ON FIRE: Widespread Panic covering ABB’s ‘Jessica’ on 12/29/15

Good lord.  It just got really hot in here….one of my favorites of all time by one of my favorites of all time. Let this one sink in, folks:


Were you there?

Steven Bremer - January 8, 2016 - 3:05 PM

Saw ABB and Widespread live in the same concert season yearts ago. AMAZING.

National Championship Giveaway with State Traditions

We are a mere five days away from the college football National Championship game.  The playoffs have been great, and there are two VERY deserving teams ready to face off on Monday night.  We’ll get into the previews and predictions in a bit, but let’s celebrate another great college football season with a giveaway from our friends at State Traditions.

The winner will get a Hat, a Gameday Tattersall shirt, a T-shirt, and a Koozie from a team of their choice.  Here are the details:  leave a comment to this post with with your pick on who is going to win to enter.

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Entries must be in by kickoff on Monday, January 11th.  I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, January 12th around lunchtime, who gets all the State Traditions goods from the school of their choice.

Special thanks to State Traditions for providing the goods for the giveaway…

Grant - January 6, 2016 - 7:38 PM


Christopher - January 6, 2016 - 7:44 PM


Jason Gore - January 6, 2016 - 7:50 PM

Clemson. 27-23.

John - January 6, 2016 - 7:51 PM

I got Clemson in this one

PJ - January 6, 2016 - 7:51 PM

Roll Tide

James mclean - January 6, 2016 - 8:23 PM

Roll tide. Bama all the way

Marc - January 6, 2016 - 8:25 PM

Alabama….Roll Tide!

hugh - January 6, 2016 - 10:04 PM

clemson – ACC all the way baby

Ryan - January 6, 2016 - 11:01 PM

Clemson. Go Tigers!

RayGoff - January 7, 2016 - 7:53 AM

Bama, but it will be close.

Steven Bremer - January 7, 2016 - 8:06 AM

I have no skin in this game as a Noles fan but I think Bama will win. There is something special about this team.

James - January 7, 2016 - 8:32 AM

Clemson by 3

Fritz - January 7, 2016 - 8:47 AM


Philip - January 7, 2016 - 9:14 AM

My in-laws cheer for Bama (from Tuscaloosa) and my boss cheers for Clemson…so I’ll side with family, Roll Tide!

Stephen - January 7, 2016 - 10:17 AM

Alabama. Then Kirby comes home.

MRJ - January 7, 2016 - 10:23 AM

Roll Tide #chasingXVI

Drew - January 7, 2016 - 10:43 AM

Why not?

Brian Walsh - January 7, 2016 - 10:50 AM

Taking my wife to the game for a xmas present. Clemson all the way!

Ben G - January 7, 2016 - 10:55 AM


K Knight - January 7, 2016 - 11:51 AM


CF - January 7, 2016 - 12:04 PM

Alabama 35-17

JRF - January 7, 2016 - 12:10 PM

As much as I hate to say it, I don’t think Alabama can be stopped.

Andrew E - January 7, 2016 - 12:11 PM


MRS - January 7, 2016 - 3:05 PM

Clemson 31 – Bama 23

James McLean - January 7, 2016 - 3:18 PM

Bama all the way. Front 7 is too good

Hunter Hobart - January 7, 2016 - 3:24 PM


Sam - January 7, 2016 - 3:31 PM


Nick Scott - January 7, 2016 - 3:37 PM


ECB - January 7, 2016 - 3:38 PM

Alabama! RTR.

Hannah - January 7, 2016 - 3:38 PM

I think Alabama will win but I’m a Clemson fan and always have been. They’re doing great this year so my official vote is for Clemson. GO TIGERS!!

Colby - January 7, 2016 - 3:38 PM

Alabama 38 to 14

Michael - January 7, 2016 - 3:41 PM

Go Tigers, All in!

Mykel - January 7, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Alabama.. But War Damn Eagle

Taylor Caroline - January 7, 2016 - 3:46 PM


Will G - January 7, 2016 - 3:46 PM

I’m a student at UGA so gotta go SEC here…Roll Tide!

Adam Blakely - January 7, 2016 - 3:48 PM


Coleman - January 7, 2016 - 3:50 PM

Bama baby

Edwin Mejia - January 7, 2016 - 3:58 PM


Samuel Wells - January 7, 2016 - 4:07 PM

Clemson in a close game

Dillon Robinson - January 7, 2016 - 4:11 PM

Clemson all the way!

