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November 30, 2012

Happy Hour: Garnet Holiday Punch

Garnet Holiday Punch

  • 48 oz 7 Up
  • 64 oz Hawaiian Punch Fruit Juice
  • ½ cup Lemon Juice
  • 32 oz Canada Dry Club Soda
  • Two 750-milliliter Bottles of Vodka
  • 24 oz Orange Juice
  • 1 qt Fruit Sherbet
Directions: Mix ingredients in a large punch bowl, and serve individually over ice in short cocktail glasses. *Drink responsibly...

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November 29, 2012

Latest and greatest Etsy Gamecock finds...

It is no secret that we are big fans of Etsy - a one-stop-shop for all things handmade and unique. Etsy is a great place to do some Christmas shopping - the prices are great and you can find a really unique gift for the person on your list who already has everything.

Here are some of our favorite Gamecock recent finds...prepare to scroll! Click the photos or the links below the photo to shop.

USC Gamecocks Hat

Baseball Hoop Earrings

USC Diaper Cover

USC Spirit Charm Bracelet

Gamecocks Letter Art Print

Gamecocks Ruffle Cheerleader Set

Gamecocks Mohawk ski hat

Gamecocks tie and suspenders boys onesie

Gamecocks tutu ensemble

Gamecocks Handpainted Wine Glasses

Gamecocks Tube Dress

Three South Carolina prints

USC Fleece boot liners with boot cuffs

Hand Painted Gamecock shoes

Gamecocks Christmas ornament wreath

Gamecocks Watch

Customized Gamecock Tumbler Glasses

USC leather bracelet

Gamecocks Coasters

November 28, 2012

Tis' the Season for Scarves

Scarves are one of our favorite cold weather accessories - they keep you warm and cozy, but can also add a pop of color or character to your outfit.

Check out this must-see cute and quirky video with 25 (yes, 25!) tutorials on how to style a scarf. Which style is your favorite? I like the 'Magic Trick'.

Here are some scarves we wouldn't mind getting for Christmas this year - perfect for gameday or any day...

Banana Republic - $59.50
Forever21 - $6.80
Forever21 - $12.80
Forever21 - $10.80
Banana Republic - $59.50
Shop Ruche - $14.99
Banana Republic - $59.50
Loft - $34.50
Old Navy - $24.94
Old Navy - $16.94
Shop Ruche - $16.99

November 26, 2012

Happy Hour: Celebration Cocktail

Are you still celebrating Saturday night's big win? Still on a 4 game win streak high? It's Happy Hour time! Go Cocks!

Celebration Cocktail

Ingredients (for 1 drink)
- 2 ounces of chilled pomegrante juice
- Champagne

Directions: For each drink, pour about 2 ounces of chilled pomegranate juice into a champagne flute and fill rest of the way up with chilled champagne. *Please drink responsibly!

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November 23, 2012

Gamecock Sports: Game Prediction - USC vs. Clemson

The turkey has been eaten, family has visited, and now it’s time for the state of South Carolina to pit sister against sister and friend against friend as the Gamecocks face off against the Tigers.

If you are a Palmetto State native and you aren’t excited about a top-15 matchup between Clemson and South Carolina under the lights, then you might as well go live in a cave.

The rivalry between South Carolina fans and Clemson has grown exponentially over the last year, with quips and rants from each school’s head coach and it all comes down to Saturday night. Which team will back up their coach’s words in the on-going war?

This week we will do our game prediction a little differently... Our house-divided sister site Clemson Girl's sports bloggess Nikki Steele will be stating her case for Clemson and our sports bloggess Lauren Hall will be predicting for the Gamecocks.


LAUREN- SOUTH CAROLINA’S DEFENSE IS THE BEST THE TIGERS WILL FACE: Jadeveon Clowney said he would be 100% ready by Saturday's kickoff so the Carolina defense should be at full speed. Unlike the ACC defenses that Clemson has played all year, USC is big and fast on the defensive line. This should force Tajh Boyd to stay in the pocket and make quick decisions, which he has struggled with at times throughout his career. While Clemson does have deep threats, the Gamecocks have done a good job at preventing the deep balls this year. Clemson will score but it won't be nearly as often as they are used to against two of the best defensive ends in the country.

