What to do during the open date

So it’s the first weekend since the beginning of September where the Gamecocks haven’t suited up to play.

I know things may seem bleak right now, but it’s always darkest before the dawn, and you can get through this bye week no problem.

Usually players spend bye weeks going home or relaxing from a weekend off from practice. Fans spend it twiddling their thumbs and waiting for the sweet sound of “2001” to come back.

So here’s a list of 10 things to do on a Saturday without a Gamecock football game to look forward to.

1. Go enjoy the sun

You know that big orb of warmth you pass under on the way to school or work? It’s there on the weekends too while you lock yourself away on Saturdays to watch college football.

2. Macrame

Who doesn’t like a nice stitched quilt? With Winter coming, it could be nice to bundle up with, and you could include maybe a block C or a image of the former HBC to keep you company.

3. Learn something cool

Bye weeks are always the best time to try out something different. Maybe learn how to build a ship in a bottle or take up water skiing. Up to you, but find a new hobby while you wait patiently for the Gamecocks to return.

4. Go out to eat

Throw your body for a loop when you eat things other than Bojangles, chips and Vienna sausages on a Saturday. Columbia has a few new spots open; try one of those.

5. Surf the Internet

Facebook, Twitter or if you're just looking up highlights of Tom Herman, Kirby Smart or Justin Fuente, the Internet’s got something for everyone. And, while you’re there sign up for Gamecock Central, where news about the coaching search is free until the season ends.

6. Spend sometime with family

Not as ideal as settling in for college football, but maybe give that uncle you haven’t talked to since the Gamecocks kicked off against North Carolina a phone call. The good news is you’ll be done until December, and then the, “It’s women’s basketball season” is valid.

7. Clean the house

Those tortilla chips are still ingrained in the carpet fibers and probably need to be vacuumed up. Sometimes the base layer of chip and college football debris needs to be removed so a new layer can come back in during the rest of the season.

8. Godfather marathon on BBC

For the lucky ones with BBC as part of their TV package, the British Broadcast Channel is airing all three mob movies back-to-back-to-back. It starts at 7:30 a.m. with the third movie (not many people are up that early, and even less like the third Godfather) but then the first is on at 11:30 a.m. EDT followed by Godfather: Part II at 3:30 p.m.

9. Watch College GameDay

ESPN’s show is airing live from James Madison, which could be a different but electric atmosphere. Also, it could be fun to think of all the places Spurrier could fit and deliver his quips.

10. Watch another college game

You’ve been so engrossed with the Gamecocks, you may not have gotten to sit down and watch many college football games this season. This might be the perfect week for a lot of fans to catch a glimpse of that team from the upstate at noon on ABC. But if that doesn’t sound appealing, there are nine more things you can do today.