Wave players will be playing in the North-South game. Seems you have to be under 20 years old to play in that game. HA! I don’t care what you think, jokes like that never get old.

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Just to let you know, I will not be posting tomorrow or Monday. I have been hearing from people who are having trouble keeping up with all of my posts. Seems the other blog they follow only has about 1 or 2 posts a week (max). So, in an effort to help them catch up, I will take the next two days off. Ok, the real reason is I need to study for my Finance exam on Tuesday. I didn’t do all that great on the first one, so I need to get a good grade on this one. And with USC playing at 12:30, Navy playing at 2:30, and Clemson playing at 7:45… well, let’s just say I haven’t gotten much studying done today. But I will be back and better than ever Tuesday night after my exam.

Cleveland Cavs update: The Cavs beat the Knicks last night, 100-91. Their next game is Wednesday night in Orlando against the Magic.

Winthrop Eagles update: Sophomore Point Guard Reggie Middleton is looking to lead The Eagles to a Big South Championship this season and add his name to the list of great Winthrop point guards. Middleton is a scoring threat who can open up scoring opportunities for other players. Like most Winthrop players last season, he seemed to improve as the season went on.

Friday, November 6, 2009

It's FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I forgot to congratulate the Yankees on winning their 27th World Series. There are some out there who hate the Yankees because, they say, the Yankees “buy” championships. I’m not a Yankee fan (GO CUBS!), but I don’t hate them. I don’t hate any team that spends money to win. I hate the teams that don’t spend money. I don’t have the numbers in front of me right now, but at one point there were teams receiving more money from the Yankees (through the “luxury tax”) than they were spending on their payroll. That’s what I hate.

Who knew that this whole Rap/Hip-Hop/whatever the kids are calling it thing would one day become so mainstream? Rappers are now in TV shows. Does anyone else see the irony in Ice-T (of “Cop Killer” fame) playing a cop on TV? Ice Cube (from the group that gave us “F**k tha Police”) has been in so many movies (even a kids movie!) there’s a chance younger people will know him more for that than his music. Dr. Dre (from the same group) is in a Dr. Pepper commercial. Snoop Dogg has been in movies and on TV. There are plenty of others...

So you may have noticed I’ve had some commercials on here. I’m looking for new and old funny (or cool) commercials. I have some that I’ll be posting from time to time... but if you think of any, let me know and I’ll try to find it on YouTube. My post today is brought to you by Nike...

The I’m just sayin... High School Football Game of the Week tonight is James Island at West Ashley. Folks, when these two rivals meet you can throw the record books out the window. It is shocking, really, for anyone who hasn’t been following high school football in this area for some time that these two teams are at the bottom of their respective regions. The Wildcats are favored in this one by 2 points... I say take the Trojans and the points. And keep the women and children at home, because this one could be ugly.

Cleveland Cavs update: Cavs vs. Knicks. Tonight. Some of the Yankees players will be on hand to watch my boy LeBron lead the Cavs to victory.

Winthrop Eagles update: If The Eagles are going to have a good season, they are going to need big things from Junior forward George Valentine. Valentine showed great improvement as the season went on last year. If he was able to continue that improvement over the summer, I expect great things from him this season.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thursday thinkings….

I don’t feel good. Last night my world was shaken to its core. Have you ever found out something about someone you thought you knew and it just knocked you off your feet? That’s what happened to me last night. I found out something and it made me dizzy. I mean… I was speechless. ME! SPEECHLESS?! That’s how bad it was. It was so horrible that I tried to just forget about it. I wasn’t going to share it on here but I have to. After all, there are no secrets here (that you know of). What was so bad? Where should I begin? I mean, I’ve known this woman for a long time. We went to college together. We worked on group projects together (I practically carried her through some of our business classes). For confidentiality reasons, I won’t say her name… let’s just say I was happy when Jeremy married her. Anyway, I’m sure you want to know what she said that was so bad. I’m still not sure I can repeat it. I just don’t understand it. Ok, before I tell you, I need you to promise that you won’t hold this against her. I mean, it’s not like any of us are perfect. To be honest, The Wife didn’t have a problem with what was said. This figures… 99/100 The Wife will side with this other person over me, so of course she wouldn’t have a problem with it. So… here is what she said: “I don’t think Bill Cosby is funny”. “I didn’t like The Cosby Show. It wasn’t funny (except for that one time they were all dancing)”. Even now, 24 hours later, I’m at a loss for words. Bill Cosby isn’t funny?! The Cosby Show wasn’t funny?! How is that possible? And she wasn’t just saying that to get under my skin. We watched clips of The Cosby Show and of Bill Cosby’s stand-up appearances… and she didn’t even crack a smile. Nothing! I mean, we saw his “God talking to Noah” routine and his “Giving chocolate cake to the kids for breakfast” routine, and SHE DIDN’T LAUGH! I mean NOTHING! I know what you’re thinking, “Greg, maybe she just didn’t understand the jokes?” Well friends, I thought of that. I wanted that. So I asked her to make sure she understood the jokes (turns out she did). She said they just weren’t funny. How could someone say such a thing? I’m not one to judge people, but she’s just WRONG.