CH - January 7, 2016 - 4:19 PM


Kevin - January 7, 2016 - 4:20 PM


John David McCracken - January 7, 2016 - 4:25 PM


Robert Malcom - January 7, 2016 - 4:32 PM


Keefer Boone - January 7, 2016 - 4:36 PM

Bama all the way

Chris Bridgers - January 7, 2016 - 4:44 PM

Bama by 10

William turner - January 7, 2016 - 4:44 PM


Eddie Custy - January 7, 2016 - 5:23 PM

C-L-E-M-S-O—-N!!!! Let’s go Tigers!

Tom - January 7, 2016 - 5:51 PM

Roll Tide

Andrew - January 7, 2016 - 6:11 PM


Parker Martin - January 7, 2016 - 6:20 PM

Alabama. No doubt.

Price Parker - January 7, 2016 - 6:23 PM

CLEMSON. Go Tigers!

Cramer - January 7, 2016 - 6:45 PM

I’m ALL IN for the Tigers!

Kirkwood Palmer - January 7, 2016 - 6:51 PM

The University of Alabama

BrianC - January 7, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Roll Tide all the way baby!

Simon - January 7, 2016 - 8:27 PM


Kameron - January 7, 2016 - 10:17 PM

Bama will take this!

MBB - January 7, 2016 - 10:23 PM

Dabo and the Clemson Tigers!

Morgan - January 7, 2016 - 11:44 PM

Alabama! Roll Tide!

Andee smith - January 8, 2016 - 12:37 PM


Wesley Smith - January 8, 2016 - 12:38 PM


Stephanie - January 8, 2016 - 4:57 PM

Bama by 17

Juan hernandez - January 8, 2016 - 7:29 PM

I think clemson will win. As a huge LSU fan I will be happy when Alabama loses. Plus I would really like a lsu white state traditions t shirt but you guys are sold out. Love the brand and GO TIGERS

Chris - January 9, 2016 - 7:18 PM


Candace - January 10, 2016 - 8:03 AM


Mark Bates - January 10, 2016 - 4:33 PM

Bama wins 28-12
Roll Tide

Mark Bates - January 10, 2016 - 4:33 PM


Mark Bates - January 10, 2016 - 4:34 PM

28-12 Bama wins
Roll Tide

Mike Mashburn - January 10, 2016 - 8:52 PM

Roll Tide

Andrew Smith - January 11, 2016 - 9:06 AM

Alabama, Roll Tide Roll!

Conor - January 11, 2016 - 11:14 AM


Cam Burleson - January 12, 2016 - 12:25 AM

Alabama beats Clemson 45-40

Digging: Breitling Navitimer

I’m looking for #2 to add to the watch rotation.  I’m looking for something that is a good departure from my Panerai PAM112.  I really dig this Breitling Navitimer.  Good stuff.

Feedback welcome.

kristian schwartz - January 6, 2016 - 1:56 PM

IWC all the way… check out the Portuguese.

That’s the next watch on my hit list. Or, a vintage Heuer Carrera

Steven Bremer - January 6, 2016 - 1:57 PM

I used for their intended purposes these can’t be beat, but they are too busy and large for daily use. I would suggest either a Speedmaster or Explorer if you want something more for casual use.

Don’t you also own a 60’s Seamaster?

Just me - January 7, 2016 - 9:15 AM

Nice watch – this is purely my opinion but you already have the Panerai with the leather strap. Go steel. Vintage Rolex Pepsi or Explorer. Or my recent edition to my rotation Omega Seamaster 300 (not the 007 edition bezel but regular bezel)

JD - January 7, 2016 - 9:43 AM

I own a Navitimer D23322, 42mm two tone gold and stainless steel with the 12 hour numbers on the brown leather strap and love it. Very comfortable and easy to read, even with the graduations.

It would almost be the opposite end of the spectrum compared to the clean, “simple” face of the PAM112. But that just means you can fill in the space with a Speedmaster or Explorer or GMT2 later on.

watch trade - January 7, 2016 - 10:01 AM

hey guy would you or anyone want to trade for an Omega Seamaster 300? Trying to slim/diversify my collection. If not would you know where to go for this?

