Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Origin of Clemson's BYOG Mantra

If you've been following Clemson football this season, you may have heard the phrase "Bring Your Own Guts", and you might also be wondering where that all came from. Well, it all started with Coach Dabo Swinney's speech after the rain-soaked game vs. Notre Dame. Clemson won 22-24, a close fight against arguably their toughest opponent all season. The game was played right in the middle of Hurricane Joaquin, and the rain was coming down like crazy. The Tigers came out on top and kept rolling through the rest of the regular season.

Dabo's speech started a whole wave of people off using the phrase in regards to Clemson Football. And so far, Clemson's season has held up to the meaning behind "bring your own guts." The Tigers are 13-0 and ranked number one going into the Orange Bowl, where they will face off against the third-ranked Oklahoma Sooners on New Years Eve for a chance to play in the National Championship. 

Thanks to Dabo Swinney and the 2015 Clemson Tigers, a new epic mantra has entered the college football world. We're likely to be hearing this one for years to come.

Check out the highlights from this epic game below.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Charleston Classic Basketball Tournament

In honor of the Gildan Charleston Classic being played this weekend, we wanted to do a little recap of the history and origins of Charleston's very own basketball tournament. ESPN started the Charleston Classic in 2008, and it was played at the Carolina First Arena on Meeting Street. Eight teams participate in the tournament, with 12 games total played over the course of 3 days. Miami won the tournament in 2014, defeating UNC Charlotte 77-58 in the championship round.

The first game of the first Charleston Classic, TCU vs. Western Michigan, was also the first game ever played at the newly-constructed Carolina First Arena, which was built to replace the John Kresse Arena as CofC's home basketball court. In order to continue honoring the legendary basketball coach John Kresse, the court itself is named John Kresse Court. The arena was re-named in 2010 when TD Bank purchased the South Financial Group, and today the stadium is called the TD Arena.

Photo Credit: Cofc.edu

Unfortunately the College of Charleston basketball team is not good enough to be invited to the tournament this year. In fact, in the 8 years of the tournament's existence, CofC has only played in it twice: in 2008 and 2012.  This weekend the team is out of town, playing Davidson in North Carolina, but there will still be plenty of basketball action at the TD Arena. Probably the most action it will get all year, as CofC is notorious for low attendance at their home games. So get out there and watch some basketball!

View the 2015 tournament bracket here. Get your tickets here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Clemson's 1981 National Championship Team

With the Tigers currently undefeated and in first place at 9-0, it's fair to say they have a good shot at the National Championship this year. Since we're all about throwbacks here at The Vault, we're going to take a step back in time to the year 1981, which was the last and only time Clemson won the title. And what a year it was.

The 1981 Clemson Tigers were headed by Coach Danny Ford.  They went undefeated on the season, finishing at 12-0 with a 22-15 Orange Bowl victory over Nebraska on January 1st, 1982 that secured them their first national title. Coach Ford was awarded the 1981 Coach of the Year award, and QB Homer Jordan was named Offensive MVP, and in 1993 he was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame. WR Perry Tuttle made the cover of Sports Illustrated for his final college touchdown pass and was voted First Team All-American. He went on to play 3 years in the NFL.

And then there was LB Jeff Davis, the team captain and the 1981 MVP of the ACC, also named the defensive MVP of the 1982 Orange Bowl. He was a consensus All-American and in 1989 he was inducted to the Clemson Hall of Fame, then in 1995 the Clemson Ring of Honor, in 2001 the South Carolina Hall of Fame, and finally in 2007 the College Football Hall of Fame. He went on to play 5 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Davis holds the all-time Clemson records for both causing and recovering fumbles.

Last, but certainly not least was Clemson DB Terry Kinard, the only player on the Tigers to receive a unanimous All-American vote. Kinard is Clemson's all-time leader in both interceptions, with 17, and tackles by a defensive back, with 294. In 1983 Kinard was drafted in the first round by the New York Giants. He was the 10th overall draft pick and played with the Giants from 1983-1989. He was on the Giants when they won the Superbowl in 1986. Kinard is ranked as the third best Clemson football player of all-time, and in 2001 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He is also in the Clemson Hall of Fame as of 1992 and the Clemson Ring of Honor as of 2001.

