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Palmetto State positioned for major college sports sweep

The Palmetto State is a mere speck on the map from a national perspective. As the 40th largest state in the union, you could fit five South Carolinas inside the state of California. In fact, the Golden State has eight times the number of residents as South Carolinians represent only 1.5 percent of the U.S. population. Yet the tiny speck stands ready to put itself on the national sports map with... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Things heating up on Mosh Pit Road

Poor NASCAR. What’s a sanctioning body to do when the one thing it has worked so hard to distance itself from is also the one thing your garden-variety sports fan is really interested in seeing? Yep, I’m talking about fighting. I realize there is a case to be made for enjoying sports for its own sake, for things like the sheer beauty of watching a perfectly-hit ball sail over an ivy-covered... 

Taking pelvic floor dysfunction treatment to the next level

Pelvic floor dysfunction is a very common problem for people of all ages. Although it is more common in women, men can have pelvic floor disorders as well. So what is it? Everyone has heard about the dreaded spritzing after sneezing, coughing or even jumping up and down in excitement. With severe cases, people may just move the wrong way and oops! Many women, especially after having children, think... 

Using reverse bracketology to make a splash in NCAA pool

For the past 30 or 40 years I’ve spent Selection Sunday scribbling with a pencil, scanning with the TV remote, and scrolling on the Internet in hopes of filling out a winning tournament bracket. Armed with stats, a strategy and educated hunches from watching four months worth of college hoops, I’ve seen every March Madness end in April Sadness. Time after time and year after year, my... 

My Brain on NASCAR: New season brings new fears for fans

I watched the Daytona 500 on Feb. 26 with my hands covering my face, peeking though my fingers like a skittish teenage girl at a scary movie. When it comes to frightening incidents, unpredictable plot twists and surprise endings, Stephen King has nothing on NASCAR. I was terrified. The first and most obvious fear factor for me – and I suspect I’m not alone in this – was the return of Dale... 

Plantar Fasciitis doesn’t have to be a real pain in the foot

You wake up in the morning and attempt to get out of bed to go make breakfast. Then, out of nowhere during your very first step of the day, you experience a sharp shooting pain in the bottom of your foot.  This may be followed by a tightness or cramping feeling that follows you throughout the day.  If you’re saying to yourself, “that sounds really familiar!” Then you may have... 

Fantastic finishes make 2016-17 sports season best year ever

Wow! That’s all I can say after the wild overtime finish to Super Bowl LI. And while I hate to make any rash statements while I’m still in a state of bewilderment, I think it’s safe to say that the 2016-17 season was the greatest in major American sports history. And when I say “American sports,” I’m talking about the ones we rule – professional and college... 

Ranking the talent-rich ACC is a real toss-up

The Atlantic Coast Conference is a mess this season. A spectacular, exciting, amazing mess – but a mess nonetheless. The Duke Blue Devils are in 10th place in the conference yet are somehow probably one of the 10 best teams in the entire country. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are alone in first place in the conference standings, yet they are staring up at as many as three other ACC teams... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Back-flipping Edwards makes safe landing

On Wednesday, Jan. 11, sporting a collared short and blazer rather than his trademark No. 99 Toyota logo-wear, Carl Edwards announced his retirement from full-time NASCAR competition. The language was clear enough, but exactly what it meant is still to be determined. Even the official Joe Gibbs Racing press release issued immediately after the press conference said that Edwards has “stepped away,”... 

GSSR contributor Beachum makes fantasy football HOF

(Editors Note: Grand Strand Sports Report contributor Joel Beachum was elected to the Toyota Fantasy Football Hall of Fame on Friday. The following is his story about how and why he went from a newcomer to a Hall of Famer in one decade.) I have always been a huge football fan – high school, college and professional. I probably would have played high school football had I not been 4-foot-11 and... 
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