Friday Email Bag


  by - Radio Host - Friday, January 8, 2016 9:56 AM
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Friday Email Bag
Each Friday I publish your comments and answer your questions. To submit a comment or questions please email me at mickeyplyler@hotmail.com.

Mickey,

There are many sub plots to the National Championship game and as the case in 99.9% of all football games, the team that controls the scrimmage will most likely the game. Classic 1 vs 2 matchups are few but in many ways, I see the game as a game between #2 vs #3. For the sake of argument, let's say that Alabama's #2, Derrick Henry will have many touches and get some yards. Let's also say that Clemson has not faced a defense as good as Alabama and running yards will be hard to get so Clemson's #3 Artavis Scott has to have a good game. Based on the Michigan State game, let's say that Clemson holds Henry to less than record yards because the defense keys the run and Alabama turns to their #3 Calvin Ridley, the super fast, super freshman wide receiver who will probably be covered by Clemson's super #2, Mackensie Alexander. We will see Monday night but the game for #1 may be determined by #2 vs #3.

Andy

Andy,
Very clever. I didn't put the jersey numbers into play but like how you did. I love it. I know Henry is a beast, but Ridley scares me more. His big-play capability killed MSU in the Cotton Bowl. Alexander and the entire secondary will have to keep him under wraps. I also agree that Artavis Scott will need a big game to help Clemson in the quick passing game Monday. Good stuff.

Mickey,

I believe Clemson will be the measuring stick for other programs. We are building the level of consistency not just on the field, but with academics and facilities. I struggle with the term “elite” and what exactly does that mean and who makes the decision on whether we are “elite”, Paul Finnebaum? To me it is when you go to NY, LA, Dallas or Norman, Okla. and people see the Paw and know it represents excellence in everything you do regardless of where you finish at the end of a season or your number of 5 star recruits. The national media anoints you as “elite” when you have recently won a national championship. Winning the national championship gives us the platform to showcase what truly makes Clemson “elite”. I think we will win on Monday because we are “elite” in all areas, not just on the football field.

Stuart

Stuart,
Good points. Clemson and Dabo Swinney are the model for a lot of programs right now. This program is doing things the right way and winning on and off the field. Great points. Thanks.

Mickey,

Great article last week comparing the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl teams. You said everyone expects Clemson and Ok would be a shoot out but you thought the team that RAN the ball better would win the game. Couldn't have been more spot on. As if you had seen it and came back to tell us about it. Enjoy reading all your articles and listening to the show. And I know my son johnnytclemson enjoys working with you as well. Tiger Strong!

Robert

Robert,
Yeah but I had no idea Clemson would hold down Oklahoma to under 100 yards and the Tigers would rush for over 300 yards. No one could have seen that coming. We enjoy johnnytclemson as well. Thanks.

Mickey,

Last year's bowl game and last week during the Orange Bowl I could not get the Clemson radio network on clemsontigers.com or wccpfm.org Where I live I cannot pick up any radio stations that carry the Clemson network. I like to hear our announcers. Why is the game not available during bowl games? Or if it is available, then where can I find it? Thanks!

David

David,
It is my understanding that ESPN has the streaming rights. WCCP does not own streaming rights any time, but I think Clemson does not own them for the playoffs. I do know that you can go to ESPN 3 and listen to the Clemson radio broadcast Monday. Hope this helps.

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