DCW - January 8, 2016 - 10:13 AM

I think Breathing’s are great but I agree with the first comment about being busy for daily use. What are your thoughts on a Tudor? Classic but not as mainstream as a Rolex, just like your Panerai. Anyway, that’s my two cents. Can’t really go wrong with anything mentioned above.

Allow Me To Introduce: Hook N Hide

I love finding companies like HookNHide.  Small batch, artisan based products that are as much about the story as they are the item.  HookNHide is a Charleston company headed by Tom Mauldin, an artist and a fisherman.  He wanted to create something that married the two, and hit it out of the park.  HookNHide offers six different buckles: the Redfish (pictured), Bull Dolphin, Rainbow Trout, Mako Shark, Sailfish, & Tarpon, each with a lifelike feel made out of a special blend metal that gets better with age.  The ‘hide’ part is the straps, offered in Classic, Horween leather, and in Rustic leather.

My first impression is how sound the buckle feels.  It is substantial, but not heavy.  The detailing gives the buckle a lifelike feel, and the metal blend gives it a nice patina that I expect will enhance over time.  The buckle is a little on the larger size, but not in a bad way.  The narrow strap keeps it from looking like a tool belt.  Let’s not forget the utilitarian use: the tails can be used as a bottle opener…pretty good when you are in a pinch.

That’s enough from me.  Tom was nice enough to give us some details on his company, and his products:

What is the history of HookNHide? I started HookNhide 9 years ago through a passion for the arts and the outdoors. I took the skills of lost wax investment casting and created the fish that I loved to catch on the saltwater flats, creeks, and rivers.

Where are the buckles made? The buckles are designed in Charleston, SC. They are molded, hand casted, and polished in Mexico. The metal is called “tumbaga,” mined out of the mountains of Mexico. It is a blend of silver, gold, and brass, a careful formulation of these metals consisting of 60% brass to give the buckle strength and integrity which patinas handsomely over time. It is an 8-stage process, which takes 3 days in handcrafting. We offer a lifetime warranty on every buckle.

What is your history in the buckle/metalworks industry? I was a fine art major at Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, VA. I acquired the skills in mixed medium design at an early age and refined those skills at H-SC and after college. I had been given a belt buckle years ago that reminded me of the fact that I loved functional design and apparel. From that idea, the creative processes that allowed me to develop a bottle-opening buckle that served as a functional piece of art. Also, I had owned a pair of flip-flops that opened bottles years ago and I did not like the idea of using the sole of my sandal to open a bottle. I have been designing and crafting these buckles for over 9 years in the patterns of the fish that I love to catch. Our goal is to diversify our designs into the artistic world so that we can reach those who love wildlife and other outdoor activities.

What are the best things about being in this business? By far the most empowering and inspiring aspects about being in this business are working in a field that I am passionate about; expressing my passion for the outdoors through functional art. Running your own business and the friendships you form along the way are incredibly rewarding. The universe responds to every step along the way when you step out on your own, face your fears, and develop your own path.

HookNHide buckles are available at a couple retailers in Charleston, as well as on their website.

Suburban Weekend Style

As RCS Instagram followers know, we bought a house a few months ago.  Even though it’s really close to town, it’s still considered suburban.  The culture out here is a little different, and while we were a little apprehensive at first, we have grown to really love it out here (I say ‘out here’ like I’m in the country or something…).

As with all ‘burbs, we have to drive to go anywhere.  When we were in town, we parked our cars on Friday and didn’t start them up again until Monday morning.  Not because we are green or anything like that, but because everything was close and didn’t require any sort of carbon footprint.  Well, we’re burning the fossil fuels now.

This did something to me.  I had to get versatile in my weekend wear.  You never know what’s going to happen – maybe lunch?  Maybe visit a few friends in the neighborhood down the street?  Go hit Scott’s?  Home Depot? Work on the honey-do list?  I like to dress for all options.  Casual, but still stylish.  There are plenty of technical sweat suits around these parts, and I’m fighting that look with every fiber of my being.  Here’s how I do it on the weekends:

From Top Left:

