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Buckshots: 2010 Gamecock Flashback

Last year we did an audio review of every Gamecock football season since 1987. Due to popular demand, we will be re-running the series this summer leading up to kickoff against Texas A&M on August 28.

On the heels of the commitment of Marcus Lattimore, USC’s National Championship in baseball and the launch of The Rubber Chickens blog, 2010 was setting up nicely to be a big year for Gamecock football. Which it needed to be, as the Steve Spurrier era had been average at best through 2009.

After a season-opening win over the fighting Larry Fedoras, Lattimore took over the annual battle against Georgia with perhaps the greatest single-game performance in school history. A tough loss at Auburn preceded a monumental win over #1-ranked and streaking Alabama…but then Kentucky.

Fortunately that game didn’t derail our march to the SEC East title, which was clinched with our first ever win in the Swamp. A ho-hum victory over Clemson came right before our first SEC Championship Game, which was a tremendous experience despite the lopsided outcome.

Relive all the magic from 2010 with Buck in this edition of Gamecock Flashback. (Bonus: Justin King videos from the season are here and here.)

Click here or click the graphic to listen, and enjoy!

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Buckshots: 2009 Gamecock Flashback

Last year we did an audio review of every Gamecock football season since 1987. Due to popular demand, we will be re-running the series this summer leading up to kickoff against Texas A&M on August 28.

The 2009 Gamecocks sprinted out to a 5-1 start despite a schizophrenic offense that managed only seven points in the opener against NC State and 37 in game two against Georgia. USC pulled a Thursday night upset over fourth-ranked Ole Miss, and a young, non-gas-pumping wide receiver named Alshon Jeffery announced himself to the world in a tough win over Kentucky.

After losing four of five during their standard October-November swoon, the Gamecocks rebounded with asatisfying win over Clemson, the first of four (plus?) in a row.

Thoughts and hopes of a Music City or Chick-fil-a Bowl appearance slowly faded away over the next couple of weeks, and we were left in a frigid Papajohns.com Bowl against Connecticut. Nothing about that trip was pretty, and left us wondering if we were ever truly going to turn the proverbial corner under Steve Spurrier.

Buck takes us through all the highs and lows of 2009 on this edition of Buckshots, so click here or click the graphic to listen, and enjoy!

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Buckshots: 2008 Gamecock Flashback

Last year we did an audio review of every Gamecock football season since 1987. Due to popular demand, we will be re-running the series this summer leading up to kickoff against Texas A&M on August 28.

The 2008 Gamecocks had a more than respectable 7-3 record after their first ten games, with the three losses coming by a combined total of 21 points. They then proceeded to lose their final three contests by a total of 88 points. That’s EIGHTY-EIGHT humiliating points:

  • By 50 to eventual National Champion Florida (like saying “eventual National Champion” makes us feel any better.)
  • By 17 to hated rival Clemson, a second straight loss to them, this one while they’re being coached by a grown man named “Dabo”. Thank goodness that hasn’t happened again.
  • By 21 to Iowa in the Outback Bowl, a game in which we never should have been, and by a final score that wasn’t nearly as close as it sounds. As if a 21-point loss could sound close.

There was more to the season than those three games, and Buck covers them all in the 2008 Gamecock Flashback.

Click here or click the graphic to listen, and enjoy!

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Buckshots: 2007 Gamecock Flashback

Last year we did an audio review of every Gamecock football season since 1987. Due to popular demand, we will be re-running the series this summer leading up to kickoff against Texas A&M on August 28.

The 2007 Gamecock football season started off fine enough – 6-1 through seven games with a win over 11th-ranked Georgia. But we knew something was wrong in the second half of that North Carolina game. You know, kind of like when your car starts to rattle in an odd way but you choose to ignore it because it might cost you money and then you wind up losing to Vanderbilt at home 17-6. Yeah, just like that.

From that point on the car was not only rattling, the wheels were coming off and the engine was in flames. A five-game losing streak to end the season had us scratching our heads at where this whole Steve Spurrier thing was going.

It was not a pleasant time, but again, it was a season that molded and shaped us into who we are today. (I think I’ve used that line on my kids maybe?)

Click here or click the graphic to hear all the gory details, and (try to) enjoy!

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Buckshots: 2006 Gamecock Flashback

Last year we did an audio review of every Gamecock football season since 1987. Due to popular demand, we will be re-running the series this summer leading up to kickoff against Texas A&M on August 28.

The 2006 season was another early building block in the Steve Spurrier era – flashes of brilliance intertwined with flashes of mediocrity and flashes of awful. Our experiences from that season included:

Hear all the gory details on this edition of Buckshots.

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Buckshots: 2005 Gamecock Flashback

Last year we did an audio review of every Gamecock football season since 1987. Due to popular demand, we will be re-running the series this summer leading up to kickoff against Texas A&M on August 28.

