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Help me pick a side: Carolina or Clemson?

  • Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I consider myself a Carolina fan - the North Carolina one.
But, Iím no longer in that state. Iím open to picking a South Carolina team now that Iím getting used to calling the Lowcountry my home.
I need your help, though. South Carolina or Clemson? Walking around the Northwoods Mall this past weekend made it clear that an allegiance to the Gamecocks or the Tigers is a necessary part of life.
So, Iím asking my Eye of the Tyler readers. Lead me to make the right choice here, folks.
Once I pick a side, Iíll stick to it. Iím no bandwagon fan; this is a long-term commitment.
Although my preference will officially be out of my hands, I did get initial impressions of the two athletic programs from their respective websites.
Neither teamís colors are particularly exciting. Purple and orange? Garnet and black? Either will take some getting used to.
Iím not sure who wins the award for coolest mascot:Cocky, which apparently is a fighting rooster, or The Tiger, which is pretty self explanatory. Even though my column title caters more to the Tigers, itís still a toss-up.
Letís play matchmaker here. My top three needs in an athletic program are a commitment to basketball, plenty of spirited support from students and alumni and a squeaky clean history regarding NCAA violations.
Football is important, but not a top priority. As an alumnus of UNC Wilmington - a university without a football program - Iíve never coupled Saturdays with tailgates at a football stadium.
While my ex of more than a decade, the Tar Heels, will never be forgotten, Iím open to seeing other schools.
Send me an e-mail or a tweet to @TylerHeff to help me pick a side. If I get enough responses, Iíll share some of the best in the next Eye of the Tyler column and announce my new preference.

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