Sporting notes compiled while making sure football players go to class:

--Clemson football coach Tommy Bowden thanked the folks down at Vickery Hall for his team's best-ever grade-point average last semester. Seems there are 15 full-time employees and 60 part-time tutors employed at the school's athletic academic support center.

--Did you know Charleston was once the site of the Iodine Bowl? The games were played here from 1949-1952 featuring historically black colleges. Allen University of Columbia won the last Iodine Bowl 33-6 over Paul Quinn College of Dallas.

--For the record, South Carolina was once known as the "Iodine State" because our soil contains so much iodine. Who knew?

--Did you know Bill Voiselle was the only major league player to wear his hometown on the back of his jersey? A pitcher during the 1940s, Voiselle was from Ninety Six and had special permission to wear that number when he played for the Giants, Braves and Cubs.

--Sad to hear about the passing of David Hewitt of Mount Pleasant. The 57-year-old Hewitt, among many other things, was the first "Cocky" mascot at the University of South Carolina.

"When you walk through a storm hold your head up high, and don't be afraid of the dark/ At the end of the storm is a golden sky, and the sweet silver song of a lark."

"You'll Never Walk Alone," Elvis Presley.

What I think

Here's what I think about that!

--Play all NFL games in the snow!

--Favre vs. Brady in the Super Bowl!

--The Celtics are back!

--"Pacman" Jones is an idiot!

--So is O.J.!

--Honk if you've been charged with perjury!

--Shocker! No USC football players drafted!

--Please let this be Dave Odom's last season!

--Steroids are a byproduct of competition!

--Free Kelly Tilghman!

"Every time I call you on the phone/ Some fella tells me that you're not at home/ So unchain my heart, please, set me free."

"Unchain My Heart," Ray Charles.

Golf stuff

Chapter ideas for a new golf book:

CHAPTER ONE: How to properly line up your fourth putt.

CHAPTER TWO: How to hit a Nike from the rough when you hit a Titleist from the tee.

CHAPTER THREE: How to get more distance off the shank.

CHAPTER FOUR: How to rationalize a 6-hour round.

CHAPTER FIVE: How to find the ball everyone else saw go into the water.

CHAPTER SIX: How to let a foursome play through your twosome.

CHAPTER SEVEN: How to relax when hitting three off the tee.

CHAPTER EIGHT: When to suggest major swing changes to your opponent.

CHAPTER NINE: When to re-grip your ball retriever.

"If you really like it you can have the rights/ It could make a million for you overnight."

"Paperback Writer," The Beatles.

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