NIKKI- THE CLEMSON OFFENSE IS THE MOST EXPLOSIVE OFFENSE THE GAMECOCKS HAVE SEEN: The Gamecocks play in the mighty SEC ,which without a doubt is the best defensive conference in the land, but after watching a lot of college football, I have to question its offensive power. South Carolina’s defense has faced only two offenses that rank in the top-30 nationally in total offense- Tennessee at No. 23 and Georgia at No. 25. Both of those schools are a far cry from what the Gamecocks will see Saturday night in Clemson’s sixth-ranked offense, a group that has been hitting on all cylinders for the last few weeks. The Tigers are averaging 204 yards on the ground and 244 yards through the air, while putting up over 44 points per game. Quarterback Tajh Boyd accounted for eight touchdowns and over 500 yards of total offense a week ago and even the best defenses have had no luck in slowing him down. In the backfield, Boyd complements running back Andre Ellington who has rushed for 959 yards and eight touchdowns. And let’s face it; at wide receiver and tight end, Boyd has a bunch of Frisbee catching dogs in Nuk Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, Jaron Brown and Brandon Ford. All Boyd has to do is get the ball to his playmakers and they will make the Gamecocks pay. The wide receivers will have some one-on-one coverage down the sideline and if they can get behind the cornerbacks, it will be as simple as throw-and-catch. If Clemson’s offensive line can give Boyd enough time to find his playmakers, it will be a long night in the Valley for the Gamecocks.

NIKKI- THE CLEMSON DEFENSE IS MUCH IMPROVED AGAINST THE RUN: Every Clemson fans’ worst nightmares begin with Connor Shaw running rampant last season in Williams Brice on his way to trouncing the Tigers for a third straight season. But, that was last season and with a new defensive coordinator in Brent Venables, the Tigers seemed to have fixed their problem with running quarterbacks. The Clemson defense started off a little shaky, but has steadily improved from week-to-week and after inserting middle linebacker Spencer Shuey in the lineup have seemingly shut down opponents’ running game, giving up 163 yards rushing per game. If the Tigers can limit the running game, then the defensive backs can focus on limiting the big play, which they have been prone to this season. The secondary is banged up and will need the front seven to get pressure on Shaw in order to give them a chance at slowing down South Carolina’s speedy receivers.

LAUREN- SHAW OR THOMPSON…THAT IS THE QUESTION? After losing Marcus Lattimore to a season-ending injury, the Gamecock offense has been extremely inconsistent. That, coupled with Connor Shaw's continued injured shoulder saga, make this weekends matchup much more difficult. Kenny Miles has done a great job as the new starting tailback in his senior season, backed up by Mike Davis who is proving to be a strong asset to the offense. But the quarterback situation is still a big question. It appears that Shaw may be healthy enough to play, but Dylan Thompson has spent the week taking all the snaps with the first team offense at practice. Again Spurrier has a decision to make, but if Shaw does start I believe he will be on a very short leash due to his turnover struggles of late. Hopefully, whoever is playing quarterback can find a way to get the ball to Justice Cunningham and Ace Sanders. These two have the ability to extend drives and make the big plays, which is what USC needs.

NIKKI- CATMAN…ENOUGH SAID: Clemson has one weapon that South Carolina doesn’t, and that’s Chandler Catanzaro, who has hit 15-of-16 field goals this season and is ready at a moments notice to hit the game-winning field goal. Against N.C. State a week ago, the Tigers gave up big plays in the return game. After doing the same against Florida State earlier in the season, the Tigers special teams fixed the problems only allowing less than 19 yards per return until the Wolfpack came to Death Valley. The players and coaches will have the issues fixed. And let’s not forget that if Ace Sander thinks he’s going to get free, he better watch out for kickoff specialist Spencer Benton who will be looking to make a big hit on senior night.

LAUREN- SPECIAL TEAMS MUST BE SPECIAL: This year's special teams have been a source of extreme highs and lows. There have been sparks of brilliance and many moments that we would all rather forget. The key to special teams is not turning over the ball, if Carolina can do this they should be able to provide the offense with good field position, which will be vital in this game.

LAUREN- WHY THE GAMECOCKS WILL WIN: The Gamecocks defense will overpower the Clemson offense that had torched the ACC this year. Carolina's defense will create good field position for the struggling offense. By forcing Clemson to rely on their run game, they will lose the ability to score quickly and often which has been their hallmark this year. As much as it breaks my heart…

NIKKI- WHY THE TIGERS WILL WIN: The Gamecocks have owned the Tigers over the last three seasons, but with an offense that is seemingly unstoppable, Clemson is ready to turn the corner and send its seniors out with a bang. The South Carolina defense is very talented and very good there’s no doubt, but offensive coordinator Chad Morris doesn’t take it lightly when an opponent shows him up and that’s just what South Carolina did in 2011. The Clemson offense will use the Gamecocks’ aggressiveness against them to hit the big play or move the chains using Boyd’s mobility. The Clemson defense has been susceptible to the big play and that probably won’t stop Saturday night, but at home and under the lights Venables’ boys will make the plays they need to in order to seal the victory.