1. Ball and Buck Waxed Cotton Hat:  A good hat is key.  I might not start the day wearing it, but I like to have it handy.  Mrs. RCS is guilty of stealing this one quite a bit.
2. Onward Reserve Ridgeland Button Down:  This is the workhorse of the outfit.  A nice buttondown.  Get one that irons easy, and that you can wash at home.  The button down gives the outfit a mature look, and can be dressed up or down.  I like looking like an adult, even if I am doing house chores.
3. Randolph Engineering Sportsman Sunglasses:  One of the best things about the ‘burbs?  Throwing shade.  Sunglasses required.
4. Luminox EVO 3051 Blackout Watch:  Dare I call this a ‘beater’ watch?  No – but I beat the hell out of mine.  I typically give the Panerai a break on the weekends, unless Mrs. RCS and I have a hot date.
5. Carolina Mfg. Bandana:  My buddy carries a bandana around everywhere he goes, and I have started doing it as well.  It’s really functional – it acts as a napkin, a clean-up rag, and sweat catcher.  A great investment.
6. LL Bean Northridge Sweater:  Just an extra layer, but you never know how long you’ll be out.  The temperature drops as soon as the sun goes down, so I like to keep this handy.  It’s cotton, too, so it’s washing machine-friendly.
7. Benchmade Griptilian Knife:  My Benchmade has become my utility knife.  I use it as a knife, of course, but I also use it as a screwdriver, a ruler, a measurer, a doorstop, a box cutter, etc.  You get it: don’t leave home without it.
8. Orvis Shotshell Belt:  Tried and true.
9. Levis 501 Jeans:  So here’s the thing – I’m at a bit of a crossroads with jeans (more on that later), but one thing that won’t change is my love affair with Levi’s 501s.  I find them to be my go-to jeans.  I typically stay away from the Shrink-to-Fit on the weekends, as they are a little tougher to maintain.  I go with ‘Rigid’ and understand that they are going to get washed quite a bit.
10. Filson Down Cruiser Vest:  I can’t believe how great this vest is.  PERFECT for the weekends.  Lots of pockets, a great fit, and weatherproof.  I like a vest on the weekends because it gives my arms a little more range of motion; in case I want to go shoot, chop down a tree, walk #FrankDawg or throw the football.
11. Orvis Invincible Boot Socks:  To go with #12…comfort is key here, as they might be on all day.
12. Red Wing Pecos 1178 Boots:  These should be called ‘utility boots’ rather than ‘work boots’, but I get it.  These boots go with everything, and…what am I saying, you’ve owned a pair, so you know how great they are.

New Year’s Day Menu (and Why)

The New Year’s Day menu is very important. There are some traditions and superstitions that give you a leg up on progress, luck, and good fortune for the upcoming year. Ancient customs from all over the world are shared and modified per local flavor. This is a great excuse to not only serve a delicious dinner, but to positively tempt your fate. Here is what to serve on New Year’s Day and why:

Pork: The custom of eating pork on New Year’s is based on the idea that pigs symbolize progress. Pigs push forward, rooting itself in the ground before moving. Thanks to their rich fat content, pigs signify wealth and prosperity. Grilled pork chops or a pork tenderloin are great meat choices for the main course.

Grapes: The tradition of eating grapes on New Year’s comes from Spain, where twelve grapes are consumed – one for each month. The thought is that is one (or more) of the grapes is sour, then that month could be a bit rocky. For example, if the sixth grape is sour, then June could be a bad month. This is a great hors devours for your New Year’s Day menu.

Greens: This one is easy. Cooked greens look like folded money, therefore are symbolic of economic fortune. The Germans eat sauerkraut, which goes great with pork, and in the southern United States, collards are the green of choice.

Black Eyed Peas: Another symbol of financial reward. The small, seed-like appearance resembles coins that swell, resembling coins that swell when cooked. Again, black-eyed peas go well with pork chops, so you are all set.

Mashed Potatoes: There is no tradition or symbol from mashed potatoes. But, they are delicious, and finish off the menu swimmingly.

Honey Dinner Rolls: Honey is said to endure sweetness for the coming year, a belief that dates back to Roman times. Brush the tray of dinner rolls with honey to keep everyone smiling.

Cakes: A round cake should finish off the New Year’s Day menu, as the ring shaped dish symbolizes good fortune. In cultures around the world, a special trinket (an almond, etc.) is baked into the dessert, and whoever finds it is guaranteed good fortune in the New Year.

Some foods to avoid include lobster and chicken. Lobsters move backwards, and could therefore lead to setbacks. Chickens are discouraged because the bird scratches backwards, which could cause regret or dwelling on the past. Winged fowl should also be avoided, as your good luck could fly away.

Cheers, folks – here’s to a great 2016!


