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An unfortunate hiatus

Photo by Jeff Blake

The SEC’s decision to pursue a 10-game, conference-only schedule has sent shockwaves through college football, uprooting longtime rivalries and upending a season that some are skeptical will happen anyway.

Nowhere is this disruption being felt more deeply than in South Carolina as the Clemson-South Carolina game, after more than 100 years of continuous play, will be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. It’s why South Carolina was the only SEC institution to vote against the conference-only plan in hopes of preserving what is affectionately known as “The Palmetto Bowl.”

Remembering ‘The Run’

Courtesy of Georgia Southern University

The best part is that he doesn’t even score.

He comes close, tumbling over and landing on his side within 10 yards of the ultimate goal. For more than 50 yards, he’s run roughshod through defenders, eluding flat-footed linebackers and stiff-arming undersized safeties.

And then, well, he just seems to fall down, finally wobbling after a desperate, last-gasp lunge by a defender. If you just glance at it quickly, it almost seems to be a calculated decision on his part, designed to let the defense know that less than one minute later, you’re gonna have to do this all over again.

What is “Beyond The Trestle?”

To understand why this website is now a thing, it’s important to know that I had a hard time liking college basketball in the late 1990s.

It was nothing against the sport itself. I’ve loved basketball since I was a kid. I’ve loved the pace of the game, the noise of a crowded arena, the energy a breakaway dunk can give a home crowd. But, when I arrived in Athens, Ga., in the fall of 1996, you can say that I was a little underwhelmed by, well, all of it.

That’s not the fault of that particular Georgia men’s basketball team. Far from it. That team, actually, was pretty good by Bulldog standards. You see, I was spoiled.