Thursday, December 20, 2012

Fear Not - The TigerSwag is Back!

It's been a while since The TigerSwag has seen new content. And for that, I apologize (though we've still seemed to add a few new twitter and facebook followers - THANKS!).

I've never really done this before. Never followed a team, nevertheless my alma mater, and reported on their every moment. Never had blogging "deadlines", never had to make predictions and stand by them. Never had to write on demand. And when the season ended, so did I. Add to that a heavy work load at my paying gig, the Christmas season, and a recent bout of meh, and it all adds up to a quiet blog.

And on top of that, the tragedy in Newtown, CT left me with more questions and answers. And to be honest, writing about football and basketball seemed trivial. This is not the place for my opinions nor is it the place to debate what should happen next, if anything. For now, I'll let Winthrop basketball coach Pat Kelsey speak for me:

And speaking of tragedies, to a much lesser extent, Elizabeth Merrill of ESPN recently wrote one of the finest articles I've ever read about the suicides of two USC football players - Kenny McKinley and OJ Murdock. Across message boards, you'll see folks try to pin these deaths on USC and/or Steve Spurrier, or they'll use it to belittle their school or program. It needs to stop. I'd love nothing more than to watch USC sink to back to mediocrity, but there is no way you can even link their program to these deaths. Only thing related to USC was their jerseys.

But the one thing we can take from both of these stories is that people are dealing with stuff, and not in a very positive or beneficial way. We all need someone we can count on when times get tough and things go south. Because they always do, and they always will. We live in a world that is decaying and wasting away and full of sin. And until that is resolved, people will struggle. And as long as people struggle, there will be tragedies. May the next one be of much less impact to the innocent.

Okay - enough of the downtrodden. Let me tell you what brought me back to the "typewriter": the Peach Bowl. Aka the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Aka, the meat of our SEC sandwich.

As we get closer to the game, the excitement has returned.  The pain of losing to USC is waning and the hope is waxing.  My goal over the next 10-11 days is to put together one thought per day pertaining to the bowl game, culminating in our prediction of what will happen on that New Year's Eve.

We'll be looking at topics such as:

  • Who has the most to gain/lose
  • What is Clemson's biggest advantage/disadvantage
  • Why this game matters
  • What will happen
  • Keys to the game

So, thank you for being patient with me as we transition out of the regular season and into the bowl season and basketball. Thank you for your support during the season. And thank you for the feedback, whether it be positive or negative.

The ride so far has been amazing, and I'm looking forward to the next chapter. And regardless of what it brings, we can rest assured it will be interesting.

Willy Powell
Class of 2001
Go Tigers!

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