In Brief Sports

A lot changes in four years

Remember when John Fox was one of the best coaches in football? Seems like so long ago. I hate to say this but I’m glad that the full slate of Falcons games are broadcast here on HHI, and not the Panthers — this season has been painful enough to follow with ESPN ScoreCenter push notifications.

In Brief

Watching the game in the era of Twitter

It’s so much fun to watch the game with tweets about the Chargers and Patriots on in the background. Lots of great fan reaction — it’s like watching the game with a bunch of friends, except my place won’t be trashed at the end of the game. :) Go Chargers!

Feel the BRRR!

It was a chilly one out today — not to mention rainy, nasty, gloomy, depressing — the kind of weather that, as we all know, I abhor. :) While tomorrow will be sunnier, it’ll be the beginning of a serious cold snap. Can you say upper 20s? Yikes! Perhaps winter has, at long last, finally arrived? Or will it just rebound to 70 in a couple weeks like it has in the past? Time will tell. Charleston is such an interesting weather town.

So last night was the party. It was quite good — no real complaints. I had fun, met some cool people, and there was the little bits of drama mixed in (as per the norm at most parties) — good times, overall. I was there far, far later than I had anticipated though. Today started for me at about 1:30 PM. Whoops. Haha. Oh well…

At 4 or so I made the drive to my parents’ place and we had excellent chicken soft tacos and watched the Cowboys squeak by the Giants. That was a really good game. The best part about today came in two sub-parts, though: The Chargers won, and the Colts lost. This means the Chargers have a share of the AFC lead (the Colts still would be seeded #1 for their better conference record). Things are looking very good for the Chargers right now in terms of a first-round bye, but they’ve gotta keep up playing for the next few weeks. This will go down to the wire, for sure.

Other than that, there isn’t much to report for today…was pretty standard, as Sundays go.

And with that, let exam panic begin. :)

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Yet another reason why I don’t quite blend in (or: Blasphemy!)

I’m about to make a startling admission, at risk of expulsion from the state, a few of my friendships, and just society in general:

I’m probably the only sports fan in South Carolina who doesn’t really have an opinion on today’s South Carolina v. Clemson game.

Hell, for my first twelve years in South Carolina I didn’t even realize this was going on. I grew up in a staunchly NFL household — Sunday, not Saturday, was our day. It was customary to root for the Chargers and for the team playing Denver (and the then-L.A. Raiders, too). When 1995 rolled around and we finally got a franchise to sort of call our own, then it was root for the Panthers, for the Chargers, and against Denver and the Raiders. So my disinterest toward Carolina/Clemson doesn’t stem from a lack of knowledge of rivalry games; far from it.

When I was younger, college football totally baffled me. Why were there numbers next to the teams on the scoring bug? Why are the hashmarks so wide of the goalposts? Only one foot inbounds? Why aren’t the referees numbered, and why is that wide receiver about to kick a field goal? It perplexed the crap out of me, so I switched away from the game and watched The Weather Channel instead.

With time, I began to figure out most of these things (I still need to run the hashmark rule through The Google) and realized that, well, college is just a different set of circumstances, and I came to appreciate the ways the differences in the rules opened up the game a bit. I’m somewhat rehabilitated now; I did watch Ohio St. vs. Michigan this weekend, and I did manage to at least catch the championship game in January. I think my main issue with NCAA football is still the BCS, though — why can’t they have playoffs like every other sport? What’s with the 50-something day layoff between the final games and the bowl games? Hell, I think two weeks between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl is too long.

