The University of South Carolina may want to rethink the spelling of Williams-'Brice' Stadium. Okay, lame jokes aside, Nationals All-Star Bryce Harper recently talked about his love for the Gamecocks and his plans to attend a few games this fall, whenever his baseball season is over.
Harper prefers college football over the pros and has adopted South Carolina as his favorite team after his brother, Bryan, played there on the baseball team.
"I love college football. I think it’s very exciting and a lot more fun to watch than the NFL, I’ve always thought that," Harper said. "They play every single game like it’s their last and every single game means something. You can’t lose a game in college football."
Harper is a fan of the game in general, but his brother's stint in Columbia made him fall in love with the Garnet and Black.
"I like all college football, but my brother went to USC, the real USC," he said. "It’s fun to watch Jadeveon Clowney, he’s a lot of fun to watch."
The Nats are still in the middle of their regular season schedule with about six weeks left to go. When the Nationals' season ends on Sept. 29 - unless they make a run at the NL Wild Card - the Gamecocks will be starting the meat of their SEC schedule, the perfect time for Harper to make a trip down I-95.
"I’m excited to get out there and hopefully watch a few games there too," he said. "Being out there to watch them play is going to be a lot of fun."
Harper is still of college age and will likely fit in pretty well on the South Carolina campus. The area is, however, a stronghold in Braves country. Harper of course had a run in with Atlanta last week in a bench clearing incident that nearly saw blows exchanged between he and several Braves players. The teams meet six more times this season and if something else happens, Harper could hear it from some Braves fans come this fall.
Either way, this offseason could be a time for Harper the sports fan. He has already expressed interest in going to games of other D.C. sports teams. Now he wants to see some SEC football action as well.