I know not everybody was in favor of moving the USC-Clemson game to Thanksgiving weekend a few years back, but I think it’s great.
It’s basically a three-day work week for most folks, followed by a holiday that celebrates caloric indulgence, a day to recover, and then on to the biggest football Saturday in the state.
What’s not to love?
OK, so it’s not great if you’re going out of town for Thanksgiving. But come on, hasn’t everyone had enough family by Friday? Leave Tuesday, get back by Friday, and get up early for the noon kickoff.
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In the spirit of cold turkey and stuffing, a couple of early Thanksgiving-week leftovers:
–Did you see the comments from USC special teams coordinator Shane Beamer last week about kicking the ball to C.J. Spiller? The Tigers do make it hard on teams by positioning Jacoby Ford and Andre Ellington in front of Spiller.
But I think that’s where I’d be kicking it, and it would help if Adam Yates can get some hang time on those kicks.
The Gamecocks’ coaches will walk a fine line this week of making sure players are aware of Spiller’s skills and the various ways the Tigers use him, but they don’t want to put him on too high a pedestal.
Said Beamer: “We haven’t faced anybody like him, but you can’t sit there and make him out to be unstoppable, either.”
–Had a chance to spend some time with Stephon Gilmore’s family last week for a Sunday feature. Everyone in the family obviously thinks a lot of Gilmore.
But so do other folks. There was a quote from South Pointe coach Bobby Carroll that didn’t make it into the story, but I thought was telling – especially with the holidays approaching.
“He’d call you on Christmas Eve and wish you a merry Christmas,” Carroll said. “He’d call you on New Year’s Eve and wish you a happy New Year.”
Carroll also said he never saw Gilmore drink a soda. After games the team would have a cooler of Cokes. But Gilmore would have a sports drink, juice or water.
Wonder if he’ll pass on the pumpkin pie?
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