Basically, the 1981 Clemson Tigers were a bunch of bosses. 

Watch the full 1981 Orange Bowl game vs Nebraska on Youtube:

Do the 2015 Clemson Tigers have what it takes to win the National Championship? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

WCCP 105.5 The Roar: Live Broadcast from The Vault Greenville

This Thursday, November 5th, Walt Deptula and 105.5 The Roar will be broadcasting live from The Vault in Greenville, SC. For those of you who are not familiar with Mr. Deptula, he is the host of Roadrage, an awesome sports radio show that airs on 105.5 FM every weekday from 3-7pm. This week we couldn't be more excited to announce that he has decided to host his show at our store.

We will be throwing an FSU vs. Clemson Pregame Tailgate Party in honor of the radio show and the big game this weekend. That means of course free pizza from Papa Johns, a free hat drawing every 15 minutes, and a free shirt drawing every hour, on the hour.

Clemson is undefeated so far and looking forward to a shot at the National Championship. This game against Florida State will be a huge factor in the rest of their season. Stop by 213 N Main Street in Greenville, SC, or tune in to 105.5 THE ROAR between 3 and 7pm Thursday to see what radio host Walt Deptula has to say about the upcoming game! We can't wait to see you there.

Don't forget to RSVP to the Facebook Event so we know how much pizza to get!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Everything You Need To Know About The Hartford Whalers


With NHL season underway, we're looking back at the Hartford Whalers; perhaps the most beloved defunct team in all of history. Part of the reason for their notoriety is their awesome logo, but there are plenty of other reasons to remember the Hartford Whalers.

History of The Hartford Whalers


Early Days 

The Whalers came into existence in 1972 as the New England Whalers, calling Boston their home until 1974 when they moved to Hartford. They played in the WHA, or World Hockey Association, which was a league that competed with and took players from the NHL between 1972-1979. The Whalers came in first place in the WHA for their first 3 seasons as a team. The NHL and WHA merged in 1979, and at that time the Whalers also joined the NHL.

The NHL Whalers 

The Hartford Whalers played in the NHL from 1979-1997.  In their 18 NHL seasons, they made the playoffs 8 times but never won a Stanley Cup. Attendance at their games was weak, as Hartford is located between Boston and New York. Their games only tended to sell out when the Rangers or Bruins came to play in Hartford, and then the stands would be filled with mostly fans of the away team. Nowadays the Whalers are legendary, and hockey fans everywhere are seen sporting Hartford Whalers apparel. The Whalers were pretty good for a while, but between 1989 and 1992 they made a few terrible trade decisions that got rid of many players that had brought success to the team. As a result, the Whalers began to decline in more ways than one.

The End Of The Whalers 

In the 90s, the Whalers started falling apart at the seams. Their last playoff run happened in 1992 when they played and lost a 7-game series against the Canadians. Afterwards they underwent a series of frustrating ownership, coaching, and roster changes in an attempt to salvage what was left of the team. The "Save The Whale" campaign helped to boost ticket sales during the 1994 season, but it was not effective enough to carry them past 1997. The Whalers played their last game in Hartford in 1997, a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The team then moved to Raleigh and became the Carolina Hurricanes.

Legacy of The Hartford Whalers 


The Howe Family

Gordie Howe and his two sons, Mark and Marty, played on the Whalers together for three seasons.  Gordie Howe retired as a Whaler at the age of 52, making him the oldest NHL player ever. We think it's pretty awesome how Gordie was in the NHL for long enough that his sons grew up and joined the league before he was too old to play anymore.


Pucky The Whale

With the dissolving of the Whalers in 1997, their mascot Pucky The Whale also disappeared. Pucky was not seen for 13 years, but in 1997 the Hartford Wolf Pack changed their name to the Connecticut Whale and Pucky joined the team as a second mascot, in addition to Sonar The Wolf. The Connecticut Whale only lasted until 2013, when they went back to being called the Hartford Wolf Pack. With the changing back to the Wolf Pack, Pucky has again disappeared.

