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The Sporting Life in South Carolina

How do you feel about sports, now that March is almost over and the "madness" is winding down?  Are you tired of having sports on TV every evening and all day and night on weekends?  Does your jaw tighten a bit when you hear the people we entrust with our lives --  teachers and nurses, policemen and firemen  -- talk about needing to moonlight just to pay their bills? And do you get even more irritated when you hear the salaries sports figures get paid to catch or throw or chase a little ball?

Well, maybe you ought to consider moving to South Carolina. Did you know that they don't have a single major professional sports team in the state?  NO NFL, NHL, NBA, MLS, or MLB. How on earth do sports fans survive? The University of South Carolina  and Clemson try their best to fill the gap, but only succeed during football and basketball seasons.

So what's a fella supposed to do with his time? It’s illegal to fish with a yo-yo or dynamite in the fine state of South Carolina. Of course he could always drop by Hell Hole Swamp. It has its own yearly festival complete with a tobacco spitting contest and a 10k Hell Hole Gator Trot, also known as the Redneck Run.

No, there's only one answer for the sports enthusiast who comes to South Carolina. Myrtle Beach is the Golf Capital of the world, and South Carolina has more than 300 public and private golf courses in total. Of course, they are usually full of tourists wearing seersucker pants and giggling at the "PLEASE DON'T FEED THE ALLIGATORS" SIGNS (which is actually no laughing matter). 

South Carolina turns out to be one of those places where you have to make your own fun, and that's OK.