Holland & Usry September 2017

Clemson or USC? HOW FOOTBALL BRINGS SPARTANBURG TOGETHER

hen I think of September, the first thing that comes to mind is back-to-school season. Maybe you’re lucky enough to have children

around, our whole city seems to come alive. If you go anywhere during the week — whether it be to a coffee shop or to the dry cleaners — odds are good you’ll hear some debate about the week’s upcoming games. We’re lucky to live in a community that’s tightknit year-round, but it’s never more evident than during football season. There is, however, one big divide in our community related to college football: the rivalry between University of South Carolina and Clemson fans. I’m a Carolina grad, so I probably don’t have to tell you that my allegiance is with the Gamecocks. I do have to say that I’ve been impressed with Clemson’s recent success, even if I don’t like it. You’d think with their improvement, you might see more Clemson fans coming out of the woodwork, but that’s not the case in Spartanburg. Team preferences are dyed in the wool, and it takes a lot more than one national title to get people to switch sides. The big game might not be until November, but as soon as the season starts, people will be speculating about who will take this year’s contest. More than anything, it’s just a joy to see everyone excited about college football. No matter which university you root for, we can all agree that the pageantry and atmosphere of college football adds a little extra flavor to fall. Over the next few months, I’m looking forward to cooler air, getting outside, and watching the Gamecocks win. If you see me around town, I’d love to talk a little football with you. I think most people look forward to Saturday, whether they’re in school or at work. But during football season, that takes on an whole new dimension. – John Holland DISCLAIMER: The views expressed about the Gamecocks do not reflect the opinions of everyone at Holland & Usry.

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who relish the chance to get back into the classroom, but if I’m being totally honest, that wasn’t how I was as a kid. I dreaded the end of summer and wanted vacation to last forever. Because of my feelings toward the first day of class, I tried to get the most out of the final days of summer. One way my family did this was by having a little family getaway in late August. This tradition was our last hurrah for summer, and it made my friends who had already taken their trips in June or July green with envy. These weeks hold some of my fondest childhood memories.

Of course, there is one part of back-to-school season I still get excited about today, even though my days of being a student have passed and there is no summer vacation for attorneys. I’m talking, of course, about the return of college football. There’s no bigger sport here in Spartanburg, and when kickoff rolls

More than anything, it’s just a joy to see everyone excited about college football. No matter which university you root for, we can all agree that the pageantry and atmosphere of college football adds a little extra flavor to fall.

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