This week's cover girl tweet comes from Brittany Lane of Spurs Up Blog. She makes a point that hadn't occurred to me, either, even though my birthday came well after the '84 Navy game too. Actually, "well after" isn't exactly true. The timing of my birthday is conspicuous given that it comes approximately nine months after the aforementioned "Navy game." Don't ask me how I figured that out. But I digress. Anyway, I've heard about the Navy game enough that it feels like I was not only alive when it happened, but that I was there. This is a must-win game for the Gamecocks this year if, for no other reason, than we can finally move past it as a fan base.
This team, being so far removed from 1984, has an advantage over the 1988 squad that avenged our defeat. The loss is not visceral for them. Indeed, I get the feeling that this team is running against a whole host of demons that we as Carolina fans have held onto for a long time. It is important to remember that these kids are not fans yet. They're still players -- young players. Everyone has their own personal litmus test of something that makes them feel old. For me, it's whether or not you were old enough to see the Lion King in theaters. That's a line of demarcation for my generation. If you saw Simba become a man on the silver screen, you and I share a cultural bond. If not, well, get the heck off my lawn you whippersnapper!
More tweets after the jump.
More on the Navy game from our pals at Leftover Hot Dog. What do you think the chances are that Garcia throws a touchdown against the Midshipmen? Considering Navy's first two opponents of the season were Delaware and Western Kentucky I think we have a chance.
Is it just me or is Marcus Lattimore
starting to sound more like a coach than Steve Spurrier? Don't be so hard on yourself, Marcus. Ya done good so far.
Andy Demetra has been really geeking out on the stats this week, which I love. This helps you understand just how integral Alshon Jeffery
is to our offense. And if Andy Demetra really wants to blow our minds he'll figure out what percentage of 3rd and 4th downs Alshon and Marcus accounted for in 2010. Whaddoya think, 50%? 75%?
This warms my heart. We're starting to sell out games again before
game day. Hopefully our season opener against Navy will sell out as well.
Good! Throw the book at that guy. There's no excuse for providing impermissible benefits to recruits in this day and age. "Feels betrayed." Are you kidding me? He's the one who betrayed the University of South Carolina. Did he have a Nevin Shapiro complex going on? Let this be a lesson to the rest of you rule-breakers out there.
I don't want to dwell on this too much, but I don't understand this tweet. Here, David Cloninger is lamenting that people have asked him the same question eleven times. Just because people ask you a question on Twitter doesn't mean you have to answer them. In fact, if you keep answering their questions they're going to keep asking you. Apparently, it's easier to type one tweet to David Cloninger than to spend 5 minutes on Google looking up an obscure stat. Why you got to call out people for being honestly curious and trusting you as their source? I don't know, maybe I'll understand when I become popular enough to reach 100 followers.
I'm going to say the same thing here that UGA fans said about Spurrier when he returned to the SEC. A little bit of humility goes a long way. I had a pretty good experience with Georgia fans, myself. Now if we could just work on those Pickens County folks.