Post written by Clemson Girl's Sports Bloggess, Nikki Steele and Gamecock Girl's Sports Bloggess, Lauren Hall

November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

We here at Gamecock Girl wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving full of leisure and lots and lots of food!

We are thankful for the growth of this blog, to our sponsors for keeping us going, to our guest bloggers who provide great content, and of course to University of South Carolina.

But we are also thankful for you, our readers, who make the effort to keep this site going totally worth it!

We are also thankful for an in-state rivalry, that no matter how each team has played each season, always ends up being exciting to the very last minute. A rivalry that always makes your loyalty to your team that much stronger in the end.

An in-state rivalry that dates back to 1896.

Enjoy this excerpt from the Carolina vs. Clemson rivalry history book A State of Disunion:
Six years earlier, when Clemson and Carolina played "foot ball" for the first time, the game was an undercard to the horse races. But by 1902, the rivalry occupied center stage.An article in Tuesday's edition of The State chronicled pomp and circumstance in its primitive stages:

The friends and alumni of the respective colleges flock to the fair grounds on the day of the great game, and the college colors of each institution are very much in evidence on the day of the game. The garnet and black and the purple and orange cause no little comment when seen on the jackets of the fair ones who seem to take as much interest in the game as any one else. The college girl, the society girl -- all the girls -- turn out in full force on Thursday, and very few are seen without the college colors of one of their rivals. 

Clemson has become a power under coach John Heisman, a University of Pennsylvania graduate who was coaching at Auburn when Walter Riggs lured him to the foothills of South Carolina for a hefty salary of $1,800 a year...

Carolina players and supporter weren't comfortable with domination at the hands of an opponent that was already being classified as an "old rival" by the press. Since a 12-6 Gamecock victory in the inaugural clash in 1896, Clemson had taken four consecutive games by a combined score of 127-6. But Carolina fielded a strong team in 1902, coached by Bob Williams and Christie Benet, and had outscored the opposition 98-0 coming in. The game was viewed as a tossup, in part because Clemson returned just two players from the previous year's varsity squad...

There was abundant excitement about the trip among cadets in anticipation of a rare trip to the city, a respite from the strict, regimented day-to-day existence at the remote school. In Columbia, an air of hospitality accompanied the imminent arrival of the guests from the upcountry. A story ran in The State six days before the game with the headline: "Coming of Clemson Cadets...Society will do its part to make stay a pleasant one."...

What was forecast as a "battle royal" drew an estimated three thousand people to the fairgrounds on Elmwood Avenue. Two open carriages, one representing Clemson and the other Carolina, were positioned on each sideline and filled with women supporting each team. The weather was unseasonably warm as fans gathered for the 11:00 a.m. kickoff and placed bets on the score...

Before the game, Carolina's side chanted, "Heisman's day is at end" and "We'll twist the tiger's tail." The Gamecocks backed up those boasts with a victory that sparked relief and jubilation. A special defensive formation by coach Bob Williams was credited with derailing Heisman's offensive machine.

"Clemson tried every trick play in their catalogue and failed utterly at all of them," The State observed. "Carolina started out with her eye on the ball and never lost sight of it from start to finish."

A day later, Heisman would tell the press that Carolina was equal to any team in the South. He also said he believed the interruption of his team's dominance over the Gamecocks was good for the rivalry and would lead to more interest in future games between the two teams.
And here, 106 years later, this game still generates the same buzz and excitement -- and all of us Gamecock Girls "turn out in full force on" Saturday.

Happy Thanksgiving and Go Cocks!!

November 21, 2012

Tailgate Recipes - Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes

One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving besides family and food - all of the yummy leftovers for the remainder of the weekend!

Why not turn those delicious Thanksgiving leftovers you slaved over to cook into delicious snacks to enjoy at your Clemson vs. Carolina tailgate or to share at your game viewing house party with family and friends.

Here are a few recipes we found that look and sound yummy. Food + Football = Happiness!

Click the photos or links below the photos to go to the recipes...

Turkey Crostini

Leftovers Pocket Pies

Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza

Tastes Like Thanksgiving Casserole

Turkey & Spinach wraps with Cranberry-Walnut Cream Cheese Spread

"Turkey" salad sandwiches - replace chicken in this recipe w/ cooked Turkey.

Turkey BLT