When Backyard Dreams Come True… OH MY!

Clemson Wins
BobLee
January10/ 2017

Boys DreamsEvery kid’s Backyard Dreams include winning “the big game” for “all the marbles” on “the Big Stage”.  For Dabo, Deshaun, Hunter and Death Valley Nation…. Dreams Do Come True and we all got to watch.

Among all the crap & chaos, and Lord knows there’s no shortage of crap & chaos these days; there has been, of late, some pretty darn incredible….

High Drama On The Big Stage:

Villanova v UNC …. Twin Buzzer-beaters
Cubs v Indians – 7th Game / Extra Innings
… and last night in Tampa. Oh Boy… Oh Boy… Oh Boy!

Last Night WAS EPIC.   Move over Texas vs USC in 2005.

Did You Know:  Pete Carroll’s USC staff in 2005 included a guy named Steve Sarkisian?  YIKES!

For the Record:  No Clemson receivers were on a yacht in South Beach last week.  No Alabama players either that I know of.

Dabo

It’s A Dabo World…. We just got to watch it. In the backroom of The Esso Club, all those Bring Back Danny Ford signs…. Trash’em. The goofy goober with the funny name is King of College Football.

The Nick-haters – and there are a lot of’em today – are crawling out from under their rocks to gloat and demean. Long Live The Bear and His Six Rings (did they do “rings” in Bear’s Era?). Don’t be a Nick-hater …. Be an appreciator of a mighty darn fine football game.

It was a vintage Clair Bee story and Deshaun Watson was “Chip Hilton”…. rallying his team for the final drive.  It was The Perfect Time / Place for every over-used trite sports cliche.   We got’em so might as well use’em.

Blondie spent last night watching some subtitled Netflix series about Yugoslavia after WWI ??? When I screamed “OH MY, The Fighting Dabos Won”, she calmly asked the question she usually asks in such situations…. “Is that who you wanted to win?”   I didn’t have a “wanted to win” in this one. I’m not a Nick-hater or a Clemson-hater. Heck, I’m not even a Meryl Streep-hater.  OK, lets not go there…. yet.

Watching high drama sports on TV when you don’t have a “my team” is a “no-lose” experience.  Just appreciate athletes rising to the moment to Make the BIG Play….. To Live The Backyard Dream of every kid who’s ever dreamed the dream. Alas, as Jim McKay taught us, for every Thrill of Victory there must be an Agony of Defeat.  There is no joy in Tuscaloosa….

How many Dabo-wannabes across Big Time College Football are telling their ADs and Fat Cats today …. “I GOT TO HAVE a miniature golf course and beach volleyball court and “a nap room” if Sleeping Giant A&M is going to compete at the highest level.” ?? And bragging rights-obsessed Fat Cats are reaching into their deep pockets for the $$$$$.
Finebaum Callers

Sure… there were the inevitable back stories of Lane Kiffin et al that the Nick-haters and second-guessing cynics will scream to a fare-the-well. Lordy, today on Paul Finebaum’s Show the caller carnage will be like The Little Big Horn the day after. But let us leave those wretched souls to marinate in their own toxic bile. They seem happiest (??) doing so. Don’t deny them their masochism joy in poking needles in their eyes

In that last drive did you think of David Tyree with those “circus catches” by Williams and Leggett? I did. If you don’t know about David Tyree then you have a limited reservoir of great sports TV moments.Renfrow

“The Hunter Renfrow kid” a/k/a “The Ryan Switzer” a/k/a “The Wes Welker” …. Does Central Casting now stock up on the undersized gutsy little white boy receiver who has always been told he was too small and too slow?  Does each recruiting coordinator now have “one of those” on his “go get” list?

Goofy Ol’ Dabo and Deshaun Watson both mentioned “God” more than enough times in their post-game interviews to give a migraine to every Godless college professor who happened to be watching…. assuming any were. For the record…. “God” was mentioned a WHOLE LOT more last night in Tampa than He was the night before at The Golden Globes.

Ya know what Meryl, Barack and Hillary say….  All that us “deplorable bitter clingers” got are (1) our guns… (2) our God… and (3) Backyard Dreams …. that can come true.  For the record Meryl.  I don’t watch MMA.

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  • Ric '73 Reply
    3 months ago

    Dabo’s younger brother, apparently when a toddler, could neither pronounce his older brother’s name nor speak clearly, so he called him “that boy” which came out “Dabo”.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 months ago

      Sounds good. The “sibling mispronounce” is a common back story in such cases. I “think” Bubba Cunningham’s story is a version of that.

