I’m a graduate of the University of South Carolina. My wife has two degrees from Clemson University.

We’ve been married – happily, I should add – for nearly 38 years.

Don’t ask me how that’s even possible, since she doesn’t like football and I’m a Southern boy who spent two-thirds of his 41-year career in sports journalism covering teams in the ACC and SEC.

Heck, I also spent a few years covering pro football, both in the USFL and NFL. I’ve even written stories and columns about NFL Europe, the WFL, the CFL and even the XFL. But never the LFL, unfortunately.

LFL? Lingerie Football League.

Enough said, which is why I attached the photo you see on this blog without further comment.

Please don’t complain to my boss. I promise it won’t happen again.

Well, unless it produces a dramatic increase in web traffic and enough of you readers start sending me money because you’ve suddenly developed a great appreciation for my writing.

But enough about me. This is Rivalry Weekend.

As someone who grew up in South Carolina, my primary focus Saturday will be getting mentally prepared for the Clemson-South Carolina game on ESPN.

So until then, you’ll likely find me pacing from the recliner to the couch, doing my best to command the restraint needed to simply change channels rather than throw something at the television when things go wrong.

Don’t bother trying to reach me on the phone, unless its merely to check in via text. I’ll be too busy to talk all day.

Now excuse me while I clear some DVR space because the TV networks already have made my day way too complicated.

Channel Surfing Madness

Florida State at Florida, 11 a.m. CT, ESPN

Georgia at Georgia Tech, 11 a.m. CT,  ABC

Ohio State at Michigan, 11 a.m. CT, Fox

Indiana at Purdue, 11 a.m. CT, ESPN2

Louisville at Kentucky, 11 a.m. CT, SEC Network

Showdown of the Year

Alabama at Auburn, 2:30 p.m. CT, CBS

My Main Event

Clemson at South Carolina, 6:30 p.m. CT, ESPN

No matter which team or teams you support, I hope you have a good day. Unless you’re a Clemson fan.

Oh, and to be fair, The Wife doesn’t like for me to watch NFL games on Sundays, either. But that’s probably because she grew up in Cleveland where they no longer have an NFL team.

There. I just landed the first cheap shot against a Tiger graduate.

Bring it on, Clemson fans.


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