Well, we can only hope that the end of 2010 indicates the end of severely embarrassing defeats and questionable mistakes from the G-cocks. I became so fed up watching the overthrows and overthinking that I formulated my own New Year’s resolutions for the team. Optimistically thinking, these goals will surpass the typical life expectancy for resolutions and transfer into next season.
Well, Gamecocks, I gotta hand it to you. This game just rose to top ten most embarrassing, and that’s a really tough feat. I mean, Vandy? Really? Shameful.
Yes everyone was a little ticked off by the fact that we couldn’t find the game anywhere there for a while…(www.espn3.com blacked us out…we LIVE in South Carolina.) But I searched for the game for a long time, knowing that my Gamecocks would make me proud once I found it. Nawwwt.
By the second quarter, I literally wanted to gear up to play. Anyone could have played better then them, seen that pass coming and seen the recovered fumble opportunity. Sure we had a lot of yards and some big plays, but ultimately, it’s what the scoreboard reports. And all I saw was a big L on it.
We were missing Lattimore, which was obviously severely detrimental. But the sign of a good team is one that can go on without its best player. Remember Georgia without A.J. Green? That was fun.
But I guess we did kind of go with it…and I have to hand this game to Brian Maddox, who I’ve always liked. And of course I have to give a shout out to Kenny Miles, who we’ve all missed seeing so much.
I’m cringing as I write this…but I also have to say good game to Garcia. Perhaps he finally got his long locks cut back out of his face or something, but he actually made us proud at this road game.
I feel like I say this a lot… But in the end, we finally came around. We know we aren’t winning most improved or most consistent, but maybe next time they could step up their game for some fan loyalty points.
You would think the only song running through my head this weekend would be Sandstorm (that literally played 5,000 times game day). But no. It’s Clay Aiken’s (I know...) “Invisible.”
Now that we’re are all feeling so, um, feminine, you should understand why I say this. Who wouldn’t want to be “invisible” or a “fly on the wall” in the USC locker room after the game?
You just beat the number one team in the nation, you broke McElroy’s 8th-grade winning streak and your fans love you more than ever. I mean, where can you even go from here?
Apparently when our Gamecocks returned to the locker room they just flipped out in disbelief (no shit). But who didn’t flip out after the game? Five points was un-navigable, tailgates were torn apart and fans were running around crazy.
As my black dress grew darker with André and beer stains, I kept realizing that this is my crazy-ass school. And we had just beat the number one team in the nation.
Never before has USC beaten a No. 1 team…in football, that is. So obviously everyone was freaking out. My new friends behind me, however, didn’t quite understand the concept. “So, like, if we beat the No. 1 team…are we, like, No. 1?” Uhh, no. But we’re getting up there. Fans were so pumped that they lined up to storm the field, even though they knew handcuffs were soon to follow. Just look at this guy getting taken out. Just kidding. That was from a soccer game.
But people seriously did get arrested. And tased.
Gamecock fans are known for complaining. Hey, I do it myself. Sometimes, how can we not complain when Garcia is our quarterback? I mean, helllllllooo, safety over the field goal. What was that anyway? But I honestly can’t complain here. If I were to find something to complain about this game, here’s what I would say:
- Alshon is too fast…I can’t see him when he runs.
- It’s hard to believe that Lattimore is real.
- The stands were too loud.
But really, though. The Gamecocks played some hard football, then looked to the scoreboard and realized they beat Alabama. 'Bama scored their points in literally the weirdest ways possible, and that just wasn’t enough. We did some serious cock-blocking and won fair and square. And now we have no room to complain.
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