Spurrier: ‘It Was Meant for (Gamecocks) To Win’

Rivalries in the Southeastern Conference always produce memorable games — just ask viewers of the 2013 Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn.

Another chapter was added Saturday (Sept. 13, 2014), when South Carolina and Georgia tangled. This annual matchup has gotten interesting in the past 10 years or so with Steve Spurrier coaching the Gamecocks.

Spurrier has brought his own intensity to this game, dating from his playing days at Florida, the Bulldogs’ fiercest rival. And with the Gamecocks’ rousing 38-35 victory Saturday, he was in typical form.

And so were other observers. Such was the interest that Florida put the game on its own stadium Jumbotron before its own game with Kentucky on Saturday.

Other memorable moments also were noted during and after the game on Twitter and news reports:

And what did Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason have to say about the call on first-and-goal at the 4, which resulted in a crucial intentional grounding call against the Bulldogs?

“We tried to run a little fake boot, felt really good about it,” Mason said in onlineathens.com. “Obviously everybody in the world knew we were probably going to give the ball to Todd (Gurley) and we got two more downs to try to punch it in. They played it really well. The D-end got in my face and I really couldn’t give it to Quayvon (Hicks) because of a wet ball. So I just threw it at his feet. I don’t really understand how it was intentional grounding. The guy was right there. I threw it at him. I don’t understand that call.”

Some historical notes that add to Spurrier’s destiny comments: Spurrier now has 201 career victories, tying former UGA coach Vince Dooley. Also, Spurrier now has beaten the Bulldogs more than any coach ever (16).

– And on it goes. What was your reaction to the game? Did you see any other interesting info online? Leave a comment below.


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Ray Rice Situation: The Video Camera Strikes — Again

The subject was struck violently in a public place. Outrage followed. And people were forever tarnished.

And in case you think I’m talking about the recent incident involving former Baltimore running back Ray Rice, think again. Continue reading

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Latest Gwinnett Road Sign Typo Is Corrected

A sign reading " Scales Road" has been affixed at a Suwanee (Ga.) intersection. (Photo taken Sept. 6, 2014. Credit: Steve Burns.)

A sign reading ” Scales Road” has been affixed at a Suwanee (Ga.) intersection. (Photo taken Sept. 6, 2014. Credit: Steve Burns.)

Another road-sign typographical error in Gwinnett County (Ga.) has been corrected. Continue reading

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Five Interesting Tweets from #journalismnext

“Journalism” includes a lot of things, especially in the digital era. From newspapers (layoffs and all) to listicles, gathering and distributing information is essential to success for all businesses.

I didn’t make the recent Journalism Next conference put on by the Atlanta Press Club (9/6/14). But I did the next best thing — followed updates on Twitter. And I’ve selected a few that really stood out. Here goes: Continue reading

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New Restaurant Planned for Familiar Suwanee Location

A sign on the door reads  "Closed for Renovation" at a familiar Suwanee Town Center restaurant space. (Credit: Steve Burns.)

A sign on the door reads
“Closed for Renovation” at a familiar Suwanee Town Center restaurant space. (Photo taken Sept. 6, 2014. Credit: Steve Burns.)

A prominent but troubled Suwanee (Ga.) restaurant location apparently is about to get a new tenant.

According to Suwanee city documents, the proposed owner of Hurricane Grill & Wings has applied for an alcoholic beverage license for the spot that was vacated by the Uptown Grille last December. And the same site was vacated by Olde Towne Tavern & Grille in December 2012. Continue reading

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Weather or Not: Florida Gators Face Costly Decision

Credit: secnetwork.com

Credit: secnetwork.com

Updated 5:16 p.m., Sept. 3

Game declared no contest: http://www.gatorzone.com/story.php?id=28633

Social media provided another news gem early Sunday (Aug. 31).

It was then I noticed on my Twitter feed that the previous night’s college football game between Florida and Idaho in Gainesville, Fla., had ended just after it began, shortly before 10 p.m. Severe weather was to blame. The scheduled 7 p.m. start never happened, and the game was deemed unplayable after just one play, a Gators kickoff return. Continue reading

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Babe Ruth Lives — All Over MLB Record Book

Credit: morguefile.com

Credit: morguefile.com

Numbers tell a story, the saying goes. And the story they told on Labor Day 2014 — again — is what a remarkable baseball player Babe Ruth was.

I didn’t say hitter. I said, baseball player. Continue reading

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