Thursday night, Dabo Swinney went to bat for his team.
He went to bat for my team.
Clemson’s season started out fantastic. An 8-0 start with wins against the ranked teams of Auburn, Florida State, and Virginia Tech. A #5 ranking. A candidate for national freshman of the year.
Then Georgia Tech happened.
For all intents and purposes, Clemson fans hate Georgia Tech and all three of their fans. They are to Clemson what Georgia was in the 1980s – a solid team that, for whatever reason, seems to have Clemson’s number.
8-0 train officially derailed into an 8-1 mess. A last minute field goal against not-so-good Wake Forest pushed Clemson to 9-1. Stephen, Tara, and I added to our un-undefeated record by witnessing NC State dismantle Clemson in front of our very own eyes. Eight rows from the field. A paltry 0-6, the three of us are at Clemson games. 9-2.
Then the unspeakable happened.
A South Carolina team destroyed Clemson. For the third year in a row. The first time it’s happened since 1968, 1969, and 1970. The first time in 40 years.
9-3. After giving them just their second 10 win season. Ever.
Afterwards, Todd Ellis, USC’s play by play radio guy, former QB, and has-been, wanna-be, made the comment on air that “We [South Carolina] aren’t LSU. And we aren’t Alabama. But we sure ain’t Clemson.” The only problem is that the official Gamecock Football twitter account announced to the world that it was Steve Spurrier who said it.
Despite the fact that Clemson plays Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte this weekend (where they’re bound to lose since Stephen, Tara, and I will be there together), a media member felt the need to ask Dabo about the quote today.
And this is what the media got.
“My kids’ grandkids won’t live long enough to ever see this really become a rivalry.”
“That’s why Carolina is in Chapel Hill, and USC is in California, and THE university in this state always has been, always will be Clemson. And that’s right here in Clemson, South Carolina. So you can print that. Tweet that!”
People outside the state of South Carolina really don’t understand the hate between these two fanbases.
Go get ’em, Dabo.
In other, bullet-style, football news:
- I fell off in the football pool. Bad. Like “Clemson 2nd half of the season slide” bad. I’m in 9th place out of 18. And three of the guys have quit making picks because they were so far back. Not good. This is the last week of the football season before bowls start. I won’t be anywhere near earning money. But it was fun. We’ll do it again next year, hopefully with more people.
- Speaking of bowl games, we’re doing a Bowl Pick ‘Em too. $10 buy-in. Tiered prizes (60% for 1st, 30% for 2nd, and 10% for 3rd). So far we’ve got 9 in for sure. If any of you readers are football fans and want
to lose $10in on it, let me know your email address and we’ll get you signed up.
- Because of the move, getting settled in, buying furniture, and starting a new job, I’m still figuring out a solid schedule and routine to get into after the work day is over. Which means I haven’t had a chance to work on my database project yet. And with Christmas right around the corner, I’m not sure I’ll be able to get much work done in the near future. Since football season’s almost over though, I’ll put in some extra work in the winter/spring to get something up and running. I’ve picked up a thing or two from the guy I’m working with now that might be able to help me out.
- Also, speaking of databases, I ran across a “competitor,” if you will. I don’t personally know the guy or guys with the site but it looks like there’s someone else trying to get a Clemson database (despite the fact that it’s really just an in-depth spreadsheet) out in the open too. Their site is Seldom Used Reserve. Their spreadsheet contains every single offensive play from the 2011 season. It’s impressive, I’ll give them that. But mine’s more historically-based at the moment. I want to eventually get into the kind of detail they’ve got – just for more than one season. Good for them though. More information out in the open is never a bad thing.
And with that, I’m all typed out. Enjoy your Friday!