It’s no secret that we like college football around here. And this week is one of the best, as collective fan bases reach a fever pitch anticipating the coming weekend of kickoffs. Yesterday Brandt sent Reid a picture of the Gamecocks’ new helmet with the Carolina script logo, but made to look like the Chick-fil-A logo. See for yourself:
My wife wanted to go somewhere with blue water for our anniversary, so of course I booked a flight to the only place I could think of that has blue water, Chicago. Chicago is an iconic city, home of the Magnificent Mile, Oprah’s TV empire, Bozo, and world-renowned vascular surgeon, Dr. Richard Kimble. For those of you not familiar with Dr. Kimble, you obviously did not have TNT, TBS, or USA from about 1996-2009 because he was the main character in the movie The Fugitive, which at almost any time of day could be found playing on one of those channels during that period. The Fugitive is one of those movies that, if I am channel surfing and I land on it, I am hooked for the remainder of the movie. Even though I have seen it no less that 30 times, if I came across it tonight I would watch. So in honor of the Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones masterpiece, let me review some of the highlights of our Chicago trip paired with movie quotes from The Fugitive.
As soon as the white hands snatched the brown ball out of the black night, the feet touched down on the green grass, the body absorbed the desperation hit, and the yellow flag for a pick play stayed in the ref’s pocket, I knew that NMB co-founder Brandt would be thrillated (thrilled and elated) with the first Clemson football national championship that he could remember. Coach William C. Swinney, the first person to ever own a castle in Pickens County, had taken the Tigers to the mountain top, and would be forever held in high esteem by the sons of dear old Clemson. And I knew I had to do something to help Brandt celebrate.
It feels like football season. I’m sure those words were spoken across the South this morning. For the seven people who still receive a newspaper at home, the words were spoken when they walked up the driveway to retrieve the paper; for the remaining millions -- unless they charge their phones outside -- the words were spoken a little later. It does not feel like football season because high schools have started handing out equipment or preseason camps at colleges and the NFL have begun. Those things happen at the end of July every year. But rarely does it feel like football season when they happen.
Swim team in Greenville County is a big deal. SAIL, Swim Association Invitational League, began in 1964 and has grown from a meet between four teams to a league that today consists of roughly 3,400 swimmers from 37 different pools. You can visit the SAIL website to find all the information you could ever want including a Swimmers' Tale, a Swimmers' Prayer, and a Swim Meet primer. But let Not My Boys help navigate you through the SAIL season.