I know I've been writing about the NFL quite a bit lately, but college football is basically over and the meat of the basketball season hasn't really started yet, so...just bear with me.
I managed to attend last night's Panthers v. Vikings game. I'm not really a big fan of either team, but the ticket was free, and I couldn't turn down a chance to see Brett Favre play before his career is over (whenever that may be). Plus, there were four former Gamecocks starting in this game- Travelle Wharton and Captian Munnerlyn for the home town Panthers and Jasper Brinkley and Sidney Rice for the Vikings. I actually managed to get a little 'Game....Cocks!' chant going in the South upper deck after a long Brett Farve completion to Sidney Rice, so there were definitely a few Gamecock fans in attendance. Jasper Brinkley had a huge game, with 7 tackles and a forced fumble, and Wharton was a contributor on the line that helped Johnathan Stewart put up over a 100 yards and a couple of touchdowns.
On one play late in the 3rd quarter, something happened that I'd been waiting for all night- Captain lined up directly across from Sidney. I got all nostalgic and felt like I was back at a Gamecocks Spring practice 3 years ago, watching the two of them battle for a poorly thrown Blake Mitchell pass.
The ball wasn't thrown on this particular play, however. Favre apparently saw nickel coverage and checked to an inside handoff to Adrian Peterson. Sidney came off of the line and broke like he was going to run a quick slant, then came back right into Cap to block him. Cap, always a physical little guy, didn't give an inch and plowed back into Sidney. Captain got around the block, but the play was already over. It was nice to see Sidney walk over and pat Cap on the top of the helmet, as if to say 'you made it, little buddy.'