The Brass Bonanza 
The Hartford Whalers Victory March, also known as The Brass Bonanza, is the song that was played after the Whalers scored a goal. Gordie Howe is quoted to have said that this song "drove him nuts" during his tenure on the Hartford Whalers. I can see where Mr. Howe was coming from.


Shop Hartford Whalers Apparel 

The Vault is fully stocked on NHL apparel including this awesome Retro Brand Hartford Whalers T-Shirt, featuring the one and only Pucky The Whale. Stop by one of our stores or visit on the web at www.thevaultcharleston.com to check out our selection. Use code "VAULT10" for 10% off your first online order!

Retro Brand Hartford Whalers Pucky Tee

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Top 10 Retired College Sports Team Logos

There's something special about retired logos, whether or not you're old enough to remember them. They give of a certain feeling of nostalgia, regardless of the team's performance at the time. Plus, some of these old logos are way more awesome than the current logo. Of course many teams had valid reasons to change their logo, but just because a logo has been retired doesn't mean it can't be admired!

Here is The Vault's list of the ten best retired logos in the NCAA:

10. NC State Wolfpack Primary Logo 1972-1999

old school nc state logo

Here we have the old version of NC State's Mr. Wuf logo. It's much more detailed than the current logo, which is what makes it cool. Most current logos adopt a less is more policy, but in the past they tried to look as tough as possible. That's why this logo looks like it would eat the current logo for breakfast.

Shop now: NC State Wolfpack Apparel

9. Navy Midshipmen Secondary Logo 1972-1997

This logo has such a classic feel that we had to include it in the list. Bill the Goat is his name, except nowadays Navy went with a more animalistic portrayal. The old school version looks like a man with the face of a goat, as if he were about to start talking smack about this weekend's game.

Shop now: Navy Midshipmen Apparel

8. Florida State Seminoles Alternate Logo 1976-1987

Although Osceola and Renegade still introduce the Seminoles at home games, this alternate logo was retired from official use in 1987. The real life version of the mascot almost identical to this logo, so I'm not quite sure why they don't use it anymore.

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7. Michigan Wolverines Primary Logo 1948-1963


Fun fact about Michigan football: back in the 1920s they would bring two real life wolverines onto the field during games. Their names were Bennie and Biff, and they were carted around the stadium for years until they became too vicious and were donated to the Detroit Zoo.

P.S. Don't tell the Buckeyes that we didn't put any of their logos on our list.

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6. Miami Hurricanes Alternate Logo 1972-1999


I'd be willing to bet a lot of money that the reason why this logo was retired is the fact that Sebastian the Ibis is smoking a pipe. It doesn't really make sense for a sports team to a mascot that smokes a pipe. Might send the wrong message, you know?

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5. Hawaii Warriors Primary Logo 1982-1997

This old school Hawaii Rainbow Warriors logo has a really retro feel to it. It looks like a video game logo or something, but in fact it was the logo for a football team. We picked it because it's a pretty chill logo, just like Hawaii is a pretty chill place.

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4. Syracuse Orangemen Primary Logo 1972-1988

This was from a time when Syracuse played as the Orangemen or Orangewomen, depending on the sport. It isn't hard to guess why this logo isn't in use anymore, but we still think it looks pretty awesome. That Native American looks ready to destroy somebody. I wouldn't want to mess with that Syracuse tribe if this was still their logo.

3. University of Illinois Primary Logo 1989-2003 


Chief Illiniwek is another popular retired logo that was surrounded by controversy during its use, and eventually the NCAA decided to ban it. Still, many people admire the Chief and disagree with the school's decision to retire the mascot.

Shop now: Illinois Fighting Illini Apparel

2. University of Mississippi Primary Logo 1970-1995 


Colonel Reb was chosen for this list because he remains a local legend on the Ole Miss campus. There was some controversy over the use of Colonel Reb as a mascot, so the school switched him out for Rebel Black Bear. Still, a large percentage of the Ole Miss fans still consider Colonel Reb their mascot.

