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POSTED: June 23, 2012 2:52 p.m.

A quick sports blog

Nothing like being the last guy in the room to figure something out. Nothing like being scooped, either.

Found out this morning that Richmond Hill quarterback Dominique Allen has made an early verbal commitment to the Air Force Academy. He did this a while back and somehow the announcement, which went public, didn’t make it to the Bryan County News sports desk – which, for all intents and purposes, is me.
This is the second time this has happened recently involvingRichmond HillHigh School.

Not sure why, but maybe it’s something I said. Or maybe my ability to divine things from thin air has gone awry. I personally think it's because I don't eat enough grits.

Anyway, congrats to Dominique and RHHS placekicker Canon Rooker, who has verbally committed to Middle Tennessee State University. Hopefully I'll be able to pull together a story soon. Kudos to the competition for beating me on the stories as well.

Onward:

Go Gamecocks. Three-peat.

If you're a South Carolina native like me, you're probably pinching yourself while still trying to figure out how it is that the South Carolina baseball team is on the verge of winning a third straight national title in baseball.

Don't get me wrong. Though from the Upstate and a town about a 10 minute drive from Clemson, I grew up a Gamecock fan in a state where you're either for USC or that school that wears ugly orange and purple uniforms, but never both. Maybe that's it. Having grown up a Gamecock, I know just how fragile and rare sports success is for a school that has had precious little of it in the past century-plus. 

I'm old enough to remember the Chicken Curse and too many years when Carolina was second fiddle to Clemson and everybody else. You learned to live with it. And not be a front runner. It's like the bumper sticker about Gamecock football: -- "Anyone can have a bad century."

Onward:

Five things I miss in sports.

1. Nate Hirsch and Frank Inman doing Georgia Southern football games on the radio. Boy Howdy.

2. Larry Munson doing Georgia games.

3. The old Miller Lite commercials with sports figures like Bob Uecker and Mickey Spillane. Actually, I don't remember who all was in them, I just miss them.

4. Days before ESPN, when you had to wait all week to watch a college football game and that made it special. More is not always better. Neither is bigger.

5. Skip Carey and Ernie Johnson Sr.

 

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