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IN THE Do you think the new door lock policy will be effective? “No, because if someone has a gun, they’re crazy anyways. It’s gonna happen sooner or later.”

-Andrew Pirie freshman

“Yeah, I think it’s effective, but really inconvenient.” -Laken Rollison sophomore

“No, cause they [an intruder]could stand outside and then when a student comes out, walk in.” -David Olson junior

“I think that they aren’t effective because there are approximately six six-minute periods when people can just walk in.” -J a m e s Le m m o n senior


What do Eli, USC and BCS have in common? kristenPOLINSKI circulation manager After watching the LSU T i g e r s shred the Ohio State Buckeyes into a bazillion unidentifiable pieces during the college football championship last year, I thought to myself South Eastern Conference (SEC) teams are untouchable compared to all the other divisions. It was pretty much the same game the year before when the Gators roasted the Buckeyes alive to win the title of national champions. But how did this sport turn into a southern obsession? Marino “Godfather” Casem, a Football Hall of Famer coach, described this phenomena best when he said that “in the East, college football is a cultural exercise. On the West Coast, it is a tourist attraction. In the Midwest, it is cannibalism. But in the South, it is religion.And Saturday is the Holy Day.” Many people would agree that “college gameday” is a pretty big deal in the southern part of the United States and that SEC football hands down dominates, regionally and nationally. Last year, 263 former SEC players were on NFL opening day active rosters; this number topped every other college conference. The south is dominant because many towns below the Mason-Dixie line that live and breathe football (I’m talking about the places where the Friday night lights can attract the population of an entire town) hook young guys into making football a full-time passion. Of course not all towns in the South are like this; towns like Irmo don’t live and breathe football, but still, a large number of The Stinger

us come out on Friday nights to support the Yellow Jackets. In the North many high schools play their games on Saturday and Sunday afternoons – it’s considered lucky to have just 30 fans in the stands. Young southern football players have much more of an advantage to be competitive players because they play for their high school on Friday, on Saturday they watch and learn from their favorite college team (most likely an SEC team) and then on Sunday they cheer on NFL players who were once from their hometowns. Weather also plays a factor because southern high school teams have spring practices, while in other parts of the country snow won’t allow year-round practice. Many high school players from the South choose to stay here when they are ready to play college ball. You won’t find many southerners playing for teams like the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Climate conditions play a large role in this decision. Even though it looks pretty, playing football during a snow storm would be pretty darn miserable. More than likely, the major colleges these players want to play for are the big name colleges of the SEC, such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, and Georgia. In the midst of celebrating its 75th anniversary, the SEC is also on the top of the list in national championships. Since the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) system began in 1998, the SEC has risen to the top with four championships. Many former SEC players, including the Manning brothers and Shaun Alexander (2005 MVP), are now in the spotlight of the NFL. The winners of the last two BCS championship games, Florida and LSU, ripped their opponents apart. I predict another SEC team will do the same this year. Maybe even the Gamecocks could get their game together and win the championship…

The Stinger - Sept. 26, 2008  

The voice of Irmo High School