Tidbits - November 24 2016

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TIDBITS by RALPH SHEALY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENOUGH, ALREADY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Any Gamecock fans who thinks the Chicken Curse died during those 11-2 seasons is sadly mistaken.

 

 

 

  How else can you explain the Gamecocks’ inability to play well against Southern Conference teams?

 

 

 

  It doesn’t matter who is coaching Carolina, if the Gamecocks play a Southern Conference team, they are going to suck.

 

 

 

  Take Saturday’s game. Western Carolina entered the game with a 2-8 record, fresh off a 49-21 loss to Furman.

 

 

 

  The game meant a great deal the Carolina. They needed a sixth win to qualify for a bowl.

 

 

 

  The Carolina defense came out a fired up as a bowl of mush. They were humiliated by a Catamount offense that ran roughshod over what should have been a far superior defense.

 

 

 

  Coming into the game, Carolina was the only team in the country that had not allowed an opponent to score 30 points in a game - not Georgia, not Texas A&M, not Tennessee, not Florida. But Western Carolina scored 31. What a sad effort!

 

 

 

  Clemson takes care of business against Southern Conference or equivalent teams.

 

 

 

  Remember how the Gamecocks lost to The Citadel last year? The Bulldogs entered Saturday’s game against North Carolina with a 10-0 record. The Tar Heels won 41-7.

 

 

 

  That’s how teams from Power 5 conference should handle teams from the Southern Conference, not struggle to win by 13 points.

 

 

 

  It’s definitely the Chicken Curse.

 

 

 

  Remember last year, after Carolina was humiliated in a loss to The Citadel? With a walk-on quarterback who worked as a bag bog at Publix during his college days, the 3-8 Gamecocks played undefeated Clemson within five points.

 

 

 

  Carolina will be fired up at Death Valley Saturday, and they play better at night! Jake Bentley is a better quarterback than Perry Orth, and if he can survive the Clemson pass rush, he can keep the Gamecocks in the game.

 

 

 

  Another freshman, Rico Dowdle, may be the second coming of Marcus Lattimore, but he needs blocking, something he didn’t get against Florida.

 

 

 

  Clemson has been known to play down to the level of the opposition. Carolina beat East Carolina, who beat N.C. State who should have beaten Clemson.

 

 

 

  It could be a good game.

 

 

 

  I know, you know, and all God’s children know the Tigers are a better team, and should win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLAYOFFS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Congratulations to King Academy for making it to the State Championship game in their 8-man division.

 

 

 

  From what I understand Andrew Jackson Academy has a player who is unstoppable, and has helped them to a 26-game winning streak.

 

 

 

  Saluda County was well represented in the SCISA state championships over the weekend.

 

 

 

  Of course, King Academy is in Saluda County, and Coach Zach Matthews is a Saluda County native.

 

 

 

  Wardlaw won the state championship in the other 8-man division. The Patriots are coached by Saluda County native and resident Mark Rodgers, and the team had several players who live in Saluda County.

 

 

 

  Robert E. Lee Academy played in another championship game, and like the Knights, they lost. Robert E. Lee is coach by former King Academy coach David Rankin, whose wife is the former Pam Gilliland of Saluda.

 

 

 

  Saluda "took care of business," beating Landrum 49-0 in the opening round of the 2-A play-offs.

 

 

 

  I’ve been covering Saluda High football since 1977, and as I’ve said many times, I’ve only missed two games in 40 seasons.

 

 

 

  I can honestly say, I have never seen another Saluda team like this one. Prior to this year, I can only think of a one or two times in the previous 39 seasons when the referees kept the clock running because Saluda was winning in a runaway.

 

 

 

  This year it has happened five times! The Tigers are just 16 points away from topping 500 points for the season. This may be one of those "forever" records for Saluda High.

 

 

 

  Andrew Jackson brings a 9-2 record to the Bettis Herlong Stadium at Matthews Field Friday. This is a good team, but I know the Tigers will be ready to play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAKE NEWS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Fake news on social media has been a big topic since the election.

 

 

 

  I don’t know about you, but I can spot fake news a mile away, and I’ve got a feeling many of the people who shared the fake news knew it was fake, as well.

 

 

 

  Many of these "news" items from both sides of the aisle were shared by highly educated people.

 

 

 

  You can Google the "news" if you really want to see if it is true. If?

 

 

 

  It didn’t take but one day after the election for all of Trump’s "plans" to be revealed in "news." Really? Wouldn’t revealing those plans before the election been more helpful?

 

 

 

  The funniest fake news came out after the Trump comments were released when he was in Hollywood years ago.

 

 

 

  This one said Hillary had also done some raunchy things, and the clip showed Florence Henderson from her nightclub act!

 

 

 

  I hope people could tell the difference between Hillary and "Carol Brady!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREAT FAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Saluda County native Larry Nichols was presented the Legendary Fan of the Game Award at Carolina prior to the USC-Tennessee game.

 

 

 

  A 1965 Carolina graduate, Nichols now resides in Statesville, NC. He has been a big supporter of Carolina since he graduated. The Legendary Fan is a big honor.

 

 

 

  Thanks to Margie Yarbrough for letting me know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PASSAGES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  When garden season came around, I knew I’d get a visit from Perry Morris.

 

 

 

  Perry loved to cultivate unusual plants. He’d bring me a collection of the different colors and varieties of tomatoes and watermelons he grew. I always looked forward to see what he came up with.

 

 

 

  When Elizabeth Edwards retired to her hometown, she didn’t confine herself to a rocking chair and stay inside her home. She got involved.

 

 

 

  She attended local government meetings, and even though she had no children, ran for the school board.

 

 

 

  She deeply cared for Saluda County.

 

 

 

  Carolyn Etheredge was another lady who deeply loved Saluda County.

 

 

 

  She worked as a home economist with Clemson Extension Service, and then enjoyed a long career in teaching.

 

 

 

  In her spare time, she was devoted to her church and community activities.

 

 

 

  She was loved by everyone who knew her.