So that brings us to Carolina/Clemson. Now, I in my infinite cluelessness (likely induced by watching The Weather Channel all those Saturdays) only found out about the importance of this game four years ago as a freshman at Lander, where it seems the world literally stopped for about three hours while everyone watched this game. Okay, it’s the two big football schools in South Carolina going against each other…big deal. They’re not even in the same conference, and most of the time they’re not jockeying for any meaningful national championship position. But, it’s a rivalry game. It’s very much Carolina vs. Atlanta, San Diego vs. Oakland, or Washington vs. Dallas. The game also gives newspaper editors the unique opportunity to write such perverse headlines such as “TIGERS BEAT COCKS” or “COCKS TAME TIGERS” or something to that effect. Alas, with a lack of real allegiance to any of these schools, I have no weight on which side I should root for. I do hope that the game is clean from start to finish, and that the headlines tomorrow evoke a giggle. I’ll be busy, well, watching The Weather Channel.

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Stuff learned this weekend

Stuff I learned this weekend during those rare times when I went out of the house:

  • South Carolina has some real issues with defending against a field goal block. Or two. Or three. That was gut-wrenching to watch. (Yes, I dabble in college football every once in a while.)
  • The NFL is still incredibly unpredictable. Week 10 was definitely full of upsets, with Green Bay beating Minnesota, Houston beating Jacksonville, the Jets beating the Patriots, Miami beating Kansas City, and Pittsburgh beating New Orleans. The best upset of the weekend, though, was Cleveland beating Atlanta — a Carolina win tonight will put the Panthers in a better position in the South (Atlanta still holds the head-to-head advantage pending the result of their Week 17 matchup with Carolina). And I’ll tell you what…Buffalo sure gave Indy a scare!
  • Never, ever, ever, ever let me watch any movie that has anything to do with computers. I will pick it apart. The latest victim: Stay Alive, which is predicated on people dying the same way they do in a computer game. I recommend it — if you’re intoxicated.
  • Wes Craven is a sick, sick man — and that’s what makes him such a genius.

Hmmm…I should get out more. Only four bullet points? Ridiculous. I’m sure I missed something.


Good morning folks! My midterm hell for this semester is officially over as of this morning. I don’t think they went too badly; but we’ll see if it’s a false sense of confidence or what. ;)

Despite the exams, it was a pretty good weekend. I enjoyed the nice crisp air under the sunny skies (indeed, a stark contrast to this gray and muggy morning). Saturday I went with a friend to the Friends of the Library Book Sale and absolutely loaded up on books and even a few videos. Some of these are absolutely priceless, particularly the Windows 95 Feature Introduction video hosted by Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry back in 1995. I’ll have a picture of the cover of that one; it’s fairly priceless. Sunday, in an act of stress relief, I took a long walk downtown amongst the tourists and saw a giant cruise ship, among other things. Was actually a nice walk — gotta take advantage of the nice weather while we have it.

It was a good Sunday for football, too. Both the Panthers and Chargers came away with victories. The Panthers game was fantastic. Delhomme threw for a career high in yardage, and the Panthers and Ravens really got into a dogfight. Kyle Boller, by the way, showed some of that late-season form for the Ravens in relief of Steve McNair…very interesting. He plays best when he feels as if he has something to prove. The Chargers beat the 49ers…as expected. They’re a good team that’s beat up on a lot of bad teams and gone 1-1 against decent squads. That’s not too shabby. Giving Philip Rivers freedom was one of the best things Schottenheimer could do. That, and LT is a stud: Four touchdowns on Sunday makes him a fantasy football dream.

I caught the last eight minutes of the Bears-Cardinals game, and witnessed one of the most epic collapses in modern football history. The Bears, which scored nothing offensively, got its trademark defense going in the 4th quarter and great special teams play to ring up 27 on the Cardinals and come away with a victory — this, after being down 20-3 at the half. The Bears ended up with six turnovers in the game, four courtesy of Rex Grossman interceptions. They should not have won; the Cardinals gave them the game. One bright spot for Arizona: Matt Leinart did everything he was supposed to do, and looked fantastic against that Bears D. As for Da Bears…they’re still undefeated, standing at a sterling 6-0. They should have lost that game, though, no question.

Anyway, enjoy your Tuesday — lots of things to do today.