Envy and jealousy, Gamecock schadenfreude edition

Denial.

“We just didn’t have our best day,” safety Steven Montac said. “They aren’t any better than us. They just executed.”

Reality check.

That’s what South Carolina’s players have to say, what they have to believe, but it’s not what happened on the field. Take Mecole Hardman, for example. Georgia’s sophomore wide receiver, a former five-star recruit, had six catches for 103 yards and one carry for 30 yards on plays that were no more schematically complex than, “Throw it over there to Hardman and watch him run past South Carolina defenders.”

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54 responses to “Envy and jealousy, Gamecock schadenfreude edition

  1. Aladawg

    Their game with Florida should be the ultimate in excuses!

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  2. Mecole was a beast yesterday … he made everyone think “Deebo who?” after the game. Give props to Tyler Simmons (who is still onsides) and Riley Ridley for their blocking on the perimeter as well.

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  3. Mayor

    I actually think that The Cocks have a pretty good team. The Dawgs have possibly the best team in the nation, though. This is what happens when a good team has to play a great team. I was in the stands and witnessed the 45-0 shellacking the 1980 Dawgs with Herschel Walker put on a Texas A & M team that went 6-5 that year. Get used to disappointment South Carolina. The Dawgs are waaay better than you are in every department.

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    • dawgtired

      We have so much talent at every position. Before the game many SC fans talked about the parity in talent. Even if it is close (which it is not), a step behind at every position will make the final outcome look really bad…which it did. It’s what I pictured it would be.

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      • KornDawg

        I heard some Gamecocks in the restroom on the fairgrounds talking about how “experience beats talent.” How’d that work out for you, SC?

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        • I never got the experience angle. Our experienced players were better than theirs, and our younger players are better than their guys.

          If experience was everything, Vandy, with all of their seniors and 5th year players would be consistently competitive.

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          • KornDawg

            Yep. It’s not like we ran a team of freshmen out there.

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          • Macallanlover

            It is because so many only measure the number of starts. Many of our players who didn’t start got a significant number of plays because our win margin was so high last season. And because of our rotational strategy, with the receivers, DL, LBs, and secondary especially.

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  4. Our O-line was absolutely destroying them in the 2nd half. Gaillard picked up their defensive tackle and body slammed him on Herrian’s TD. The man’s feet left the ground. Our guys were bigger, stronger, and faster.

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    • I saw that, too, dude. Gailliard had a few pancakes and was consistently handling their NT with no guard help. Danielson was gushing over Trey Hill later in the game with a couple of blocks he made in relief. He made it a point to say a 5-star freshman at center.

      Nessler and Danielson were talking about the number of blue chips still on the field in the 4th quarter.

      Gamecocks, get used to it. Speaking of which, where is Sides?

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      • Cojones

        Beat me to it by hours. Sides, I asked you just to look up what several of us were trying to tell you concerning players and positions played, but guess that you didn’t. How did you like the “UGA! – UGA! – UGA!” chorus to Sandstorm near the end of the game yesterday? Guess you were already in the parking lot, but you can catch it on video. It’s sandwiched in somewhere near Deandre’s comments, but you probably haven’t approached the videos today so here’s hoping your headache improves to where you can comprehend the typed word better this week.

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    • Trent Smallwood tweeted the USCjr player was none other than the source of the “cannon shot” lexicon entry himself, Rick Sandidge.

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  5. Hobnail_Boot

    Riley Ridley has become my favorite player on this team. Dude gives 100% on every down and holds his teammates accountable. What a joy to watch.

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  6. Bulldog Joe

    “The cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.

    Luke 22:34

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    • sniffer

      slow….deliberate……handclap

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    • DoubleDawg1318

      Outstanding!

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    • Gurkha Dawg

      Hey, when the big guy is on your side you know things are going good.

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    • Cojones

      Kudos!

      A professional acquaintance from FU showed up at the waterhole yesterday wearing a new FU shirt just for me. I finally cracked through his Urban-Tebow façade such that he grudgingly states that he doesn’t view my comments as fandom anymore and understands that Urb is a pos while Tebow is not the QB he once swore as the greatest QB, realizing that he was a big cheerleader. He asked me to accompany him outside where he removed a crude painted wooden carving of a full-sized rooster that looked like it was used as a doorstop and asked if I’d like to walk back inside clutching it by the throat. Instead of the expected “Yall had’em by the throat today!” football comment, the various remarks were “See that you have your cock in hand!”, “Choking your chicken?”, “Got your cock by the neck again?”, etc. Your Scripture would have resonated with that bunch of rednecks, if only could have thought of it. Does any one know where I can find a facsimile carving of a wildcat eating an alligator?

