Friday Email Bag
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Mickey, love your blog! Regarding the upcoming season, why would the ACC schedule a pivotal game like Clemson vs. Louisville the way they did? They've given these teams no time to prepare for each other, especially Clemson with this being a road game. And then they schedule a by week so that there are 17 days between Louisville and Notre Dame, which means Clemson will be cold regardless. I see this as Clemson's biggest challenge this season, as I am just not buying the hype for Florida State. The Tigers gave away the game in Tallahassee last year and I just feel like Clemson will be a much better team than FSU this year. I feel like Louisville will probably be our biggest challenger in the Atlantic. Am I completely off base here?
No. I was also surprised when Clemson's open date fell this season. It seems like it would have been better off the week before the Louisville game. I would have liked to have a week off before the Georgia Tech game. But 17 days between Louisville and Notre Dame is an issue.
Hope all is well with you and your family, and you have a great Fathers Day.
And yes I am hyped about the Irish coming to Clemson this season. The reason is very simple. I use to be a huge fan of Notre Dame, with emphasis on use to be. Until they came to Clemson in 77. That was first time most Clemson fans wore orange overalls to the game. I was a graduate assistant in strength training with Coach Dostal. The game was a tough one and Montana brought them back to beat us by 4. But what I remember most was not the game, but Notre Dame's coach Devine walking on the field to about the hash mark on their side of the field and "flipping the bird" with both hands raised above his head to all the Clemson fans. No one has mentioned this when talking about the hype for the game. Am I the only one who remembers this?
I remember the Jag that Coach Ford got after the Gator Bowl win against Ohio State. The only bumper sticker I ever saw on it was "Damn Devine". I think Debra drove it, not Coach Ford.
The antics of Devine, and no one saying anything about this on a national level, (in today's world it would have been everywhere) has made me a Notre Dame hater! I'd even wear a gamecock shirt if South Carolina ever play Notre Dame again.
Am I the only one who remembers this? Or have I missed some talking about this, causing some of the hype for this game?
Thanks for all you do for us Tiger Fans, and for letting me rant.
You bring up some great memories. I remember all of those games well. The Notre Dame game in 1977 was the first mega-game I ever saw. I remember scalpers for the first time. Devine made a complete jerk of himself on that day. Montana, Vegas Ferguson and Ken McAfee played a big role for the Irish that season.
I remember the 1979 game as well. It was the last time I remember a game that wasn't on TV or that I didn't attended. Jim Phillips did a great job of calling a great Clemson victory that day. I remember Terry Kinard having a terrific game as a freshman.
Those were some wonderful games. Thanks for bringing back some amazing memories.
Who is the bigger loss Ogundeko, Lakip or Battle? Thanks.
Ogundeko was not a huge loss. In my opinion he was still a long way from being a starter. Battle is a big loss because he was a two-year starter at a key position. However, I do think
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