Oh, speaking of judging people… I got selected to be on the Grand Jury again next year. So when all is said and done I will have given two years of my life to this service. It’s just my way of giving back to the community. Trying to make Dorchester County a better place for all of us… and getting $25 and a free lunch once a month. At least we’re in the new courthouse now. That’s pretty cool.

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Cleveland Cavs update: The Bulls got lucky and beat my Cavs by one tonight (86-85). The Cavs will get back in the win column tomorrow night when they travel to New York to beat the Knicks. The game will be on ESPN at 8:00pm.

Winthrop Eagles update: Fans are excited to see what red-shirt sophomore C Matt Morgan can do for The Eagles this season. Morgan transferred to Winthrop last year from St. Bonaventure.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I liked Country better back when it was ugly...

That’s a good Tim Wilson song from years ago. It’s kind of how I feel about NASCAR. Ok, I’ve never really been a huge NASCAR fan... sure, I think Richard Petty is larger than life... but I’m sure everyone feels that way. Still, I would usually watch a race or two each year plus parts of almost every race if I came across it while watching TV. (***Side note: I remember watching some of the 2001 Daytona 500. I was walking out the door when Dale Earnhardt wrecked. I didn’t think much of it... it didn’t look nearly as bad as a wreck earlier in the race. It wasn’t until later that night I found out that wreck killed Earnhardt. End side note***). Anyway, this past Sunday I watched my first race in about two years. It just doesn’t feel the same. It hasn’t felt the same in a long time. Maybe it’s just a case of thinking things were better “back then”... but it really feels like things were better. Again, I’m no expert, so I could be wrong. I know some changes were for safety reasons and, even if I don’t agree with all of them, I can respect why these changes came about. But there's something else that's gone bad. Fine, I’ll say it... I think things started going downhill for NASCAR when it became popular outside of the South. Yet again, the yankees up north and the hippies out west are ruining my life.

For any of you scoring at home, so far we have received 3 home cooked meals (all chicken, yet all different... and all AWESOME). We also received food from one of our favorite pizza places and a frozen meal. So far, this baby thing is really paying off for us.

I have to note here that The Mother-in-Law has eaten some of the home cooked meals that were brought to us. Meals that were made for ME. Well played, Mother-in-Law... well played.

Ok, I put off talking about this as long as I could... what the heck happened to Navy last week? Temple. Temple? Temple?! How do you lose to Temple? That’s just bad.

However... the Midshipmen will need to regroup for their game this Saturday at South Bend. That’s right... It’s Navy at Notre Dame this Saturday and my money is on Navy.

Is it bad that I sometimes find myself watching a game on TV in hopes that I’ll see one of my current favorite commercials (both for Miller High Life)?

Cleveland Cavs update: The Cavs are taking a day off before showing the Bulls how to play NBA basketball.

Winthrop Eagles update: Eagles Head Coach Randy Peele is writing a weekly column this year for the website collegechalktalk.com.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


So I’ve been hearing a lot from the community… people keep writing me and asking for advice. Well, here you go.

Dear I’m just sayin…,

I’ve had a blog since 2008. You’ve only had a blog since the middle of September and already you have many, many, many, many, many, many more posts than I do. How do you do it?

Yours truly,

Struggling blogger

Dear Struggling,

Don’t compare your blog to mine… we’re both just doing the best we can. I think it’s great that you’ve posted as much as you have. After all, you are a busy person… what with a dog and baby and working once a month. You’ve done well. I’m just happy that I only have two children, three dogs, 40+ hours of work a week, and two MBA classes. With your schedule, I’m not sure I’d be able to do it all. And really, it’s not like you told people you’d post a certain number of posts each week.

Dear I’m just sayin…,

I am the first born son in my family. I made good grades in school, was a star baseball player, a pretty good basketball player… really just an all around perfect guy. Yet, now whenever I go back home all I ever hear about is my brother. My high school baseball coach even called my brother “The Greatest Second Baseman EVER”. Uh, I played second base… What’s the deal? I have way more awards than him. Really, the only thing he has on me is about 70 pounds.


