Nights like Friday night are why I got into journalism some 25 years ago.
There was an exciting game, and breaking news to boot.
A win-win situation.
In more than two decades of covering sports and high school football, I'm not quite sure I can come up with a better combination of the two than I found at the Aiken-Silver Bluff game.
The football game was highly anticipated with two of the best teams on the South Carolina side squaring off.
So far, so good.
It's opening day at the Masters Tournament. The first practice round, weather permitting, will take place today.
So far there aren't a lot of golfers on the course. Bubba Watson, a former UGA player, teed off on No. 1 at 8:15.
And British Amateur champion Reinier Saxton was on the practice putting green.
Early reports are that tournament patrons are still relying on old habits and getting caught up in traffic along Washington Road coming from Interstate 20.
I look forward each year to receiving the April issue of Golf Digest. The magazine does an excellent job of previewing the Masters Tournament.
The Masters edition arrived earlier this week, and Tom Brokaw's guest essay caught my eye. Brokaw, the former NBC anchorman, came to Augusta National Golf Club last year at the request of Golf Digest to continue its series of "First Impressions" from noted journalists.
Sterling Sharpe is right: retired jerseys should stay retired.
The former South Carolina football star was put in a difficult spot last week when hotshot recruit Alshon Jeffery wanted to wear No. 2 when he suits up for the Gamecocks in the fall. Coach Steve Spurrier approached Sharpe and George Rogers, who had his No. 38 retired after winning the Heisman Trophy, about letting players wear retired numbers.
Sharpe, according to published reports, was clearly against the idea. And he's right.
My earliest memory of the South Carolina-Clemson football game dates back to 1975. (Full disclosure: I was born into a family of Gamecocks, and I attended the University of South Carolina.)
I remember my father being pretty excited as he heard Bob Fulton, the “Voice of the Gamecocks,” call the action that day in Columbia.
The Gamecocks never had to punt, and they whipped Clemson 56-20.
Last weekend was a tough one for our local South Carolina football teams. Aiken, North Augusta, Midland Valley, Silver Bluff and Barnwell all saw their playoff dreams come to an end.
But there are still four remaining teams, and here's how I see those games playing out Friday night:
The South Carolina football playoffs continue this week with the opening week for Class AAAA and the second week for Class AAA and lower.
There weren't too many surprises from the local teams last week, save for South Aiken's huge upset of Hilton Head.
Here's how I see this week's games playing out:
Richland Northeast at Aiken, 8 p.m.: The Hornets lost to the Cavaliers midway through the season, one of two losses for Aiken this year. But based on recent form, I don't see Aiken losing this one. Aiken 24, RNE 14