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August 31, 2016 - 5:58 pm
I have pondered the question and my answer several times over the summer and into the early part of fall camp. What would be the biggest shock of the 2016 college football season here in the Palmetto State: Clemson missing out on the College Football Playoff or South Carolina punching its ticket to...
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Mike Venditti
August 30, 2016 - 4:34 pm
Whenever I'm asked about why I decided to become a Gamecocks fan when I moved to South Carolina back in high school, it never takes me long to give an answer. The fans. Not the johnny-come-lately bandwagon fools that have probably already found their orange paw hats buried in their closet. The real...
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Mike Venditti
August 23, 2016 - 4:59 am
After finishing 2015 with an abysmal 3-9 record including a loss to The Citadel, expectations in Columbia are quite low for 2016. I'd have to say that my own personal fan expectations are equally low, but I am starting to feel some optimism. Maybe it's just because football is almost here, maybe it...
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Mike Venditti
August 15, 2016 - 11:20 am
A lot of you aren't going to like what I have to say in this post...but it needs to be said. We don't have a leg to stand on right now. I'm sorry, but it's the truth. Our Gamecocks finished 3-9 in 2015, our legendary coach walked out mid-season (which I'm okay with, but it happened) and we're...
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Mike Venditti
August 12, 2016 - 5:09 am
The Spurrier Era of South Carolina football has officially come to an end. The HBC has taken an ambassador and consultant position at his Alma Mater, the University of Florida. He will no longer dress in garnet and black. He will no longer be seen around campus. He's gone. What isn't gone is the...
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Mike Venditti
August 11, 2016 - 5:12 am
Welcome to the very first edition of Tales From The Cockpit. To get some business out-of-the-way, this blog will be a weekly (and sometimes twice weekly) opinion blog about South Carolina Gamecocks football. I am a fan journalist, so prepare yourself for that before reading...though I'm sure most...
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Mike Venditti
August 10, 2016 - 8:08 am
Welcome to Bases Loaded. A blog (and sometimes podcast) about baseball, baseball and a little more baseball. Originally I had planned on resurrecting my Bases Loaded blog with a nice piece on Alex Rodriguez's crazy journey and forced retirement. I will instead direct you to Jared Carrabis' piece on...
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July 23, 2016 - 3:34 am
Friday marked the Coastal Division’s turn to take the podium, and I may be a little biased, but Clemson really stole the show (until Steve Addazio took over for a few minutes). From paisley shirts to pillows at the Ritz Carlton, here are some of my favorites from Day 2 of the ACC Kickoff.....
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July 22, 2016 - 5:21 am
Football is upon us. The ACC kicked off the 2016 season with a bang on Thursday, officially announcing the creation of an ACC Network in partnership with ESPN, which is a huge positive for all ACC sports. But football was the focus for the rest of the day in Charlotte, as the head coaches and...
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July 15, 2016 - 2:09 pm
Chad Kelly ran his mouth a little bit while in front of the mic yesterday at the final day of SEC Media Days. In other news, water is wet. He declared himself to be the best quarterback in the country in addition to insisting that LSU’s Death Valley is the “real” Death Valley, obviously a jab at...
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