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Old 08-29-2014, 12:11 PM   #1
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Default Is anybody still optimistic?

All I read is negativity. The simple fact is we were outmatched by a team we knew little about and greatly underestimated. We know less about ourselves now than we did before. If your putting money on us I'd go under on anything. But as a fanbase can we have a little bit of dignity please and not blame this coach or that player or whoever your blaming for this loss. We could bounce back from this in tremendous fashion or fall flat on our faces. Let's play a few more games before we play the blame game though shall we. Step away from the ledge gamecock nation put your torches and pitchforks away and sit back down in front of your TV set.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:15 PM   #2
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Default Re: Is anybody still optimistic?

hell no I'm not optimistic. Did you watch that steaming pile of shit we call a defense last night? I will still watch and pull for them, but we're staring a bad season in the face unless the defense pulls a complete 180. That was the worst defensive performance I have seen since WV hung 70 on Clemson.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:17 PM   #3
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Being outmatched would be one thing. But our D was historically bad. I don't take away from A&M's QB but, honestly, any half decent QB could have had a field day with how our D covered. He played well, but our D was really, really, really, really, really, really bad.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:18 PM   #4
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It took all of one play for them to figure out our D.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:18 PM   #5
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I blame it on the lack of a "Don't underestimate Texas A&M" thread.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:19 PM   #6
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Default Re: Is anybody still optimistic?

College football is a really fun, bizarre sport because you never know what can happen. Just like no one predicted A&M/Kenny Hill to do this, we can still go on and have a nice season. Maybe we got our WTF loss out of our systems early this year. Maybe we'll be like 2012 Georgia and rack up 10 straight wins after an embarrassing conference blowout. Maybe neither of those things will be true and we'll "just" win eight or nine games (or yes, seven or less).

I dunno. But it's definitely way too early to throw in the towel and declare this a losing season. At least give it a few more weeks before making that kind of prediction.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:19 PM   #7
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Default Re: Is anybody still optimistic?

Until Blackshear and Key get on that line im not gonna be optimistic.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:19 PM   #8
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Default Re: Is anybody still optimistic?

The expectations for this season was to win the east. We put ourselves in a big hole last night. We also play another tempo offense next week with a very solid quarterback and good offensive line (from what I hear, at least.) Our defense is scared to death to hit anyone. Our pass rush is non existent. People are saying TAMU has the best offense we'll play all season, but Auburn has three 6'3"+ wide receivers and a unique talent at quarterback.

There's not much to be optimistic about IMO.

BUT, five players who I think actually wanted it last night were:
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That was refreshing to see a few guys actually try.
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Not the slightest bit of optimism from me. How could anyone be after that performance?
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Default Re: Is anybody still optimistic?

Last night sucked, but a big win over ECU will do wonders for optimism. Then again, if the D shits their pants against ECU and we lose, Gamecock Nation will erupt.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:23 PM   #11
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Default Re: Is anybody still optimistic?

I really hope this was just an abberration. I hope it was just a schematic mismatch issue and we match up better with everyone else on our schedule. I'm looking for any possible signs of optimism. We have athletes, maybe theirs were just more prepared. Sumlin is a really good coach. They were on point. Going to be interesting to follow them in their other big games.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:24 PM   #12
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Default Re: Is anybody still optimistic?

Look at it this way. We put up 28 our defense played like dog shite against probably the most prolific offense we see all year. We can only get better. I know for a fact we will see improvement on defense( I don't know how much). If we improve on defense establish a ground game and match or better our points output each week. We have a chance to battle it out and trade blows each week to get a win. All I'm asking is for a week or two of optimism before we jump the gun
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Default Re: Is anybody still optimistic?

I'm still trying to be optimistic. I think like some other people said we had our sights set high for the east. Yes we've put ourself in a hole but look where we've come from. Spurrier has done a lot for the Gamecocks and I think he's going to try an help right the defense. Forever to thee.


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Old 08-29-2014, 12:30 PM   #14
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Trying to be optimistic, but it's tough right now. The defense is going to have to improve greatly for me to keep hope of winning the East
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:35 PM   #15
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I think we need a little time to get this humiliation out of our system first. I still believe that we can right the ship and have a great season, but I'm realistic enough to realize that fixing that many problems doesn't happen overnight. I'm just going to try and take it a week at a time. Let's just beat the Pirates!
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I think we need a little time to get this humiliation out of our system first. I still believe that we can right the ship and have a great season, but I'm realistic enough to realize that fixing that many problems doesn't happen overnight. I'm just going to try and take it a week at a time. Let's just beat the Pirates!
I'm trying to walk that fine line right now between optimism and realistic. Really a good way to go through life if you ask me.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:44 PM   #17
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Default Re: Is anybody still optimistic?

Nope. Absolutely no pass rush and inability to cover the receivers leads to a disaster, like last night. Hell, I think ECU comes in and gets a W next weekend.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:44 PM   #18
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Yes. I woke up a Gamecock. Tough crushing loss but learn from it an come back swinging. It's a GREAT day to be a Gamecock! Garnet and Black for life win or not!
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Default Re: Is anybody still optimistic?

I'm not optimistic that we can win the east this year. Our west schedule is too daunting to realistically consider that a possibility. I believe that we will have a decent 8 or 9 win season in what will turn out to be a rebuilding year. I hope that I'm wrong, but I do not put much hope in doing anything significant this season.
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If we improve on defense establish a ground game

From what I saw last night the Defense can't help but improve if they make 1 tackle that will be an improvement. And to establish a Ground Game our O line has to come out of the locker room on running plays they did ok on pass plays , but my granddaughter is tougher than our O Line was last night.
Bottom line our team has got to get tough and hit somebody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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