      • NCSU68Grad Reply
        3 months ago

        My son, 2 yrs older than his sister, Debra, dubbed her as Bubby Bear….And that had stuck. We still call her Bubba from time to time

    • ultraviolet Reply
      3 months ago

      I’d like to know then who nicknamed Anthony McFarland ‘Booger’. His little brother must be huge.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        Coulda been his Grandmother. 😎

  • PTH Reply
    3 months ago

    I have been searching for the answer for many years, maybe this is the place. Can you, or any of your contributors ( Except 68, I’m 72 and may not live long enough to read it ) tell me if elitist snobs really like opera, ballet, and Meryl Streep movies or only pretend to because the NY Times, New Yorker, Atlantic, etc tell them they should?

    68, I’m just kidding.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 months ago

      Easy answer – NO – they pretend to in order to keep their membership in Elite Snobs R Us. No one eats Tofu or Kale and no one has actually read War & Peace either.

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      3 months ago

      Take a deep breath and depress the “Help Me, I might DIE reading this Button”
      It amazes me how so many “well read and smarter than me” elitist….some of whom are good friends can be so totally devoid of diversity in their political education. They ONLY, as BL says, get their news from “TRUSTED” sources. I have some who do not have cable and say that NPR and the MSM are UNBIASED. That individual, when I posed the question to her about “Race Relations” said they had improved. She also was AGHAST at the officer not being indicted in Ferguson. When I sent her a copy of the DOJ report and some articles, she said…”I did NOT know that…NOW I understand”. Same thing with another individual who is very smart and talented. He practices guitar cords watching CNN and MSNBC. His wife and daughter think BIll Clinton is a saint and that Trump is a sexual predator. He suggested that I quit OD’ing on FOX and turn to CNN for the REAL news. I almost broke off diplomatic relations when I asked HIM how much he watched FOX or read contrarian viewpoints. He is sweet, but hopelessly devoted to a false GOD…and he is also a devout Christian. He DOES think that Rev Bully is a charlatan. l sent them BOTH a link to RealClearPolitics, with an endorsement from my son, the kid that thinks BK is right wing. Suggested that they peruse the daily list of articles and read them….to see what the REAL (Left and Right) OPINIONS (and facts) were. NEITHER had time….
      I DO enjoy reading NYT & WP articles and try to amass facts before going into the fray. I have an annual NC Symphony membership; go to the NC MofA for special showing; Attend Ira David Wood’s Christmas Carol and also read most of the RCP articles. I read the CNN crawlers at Rex while working out….but switch to FOX for my post workout cardio routine. I am a loyal patient of Due and Rex Healthcare. I watch LESS WRAL than ever and have quite CNBC cold turkey after Debbie Quick did a Donna Brazile on Trump.
      Unlike the infamous, Blondie, I do listen to Babs. I finally figured out that Babs has some reccessant Genes that impacts her brain to accept the REAL world….but she can SING…same for Tom Hanks. Sometimes he is politically astute as his most famous character, Forest.
      I also enjoy some flaming type accusing me of destroying the planet by even mentioning Trump’s name. I was the Director of HR and Environmental for a large Division of a US Corporation, that finally came BACK from Ireland. My list of achievements in the overall impact on the environment shames Leonardo and Al….and I got some very nice comments from a militant union for setting up safety programs that improved the members working conditions….up to when they actually had to FOLLOW worker safety protocols….but in the end, I appealed to their “I want to retire with all my pieces parts in good working order to enjoy my grandchildren…..or my new GF….” and they got with the program. THAT usually defuses them….
      In closing (I hope you are still alive”, I agree with BL, ORW is so glib that you have to wonder about the gullibility of the supposed “Learned and Intellectual” crowd that supported a man who cannot adlib two sentences with real facts….and appoints two of the WORST political appointees since Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch….KEEP BREATHING…..EMS is on the WAY….

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        I recently had a life-long acquaintance / yellow dog Demo say he had “No clue who” Valerie Jarret was. I didn’t bother to ask about Saul Alinsky or George Soros.

      • NCSU68Grad Reply
        3 months ago

        OPPS….Really meant Old Roy Cooper and substituted Old Roy Williams….ORW actually is more quaint and entertaining….probably just as squirrely….Sorry for the TYPO….I was on a ROLL….

        • BobLee Reply
          3 months ago

          Since it was in the second hour I doubt anyone caught it. I didn’t. Hard to read with eyes glazed over … 🙂 … 🙂 …. 🙂

      • PTH Reply
        3 months ago

        I am still alive, but tired. Seriously, thanks for your comments. I am also a NC State 68 grad.

