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Still talking football
Even though football season is now officially over (isn’t it?), the honors keep rolling in for Gamecock football players whose season ended the day after Thanksgiving.
Just in, on Tuesday Kashawn Robinson was named the GACA Defensive Player of the Year, while CJ Wright and Tyquan Johnson were each named GACA All State.
Last week Kashawn was named the 2017 WJBF Football Friday Night/Carolina Panther All-CSRA Defensive Player of the Year with CJ and Davien Perry making the All Area defensive and offensive lines, respectively.
Did everyone enjoy the Super Bowl Sunday? It was a super game; a lot of fun to watch. Seems like most folks wanted the Patriots to lose. Like I said last week, nobody cares about the Philadelphia Eagles. I reckon they were just the anti-New England team.
Can’t say that I totally get that line of thought, you know, hating them because they win a lot. It is not like they are Exxon or BP or Wells Fargo, big businesses that are so easy to hate.
I actually pulled for Brady and the Patriots, but I did not lose any sleep over their loss. Hate them not for their greatness. They are just well-run. They recognize potential. Probably 90 percent of that team has been available to every other team at some point in time. Remember Tom Brady in the sixth round.
Forget about Spygate and Deflategate.
Did you cringe every time Chris Collinsworth or Al Michaels mentioned the still embarrassing fourth-quarter performance of the Falcons a season ago?
Speaking of business, I checked to see the net worth of the New England Patriots. I found $3.2 billion. Pretty big business. Close to the same value are things like Halliburton (think Dick Cheney), BG Products (I had to look it up and it is not the rapper), MTV, Chipotle, and Fanta. The former host of the Celebrity Apprentice, a WWE Hall of Famer, says his name is worth $3.3 billion.
In this century, the Pats have been to the AFC championship game 12 times. You have to wonder what happened in the years that they did not make it. They have been to eight Super Bowls. Once upon a time my Raiders could have been that team. Between 1967 and 1983, the Silver and Black played in 11 AFL/AFC Championship games. The difference is that the Raiders went to only four Super Bowls.
Currently, the New England streak of AFC championship games is seven with four wins. From 1973 to 1977, there were five consecutive Raider trips to that game. They claimed one win. I’ve plugged it before, read “Badasses: The Legend of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death and John Madden’s Raiders” by Peter Richmond for the story.
The Raiders’ plight of long ago brings to mind a couple of old sayings. First there is “coulda, shoulda, woulda” and then there is “if frogs had wings they wouldn’t bump their ‘behinds’ when they jump.” What if the Rob Lytle’s fumble in 1977 and been ruled a fumble. What if the Steelers’ hadn’t intentional iced the sidelines (outside the hash marks) in 1975? Oh well.
I did lose sleep over those conference championship losses. They also lost the AFL championships in 1968 and 1969. I wish I could make those go away by just calling them fake news.
Yesterday was the regular signing day for college football. Back in December, Tyquan Johnson inked his name to play for USC-East. Until yesterday, SCHS All-Stater CJ Wright had not signed. Yes, he committed to GSU before the season started last fall. That in mind, it was super impressive to see a coaching crew from across the river at the Harold Lee Scott Gymnasium Saturday night to again touch base with Wright.
Witnessing Wright’s basketball “prowess” were Georgia Southern Eagles’ Head Coach Chad Lunsford, Defensive Coordinator Scot Sloan, and Defensive Line Coach Victor Cabral. The great thing to me is the effort that they are putting in for CJ. It has always seemed that various staffs over the years have ignored us. Nice to emerge from the shadows.
It has been another rough winter for Gamecock athletics. Spring is here and good things are almost automatically going to happen. Lady Gamecock tennis swept a pair of creditable, much larger, opponents on Saturday. While the boys lost a pair of winnable matches to the same teams, with the early start Kyle Reynolds has plenty of time to fill a hole or two that may have emerged down the lineup.
Soccer will no doubt pick up a lop-sided region win Friday. They will be at home on Tuesday. Baseball may be an unknown this year.
To get this into the column, as you will see elsewhere in the paper, it is again time for Hall of Fame nominations to be submitted.
Folks are always asking why so-and-so is not in the Hall of Fame. More times than not that person is not in because that person has never been nominated. So do some nominating if you have someone in mind.
Do some homework and get a “resume” in. Just the nomination does not assure an induction, there are 66 living members with votes, but it is the only way to have a chance.