Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr. September 2017

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It’s Not Fall, It’s Football Season

Why College Football Is King in South Carolina

We may not really dip into fall temperatures until

November, but there is one huge thing that arrives at the end of every August that means it might as well be fall. Anyone who lives in and around Lexington knows what I’m talking about. That,

“When you think about how exceptional the sports teams at both

of course, is college football, by far the biggest sport in South Carolina. Every year, as soon as the season starts, it feels like that’s all anyone in town can talk about — not that I’m complaining. I thought it was funny that even though we were in the path of totality for the recent total solar eclipse, the courts stayed open all day. This eclipse was basically a once-in-a-lifetime event, but it was business as usual for judges and lawyers. If the University of South Carolina or Clemson are playing on a Thursday, however, you can bet court hours will be changed. That small detail lets you know just how big a deal football is here. Lexington is still definitively a Gamecocks town, but I’ve noticed a surge in Clemson fans over recent years. Some of that, of course, is due to the success of the Tigers. For years, I went to every Clemson home game, sitting on the lawn behind the goalposts. When I was attending, tickets were easy to come by. After last year’s national championship victory over Alabama, not so much. South Carolina may not have been at the top of the football polls recently, but they’ve also had plenty of athletic success. From big sports like women’s basketball and baseball to less heralded programs like equestrian, the prowess of the USC athletic department never fails to impress me. When you think about how exceptional the sports teams at both of these public schools have been recently, it’s hard not to wish that every government institution could function so well. Anyone who’s been to the DMV will tell you that they are definitely not running a no-huddle offense. Good gosh, I wonder how much easier all of our

these public schools have been recently, it’s hard not to wish that every government institution could function so well. Anyone who’s been to the DMV will tell you that they are definitely not running a no-huddle offense.”

lives would be if every public office was as well-managed and funded as Clemson football. I know my job would be a lot less stressful.

Unfortunately, the courts don’t work like that. There are logjams, delays, and complications at every turn. The process should be smoother, but all too often it’s not. I’m sometimes left wondering if the government is taking a TV timeout, which is a frustrating position to be in. It’s pretty confusing, but I’m not holding out hope for the situation to change soon.

I want to wish everyone an excellent football season, no matter which team you root for. The pageantry, atmosphere, and excitement

surrounding college football is enough to get anyone’s blood pumping. If you stop by the office, maybe we’ll talk a little football before we get down to the business of discussing your case. – Jim Snell

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