Connor Tapp of the HalfCocked Show podcast and Garnet and Black Attack joins us to talk about Steve Spurrier’s first year at the helm at South Carolina.

Among other things we discuss:

  • The first game hoopla including a visit from ESPN, Big & Rich, and a prediction from Lee Corso (one that he is still right about BTW).
  • Tough losses to Georgia, Alabama and Auburn early in the year (and why did Steve Spurrier wear glasses sometimes in 2005? I mean, I know why people wear glasses, but you know.)
  • Antonio Heffner’s ever so brief stint at QB and calling two timeouts at Auburn before running our first offensive play.
  • Big wins over TennesseeArkansas and Florida (here and here), and the emergence of Sidney Rice and Kenny McKinley.
  • A disappointing finish, and a long drive home from Shreveport, LA, for Connor.

All this and much, much more on the 2005 Gamecock Flashback.

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Buckshots: 2004 Gamecock Flashback

Last year we did an audio review of every Gamecock football season since 1987. Due to popular demand, we will be re-running the series this summer leading up to kickoff against Texas A&M on August 28.

South Carolina and Lou Holtz began 2004 with the intention of washing away memories of the horrifying 2003 finale. Skip Holtz had been stripped of play-calling duties (and of the notion he was the head-coach-in-waiting) and the Gamecocks took the field in god-awful black helmets and black and white uniform combinations.

After a somewhat encouraging 4-1 start with a close loss to a good Georgia team, USC stumbled to a 2-4 finish. Rumors began to swirl the last two weeks of the season that Holtz would be leaving. By the time the Clemson game rolled around not only was that a given, but there were also strong indications of who our next coach would be – Steve Spurrier. Obviously that seems easy to believe now that he’s entering his tenth season here, but at the time it was simply inconceivable that such a legend would come to USC.

Unfortunately, this garbage prevented us from giving Holtz a proper send-off. A 6-6 record would’ve probably gotten us a bowl bid, but the brawl cost us that and gave us a lot of bad national publicity.Even though things did not end well for Lou or the ’04 season, when Spurrier was announced as our next head coach a few days later, the program was given a much-needed shot of adrenaline.

Click here or click the graphic for the 2004 season review, and enjoy!

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Buckshots: 2002-2003 Gamecock Flashback

Last year we did an audio review of every Gamecock football season since 1987. Due to popular demand, we will be re-running the series this summer leading up to kickoff against Texas A&M on August 28.

Buckshots changes things up a little in this edition, covering the frustrating 2002 and 2003 seasons in one episode.

The program was seemingly on solid footing after going 17-7 in 2000 and 2001, but cracks in the foundation began to show shortly afterwards. (Metaphor alert!) We blast through back-to-back 5-7 seasons in ’02-’03, pausing to review some highlights and lowlights, including this play against Georgia in 2002this one against Virginia in 2003, and perhaps the most embarrassing game in Gamecock history.

Come along for the ride by clicking this link or clicking the graphic to listen, and enjoy!

(Editor’s Note: I took a pause before the final game of ’03 and have no idea what happened to the sound quality, so apologies for that.)

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A Random Q & A With Tbone and the Gman

Not Tbone and Gman, but reasonable facsimiles

Not Tbone and Gman, but reasonable facsimiles

Tbone and Gman have taken a bit of a break from the blog lately. And by “bit of a break” I mean I found them on the back of a milk carton earlier this week. After contacting the authorities and tracking them down, I thought it would be a good idea to try to get them back in football/blog mode with the season just around the corner. So I asked them a few questions to get the wheels turning, and below are their responses. Feel free to add your answers in the comments below.

Clemson fans say we don’t remember anything prior to 2009. Is that true? Why would they think that?

Gman: Not true. I remember everything. Frankly it’s just a lot more fun to remember good years instead of bad or average years. The truth is that they want to make themselves feel better about recent history (5 straight losses) by relishing ancient history. Sorry CTU fans, but your attempts to bring us down aren’t working. As Janet Jackson said: What have you done for me lately?

Tbone: What else can they say? When your team loses by double digits for five straight years, you have to come up with something. The best way to respond to this line of argument is either (depending on the spirit of the conversation)  A) Yep, y’all and everyone else used to own us, but boy, how things have changed! or B) Man, seems like the only thing they teach at Clemson anymore is Ancient History.

Will Sidney Rhodes start at CB vs. TAMU?

Gman: No. Brison Williams & Rico McWilliams will start with Sidney and Jamari Smith as backups.

Tbone: No, but I wouldn’t be surprise if he got significant snaps. I expect Brison Williams will man one spot, and Al Harris Jr. sounds like the leader on the other side.

How many freshmen will be starting on defense by game 7?

Gman: One, being one of the three freshmen corners.

Tbone: Two. The aforementioned Harris, Jr., and Bryson Allen-Williams.

More TD’s this year – Shaq Roland or Pharoh?

Gman: Shaq. He’s gonna bust out.

