We all have our favorite sports writers, we also have our hated writers. I suppose I fall into a vast majority of people out there that can probably pick out the hated pontificators faster than the enjoyable read. I have had a grudge against a certain SI writer now for about four years. The guy looks like a nerd and writes nearly every single article with a certain superior, I know more than you with my Northweastern education, gloat. If you have not already guessed whom I direct my rage, I am speaking of Stewart Mandel. I suppose nearly ever single article he writes in regards to Clemson he manages to sneak in a negative jab and a useless quip. I imagine he is just doing his best to let everyone know he hates Clemson sports, the school, and he will soon kick every Clemson fans dog out there when given the chance. Maybe he was pummeled by a schoolyard bully wearing orange one day, who knows. My point, I go to SI.com and read with the grain of salt. I could always rely on ESPN. Well, my friends, there is a new “negative nancy” out there which should be on your radar. He goes by the name of Mark Schlabach, if that’s his real name. His new game is bashing the Tigers. That’s right, how can you hate us? He is a nine year vet of the AJC and all he did was cover UGA football and the SEC. Ohh, so that’s why he hates Clemson. After this article I read on ESPN.com he made to my hit list. Honestly, I think he is just putting these words down on paper for shock value. By the time I posted my own article, there have been 156 responses to Schlaback’s blatherings. For the record though, his “Clemson won’t win the ACC” prediction is dead wrong. I mean, the guy picked UNC for crying out loud! How serious can we take him and his mindless thoughts from now on?
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