A “cannon shot”

  • Year of the Gamecock (n.) – an era currently spanning the period from the second week of January to about the middle of the month of October for the years 1992-2010.

— from the GTP Lexicon

One of the great pleasures I took from the Lou Holtz era in Columbia was the sincere delusion that came upon the ‘Cock faithful like clockwork every preseason that this would be the year their beloved team would storm into Atlanta and seize an SEC title on the way to world dominance, as well as some converted safety playing quarterback going on to win the Heisman Trophy triumphantly.  Oh, the celebrations to come!

They never did.

Weirdly, that kind of talk simmered down during Spurrier’s run at South Carolina, even though he achieved more than Holtz and coached two players that were worthy of Heisman consideration without snickering.

Now it seems like Agent Muschamp, of all people, is inspiring a return to the good ‘ol days.  I mentioned Tori Gurley’s prediction on Finebaum the other day; check out this bravado from The Big Spur, a South Carolina message board.

UGA’s staff knows that the talent margin is closing, that we are no longer a team with a couple of nice pieces – that we are getting deep. Sandridge was a cannon shot. A championship playoff run, at a position of need, and we still get the commitment – regardless of what is being written about currently (and make no mistake, it isn’t a coincidence).

It has been a long time since we’ve been this deep. On the staff and on the roster. It’s the middle of July and we are all in the same range of commitments and we are ahead of them. Pressure is all on them.

The ‘Cocky talk, she burns.

If I’m lucky, these guys can take up a significant portion of the slack created when Stingtalk went dark on us.  A blogger can only hope.

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46 responses to “A “cannon shot”

  1. How can they say with a straight face the talent gap is closing when we signed the #1 class in America (2nd all-time according to SB Nation) and they were #19 (7th in the SEC!)?

    Cock delusion in July … just like the return of the swallows to San Juan Capistrano

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    • Saxondawg

      UGA: 14 5-stars, 48 4-stars.
      SC: 0 5-stars, 4-stars. Rankings per Rivals.

      They do have us on 3-stars, with 53 of those. We have only 24, so if we stage the battle using only 3-stars, they’ll indeed out-depth us.

      I’m sure that’s what the chicken is talking about.

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      • Saxondawg

        Edit: For SC, that should be 23 4-stars. Sorry. We have, with DRob, 63 blue-chip players (4 and 5-star) and they have 23, none of them high-end five-stars. UF and UT are about equal, with slightly more blue-chippers.

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      • They probably think they rose higher than we did, but their 2017 class was rated #21 compared to our #3. Sax, math is hard for those from the Palmetto State.

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  2. Bulldog Joe

    They speak of Spurrier as if he actually won something at Sakerlina.

    Nice.

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  3. Brandon

    Spurrier would shoot them straight. It’s one thing I always sacrilegiously admired about Spurrier, he would be like “we suck” when it was true.

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  4. Brandon

    Also, who among our other last minute signers would we have told “sorry, we are full” to take Sandridge? Tyson Campbell? Quay Walker? Otis Reese? Tommy Bush? Any one of those guys would have been one of Sakerlina’s top 2-3 rated players.

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  5. sectionzalum

    the Year of Cock also features the Months of Seething – that period from the mid-October indignity of jousting with Kentucky for 4th place in the East, the annual loss to Clem Tech, through the triumphant defeat of Marshall or Ball State at the Poulan Weed-Eater Bowl in late December. One dare not speak of the commitment of Kevin Breedlove, Richard Seymour, or AJ Green during this period, lest one risk igniting a Grand Mal Cocky Hissyfit

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    • stoopnagle

      Hey now, didn’t Sakerlina finish 2nd in the east and beat Michigan in their bowl game? I know it’s hard given their relative histories, but let’s not confuse the Cocks with Tennessee.

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  6. Hillbilly Dawg

    It’s fun to poke at the birds, but I still have a certain amount of respect for them after the 10’ 11’ amd 12 games. A couple of thise years we should have waxed them easily and we just shit the bed. I know we’re better at every position including 3rd string towel
    boy, but until we shut down Sandstorm and make that damn bird a “Zaxbys Big three piece meal” I will just stay cautiously optimistic.
    I suppose it’s my inner Munson

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    • Jim

      I will be playing Sandstorm as loud as my Bose system will crank as I leave Williams Brice after we crush their souls the evening of Sept 8

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  7. TMC DAWG

    Who are these guys fooling? Themselves Right. We will be ready and focused. Remember Richt is not running this team anymore,, Dawgs by 14

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  9. Russ

    Hahahahahahahahhaa!!!

    Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

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  10. JS

    I’m not saying they won’t be good or a tough game or even beat us, but saying that the talent gap is closing is completely insane. Based on pure talent it is a simple fact that we are in fact widening the gap. Them getting one or two guys that we want doesn’t make up for the many (what, 16ish?) 5 stars we have that they don’t.

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  11. Sides

    I am starting to think you are getting worried about this game. You are really reaching for some message board material. Quoting a former player on Finebaum and taking message boards as actual info? Go enjoy your summer, wait until the end of August to get scared.

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    • Is this some kind of Gamecock mental jiu-jitsu? Ooh…

      You know those quotes weren’t in any way taken as being substantive.

      If you can’t have fun in the offseason, when can you?

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      • Sides

        It’s all fun. I’m not serious about much I write. I think we all know this game is a dogfight. 1/3 of sc’s roster will always come from the state of Georgia. This game feels right as an sec opener for both teams.

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    • Macallanlover

      Seriously Sides? Scared? We aren’t scared of anyone, and shouldn’t be, but there is respect for many/most teams. You guys aren’t at the top of the list, but worthy of not being ridiculed, but to have your statement taken as legit you need to drop the silly stuff. What you might take from all this dialogue is that your HC seems as dumb with his mouth as he was at FU. One would think he had matured a little at this point but seems to be the same old Boom, the one that leads with his mouth. He should get some Ws on the field and stop with the stupid remarks, he is the one who doesn’t get respect from us, and he hasn’t earned any. Embarrassment to UGA that he received a degree in Athens.

      We all have some delusional fans, SC has more than their fair share, but I wouldn’t have ever put you in that group until this comment. As the lexicon entry above states, this is the time for Cocks to crow so it does really indicate the silly season is upon us as we head into Media Days next week. Just didn’t see you as one who would lead the charge before this. See you in September, if our guys are through wetting the bed.

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      • Spike

        Boom=Chicken Shit.

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      • Sides

        All the pressure is on Georgia. It’s on the road. Senior running backs all went in the draft. It’s just your sophomore slump qb and a coach who averages 8 wins a season at Georgia.

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        • Macallanlover

          Truth in the 1sr two sentences. Falls off sharply after that, 1) not everyone has a sophomore slump and, 2) 21 wins in two seasons averages to over 10 per season (and most allow a first season to be discounted for a new regime.) Talent gap grew over the winter. Our RB talent fell off, but we replaced with top drawer studs running behind a better OL. Kind of like two years ago, I don’t think we have to complete any passes to win. Biggest/only edge for SC is the home field, everything else favors us…by a decent margin. I am a “any given Saturday” guy in CFB but the timing hurts you, we have no one else to focus on early in the season, no chance we overlook you.

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        • Greg

          Cocks need to focus on beating Kentucky…for the first time in 5 years. It’s in Lexington so chances are the Cats will be favored to win again. When you’re getting owned by UK, best to keep the trash talk to a minimum.

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        • stoopnagle

          That’s some quality trolling right there.

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    • Do you really think the talent gap is closing? If so, please provide objective evidence. Over the last 3 recruiting cycles (which is also Muschump’s time in Columbia), Kirby has opened up a talent gulf (based on the 24/7 composite rankings) between the programs.

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  12. Brent

    We got 13 5 stars.
    The Yard Birds have ZERO.

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  14. Comin' Down The Track

    You could always apply for membership, Senator. 😏
    “… there are a limited number of representatives from other schools we compete against).”
    https://stingtalk.com/board/threads/stingtalk-primer-welcome-new-members-read-this-first.87273/

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  15. CB

    CKS just signed the best player from the state of Sackerlina in 2018, the kid was from Columbia. smh.

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    • TomReagan

      And he’s Bryan McClendon’s–who is now Carolina’s offensive coordinator-cousin, Really taking us to the woodshed.

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  17. Boom’s bravado. What’s new?

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  18. Yup… Amusing, but getting old quickly. If we pick up what some think we will pick up (3 commitments) in the next few days, the potential is to jump as high #2, with 3 less commitments than Bama… Now that’s all speculation right now – but a very good chance that most, if not all of this could happen… I think that will be the Cannon Shot that hit’s the Gamecock right between the spurs…

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers New WR Corch

      And it just happened. Picked up 3 recruits tonight, and now we have the No. 2 class behind Bama with less commits so far… meaning much like last year, we’re poised to take over the No. 1 slot by the New Signing Day.

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  21. Tech fan mentality with a lower IQ

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