IF “Ifs & Buts were…” and Other Bowl Thoughts

Clemson Wins
BobLee
January02/ 2017

If “ifs and buts were fruits & nuts…. every day would be Christmas” and Other Bowl Conclusions.

For wont of a chip shot FG….”

Who along fabled Tobacco Road did not watch Clemson’s total obliteration of TeamUrban on Saturday and consider:

What IF… young Mr Bambard’s chipshot FG in Death Valley had split the uprights?

BUT it didn’t …. and Dabo plays Nick next Monday.

Not to rub salt in the broken heart of Young Mr Bambard; but it is easy to conclude that The Fighting Dabos would never have been in Glendale AZ had The Wolfpack exited The Upstate as victors on that fateful October Saturday. Whether Clemson would have also lost to Pitt or anyone else following that defeat, “that defeat” by itself would have likely have eliminated The Dabos from The Final Four. The Football Gods were looking after Dabo.

The Swoff’s ACC leads Power Five World in 2016 Bowl Ws…. and “programs in scandal mode”.   Huuummm, coincidence?

On a more positive note for Brickyard Loyalists…. Along with their sound defeat of “an SEC team” a/k/a Vanderbilt in Shreveport; the impressive Bowl Ws by both Clemson and Florida State reflect positively on the future state of Football @ The Fairgrounds. Much-maligned Dave Doeren’s Pack more than held their own head-to-head versus Dabo and Jimbo. That speaks to both the athletes accumulated on the NC State roster and the capabilities of Doeren’s staff. …. Yes, there was ECU and Boston College for those insisting on the half-full glass; but there should be optimism aplenty within The Murphy Center for future 7-8 W seasons. Which performances best fortell the 2017 season for The Wolfpack ??

For what it is worth …. Recruiting against “the hated rival 26 miles to the West” should go well. The all-important “We beat’em amid the pines” from late November is a “fact”…. Plus “The ominous NCAA Cloud” should hover o’er said pines for another 3-4-5 years… at least.

If “Trubisky leaves” (and I definitely would if I were him) the Heels will be in an offensive “re-build” along with the reality that while LTrubiskyarry Fedora is a “good coach”; he is NOT the next “go-get-him guy” for ravenous Fat Cats at Top Tier programs. A “go-get-him guy” would not lose to both Duke and State and lose three straight bowl games. …. The “aluminum factor” in Chapel Hill will increase next year and the next and …..

I am not qualified to say why Larry Fedora is good but not great… or am I saying that “being good” is not “good enough” for UNCCH. I personally think “good” IS “good enough” for UNCCH. I would put Dave Who From Where in the same “good” category. “ALMOST beating Dabo and Jimbo” is still losing to Dabo and Jimbo.

So long as State and Carolina fans live/die comparing themselves with each other within their Triangle bubble, there will be enough yadda yadda boasting and chest-thumping to keep local water coolers and cul-de-sacs lively.

Take note of what “the other Dave” is building over in Camel City / W-Salem. If he can develop a consistent 6-7 Ws program with walk-ons and 2-stars “there”, he may be the best coach of the three – Fedora, Doeren, Clawson. Tobacco Road #4 – David Cutcliffe – is always going to be “a slave to injuries”. He will have a 1st team of skill position players… but will be woefully lacking in depth. By early October the walking wounded @ The Wally will always take its toll. IF he can catch lightning in a bottle like Grobe did in 2006, maybe Duke wins 8-9 every 3-4 years. You cannot build depth playing in front of 20,000 fans…. “on a good day”.

NEVER FORGET:  A team is really only as strong as it’s 3rd string O-Line.  Only 2-3 teams in The ACC have THAT depth of  Juggernaut roster talent.   No Tobacco Road program does or likely will.

Dabo has a For Real Juggernaut at Clemson. He will keep adding silly bling on top of silly bling and recruiting head-to-head against DaboThe SEC for prime meat-on-the-hoof.  For all his goofy Dabo-ishness, he has become an Elite Coach.  If he can keep his staff together with million $$$ Coordinators et al …. Clem will be Top Ten for the forseeable future.   Question:  Do all of Dabo’s caps have extra long bills or does he just have a very small head?

FWIW:  It’s Dabo SWINNEY ….  Not Sweeney.   … and it’s Urban Meyer…. Not Meyers… Not Myers. … and Trubisky ... Not Trubinsky.

Same with Jimbo @ Tally now that he has turned down the one gig (LSU) he might have bailed for. FSU will, alas, continue to have “thug-alete” issues because that is what they recruit.

