The countdown has ended and football is officially back. Whether you're a Gamecock, a Tiger or support one of South Carolina's many other fine universities, the love of the game is something that unites people from all walks of life.
The South Carolina Gamecocks kicked things off with a nationally televised win against UNC Thursday night. Thousands of fans hit the road and headed to Charlotte to show their school spirit. Others packed local bars and restaurants in fellowship to cheer on their team. The season is also beginning in earnest with other schools taking the field and giving more fans a chance to join in the fun.
This time of celebration and relaxation is an especially welcome distraction after a summer that was particularly stressful for some South Carolinians.
From the tragedy in Charleston to debate over the Confederate flag, along with national debate over the Black Lives Matter movement and police officer safety, we haven't had a lot of opportunities to smile.
So let's sit back and enjoy the fact that another season is here. Grab a friend, grab some popcorn and spread some positive energy. That's my take, what's yours?