What a great year this has been for Gamecock fans everywhere! Another year of building toward our championship goals and improving our position in the South Eastern Conference. While we had a disappointing season on the gridiron, there were a lot of young players that gained valuable experience during the course of the year, and that experience is sure to pay off by this time next season.
And all of our other sports programs are well on their way to establishing themselves as some of the best of the best in the finest sports conference in the United State of America.
In coming weeks, as a member of our GamecockInsider.com community you will be fed a steady diet of your favorite fare ... college football recruiting. And with our staff of some of the finest recruiting gurus in the southeast, you will never find yourselves lacking for the latest and hottest breaking news on those who will soon be wearing the Garnet & Black. We do not expect a lot of activety in the recruiting arena over the holidays, there rarely is. But if it happens you will be able to find out about it right here on GamecockInsider.com through our Hot News, our premium message board The Digital Perch, The Fan's Favorite Digital Roost or on our Numinous Recruiting forum.
A special thank you to all of our long time community members who have helped to make this web site such a success. Our registrations have doubled in the past ten days. We are the fastest growing web site within the Insiders' Network. And our GamecockInsider.com Total Access Pass Subscriptions have been overwhelming! We thank you so very much. It really shows when you have an online community of mature, intelligent and thoughtful Gamecock fans sharing their perspectives with friends of like interests. And after all, this is the Internet home of the ''Iron Fans Of College Football!'' ... and your home for GamecockSports.com on the Internet.
Are you looking for a great last minute Christmas Gift to give that special Gamecock Fan on your list? Nothing could be finer that to follow Carolina through our GamecockInsider.com Total Access Pass. And time is running out on the special offer that includes a year's subscription to ESPN The Magazine, access to our premium forum The Digital Perch, and TheInsiders' special recruiting yearbook. A Gamecock Insider Total Access Pass gift is sure to make someone very happy for an entire year. And at less than $6.67 per month when you invest in the one time yearly rate ... it is simply the finest value for your buck on the market.
And here is another great Gamecock gift giving idea. Order something nice by choosing the overnight delivery option, and have it there in time for Christmas through our GamecockInsider.com online fan store. Searching for something unique? Just click here to be taken to a delightful selection of Gamecock Gear Gifts on our Gamecock Goods store where your satisfaction is our guarantee.
Need yet another option for last minute gift giving? How about sending that special Gamecock fan an electronic gift certificate? And then he or she will be able to shop at our online Gamecock Goods store at their own leisure! Read more about how to do that by clicking here.
And as the New Year approaches we are making arrangements to offer even more exclusive stories, informative articles, interviews and entertaining pieces to brighten your browsing and surfing experience through the entire 2003 calendar year. No more ''dark periods'' over the summer months. No more waiting on old news to come to your in your snail-mail mailbox via the postman. As a member of our community you will have it available to you at the touch of your keyboard for your viewing pleasure at your convenience 24 hours a day seven days a week!
One of the things that you will notice about our community, unlike any other Gamecock community on the Internet bar none, is the closeness of our members. For instance this past season GamecockInsider.com gave away, free of charge, 42 tickets to various USC football games to members and posters on our web site. We made sure that if a Gamecock fan wanted to attend and cheer for our players, that he or she had the opportunity and chance to do so.
Now that Christmas season is here, we are again leading the way by giving away five GamecockInsider.com Total Access Pass memberships to fans who might not otherwise have the means or opportunity to join. And only one of those gift memberships is being offered by this site's owner. The remaining four were donated and are being funded by fellow Gamecock fans who are regular members of this web site, GamecockInsider.com. That speaks volumes about not only the staff and administration's dedication to your online home for Gamecock Sports, but also about the nature of our membership as a whole. We are always looking out for one another on GamecockInsider.com and there is no better illustration of that fact than the generosity that our members show to one another time and time again. It is what being a Gamecock fan is all about.
We ask that you drive defensively during the holidays remembering that the other person may not be as responsible as you. And keeping those less fortunate in your thoughts ... do something unexpectedly nice for someone if you have the chance. Rescue a dog from the dog pound or donate a few bucks to your local animal shelter. Help deliver Christmas meals to the elderly or disabled. Stop by and visit with someone who may be lonely this time of year ... you can always talk about the Gamecocks and renew old enthusiasms or gain our Gamecock Nation a new fan in the process. The VA hospital is always looking for holiday volunteers. We'll be at some of these places - and we hope to see you there too. :)
So fellow Gamecock fans, from all of our families to yours, may you have a very very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
From The Staff of GamecockNation.com, its members and everyone that helps to make it the finest Gamecock web site on the Internet.