I don’t “like”Louisville. Never have…. Never will. Petrino and Petino and AD Jurich represent everything I deplore about Big Time College Sports. They run gangster programs and their fan base is fine with it. YUCK! Happy to see Petrino fold like a wet newspaper in his last 3-4 games. Good riddance.Va Tech

Look out for The New Hokies. I thought there would be a noticeable drop-off from The Beamer Era. That definitely is not the case. The Hokies should continue to dominate UVa in-state…. Bud The Guru will keep their D strong as ever…. And Fuente will develop a more potent Offense than Beamer had. Expect VaTech to dominate whichever “division” they are in. The talent gap between VaTech and The Fedorians may go back to where it was 6-8-10 years ago.

I don’t see “The U” @ Miami getting any better than just “good”. In-state recruiting in Florida is going to be BRUTAL with Richt – The Butcher – Kiffin – Strong …. Plus Jimbo and Florida. The 4-5 stars will be spread out across the state like never before. Just losing 1-2 elite players in each class will make a roster talent difference at Tally, Gainesville, Coral Gables.

What about Pitt, GaTech, BC, Syracuse…. Who cares?

OH… I have decided to stop complaining about the “stoopid bowl situation”. Yes, there are 12-15 too many bowls but (1) ESPN needs holiday programming …. (2) Coaches want their “bowl bonuses” and (3) semi-literate 17 y/os think tacky rings and swag bags are cool.

The bowl situation is “stoopid”…. and fast food is “bad for you”.   It Is what It Is!  Accept it.

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Team BLSays has some “new strategies” for Here in 2017…. They will unfold in the days / weeks to come.

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Tin foil hat heel
Tin foil hat heel
3 years ago

I am pround to say I missed the sun bowl as my gig had me down in IPTAY country though on my last appointment my customer did have it on so I got to see the final drive and tribbbles take the pipe on the final try for two, he better give Switzer 15% of his contract because that old boy bailed him out all season. Next year Shreveport might well be a pipe dream. Then again if you have a pulse and six w’s bling bags for your collection of anti socials is a gimme. Thank god its time… Read more »

Doug
Doug
3 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Was at da beach with my UNC Alum B-I-L and some friends over the New Year. He’s probably a microcosm of many in the UNC fanbase. Not obnoxious or arrogant but a run-of-the mill Ram’s Club member in his belief that DES was/is a saint. TGU, if it happened at all. was something that never happened until the very recent past (Butch Davis era maybe) and is not a real big deal either way even if it did happen. Saturday AM he asked me how much Stanford was favored by in the Sun Bowl and how many points was UNC… Read more »

uncleron
uncleron
3 years ago

Was at a fabulous oyster roast confabbing with a fraternity brother when I admitted that I had essentially gone agnostic over college sports. He wasn’t quite as far down the road, but agreed that the last 30 years of “progress” had essentially left us with a less charming stadium, 4 hour games, no court party and all the problems of big time football corruption with none of the trophies. Your point about Fedora is spot on. “Good enough” should have been good enough long ago. Don’t get me started about how Molly Broad was going to lead us out of… Read more »

NCSU68Grad
NCSU68Grad
3 years ago

BL, You nailed it. If you had a nickel from every WPF that thought about Young Bamberg’s “choke” on that fateful October afternoon, then you would not have to have pop-ups on your site. I was attending a memorial service and walked out afterwards and listened to the MISS on radio. I DID note that Dabo called out NCSU in a very sincere matter and said that we SHOULD have beaten them . That was on an an interview with SVP later that night after the Ohio State defeat. He DOES seem to be very down to earth. Wonder if… Read more »

Doug
Doug
3 years ago
Reply to  NCSU68Grad

It ain’t everyday that you get fired after you’ve already quit.

Doug
Doug
3 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

BTW, Since you didn’t mention the juiciest bowl story of the season, I will. The award goes to the Arkansas TE getting suspended from the Belk Bowl after being arrested for shoplifting (four shirts, two wallets, crew socks and a pair of boxers) at Belk’s despite have a $450 bowl bling Belk Gift Card. Diet Mountain Dew came streaming out of my nose when it was reported on ESPN. ???

Bill Brockman
Bill Brockman
3 years ago

Just read somewhere that 8 or 9 ACC schools played in bowl games this year. That in and of itself seems to me to say all that needs to be said about the silliness of the current bowl situation. Did watch some of the UNC game. Noticed a lot of empty seats on the rare occasions when the cameras scanned the rim of the stadium. Ditto the LSU/Lousiville “game.” And Tiger fans will travel far to support their team. From what I’ve read about Coach Ogeron so far, I have to say that it made me feel good when his… Read more »

Bill Brockman
Bill Brockman
3 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

One last thought about the bowl silliness: Have you viewed any of today’s games? Can’t imagine anyone but hardcore fans of whatever schools are playing in them are watching/attending. How anti-climactic! To make matters worse for the Sugar Bowl, the weather here is miserable. Monsoon-like conditions with lots of lightening thrown in.