  • JD Reply
    3 months ago

    I have a close friend that is a huge Alabama fan. When Villanova hit that shot back in April he sent me an immediate text message laughing at my misery. Monday night was sweet revenge.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 months ago

      In Sports “what goes round, comes round”. It may take a while but the devil gets his due

  • Paul Coder Reply
    4 months ago

    The incident between Woody Hayes and the Clemson linebacker was in the 1978 Gator Bowl. Clemson won the game.
    I think the Ohio State administration had been trying to ease the “living legend” into retirement. The Buckeyes had fallen behind Michigan and Bo Schembechler for several years for Big 10 dominance.
    If the incident had happened in the Rose Bowl with a possible national championship on the line, he may have survived.
    In sports, winning is the greatest balm.

    • BobLee Reply
      4 months ago

      I forget where I was watching that… probably in either Dallas or Kansas City but recall it clear as day. Bauman was pursuing a Buckeye RB who had run OB into the OSU bench. Bauman ended up within fist-reach of a quite senile “Woody” and Woody delivered a right cross to his facemask. As I recall Keith Jackson was speechless… “Did I just see what I thought I just saw…?” Within 48 hours “Woody” was toast.

  • NCSU68Grad Reply
    4 months ago

    WOW, am I going to type that I also watched most of the same (I snoozed during the carnage) and I was pulling for Dabo? I guess that things are stranger than they seem.
    Certainly glad that Dabo pulled it off. I thought they would, but you never know. I have NOT recovered (but there are no holes to repair or doors to replace) from the historical loss. I don’t know if I will unless a certain coach figures out HOW to coach. Looks like young Mr. Capel also needs to do a little “emulating”.
    As to Ms. Streep. She missed a golden opportunity to show our global views. She could have included the 18YO Victim of the Chicago Torture. Have seen a few of Ms. Streep’s movies. Keep getting her mixed up with Glen Close of Fatal Attraction. Now that folks have heard her spiel, she will probably get another award for her speech.

    • BobLee Reply
      4 months ago

      I get her and Glenn Close confused too. Thought I was the only one.

  • Paul Coder Reply
    4 months ago

    Charlie Bauman was the Clemson LB punched by Woody Hayes.

    • BobLee Reply
      4 months ago

      YES YES YES … Bauman / Barnhrdt – I was close. I can still recall the “What did I just see?” of that incident. That was what Paul … 25-30 years ago?

  • Ric '73 Reply
    4 months ago

    I loved the way Dabo went for it with :06 left. Didn’t even call a TO. Probably best not to let either team think about it too much. This was one of those great calls only because it worked. I’m real tickled for Clemson. Reckon Dabo has a brother? Frodo? Or Harpo?

    • BobLee Reply
      4 months ago

      The whole “Dabo” thing is IMO quite cool. I don’t recall how he became “Dabo” but it certainly seems to fit his personality, doesn’t it? If the roll-out pass had not worked they still had a second to kick a tying FG but the actual drama of what happened was EPIC.

  • BobLee Reply
    4 months ago

    For The Record… Paul Finebaum’s Show today (Tuesday) was “one for the ages”. EVERYONE of Paul’s Card-Carrying Crazies called in… while perched on a ledge of whatever the highest building in Tuscaloosa might be. I think it’s an Outback Steakhouse out on the by-pass.
    .
    Paul commented at the three hour mark… “we usually keep tapes of each show to study for improvement. This one we’re gonna burn at 7:01.”

  • PTH Reply
    4 months ago

    Kyle Bambard (?) receives iptay MVP award, first kicker ever. Dabo says ” he’ll get ring too!” I sincerely hope the kid has a strong constitution, it is just a game, well, it was before it became an obsession. At least he didn’t lose by 51 !

    • BobLee Reply
      4 months ago

      At which point does one become “a legendary cult figure”? Was it Charlie Barnhardt that Woody Hayes decked on the sidelines? Somebody google that… Is Kyle Bambard on track for trivia cult-figure HoF?

  • Bill Brockman Reply
    4 months ago

    What’s MMA?

    THE GAME sure was spectacular!

    Is Meryl Streep still around? Does anyone really care what she thinks?

    • BobLee Reply
      4 months ago

      MMA is, best I can tell, two drunk marines in speedos fighting in a wire cage to see who gets the skanky gal over at the bar. It’s been going on as long as there have been Marines, beer, the beach and skanky gals.
      .
      I can’t name a Meryl Streep movie but I’m sure she is a fine movie actress.

