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The Return. Again.

This is the last time I'm going to pull a disappearing act. I think.

The last few weeks have included the return of the traveling circus that is the Georgia General Assembly, a few issues dealing with the fairer gender that (alas) remain unresolved and an attack of a disease that must have been the much-feared bird flu.

Sure, they look innocent enough...

In the interim:

--Charlie Weis is no longer a Supergenius, mostly because he said so.
--The Gamecocks basketball team still pretty much sucks. Pick one.
--This argument won't go away. And the editorial position of this blog will always remain the same: I would rather be a mediocre team in a great conference than a good team in a conference that lends new meaning to the word "mediocre." (And for anyone who thinks the ACC is still far superior to the SEC in basketball, I would simply ask which conference has the last two champions and a team who will be No. 1 in the next poll. Just saying.)

And baseball is back.

South Carolina outscored East Carolina 26-18 on Saturday, the problem being that it was between two games of a doubleheader, one a pummeling of the Pirates by the Gamecocks and the other a pretty healthy South Carolina defeat.

These are, of course, the first two games of the season, so trying to read too much into them would be a mistake. But you don't exactly want to lose by nine runs at home in the second game of the year if you hope to find a way to Omaha. Such is life with metal bats, which really ought to be banned at all levels. But that is an argument for another day.

The plan for the blog is for baseball to be supreme until the end of the season, which with any luck will come in Nebraska (the only context in which I will ever utter those words). After that, of course, I'll pivot back to full-time football coverage, which will make a sporadic appearance along with the search for the first baskeball coach South Carolina will have had since Frank McGuire.

The Gamecocks are actually good at baseball, at least historically. We can hope that coverage of hardball will be more enjoyable than the 2007 effort on the gridiron.