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I have never been a big opponent of Bobby Petrino in the past but that changed this week.
I have always liked his offenses. I liked his physical two back package, which he featured early at Louisville. But, I’ve never liked the way he flirted with Auburn even though Tommy Tuberville was still the head coach on The Plains.
I understood him taking the Atlanta Falcons job. It made sense. The NFL was a step up from Louisville. However, I didn't like the way he left the Falcons.
His Arkansas teams were impressive. But, I still don't know if it was the sun that blinded him for 15 seconds as he rounded a curve on his motorcycle or if it was a jealous boyfriend who caught his girlfriend with the head coach.
While there has been a lot to like about Petrino, it seems like he always finds a way to screw it up and take two steps back.
That changed this week when Petrino turned me into a fan.
You see, one of my favorite things to do is to watch a football game in Death Valley. I have seen about 225 of them and hope to have that many more left in this old body. I cherish every game, and I count my blessings when the good Lord allows me to watch the Tigers run down the Hill.
I enjoy the games against South Carolina State and Georgia State. I know some of you don't.
I enjoy watching the Tigers destroy lesser opponents in the ACC, as we have seen under
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But my favorite thing to do is to watch a BIG GAME in Death Valley.
At one point this year I thought we would only get one big game at home this season and we would have to wait until late November to see that one. However, Coach Petrino took care of that for us.
In case you have been under a rock and didn't see it, Petrino said Clemson's crowd would be similar to what the Cardinals faced in Syracuse last Friday night. He said the noise would be comparable.
Thanks for insuring we will have a big time atmosphere this Saturday. Your words have set Tiger Nation on fire again.
On my radio show yesterday Larry Williams of TigerIllustrated.com talked about #ClemsonLoud this weekend and said it is partly a result of another #PetrinoDumb.
For the life of me I don't understand what Petrino was trying to do. Did he really not know that his words were like shaking up a hornet's nest? Why would you want to make it tougher for your team on the road?
A loud crowd does not equal an automatic win in Death Valley. Matt Ryan and Jameis Winston have shown us that. Heck, even Dylan Thompson won in a tough environment. But it will be tougher on Louisville as a result of Petrino's words.
Death Valley is not the Carrier Dome and Petrino and the Cards will find that out Saturday afternoon. Death Valley is special. Just ask Herschel Walker and George Rogers.
This was not a huge game before, but Petrino has guaranteed that the Cards will now get the "big game" Death Valley and I am very glad he did.
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