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These Gamecocks are Finally "The Other Team"

Saturday, September 10, 2011
These Gamecocks are
"The Other Team"
My father and I have discussed this concept a number of times over the past two baseball seasons. How the Gamecock baseball team always came through in the clutch and always seemed like they were playing like the "other team" that we are always playing against. I think this year's football team is finally "The Other Team."

With the hype going into the Georgia game, think about what the news lines are. Georgia is relying on true freshmen. Georgia is hoping the weaker secondary can be exploited. Georgia's coach is on the hot seat and in a must win situation. These are all things that are usually being said about the Gamecocks whenever they go into a place like Tuscaloosa or Baton Rouge.

Picture a conversation Georgia fans are having right now about our Gamecocks.

(For the sake of this hypothetical conversation the Georgia fans will be named Lewis and Bubba.)

Lewis: Well, maybe if we stop Lattimore we can beat these guys... wait, we have to stop that All-American wide receiver too.

Bubba: If we stop those two, then we have to really cover punts and kick-offs well too. Did you see last week?

Lewis: And don't forget the Wildcock formation with this new kid that looks really good too.

Bubba: Well at least we will be able to throw on their secondary.

Lewis: Unless we get sacked! Their defensive front is awesome.

Bubba: But that kid is just a true freshmen, we'll be able to block him. Besides he wears number 7. What defensive linemen wears single digits?

Lewis: Ones that run a 4.4 forty maybe?

Bubba: But at least we are playing at home.

Lewis: Yeah, it is a home game. Maybe we'll be alright. Besides, it's a must win for the Coach and the players will really step it up for him! Especially all the true freshmen we are relying on!

Doesn't this sound like a conversation we have all had a dozen times going into a tough SEC game?

Come together Gamecock nation and realize we are all in uncharted territory. The University of South Carolina Gamecocks are actually The Other Team in the equation. We are finally sitting on the side of the team that we are usually playing against!

The true metal will be revealed tonight in the culmination of the Coach Spurrier era. I predict that the Gamecocks will go to Athens, and amidst all the hype of the surrounding madness, simply prove to the country that they are the better team.

The difference in this Gamecock team and the teams in the past will be that this team will do its job. When they are the better team, they will simply BE the better team!



From coach to comedian: Marty Simpson is a former USA Today high school All-American and collegiate Academic All-Conference player for USC who scored the Gamecocks' first 6 points in the SEC. During 8 years as a high school varsity coach, Simpson led his team to the state finals and saw one player advance to set an NFL rookie record. Simpson now divides his time between his family, running a multimedia company named Blue-Eyed Panda and getting the same pre-game jitters by performing stand-up comedy nationwide.

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