This is a piece I did for the good folks over at Onward Reserve.  

First Thoughts: College Football Championship

Yesterday was quite a day for College Football.  The new approach made New Years Eve (day) pretty interesting.  In the past it has been the Weed Eater Bowl followed by the Peach Bowl, which made for great noise while getting ready to ring in the new year.  This year was different.

The Peach Bowl kicked off at noon, and for the first time in forever, they didn’t sell out.  In fact, they didn’t come close.  The game ended up being very entertaining, but I have a feeling the brass will insist that they stick to the ACC vs. SEC matchup (when it isn’t part of the playoffs).  The Orange Bowl turned out a little different than most of the pundits predicted, and the Cotton Bowl was exactly as expected.  Here are my first thoughts with less than 24 hours to digest:

Peach Bowl:

  • Florida State didn’t want to be there.  At all.

Break dance-off

  • When UGA and Richt parted ways, I was high on Tom Herman coming to Athens.  This game proved it.  He won’t be at Houston much longer.
  • Houston has some serious athletes.

Orange Bowl:

  • Watson may be the best player in college football.  If the Heisman voting happened after these games, I’d bet $5 that DeShaun would bring home the hardware.
  • Ben Boulware is my favorite player in college football.  He plays at full throttle 110% of the time.  It’s refreshing to watch.  He hits like a truck and has incredibly good instincts.  Not to mention his mustache and his tattoo should have their own Instagram pages and Twitter accounts.

Singing Van Halen’s “Panama”.  It’s a full body experience.

  • What is it with Oklahoma QBs and the Pure Barre headbands?
  • It seems like Sterling Shepard has been catching passes for Oklahoma for 9 years.  He’s Stephen Garcia-esque.
  • I don’t know what Dabo said or did at halftime, but Clemson came out and absolutely dominated the second half.
  • I would send my kid to play for Dabo in a New York minute.

Cotton Bowl:

“Blow the whistle!!  Blow the effing whistle!”

  • Yawn.  Everyone saw this coming from a mile away.  Apologies if this sounds like an SEC-homer statement, but it shows how good Alabama really is.  Their second and third string would be starting for every other college football program in the country.
  • FYI – Kirby is doing double duty as UGA head coach and Bama DC.  His defense just shut out the #3 team in the country.

National Championship Game:

  • My first thought it that it will be lower-scoring than either of the playoff games.
  • The networks would have rather had an Alabama vs. Oklahoma match up.  Regardless, ticket prices will be high.  Both Clemson and Bama travel well.
  • There will be 20 legitimate NFL players on the field in this game.
  • If I had to guess the score right now, I’d say 31-30 Clemson, but I need to chew on it.

What do you think?


Photos: Google Image Search

jay - January 1, 2016 - 1:54 PM

Two thoughts on the early games- FSU had some bad luck at the QB position, which changed their game considerably. Don’t understand why they didn’t just hand off to Cook but whatever. Two- I’m with you on the Tom Herman to Athens thing. Hopefully Kirby will pan out but I’d feel better to have an offensive mind running the show.

Championship Game- Seems to be the best matchup. Clemson has the type of game that gives Bama’s D the fits. Watson is a great team leader and has the tools, both running and throwing, to counter Bama’s strength of burying the run. In my mind, you couldn’t ask for a better QB to give you an edge. That being said, there’s something about this Bama team that’s special. Don’t know what it is, but they seemed to really turn it on the last half of the season. Maybe it was the decision to go with Coker exclusively or maybe they’ve just gotten better every game, but whatever it was this team is going to be tough. Assuming Coker plays a good game and the defense can counter Watson and game plan over the next 10 days, I’ll take Bama 42-17.

Chris - January 1, 2016 - 6:18 PM

If Sumlin gets fired at A&M I think Herman will go there. He will know the territory well and will already have talent on offense.

I think the national championship will be something like 31-17 Alabama.

Kevin - January 4, 2016 - 2:32 PM

Why would Herman go to A&M to play LSU and Bama every year when he could wait one more year and take over for the Longhorns?

On the Playoffs, the times were terrible. Takes a special talent to make football ratings go down. Never going to make the casual fan tune in on NYE.

The Champ Game- Pulling for Clemson hard. Love the contrast in play calling, coaches and just the overall style of the two programs. College is fun, and Dabo embraces that.
Clemson 38, Alabama 27