Tbone: Roland. Looking at the last few games of 2013, he really started to take off. I think Pharoh is gonna get his, but Shaq can be a traveling circus show out there,

If Spurrier decided to try to make the Senior PGA Tour after this season, who would be our next head coach and why?

Gman: Shawn Elliott. He’s got the “it” factor. Will keep the staff together. GA elevates to offensive coordinator and Whammy gets over not being selected and becomes the best DC in the business.

Tbone: I like the idea of Shawn Elliott, with Mangus and Whammy in tow. Elliott presents like a head coach, and he’s got strong South Carolina ties. He’s proven to be a good recruiter, and an excellent motivator. His unit this year may be the best (on paper) we’ve had since the days of Jim Carlen. But if we can’t keep the band together, then I want that young cat from Ball State (Pete Lembo).

What is your absolute worst memory as a Gamecock fan?

Gman: With these memory questions I’m going with live moments instead of TV moments. So, the worst was Ga Tech 1988. We lost 34-0 and I remember leaving my seat in the 2nd half and lying on the ground near the concession stand. It was miserable. Going in we were  6-0 and #6 in the country-on top of the world. Tech won 2 other games that year: versus UT Chattanooga and VMI.  Runner-up: Sitting through the frigid and putrid Papa Johns bowl.

Tbone: Tough one. A few years ago I would have said it was 63-17, but after a five-game win streak and an Orange Bowl blowout loss for Clemson, much of the sting from that old game is gone. I think the 2004 Clemson game might be it, as we lost both the game and the fight by big margins. But then we made a great hire a week or so later so . . . Wait! Wait!  It’s The Pushoff.  Yeah, absolutely.  I was sitting in the freezing cold end zone bleachers at Death Valley Jr. for that flagrant no-call, and I’m still mad about it.  Refs called it tight all night long, both for and against us, then let that obvious one slide at the end.

How about your best?

Gman: A tie. CTU-1987. My freshman year. I fell down in the bleachers on Ryan Bethea’s catch and run to the 6 yard line or so. I remember looking up at Buck (before he was Buck) and screaming: “Did he score???”  This is tied with The Fade game. Was watching with Tbone (before he was Tbone). What a moment.

Tbone: Best that I didn’t attend? Either Ryan Brewer flipping the OSU defender off his shoulders in the 2001 Outback Bowl, or The Hit. Things got joyfully broken in Chez Tbone after both of those. Best memory from a game I did attend has to be the 1992 Clemson game, with Taneyhill signing the Tiger Paw and me dancing in the middle of the Clemson student section.

Who is your current go-to musical artist?

Gman: Jack White. Creative and one hell of a performer.

Tbone: Last concert I attended was Tokyo Police Club earlier this summer in Philadelphia, but for various reason I’m not sure I really understood what was going on. I listen to an inordinately large amount of Ray Charles and Sam Cooke these days, but I think Ryan Adams may be top of my list. If there is a better ballad out there than his “Come Pick Me Up” then I haven’t heard it. That song is exactly how it feels to be single.

Best movie you’ve seen in the last 12 months?  

Gman: Nebraska. Not the best year or so for movies. Runner up: American Hustle.  Runner Up #2: Muscle Shoals, a cool documentary.

Tbone: None of them. Movies suck. I saw Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, American Hustle, and several more, and they all gargled my (Editor’s note: deleted due to the family-friendly nature of our blog).  If I ever go to the movie theater again, I want you to decapitate me with Blu Ray disk of The Wolf of Wall Street.

If you were food, what would you be and why?

Gman: I would say sushi but I don’t want to steal it from Tbone. So I’ll say bacon. Why? Because it’s the perfect food. Goes with everything and is always good. Think about it: have you ever had a bad piece of bacon? Of course not.

Tbone: I would be the braised beef tongue from American Grocery, a restaurant in the West End of downtown Greenville. And I would luxuriously dine on myself, because I would be rich, smooth, and incredibly tasty. I’m not ashamed to admit it, I would eat my delicious beef tongue self.

Buckshots: 2001 Gamecock Flashback

Last year we did an audio review of every Gamecock football season since 1987. Due to popular demand, we will be re-running the series this summer leading up to kickoff against Texas A&M on August 28.

The 2001 Gamecock football season featured a lot of great memories sandwiched around America’s greatest tragedy. After opening the season with two victories, including a second straight win over Georgia, the season was interrupted by the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

USC and Mississippi State were the first sporting event, and the first real “event” after 9/11, so there were a lot of eyes on that Carolina victory. After that win, the Gamecocks had a thrilling victory over Alabama, and ran their record to 5-0 before crashing to the ground in a 10-7 loss at Arkansas.

Predictable losses to Tennessee and Florida preceded a win over Clemson which broke a four-game losing streak to the Tigers. And the season ended on a real high note with a cakewalk that turned into a last-second victory over Ohio State in the Outback Bowl (again).

Click here or click the graphic to listen to how the season unfolded, and enjoy!

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