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2013 SEC East preview/ranking:
1. South Carolina
Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson proved the two-quarterback system can work at the end of last season. With 12 starters returning, including Jadeveon Clowney, the Gamecocks are the most balanced team in the East.
The Bulldogs will likely have the top offense in the conference, but there are plenty of question marks on the defense. Georgia also has to play LSU out of the West this year, which will toughen up the schedule from what it has been recently.
The Gators are only set to return 11 starters, but Will Muschamp has re-loaded the talent cupboard with plenty of athletes. Florida will be able to rely more heavily upon Jeff Driskel this fall, and the defense will continue to be one of the best in the league.
Malcolm Mitchell shares his story with kids at Usher's New Look Foundation:
[John Clay's Sidelines]
SEC and National News
Jim Brown turned 77 yesterday (music NSFW):
And some people wonder why Florida State might lead the ACC:
According to the school's income statement from the game, obtained by Warchant.com via public records request, Florida State lost more than $478,000 from its participation in the ACC championship in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 1.
About $440,000 of FSU's loss stems from dismal ticket sales for its matchup against 6-6 Georgia Tech. The league announced that 64,778 tickets were distributed, but Bank of America Stadium never reached half-capacity during FSU's 21-15 win. It was the first time in the game's three years in Charlotte that it wasn't labeled a sellout.
Each season, the conference gives each division winner 10,000 tickets to sell at four different price points ranging from $40 to $150. According to FSU's ticket reconciliation form, Florida State sold just 2,033 tickets, totaling $185,210 in revenue.
The form shows that Florida State was 100 percent responsible for selling the first 6,000 tickets. The ACC then covered 50 percent of the expense for the first 1,000 unsold tickets after 6,000, 75 percent of the next 1,000 tickets and 100 percent of the final 2,000 unsold tickets.
All told, the face value of the 10,000 allotted tickets was $774,190. After FSU's $185,210 in revenue on the 2,033 tickets sold, $3,594 in various ticket fees and the ACC's assistance on the final 4,000 unsold tickets ($144,895), FSU was left with a $440,491 loss on tickets. The net loss for the trip was $478,954.20.
Music and Stuff
Marietta based group - Coming For You | von Grey
Jimmy Herring Band "Miss Poopie" 9-24-12
Jimmy Herring Band "A Day In The Life into Bilgewater Blues" 9-24-12
Jimmy Herring Band -- Matt's Funk
Jimmy Herring Band - Nedfest 8-24-12 Nederland, CO
6th Ward New Orleans Jazz Funeral
I want one