Hat tip to With Leather.
It appears that the local newspaper has taken out an ad congratulating the three major sports (football, baseball, and basketball) for all finishing above .500.
As some of you may know, I have an undergraduate and a law degree from the University of South Carolina, and it's the sickening acceptance of mediocrity that drives me and most of my associates absolutely nuts.
We have a football coach in Steve Spurrier who looks absolutely lost. He looks like Joe Gibbs in his second NFL tenure. The game looks to have passed him by. The Gamecocks had the second most player drafted in last year's NFL draft and still only managed to finish at 7-6 (4-4 in the SEC). The basketball team was a bright spot, but a late season collapse kept them out of the NCAA tournament. They would be eliminated in the first round of the NIT by Stephen Curry.
The baseball team is currently a three seed in the Regional round. People around here love to discuss how great Ray Tanner is, but all I see is a guy who has been unable to turn big time talents like Justin Smoak into champions. An old school coach who loves to bunt with metal bats doesn't do it for me, and the inevitable ouster this year of the "YardCocks" is something I do not look forward to.
This ad is an embarrassment, but it is emblematic of a disease that spreads beyond sports. A disturbing acceptance of being just average is spreading from sports to school to work. Whoever put up that ad should take stock of themselves. So should anyone who thinks that it was a good idea.
Mediocrity Loves Company (The Palmetto Scoop)
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Posted by FlyAtTheThigh | 5/29/2009 08:01:00 PM | South Carolina Gamecocks, South Carolina Newspaper Ad