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1. Oregon Ducks Primary Logo 1974-1993

This Oregon Ducks logo is none other than Disney's Donald Duck. If you look closely at the bottom of the image you can see the Disney trademark. This logo is much cooler than the simple "O" they're rocking nowadays, but the Oregon Ducks still always look fresh. The green and yellow color combination just pops. That's why we had to place them at number one. Plus, what other school can say that Disney made their logo?

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 Honorable Mention: College of Charleston Cougars Primary Logo 1964-2002

We couldn't leave our hometown team out of the mix, even if they don't have a football team. This was CofC's logo for almost 50 years before they updated it in 2003. It was updated again in 2012, each time taking on a more modern look.

College of Charleston Football: Undefeated Since 1770.

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The Vault has t-shirts in stock with these retired college logos. Click the button below to shop our selection of NCAA apparel. If you can't find what you're looking for, please contact us!

Did we miss any of your favorite logos? Let us know in the comments below!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Notre Dame @ Clemson Will Be Played Rain Or Shine

Despite the record-breaking rainfall on forecast, Clemson still plans to host Notre Dame tomorrow night in Death Valley. Frank Howard Field is a grass field, but the school is confident in their drainage system and fully intends on playing the game. We'll see how the weather unfolds over the course of the day, but we could be looking at a muddy game. Notre Dame and Clemson are both undefeated ACC teams and they aren't trying to let a whole lot of rain stop their momentum. It will be interesting to see how the torrential downpour affects gameplay for both teams.

Swim on down to one of our locations and check out our selection of Notre Dame and Clemson apparel. If you can't quite make it to the store, use the links below to view what we've got in stock on our website:

Clemson Apparel

Notre Dame Apparel

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Vault Has A New Look

With the closing of our Mt. Pleasant location we were able to bring in some bigger tables and the King Street store looks better than ever. For those of you who haven't had the chance to stop by and see it, check out the photos below.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Vault Charleston ESPN Commercial

In case you haven't seen our commercial on TV, here's the Youtube version. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

College Football Week 2 | Top 5 Awesome Moments

1. Utah State WR Andrew Rodriguez puts the team on his back
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2. Iowa Hawkeyes TE Henry Kreiger Coble fumbles and WR Vandeberg picks it up for a TD

3.Vanderbilt Punter Tommy Oppenshaw bobbles the snap then runs for a first down


4. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson throws 60-yard TD pass

5. Oregon QB Vernon Adams throws left-handed for a first down

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Who Were The Charleston Rainbows?

Charleston Rainbows The Vault

You've probably heard of the Charleston Riverdogs, but do you know about the Charleston Rainbows? The Rainbows were the minor league baseball team in Charleston from 1985-1993, before being re-branded as the Riverdogs. They played their games at College Park, which now serves as a practice field for The Citadel's baseball team as well as host to other community events. 

The Rainbows were an affiliate of the San Diego Padres, and for awhile they were pretty darn good. In the 1985 season (their very first one) they finished 78-61 with help from Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar and his brother Sandy, both who went on to play in the majors. After a promising first season the Rainbows were looking tough, but the rest of their existence was filled with a lot of ups and downs. Their best season was in 1988 when they finished 83-53, which was also the best overall record in the league that year. 

After a few losing seasons in a row, the Rainbows decided to throw in the towel. In 1993 they changed their name to the Charleston Riverdogs and it's been that way ever since, except for the one game per year that the Riverdogs wear throwback Charleston Rainbows uniforms. But that doesn't stop us from wanting to look back and admire this defunct team more often, so we stocked up on plenty of Charleston Rainbows Retro Brand shirts. You can find them both in-store and on the web at thevaultcharleston.com!

