I've spent a lot time trying to figure out how to start this out without boasting, but circumventing the humblebrag has proven more difficult than its worth. So here's the deal: 2014 has been very good to Garnet And Black Attack. Thanks to some strong additions to our staff and hard work by the whole GABA team, many South Carolina fans who had not previously darkened our electronic door have become regular readers.
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