To the editor:
Please accept this letter as some personal reflections and thoughts on the Clemson-Louisville ballgame in the context of Clemson and Our State.
Absolutely I and others, to include many of my Gamecock friends, were thrilled to come out on top of such a competitive ballgame. That day, Clemson somewhat represented this state to a very large National audience. The day started with Lee Corso saying, as he looked at the Clemson crowd and atmosphere, “This crowd will not let them lose today.” One can paraphrase that as saying, “not in our house.”
As significant and impressive as the game was, just as significant was the manner, presentation, and participation of the pledge and the National Anthem by the entire assembly of Clemson and Louisville fans. I have never experienced the full, complete, and crisp participation as I experienced during that patriotic opening.
I was proud and privileged to have with me a fellow vet, 90-year-old World War 11 era vet, Mr. Frank Hart, (class of ‘49). Mr. Hart took every step I took to game day in the morning, the stadium in the evening and stood every time I stood. Mr. Hart was a model of how we should do it.
It seemed to me that the assembled group was saying, “This is our house, and this is how we will do it.” The collective statement of all those present, in its own way, is more important than the outcome of that ballgame.
One has to be proud while humbled as you experience and observe the community of Townville and the entire state, as we pull for the Jacob Hall family and Townville. This same collective pulling together, we are experiencing right now in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. Hurricane Matthew is reminiscent of Hugo, where we pulled together.
The tragedy in Townville cannot help but remind us of the tragedy at the Emmanuel A.M.E church in Charleston. In both cases, we collectively said even in our grief, “This is our house; this is how we do it”.
I am proud and grateful to be a South Carolinian, an American, and a Clemson fan.
(Class of ‘69)