How Many Clemson Fans Think…

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BobLee
December30/ 2019

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Dec 30, 2019

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How Many Clemson Fans Think that…

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WOWWas that Clemson vs Ohio State game “Something” or what?

Like most folks, I thought tOSU would simply be too much for The Fighting Dabos… The Buckeyes would wear them down in the 2nd half and win by 20+ like they did twice with “My Badgers”.  If I had been asked the “Who do I WANT to win?” question, I would have said Clemson because no one except tOSU fans ever pull for tOSU.

I’m not sure why that is… but it is.  If tOSU played Alabama/Nick 98% of America would hope a giant asteroid hit midfield midway the 1st Quarter.

tOSU has a huge fan base because they are a Huge School with bazillions of alumni and a long reputation of Football success…. but I don’t think they have many WalMart fans.  Why is that?

NOTE:  I was “at The Horseshoe” when NC State played OSU 12-15 years ago.  It is a very impressive GameDay Experience.

A lot of fans, I assume, also don’t like Dabo because … (1) he has created a For Real Juggernaut … (2) he has a goofy name and he usually acts like “a Dabo”.  And, of course, he keeps mentioning “God” and that really pisses off 50% of America depending upon who one follows on social media these days.  Frustrated fans of other ACC schools have, I’m sure, a litany of reasons they “HATE Dabo because …”.  Whatever…

When REALLY successful people act “over-the-top” as Dabo often does, they are immediately accused of “being phony”.  I think Dabo really is “Dabo”.  If you disagree, that’s OK.

Dabo's cap

My only issue with Dabo involves the ball cap he wears every game.  It’s not really a criticism, but a “how come”.   Even before he reached Official Juggernaut stature, he was wearing an orange ball cap with an extra long brim.  Either that or his head is really small.

At $9M/ year and an operating budget larger than Canada, he can afford to have NewEra make him custom-made caps with extra-long bills.  Every time I see it I think he is a snook guide in the Florida Keys.  Be sure to notice that in the National Championship game.

It was a Terrific game and had the one component that every competitive activity MUST HAVE these days …. CONTROVERSY.   The #1 Best Tweet I saw after the game was … tOSU has contacted Adam Schiff to have “the Refs” impeached.  Hey, referees are “whistleblowers” so why not?

“Blaming the refs” is a tradition that predates the forward pass and face masks.  IMO, The “targeting call” was a no-brainer.  The bobbled pass / fumble was “iffy” and coulda gone either way.  Officiating crews for “big games” are the “best” from a non-involved conference.  I don’t know how Replay Officials are assigned but it does not matter.

Any time a close call goes against “your team” some of “your fans” (not YOU of course because YOU are a mature adult…) will SCREAM “The Fix is in… the refs were told to be sure – XYZ team – wins… blah blah yadda yadda…!” … sigh, yawn. … again, referee conspiracies predates the forward pass and face masks.

I don’t understand TV ratings but I bet “the TV suits” would prefer LSU vs tOSU.  But what do I know.

Clemson fans are derided by opposing fans because deriding fans of really successful teams is what fans of less successful teams always do.  Clemson Football fans seem just fine to me.  They have always supported Clemson Football and their % of “uncouth galoots” is no different than the “uncouth galoots” ratio of any Power5 fan base.  That said, I do have one question…

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How many Clemson fans think that…

Dabo’s last name is Sweeney?

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Actually, his last name is SWINNEY.  “Sweeney” is a more popular name but it is not Dabo’s.   No clue how many Clemson fans will see this; but how many of you non-Clemson fans thought his last names is Sweeney… instead of Swinney?  … TruBlues are still wrestling with Doherty / Daugherty / Doughery and Gutheridge / Guthridge.

The NatChamp pre-game press conferences with Dabo and Ed Orgeron should be classic.  Both head coaches are “characters”.  I prefer “characters”.

Yes… the two white QBs won.  The two AfAm QBs lost.  THAT will give USAToday Sports columnists plenty to gnaw on for a few weeks. … sigh.

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The two Final Four games are the only “Bowl games” I have watched so far.  Yes, I WOULD have watched Mack2.0 versus Whoever They Played but I was en-route home from Madison on Friday afternoon.  I will watch The Rose Bowl  – “My Badgers” vs Oregon – and I might watch Alabama vs Michigan… or maybe not.  We’ll see.

Over Christmas, Pastor Danny and I were discussing our respective fan interest.  “PD” is still coping with Wheaton’s weird loss to St John’s.  The team that eventually won the Div-III National Championship – North Central –  lost one game this year.   Danny’s Wheaton Thunder beat them 35-21 back on Oct 5 so that made that weird loss to “the Johnnies” even more painful.

As regular BLSays readers know… I don’t follow The NFL or NBA any longer.  I’m NOT “making a statement” or “protesting” anything.  I simply realized several years ago that neither appealed to me any longer.    I don’t follow College Basketball any longer for the same “I simply don’t” reason.  Those “don’t any mores” go in the same category with “I don’t go to fast-food restaurants any more”.  It’s the right decision for me.

In chatting with Danny, I realized I cannot name a single player for whoever the NC State MBB coach is now.  Keats?  Isn’t this his 3rd / 4th year?  The last Wolfpack BB player I can name is Tony Warren … he had an epic game against Marcus Paige 5-6 years ago.  Actually I do recall Dennis Smith but that’s because… well, you know.

UNC had some kid who was going to be the Next Big Deal but I think he got hurt.  I can’t name any RoyBoy of the past 3-4 yeas.  No clue at all about Duke Basketball these days. I would never have imagined that 20 years ago … BUT… 

I CAN still name the 1957 UNC startersthe 1982 UNC startersthe 1974 and 1983 NC State BB Champions… and the Laettner – Hurley – Hill Duke teams.  Is it an “age thing” or what?

