Archive for January, 2010

C.J. Spiller Tribute Video

Posted: January 30, 2010 by El Swann in Clemson, Football

My man Shoeless created a great tribute video for Clemson Tiger fans everywhere. This is one of the best compilations of Spiller’s four year career at Clemson.

One Look Says It All

Posted: January 23, 2010 by El Swann in Basketball, Clemson

Looking at this graphic, it shouldn’t take you long to figure out why Clemson was unable to beat the Duke Blue Devils at home tonight. Outside of Trevor Booker, no one else showed up to play. Lots and lots of zeros in the shots made column for Clemson. One of the worst offensive games in Oliver Purnell’s history. Credit Duke though, those guys pressured and contested everything. They might be slow, but those guys hustle.

Clemson (15-5, 3-3) travels to Boston College on Tuesday for what has now become a must win for Clemson. The ACC is a league where it is tough to win on the road and Clemson can’t afford to give a winnable one away.

Former Clemson Tiger Gaines Adams Dead at 26.

Posted: January 17, 2010 by El Swann in Clemson, Football

Early indications are that the defensive ends death was caused by an enlarged heart. More news will come via our twitter feed. Clemson fans around the world mourn the loss of one of the best defensive ends in our history.

I took a moment to put together some images from the play that most Clemson fans will always remember of Gaines. His return of a botched Wake Forest field goal single handedly put Clemson back in the game. Here is a video and the image.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the entire Greenwood, SC community.

Expect to Win

Posted: January 14, 2010 by Doctor A in Basketball, Opinion

With almost twenty minutes before tip-off, there was no longer a seat in Littlejohn Coliseum. The students, many which had been camping since last week were restless. From the minute Trevor Booker and the Clemson Tigers stepped onto the court, it was total domination. However when Noel Johnson knocked down back to back threes the scoring frenzy was on. After a flurry of points, the Tigers were up 40 to 18 with 6:29 remaining in the first half.

Crowd noise and defensive pressure were obviously factors as the North Carolina team was rattled committing fifteen turnovers in the first half alone. As surprising as it may seem, I believe the second half was the most positive half of the game. The Tigers proved that even without the three point shot (0-11) they could still maintain the lead against the Tarheels by making all thirteen of their free throws in the second half. This game provides the spark that the Tigers needed in their season. I was slightly disappointed as I watched the students rush the court after the win. Folks, this is a new era in Tiger Basketball. Let’s expect to win on our home court!

In their first six ACC games, Clemson faces Duke twice and North Carolina once. If the Tigers can pick up some key road wins against NC State and Georgia Tech, they could have a shot at going 5-1 during the toughest stretch of their schedule as Duke enters home court on January 23. Clemson fans should expect the Tigers to show marked improvement when Duke rolls into town.

Look for the Tigers to continue to mix up the defensive pressure showing multiple different presses. If they can keep up the defensive intensity on the road this could be Purnell’s best season at Clemson.

Students should now expect to protect our home court, even against Duke and North Carolina. Like I said, “This is a new era.”

Big Dunk by Clemson’s Trevor Booker vs. UNC

Posted: January 13, 2010 by El Swann in Basketball, Clemson

Anti-BCS Ad To Air During BCS Title Game

Posted: January 5, 2010 by El Swann in Football

If you follow our programs, you know where I stand on this subject. I am completely against the concept of the BCS and its exclusion of teams from the championship game. I think the current system doesn’t give the fans the great ending that is deserved each and every year.

Here is the Anti-BCS as that will air in some markets, followed by my ideas of a playoff system that would keep the bowl system and give us an 8 team playoff to decided the NCAA Championship. It’s far from perfect, but it’s a start.

Certainly, Texas and Alabama are possibly the best two teams in the country, but until there is a playoff I can’t agree with the result. Part of the enjoyment of the NCAA basketball tourney is the upsets that occur. Part of the magic in March comes from teams you don’t think can compete with the North Carolinas of the world, compete and many times win.

I don’t think the bowls should be removed by any means. I think the bowls should continue and the four major bowls (Rose, Sugar, Orange, Fiesta) should be the only games played on New Years Day. The other bowls would be played before the New Year.

The 8 teams who are in the playoff would play on the Saturdays during December and then the two championship teams would be off until the NCAA Championship Game played on January 2nd each and every year. Did you realize that the National Champion in college football is the only NCAA sport that isn’t awarded an actual NCAA title?

I think this new playoff system would make January 2nd almost as popular as Super Bowl Sunday. I can only hope we get an 8 team playoff in my life.