Charleston Rainbows Retro Brand

Friday, September 4, 2015

T-Shirt Special Now Available Online

Everyone's favorite t-shirt special is now available online at thevaultcharleston.com! We know you've all been waiting for this day, and it's finally here. From now on, if you buy 4 t-shirts from our online store, the 5th one will be free. It's the same deal as in our stores, but now online. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

5 Reasons Why We Love Retro Brand

The Vault ORB Logo

Most of the college and NHL t-shirts at The Vault are made by Original Retro Brand, and you might be wondering why. There are plenty of brands that manufacture NCAA apparel, so why Retro Brand? Well, to put it simply, Retro Brand rocks. But simply saying they rock isn't really enough, so here's a list of five reasons why The Vault loves Retro Brand:

1. Made in USA
It wouldn't be right for this to not be the first reason. Every shirt made by Retro Brand is made right here in the USA. When you wear Retro Brand, you know that it wasn't mass-produced for next-to-nothing overseas. You just can't beat American-made quality, especially when it comes to t-shirts.

2. Classic Logos
The logos are another awesome thing about Original Retro Brand shirts. They really know how to throw it back to give you the coolest logo or mascot that the team has ever used. Whether it be a current or vintage logo, Retro Brand always looks great. They have found the perfect combination of the past and present, and The Vault loves it.

3. Ultimate Comfort
All Retro Brand shirts are pre-washed and pre-shrunk, so they may run a little smaller than your average shirt, but they will not shrink up on you. These tees hold up over the years with the same fit as the day you first wore it. You will feel right at home in a Retro Brand Shirt, and you don't have to worry about it falling apart at the seams. It's that old school look and feel, straight from the shelf.

4. Great Customer Service
Not only does Retro Brand make the best shirts, but they also have great people working for them. Its nice being able to know that there's a person on the other side of the boxes that come in, and with Retro Brand, there's no doubt about that. Their employees often stop by and talk sports with us, and you know we love to talk sports!

5. Awesome Social Media
Shout out to Retro Brand for having the whole package. Their social media is definitely worth checking out. Connect with them on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to see what's going on at Retro Brand. These guys are doing it right. 
Next time you're shopping at The Vault, keep your eyes peeled for Retro Brand shirts. It shouldn't be too hard; they're all over the place!

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Tailgate Party Recap

The Vault team (and especially Wayne) had a great time seeing all of you Saturday at the tailgate party! The beer was good and cold the whole time, and although the same can't be said of the hot dogs, we are proud to say that the party was a success. The $100 Grand Prize went to a lucky College of Charleston student, and five other hat and shirt drawings were done over the course of the day. A huge thank you to everyone who made it, and for those of you who didn't make it, we're excited to see you at next year's party!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Don't Miss Our Second Annual Tailgate Party!

The Vault Tailgate Party

If you'll be in Charleston this weekend, you don't want to miss The Vault's tailgate party! The event will run from 12-6pm on Saturday, August 29th. We will be grilling hot dogs out back and distributing them along with free beers to anybody who wants one (must be 21 or older). We will also be holding a raffle for a $100 Gift Certificate. Everybody who enters the store is entitled to one free entry. Confirm as a guest on our Facebook Event so we know how much food and beer to get!

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Vault Is Ready For Football Season!

Original Retro Brand College Shirts
This has been a huge summer for The Vault team. We put in big orders of Original Retro Brand shirts and when they came in we went to work unpacking boxes and getting them out on the floor. Finding space for all of our new merchandise has proven to be a challenge, but our employees were up for the task, and now the store is overflowing with awesome new college shirts just in time for football season!

In addition to our stores being fully stocked, our website has been making leaps and bounds. The Vault's marketing department has been hard at work photographing the new shirts and getting them uploaded to the online store. That means if even if you aren't from Charleston, The Vault can still supply you with the finest in sports apparel from your favorite team.

The Vault is beyond excited for college football to kickoff on September 3rd. We know you're excited too, so come stop by and talk some smack!

Welcome to The Vault's New Blog!

Check back here often for updates on what's happening at our stores. We will keep it regularly updated with info on sales and new arrivals. This blog will be your source for news about The Vault Retro Sports Apparel!