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Posted: Sep 3, 2013 3:14 PM
 

I just watched this again for probably the 10th time and wanted to say a few things. Even as a fan who has experienced the Tigers run down the hill since I was 3 years old back in 1981, I've never really had an opportunity to see it from the perspective that ABC/ESPN covered it. It was always so exciting to see the busses pull up to the top of the hill from the stands. But seeing Saturday night's version really sent chills up my back. When Musberg mentioned he had see the Tigers run down the hill...but never from this perspective...I thought that was really cool to hear...especially coming from the person who coined the term "most exciting 25 seconds in college football" back in 1985. The fact that there were multiple things going on to really immerse you into the experience is what did it. When he used the term motorcade, it really gave you a sense of watching something very important. It really built you up with excitment while you watched the buses turn each corner, anticipating the arrival and start of the event. There were several perspectives that really were unique:

1.) Goodyear Blimp: First of all, I can't ever recall seeing a blimp at a Clemson game. So seeing the buses being loaded up while hearing the explanation of how the players are shuttled from the back side of the stadium to the front was really cool. Also seeing the Young Buses from an aerial view like that brings back memories of being a kid super excited sitting in the stands watching the tops of the buses appear through the corners of the stadium. Its like waiting for Christmas Day to come!

2.) The street corner views: With the wide angle lens that was used, it really gave you a sense of depth perception on how big the stadium is and what it feels like to not just be inside...but also on the outside. Because it is "the largest man-made structure in the western hemisphere" according to youtube. :)

3.) The Police Escort: Two motocycles and the police cars leading with sirens...it increases the sense that you're experiencing something unique and important. Plus it gives all the fans outside a heads up that its coming.

4.) The Lead Camera: The perspective of riding right in front of the lead bus as its going around the stadium really did it for me. To see it from this view really brought out my pride for Clemson and how cool it is. It made you feel like you were part of it rather than just observing from a distance.

5.) The Hill: Top of the Mountain before running into the valley. I've stood there a many of times prior and post games and the view of the stadium is great...so to be a player running up to 85,000 fans yelling just for you has just got to be an unspeakable rush.

6.) The Cannon: The only thing that could have made this entire coverage any better would have been a quick shot of the cannon itself going off...but we still got to hear it! I always loved the cannon as a kid and to see it as an adult still gives me that same feeling with my kids. Watching the camera follow the players down the hill onto the field was stunning.

7.) The Timing: the timing of the camera run down the hill with the players and the CLEMSON flags pop'ing up all the while a crowd of 85,000 chanting C-L-E-M-S-O-----N!....the timing could not have been better. I dont' think you could plan it to work out as good as it did....and to have the fireworks going off at the same time....WOW!

I'm still in awe. Just that video segment alone would make me want to commit if I was a prospect!

That is all. Go Tigers! So proud! Its a hellauva day to be a Tiger!

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My Thoughts: The Pre-Game Tiger Bus Ride
W8kbrder Sep 3, 2013 3:14 PM
Re: My Thoughts: The Pre-Game Tiger Bus Ride- was once
74TIGER Sep 3, 2013 3:16 PM
that coverage was worth millions in free advertising
DGUARCELLO Sep 3, 2013 3:17 PM
The next time some ##### whines about money spent on
CharlestonTom® Sep 3, 2013 3:26 PM
Friend at work was won over to Clemson because of that
spock Sep 3, 2013 3:17 PM
I really wish they would explain why it is a tradition...
TIGERFANN Sep 3, 2013 3:20 PM
1973, not the 80's
scooter Sep 3, 2013 3:31 PM
Agree! Sorry I missed your post.
cu1981fans Sep 3, 2013 4:00 PM
That was incredible...cold chills after watching over & over***
Tigerfansince1972® Sep 3, 2013 3:29 PM
Only Addition might have been a camera inside Team bus....
lightbulbbill® Sep 3, 2013 3:37 PM
Re: Only Addition might have been a camera inside Team bus....
W8kbrder Sep 3, 2013 3:40 PM
I heard that ESPN looked at that
scooter Sep 3, 2013 3:41 PM
I think CBS had a camera in the team bus for the 1987 UGa
Tiger TC® Sep 3, 2013 4:27 PM
My main takeaway from it was, as you mentioned...
TheProdigal Sep 3, 2013 3:35 PM
Only irrational Gamecock/Bulldog fans could watch that
TheProdigal Sep 3, 2013 3:45 PM
Only irrational Gamecock/Bulldog fans ?!?!?
BigCUFan® Sep 3, 2013 5:00 PM
Even Georgia had to take a peek.
GoTigerz Sep 3, 2013 3:40 PM
Can someone repost the video?
CharlestonTom® Sep 3, 2013 3:40 PM
HERE HERE HERE
ClemBert Sep 3, 2013 3:47 PM
Re: Can someone repost the video?
W8kbrder Sep 3, 2013 4:02 PM
I watched it at least 5 times on youtube. Never gets old!
ClemBert Sep 3, 2013 3:45 PM
I felt bad for the guy picking up trash- Stash Your Trash!!!***
El Swann® Sep 3, 2013 3:51 PM
Re: I felt bad for the guy picking up trash- Stash Your Trash!!!***
W8kbrder Sep 3, 2013 4:04 PM
It was awesome seeing that video, talk about one
GWPTiger® Sep 3, 2013 3:50 PM
Also ADD to you list....
ClemBert Sep 3, 2013 3:56 PM
I only wish ABC had mentioned the origin of the run down the
cu1981fans Sep 3, 2013 3:59 PM
Re: I only wish ABC had mentioned the origin of the run down the
74TIGER Sep 3, 2013 4:21 PM
Re: My Thoughts: The Pre-Game Tiger Bus Ride
Melclem Sep 3, 2013 8:12 PM
Great post! I can only imagine the excitement of our
hartins® Sep 3, 2013 8:27 PM