Mud, Sweat, and Cheers.

Feb 8th is your last chance to see Blood Seat and Cheers a History of Football in South Carolina exhibit at the South Carolina State Museum.  Fair warning, the exhibit is not extremely large, and  there is a 5 buck admission charge to enter the museum, but many of the items are so rare that it was a treat to see them up close.

It is hard to believe that in the formative years of college football most of the South Carolina schools were on equal standing with each other, and games like Clemson vs. the Citadel and South Carolina vs. Furman were once compelling rivalries. Of course these were the days before 80,000 seat stadiums, multi-million dollar booster clubs, and BCS conferences.

I have put together a list of some of the more interesting items and there is also a slide show at the bottom of the post.

I am especially fond of this Erskine Booster Sticker.
This display had a really cool nose protector.
Wofford and Furman have the oldest football rivalry in the state.  Apparantly Wofford enjoyed beating Furman.
When I think about older plastic shell helmets I always assume that the face masks were gray.  But this USC helmet is an exception.
LOVE LOVE LOVE the artwork of Phil Neel.
There are two Hillcrest High Schools.  My Hillcrest has never had an especially strong football program, but I like to think this is from my Hillcrest and not the other.
Helmets of Yesterday and the future.
Cool old down marker.

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