      • William Brockman Reply
        4 months ago

        Just finished watching Feherty’s interview with Paula Creamer and learned that MMA is an acronym for mixed martial arts. Like your description better. Good interview BTW.

        • BobLee Reply
          4 months ago

          Was Feherty sober in the interview? Its hard to tell with him. Why were they discussing MMA? Paula Creamer has become a slightly more successful Laura Baugh and much more successful Anna Kornikova. She (Creamer) has won a few times but never a dominant player… but very attractive regardless.

          • Bill Brockman
            3 months ago

            Sorry for the delay in responding. Think he was sober because he swears that he has been for a while. Credits his wife. They were discussing MMA because her personal trainer comes from that background. Like you, I don’t pay much attention to the LPGA, except when the only other thing on is political coverage. I do watch Feherty regularly because he has become a very good interviewer and because he is definitely right of center politically. Creamer came off well because her husband is military, as are a lot of the men in her family, and she is a strong supporter of our armed forces. Doesn’t hurt that she is very easy on the old eyeballs.

          • BobLee
            3 months ago

            You are correct on all points. Actually I think I saw that interview a few weeks ago. I recall her mentioning her military husband. I met Feherty 4-5 years ago at a corporate outing. He was wired the entire time. Not under influence simply “on”.

  • The Expatriate Reply
    4 months ago

    I just turned 84. I am an unreconstructed sportswriter. I feel as if I have seen my share of of football games at every level. When last night’s game ended, I walked into the living room and told my non-football-loving wife, “That was the best football game I have EVER seen.”

    I started the evening not caring who would win. In truth, I still don’t care. However, I do have a dedicated-Bama-grad brother who was an All-SEC baseball player when Joe Namath and Mr. Bryant were on the football premises. I was also friends years ago in Greenville with a 1930s-1940s really good Clmeson-football-player-turned-pharmacist — Joe Blalock — who caught passes from an All-America tailback — Banks McFadden. I thought about both my brother and my long-ago friend and wondered if they had seen a marvelous football game or was their viewing colored because it involved schools to which they were tied. There is a difference.

    • BobLee Reply
      4 months ago

      I believe Banks was on Frank Howard’s staff in the 50-early 60s. It sure was A HUMDINGER. I like HUMDINGERS!

  • Doug Reply
    4 months ago

    Observations: Mike Defee wears tight shirts and has got some guns. The Finebaum show today will be epic. Phyllis from Mulga is pissed. Even Lord Saban can’t get away with releasing his OC one week before a championship game. Finally, I wouldn’t mind being Dabo’s agent today.

    • BobLee Reply
      4 months ago

      The “Ref With The Pythons” had become a cult figure by halftime. That and “Doeren eating pizza” apparently. I’m pretty sure Dabo is happy in The Upstate. He may ask for Smoothie Machines for the Nap Room but otherwise he’s not going anywhere any time soon.

  • Bob Kennel Reply
    4 months ago

    Pulled for Clemson the whole way for a variety of reasons (ACC champs, bowl record, anti-SEC, Doeren doing live analysis, Board redemption), and it was just a great football game with the underdog coming through.
    Last night also had a thought about Sunday’s basketball beat-down so bad that I have already forgotten it. Insight that the last 20 years of TGU cheating so bad that my good church UNC-CH friends are just forgetting about it.
    Rather be in State’s shoes right now including next year’s football team.
    In the meantime go get BC Wednesday night🤓

    • BobLee Reply
      4 months ago

      Forgetting a one game butt whuppin is one thing, A 20 year eligibility scam is an Oops of a different color all together…. if A>B>C then DD has a roster capable of squaring off versus the Juggernauts for sure. But it’s those ECU and BC s that seem to trip him up …. 🤓

  • JDanWuff Reply
    4 months ago

    I have close friends that are Bama grads and Clemson grads. I could not lose either way. Last year, the title game was a classic football game. This year was no less than a super classic. Watson, denied the Heisman, played his final college game with full fury and determination.
    Scarborough leaving the game may have been the tipping point in this one.
    Good ACC win, good Atlantic division champion win, and Kyle Bamberg must be wondering.

    • BobLee Reply
      4 months ago

      So many sidebars … and all for naught if Bambard makes the chip shot. “For want of a nail, a shoe was lost…. “

      • JDanWuff Reply
        4 months ago

        Bambard…. not Bamberg. Bamberg is where my dad lived as a young kid. Shows how little I’ve watched football this year.

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