I’m Katie, and I write about sports because I’m not so good at playing them.
Okay, I also write about them because I like to write and I enjoy watching sports. I’m a 2011 graduate of the University of South Carolina and I hold a B.A. in English Language and Literature. I’m currently a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. When I grow up, I want to be a sports columnist.
As a native of the Chicago suburbs, I grew up cheering for hometown teams, though after Michael Jordan was gone, I was pretty much done with basketball. I’ve always been a fan the Cubs and the Bears, though, and I’ve recently become a huge Blackhawks fan.
It wasn’t until I started at Carolina that I really began to love sports, though. Because Gamecock athletics are such a big deal in Columbia, I had no choice but to attend games – and I was blown away. Whether it was at Williams-Brice or Carolina Stadium, win or lose, a South Carolina game is unlike anything. There’s no doubt that some of my best memories come from USC sporting events. Plus, I learned how intense rivalries can be and how absurd things can get. I’m looking at you, Clemson Fighting Dabos.
I came to love USC, the teams, and the players and coaches themselves. Steve Spurrier and Ray Tanner run their programs with class and integrity, and I’m so proud to have them in the garnet and black. The same goes for the guys on those teams.
Here at Cocky Country, you’ll find a mix of news and opinions, of silly posts and serious ones, of football and baseball (and other sports, too). I’ll be snarky, I’ll praise/complain when necessary, and I may, occasionally, throw in an innuendo or two (we’re the Gamecocks, I can’t help it). I’ll also try – and fail – to hide my crushes on Spurrier, Connor Shaw, and the entire baseball team.
So welcome, Gamecock Nation, to Cocky Country. And in the wise words of Spurrier, let’s all remember one thing: “You’re either a Gamecock or a Cock Block.”