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  7. MattR

    Sure want to hear from all those Cock fans calling in to XM radio and saying they were going to beat Georgia. Pittman is worth his weight in gold!

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  8. Good hell. Even the most blatant homer of all on their 247 board, Jeff4USC, was totally at a loss of words and admitted UGA is a far superior team. But hey, if their players want to think they are just as good and yesterday was just a fluke, then I’m all for it. After all, if they are just as good, then they certainly don’t have to improve or put in extra effort to get better; they’ll just wait for the ball to bounce their way more next time around.

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  9. JasonC

    Confession: I really thought the Senator was a bit arrogant this week and my inner-Dawg was preparing myself for a let down. But damned if he didn’t call it and the Dawgs didn’t execute it. #talentgap

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    • Honestly, I was doing my damnedest not to sound arrogant. It’s just that the tape of both teams from their openers was that obvious about the talent gap.

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      • I was confident about this one all summer. I didn’t think it would be the absolute Process-style beatdown it was, but I knew we were going to win by double digits in a game not as close as the final score would appear. That’s exactly what happened. The game wasn’t as close as the 41-17 score indicated.

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        • Normaltown Mike

          I was thinking it would be closer to last year and the first half of this year…double digit lead but a very physical fight to the end.

          The reality was much more fulfilling.

          Bama fans are obnoxious, but watching the 2nd half yesterday I have a better understanding as to how games like that give their fans a superiority complex against most opponents.

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      • Cojones

        As Mac Davis sings: “Oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble…”

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      • Mike Cooley

        Truth. I was never concerned this week. Because, as arrogant as it.May sound, I knew we were just too good across the board for stuff like their overhyped heat, crowd, and sandstorm to make any difference.

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    • DoubleDawg1318

      Jason, I felt the same. Thrilled to have been proven wrong!

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  10. Yurdle

    Except for one true freshman corner and a punter, this year’s entire starting unit was either 1st or 2nd string last year. The elite signing class from last year hasn’t even broken through yet. That talent gap ain’t closing, my friends.

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  11. PTC DAWG

    I found Sides..

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  12. Chunky A

    Isnt Mecole a Junior?

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  13. Gurkha Dawg

    Every team remaining on the schedule will get the same treatment. Tennessee and FU are still in meltdown mode. LSU might hang with us for a while, but will slowly be dismantled. Same for AU. I’m not a fanboy, we are just that good. Bama will be a different story in the SECCG, Tua is the real deal. 60 minutes of vicious football. We will probably still make the playoffs if we lose to Bama, but I really don’t care about that.

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    • I agree with everything you said there, Gurkha, with one exception. No way the committee puts two SEC teams in again unless it’s the Bammers as the 2nd team. This year they will use our OOC schedule against us even if we only lose to Alabama in the SECCG in another instant classic. Since Fech looks like they are going to suck, the committee will say there’s no quality OOC win and, therefore, no benefit of the doubt.

      If ND continues to win and the other conferences have champions with 1 or fewer losses, I just don’t see a scenario where the SECCG loser gets in even in a 1 vs 2 showdown.

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      • Gurkha Dawg

        You’re probably right. We’re going to have to beat Alabama at some point, might as well do it in the SECCG.

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      • Dawg1

        Now that ND has gotten by that tough Ball State juggernaut so handily, it should be clear sailing! 🙂

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      • Uglydawg

        GT isn’t as bad as yesterday’s loss looked. Mostly it was a ST breakdown..USF returned two KO’s for TD’s..and GT’s QB hurting, although Oliver..the backup…looked about the same.. GT will win some games and could very easily win out against the ACC excepting Clemson. I actually would like for them to lose every game, but it will help UGA if they could actually win a few.

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  14. Anonymous

    “They aren’t any better than us. They just executed.”

    Yeah, I’m sorry, but any time a team runs inside zone 7 times in a row with 3 different backs to go for 10, 9, 26, 6, 4, 4, and 15 yards for a touchdown, it isn’t just “execution”. That means they wore your ass out in the previous 40 minutes because they are better than you.

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  15. Charlottedawg

    If they execute better than you doesn’t that by definition make them…….better than you? Asking for a friend.

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  16. Mike Cooley

    Somebody here, I forget who, called it. They said the chicken delusion was totally impervious to facts and reality and that not even a beat.down like Bama have us in 2008 or 15 would put a debt in their denial. Seems like that’s about right.

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