Gamecocks' D-line enjoying dramatic turnaround from '09 season

University of South Carolina's Devin Taylor sacks Florida's John Brantley in the fourth quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Gainsville, F.L.11-13-2010. C. Aluka Berry - The State Media Company\ ** OUTS: AP OUT, MAGAZINES OUT, MCT AND NEWSPAPERS PRINT ONLY-WEB OUT**

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Coulda had which V8?

Back when Mr. Tidbit was young and dinosaurs roamed the Earth, there was only one kind of V8 juice. If somebody said, "On your way home, pick up some V8," his only reasonable question would have been, "Why me?" That has changed dramatically.

The newest kind of V8 is V8 V-Fusion Smoothies in three flavors, each 8-ounce serving of which is said to contain half a cup of fruit and half a cup of vegetables. What makes these beverages "smoothies" as opposed to other V8 V-Fusion drinks? In addition to fruit and vegetable juices, there are fruit purees, too. Oh! For the same price as the other V8 V-Fusion drinks' 46-ounce bottles, the smoothies are in 36-ounce bottles.

A look at the V8 website will show some 35 kinds of V8 beverages, including various varieties of Original V8 vegetable juice; V8 V-Fusion and V-Fusion Light; V8 V-Fusion + tea; V8 Splash juice drinks two flavors of Splenda-sweetened Diet V8 Splash, and two flavors of V8 Splash Smoothies, a product of which Mr. Tidbit had never heard. And, of course, the three flavors of new V8 V-Fusion Smoothies.