HokieJay
HokieJay
3 years ago
Reply to  Bill Brockman

Again, your understanding of college football disappoints. Western Michigan in the Cotton Bowl with a chance to finish unbeaten? A remarkable event, and a fine game. And the Rose Bowl lived up to all expectations.

NCSU68Grad
NCSU68Grad
3 years ago
Reply to  Bill Brockman

Petrino stikes me as an oversexed and dirty of WJC type of Arkansasian type of guy. Butch actually seems to be a bit classier. Did I actually type that? What a backhanded Incredible Hulk slap to BD. Where or where is he today and what is HE watching?

HokieJay
HokieJay
3 years ago
Reply to  Bill Brockman

Well Bill, you read wrong. 11 ACC teams went to bowls this year and 8 of them won, making the ACC the winningest conference by far. 8 rose to the challenge and represented. Only Pitt, Louisville, and UNC lost. When teams like Wake and GT and BC answer the call and you don’t give them credit then maybe you don’t get it.

Bob Kennel
Bob Kennel
3 years ago

Happy New Year, BL. Actually agree with most all your team by team points. Obviously feel good about NC State football, certainly compared to BC game where many monkey-fingers and N&O were saying Doeren was “gone, but didn’t know it”. Appreciate the way we ended the season and continue to like players, coaching staff, and Administration. Also BC may not have as bad as advertised. As for Duke, wish Coach K well, but wonder what definition an Interim Coach gives to Allen’s ” indefinite” status. Raleigh Sports Club speaker Wednesday is Coach Hatchell. Don’t know what she will have to… Read more »

NCSU68Grad
NCSU68Grad
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob Kennel

For fans that often DO watch Lady WPB…..THAT win (ND defeat) will probably be to NCSU as the Happy Appy Michigan defeat is to the Mountaineers. It was a classic Reynolds victory….That was NOT just an upset. It was a take ’em out of their game and B*tch Slap them up and down the court. Muffin was NOT a happy coach that night. Wes Moore and the Lady WP deserve a very large Way to GO….from many WPF.

OldAlphaWolf
3 years ago

As I say every year, I love ALL bowls. I have missed two of them..I think all offensive and defensive coordinators should be required to watch all the bowls…By the end of bowl season, you get a great intuition of what works and what doesn’t. A sense of all the defensive schemes and ways of building offense. Cliff notes of the trends that successful coaches are trying. The “previous play is under review” is killing a lot of the game.. I think they should adopt the Pro rules on replay. The refs readily admit to making calls different than what… Read more »

OldAlphaWolf
3 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Well Wake defied conventional wisdom. Got a big lead and went in to the four corners..(I’m old enough to know what that is). Wuffies kinda dominated..hey Vandy just beat Tennessee..:-)

Dabo shares all his money with his coaches..they all get bass boats…

Hokiezeke
Hokiezeke
3 years ago

Fuente,
hehe

altwolf
altwolf
3 years ago

See where Dabo got 1.3 cool million for the win over Urban bunch,not a bad pay day!

Doug
Doug
3 years ago

“So long as State and Carolina fans live/die comparing themselves with each other within their Triangle bubble.” I wonder if those two will ever figure out that THAT is their #1 problem?

I’m not ready to anoint VT as a potential juggernaut just yet. Of course, I was convinced Urban’s Buckeyes would expose Dabo’s Tigers. Hmm! Maybe they did. Nick Saban canned Lane K today. Odd timing just before a championship game. Maybe the Football Gods are favoring Dabo.

NCSU68Grad
NCSU68Grad
3 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

As someone posted on another blog. Coach K, per the IRS filings (which I DID NOT verify) makes about 9.6 Million. That is almost TWICE as much as Nicky from Tuscy makes. He DOES seem to have come to his senses. SO, if his back hurts, then take time off. It is interesting to observe his “tough love” approach to young Mr. Allen. I believe that Mr. Allen is responsible for Patty McCrory’s defeat….it seems that anything that is NOT to one’s liking in Durham is NOW the result of Mr. Allen and his THIRD trip. DW pointed out that… Read more »

NCSU68Grad
NCSU68Grad
3 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

DW = Dear Wife or your Blondie. BL, you gotta get with the urban text, acronyms and lingo….lest ye be cast as antiquated. And if YE be antiquated, then I, myself slightly more senior, would be mummified…. Kids say that I HAVE Mellowed out over the years and that DW has picked up some of my “less than appreciated” traits. I do get sympathy cards from my kids on our anniversary. BUT, I love her dearly and it will be until death do us part….although the smart money might be on her causing such an untimely event. I do keep… Read more »

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