All that said… I lead a pretty full life, in my opinion.  I’m always “reading” 2/3 books /week and I watch a lot of documentaries on Amazon Prime and Curiosity Stream.  I ably assist Blondie in attempting to keep Western Civilization from falling into The Abyss… FWIW I’m not at all confident we will be successful. … AND…

I continue to be The 2nd Smartest Guy on Facebook and Twitter.  Alas, EVERYONE Else is tied for THE Smartest.

IF your New Year’s Resolution is Get Involved with Social Media… Rethink that.  Stay  with old favorites like “Lose Weight” … “Clean Out Your Closets / Attic” … “Learn a foreign language” … “Adopt a homeless dog or cat”.

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former96heel
former96heel
8 months ago

I’m with you on Ed O as well. An o-line coach whose team adores him at every stop has my backing. I have some transplant LSU fans nearby, and they hated the hire. Not sure if they expected or wanted Saban back…I have a feeling anything short of Lombardi’s resurrection would have been a disappointment. His accent fits the state, and I can promise you win or lose, he will shed some tears for his guys. 2 of the business’ best facing off, for sure.

Queen City
Queen City
8 months ago

Clemson football has looked really impressive since their fans had their feelings hurt during the UNC game.
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I can assure you that ESPN wanted OSU/LSU matched up in the final. That was a great game.
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Not sure If LSU is that good but that was an embarrassing performance by OU. It seems like a tradition that a Big Ten team gets blown out in a BCS bowl.

Dandy Don
Dandy Don
8 months ago

I was also “at the Horseshoe” for that NCSU @ tOSU football game. As I recall it was a very hot September afternoon and Columbus had way too many honey bees chasing the smell of beer to suit me. It was a very interesting game day experience. But best of all was watching the Wolfpack lose.

Porgie
Porgie
8 months ago

Since you can remember all the starters from those other championship teams , how is your memory for the non-starters on another championship team that were called “the fabulous 5 plus 2” ? Just use first names only to protect the innocent.

Porgie
Porgie
8 months ago
Reply to  BobLee

While bringing down Christmas decorations from the attic in late Nov/early Dec, I found a box that contained some old Ki-Hi’s from March 1965. The Sports Editor had written in his usual humorous, sarcastic ( some might say ‘smarta**’ ) style an article about the members of the team and that moniker was given to that group by the writer. Does that ring any bells? And ‘no’ , I am not the one who saved those papers.

Porgie
Porgie
8 months ago
Reply to  BobLee

Lyle and Henry. Ted and Leo mostly with 1st group. My group the 5+2.

Hesire#2
Hesire#2
8 months ago

Your best piece in a long time.

DM Carpenter
DM Carpenter
8 months ago

BL: I see that App is scheduled to visit Wisconsin. I look forward to that game.

Late Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year

Robert Kennel
Robert Kennel
8 months ago

Also commented on OSU. Amato spoke at Raleigh Sports Club last week and talking about State-OSU game. I was also at game with seats directly above goal line for McLendon’s last dive.
Know about OSU fans as my minister for 25 years was Rev JoAnn VerBurg who was drum major at OSU and dotted the script “I”. She was in my basement watching that same game with Elaine. She is as big a Buckeye as I am a Wolf.

NCSU68Grad
NCSU68Grad
8 months ago

Hello, BL, This is a catch-up to your great Christmas Column as well as the one today. God forbid that I should combine and veer off subject…. . First, your Christmas column was great. Christmas should be about family. We made it special this year. We headed to Asheville (Bubba connects with Budha?) and had a great road trip. Both of my kids and both GK’s and, of course, DW of 54 years. Eight glorious hours of car time….we laughed, sang, joked, threw little barbs and mostly hung on as I drove up and my daughter drove back… We had… Read more »

Charlotte Wuffie
Charlotte Wuffie
8 months ago

BobLee, I kinda like the ring of Dabo’s Tigers vs. Ed’s Geaux Tigers.

Robert Kennel
Robert Kennel
8 months ago

BL,
Wrote longer comments that didn’t get through. So simply Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family and your readers 😁

Robert Kennel
Robert Kennel
8 months ago
Reply to  BobLee

At the time I may have been the first comment. Have grown an appreciation for Dabo as an honest guy. Had written that was watching game on ACC network and they had a Clemson feed which was split screen with continuous Dabo on left and game action on right. Then switched to ESPN with full screen game. Too much Dabo too much.
Waiting for State coaching merry-go-round to stop.
Still a big Doeren fan, however. But now it’s basketball season. Go State !!!

Mike
Mike
8 months ago

BobLee – they’re basically both the liberal arts and land grant schools in one right? So like UNC and State together? Their campus is more than twice (!) as big as UNC’s, and they have six ‘satellite’ campuses as well. Kind of like how Penn State has a main campus and 20+ others. So it’s like saying greensboro grads are UNC grads and not “walmart” fans.

Doug Grimes
Doug Grimes
8 months ago

The odds that I’ll ever meet Dabo are double whatever the chances are of winning PowerBall…Twice in my lifetime. From what I keep hearing time and again is that he is exactly the same around friends, players, co-workers, and the average Joe on the street. Love, positivity, faith, loyalty, family. All Dabo, all the time. Humanity can do worse and often chooses to do so.

OldAlphaWolf
8 months ago

Love Dabo, haven’t watched an NBA game in 20 years…Still love NFL, college BB and ALL the bowl games. Thanks for a good year. I mostly lurk but enjoy all you write. Keep Blondie going, she’s doing a good job..from what I can see..

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