As I hinted at in an earlier post, I am enrolling this fall in South Carolina’s School of Law. While I was running around Columbia this week on errands, I went into Publix for groceries, wearing a Butler Bulldogs t-shirt.
Now before I get to the punchline, I actually have a direct connection to Butler, having lived outside of Indianapolis for 7 years while also living 2 doors down from the future head coach of the Butler Bulldogs, Brad Stevens. Plus there’s the whole Hoosiers appeal too.
Brad Stevens, professional baller
Anyways, as I was walking near the produce, a 60-ish Publix employee stocking the shelves stopped and asked me, “Who is Butler?” After explaining that Butler actually went to the NCAA basketball championship game in March before losing, he replied with a big smirk, “Well, South Carolina beat y’all”. It took a second of confusion for me to realize he was hanging his hat on the Diamond ‘Cocks baseball championship and just wanted to make sure I knew about it, sport be damned. I did correct him on his sport confusion, but did not inform him of my UGA connections, as it would have required 10 more minutes and some verbal football sparring over South Carolina’s history of gridiron mediocrity.
By the way, I’m really looking forward to wearing my Larry Munson t-shirt to campus when classes start.
Matt Howard's vicious half-court screen made him immediately first-string on Butler's football team.
Hopefully I will be able to provide a little blogosphere color during the run up to the September 11th UGA-SC game and beyond, from the wilderness of Columbia.