Diary

Only Bruins remain between Gamecocks, end of 1801 curse

The Bruins of UCLA seek their first baseball championship against a USC, 80 years older than their upstart crosstown rival.

Yet, the University of South Carolina Fighting Gamecocks have never won a national championship in any sport. (The Lady Gamecock Track & Field team did win the school’s first national championship in any sport, just last year.)

Losing has built character though, and very few teams are as “due” as my law school alma mater.

This series will be South Carolina’s fourth finals appearance.

Braves-Gamecock and Cockstradamus make Carolina the favorite against the baby blue-clad basketball school given the size of the ball used at Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium.

The Braves won the World Series in 1995 and now the Gamecocks are only 27 outs away from ending three centuries of futility. What could be next:

  • Spurrier’s evil genius returns to spell minor bowl games with “IT”?
  • Glaus-House Gang three-peat over Twins, Yankees and Blue Jays in succession?
  • Falcons-Panthers NFC Championship game?
  • Tiger breaking Phil’s arm during a wrist-wrestling pub challenge just before The Open at Saint Andrews?
  • Womens tennis in the nude?

But seriously, it is an honor to play a fine school graced for so long by John Wooden and that gave us Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

South Carolina defeated their in-state rival Clemson Tigers to advance against the team that eliminated the Horned Frogs of Texas Christian University.

UCLA was the architect of Clemson’s last second loss that prevented the Larry Nance-led squad from reaching the Final Four.

But forget the losers and all the losses of the past. In sports there are two categories of schools: Those that have won national championships and those that have not.

You play to get to the point UCLA and USC are at now. Feels good for this DeVine Law Gamecock to be in the position that Crimson Tides, Tar Heels, Blue Devils, Gators, Volunteers, Wildcats, and LSU have so often been of late.