Frustrated Bubby

Dear Frustrated,

Cry me a freakin’ river big boy. Maybe you’re looking at the wrong things. You have all these individual achievements, so why does your coach think so highly of your brother? Have you ever stopped to think about the success your coach had with your brother on the team? Sure, you were a great player who stole a lot of bases but your brother made the players around him better… which is probably why his teams won 4 Region Titles and 2 State Championships. And really, keep weight out of it… you’re better than that.

Dear I’m just sayin…,

I keep having girl troubles. It seems all of my girlfriends feel threatened by my (completely straight) relationship with my older, wiser friend. I think his awesomeness scares them away.

What should I do?

Blue Devil

Dear Blue,

I have to ask The Wife for permission before I do anything. Forgive me if I fail to see how your situation is a “problem”.

Well, that’s all we have time for tonight. Sorry if I didn’t get to answer your questions tonight. Don’t worry, I’ll get to them someday soon.

Cleveland Cavs update: The Cavs beat the Wizards tonight by 12 (102-90). The next game on the schedule is Thursday night vs. the Bulls.

Winthrop Eagles update: The Eagles are expecting big things from their senior C Andy Buechert. Buechert, from Germany, helped lead the Eagles to the Big South Championship two years ago but had to sit out last year after hurting his knee in the pre-season.

Monday, November 2, 2009

What's in a name......

Ever think about names? Why do people have the names they have? How about pets?

My brother has the same middle name (Copeland) that our maternal grandfather had. I have the same middle name (Winfield) as my Dad and paternal grandfather. Incidentally, I have the same initials (GWH) as my Dad and paternal grandfather… clearly making me Dad’s favorite. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. Speaking of my Dad, he was named after his dad. My nephew has the same middle name as my brother.

Mary Ruth gets part of her name (Mary) from The Mother-in-Law (and The Wife’s paternal grandmother) and my paternal grandmother (Ruth). Susie is named after my maternal grandmother. The Wife and I are probably the least original when it comes to names… but hey, we like ‘em.

Even my dogs have names that mean something. The Wife had a dog (Lucky) who died while we were in college so I told her when we got married we’d get a dog and name it after Lucky. So we found a dog that I loved (and The Wife liked)… but this was a girl dog… so we named her Lucy. Maverick got his name from my high school nickname (long story). Of course, this is also the name of a very funny Mel Gibson movie and the Tom Cruise character in Top Gun. Mary Ruth named Scooby… not hard to guess where she got that name from. It’s also interesting to note that Scooby is Spanish for pain in my a… well, I’m not 100% sure of the translation.

Cleveland Cavs update: The Cavs spent today preparing for their game tomorrow night vs. the Wizards. It should be another win for the Cavs.

Winthrop Eagles update: The Eagles are having their tip-off dinner this Thursday night. The Guest Speaker is Bob Valvano. I really wish I could be there to see him. Of course, if I could make it to the event, chances are I would be the Guest Speaker and Bob wouldn’t be there… at least, that’s what I’m telling myself.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

So now we are left with Faith, Hope, and Love…

...And the greatest of these is love. But that doesn’t mean we should forget about faith and hope.

Had a chance to hear a good sermon today at Ashley Ridge Church on the subject of Faith. Thought I’d get to hear the George Michael song… but it didn’t happen. Still, it was a good sermon.

So I was thinking (yes, during the sermon… don’t judge me) how many times do you think the first five rows at a sporting event (or a concert) are empty? My guess would be not many. Now let me ask you this… How many times do you think the first five rows at church are full? From what limited research I’ve done, it seems most people when given the choice will sit as close as they can at a concert or sporting event and as far back as they can at church. Interesting…

As you know, I went to Ashley Ridge Church today. The Wife even decided to come and bring Susie and Mary Ruth. It was there first time there.

One thing I like about this church is that when the Worship Leader is ready to go, he just comes out and starts playing his guitar while the preacher is still talking. He starts playing softly but if the preacher doesn’t get the hint, he’ll start playing a little louder. Or maybe it’s something that’s all planned out before hand… but I’d like to think he just does it on his own.

Got a new book last night, A Brief History of James Island: Jewel of the Sea Islands. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but if I could change the title it would be something like, A Brief History of James Island: God’s Gift to Earth.

Cleveland Cavs update: The Cavs won their game last night over the Bobcats. Their next game is tomorrow night against the Wizards.

Winthrop Eagles update: The Eagles are expecting big things from their junior F/C Charles Corbin. Corbin has improved every year so far at Winthrop and many think this could be a big breakout year for him.