Will I Ever See The Day?

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Will I Ever See the Day?

I really don't like writing negative blogs about Clemson athletics. My favorite ones are the ones after big wins and high hopes, but bare with me today.

This Thursday Clemson will play in the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's basketball tournament in Greensboro.

It sounds like a big deal. Heck, it used to be a big deal.

My first recollections of the ACC basketball tournament were the powerful teams at NC State led by David Thompson. The Tar Heels had Phil Ford and crew. Wake Forest had Skip Brown and Hot Rod Griffin. Maryland had Len Elmore.

As a kid, I would fake getting sick so I could stay home from school and watch the first round action. On the years where my mom and dad figured me out, I took a small transistor radio to school and snuck in a few updates throughout the noon game.

The ACC tournament was so big that a couple of years our teachers let us watch the games instead of having regular class.

The ACC tournament was bigger than big. It was an event. It was something you looked forward to starting in late February.

I remember Tree Rollins leading a monster effort before losing to to the Tar Heels in the semi-finals one year. I remember Jeff Lamp leading Virginia to a title a little later. The tournament produced heroes that seemed larger than life.

However, today it's just not the same. Maybe it's because I am older and realize basketball is not the most important thing any more. Maybe it's because so many teams get into the NCAA tournament instead of just the champion getting in like it was in the early seventies.

My guess though is that the main reason it is not the same any more is the losing has taken its toll. As a Clemson fan, the ACC basketball tournament is just not our cup of tea. Sure we have had a few big wins like when Greg BucknerGreg Buckner
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slammed the Tar Heels hopes or when Oliver Purnell led us to only our second championship game. But in almost every other year, the ACC tournament leaves Clemson fans without much hope for doing any better the next year.

My guess is that this is what Duke football fans feel like in bowl season.

I have been to a couple of ACC tournaments and found the event to be overrated. A bunch of rich, old white men smoking cigars and swapping stock tips in the concourse area while the first round games are played in a half empty arena.

Unfortunately, the first round is about the only memories we have as Clemson fans. In some years we didn't even feel like part of the tournament because of our losses in the play-in game.

Many Tiger fans find their tournament experiences ending after the first round each year as opportunistic North Carolina or Duke fans barter for the rest of their ticket booklets.

I know some of you love going to the event, but I still can't figure out what is so great about watching the Tigers get beat in the first round then sitting around and watching the enemy play basketball.

As I get older my hope is that it won't always be this way. I would love to look forward to going to the tournament each year and having the feeling that we have a legitimate shot at winning it each year. I have never pulled for the Chicago Cubs but this is what it has to feel like.

I am optimistic as ever about our football program and its bright days ahead. I think our baseball team took a big step forward with this past recruiting class and I have hope that a return to our glory years are not too far behind. Unfortunately I can't honestly say the same thing about our basketball program.

Will I live long enough to see the say where we have a legitimate shot to cut down the nets at the ACC tournament? I am not sure but I am trying to take better care of myself so I might live a little longer and give myself more opportunities. Maybe I shouldn't watch us Thursday night since watching Clemson in the ACC basketball tournament feels like it takes years off my life.

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spacer Mickey Plyler's Blog: Will I Ever See The Day?
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spacer Duke played in a bowl recently.
spacer I never comment on Mickey's blogs, etc.... but I will today
spacer NCAA discussion????
spacer what I mean is....
spacer tommy bowden lost 14 games one year by a combined 3 points
spacer 14 games by 3 points....those are really close games...wow***
spacer heartbreakers; if cu'd just converted a few more...
spacer but you know every week 50% of the teams in america lose***
spacer yeah, unfortunately some teams are in the unfortunate 50%
spacer oh.. I'm not defending the season by any stretch... I just
spacer i hear ya yorkie. late in the season, looking for some mo
spacer we are not the draw I would want...
spacer we often talk about how bad we stink in basketball
spacer that is exactly why I said I disagreed with Mickey***
spacer right there with you....it's a big deal***
spacer After 10 years, not his third.***
spacer do you think we learned anything from it?***
spacer Tourney has degraded mightily
spacer college basketball has fallen off in the past few years as
spacer For one thing, college basketball is not as good as it
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spacer Disappointed in you Mickey
spacer my problem with the quote is...
spacer I must respectfully disagree...
spacer I agree... I'm looking forward to it as well ***
spacer always look forward to it....
spacer I won't be as respectful as Rev in disagreeing, this blog
spacer absolutely***
spacer I think you meant "bear with me". "Bare with me" means
spacer he's going to have a few free hours on thurs., maybe meekey
spacer Re: Mickey Plyler's Blog: Will I Ever See The Day?
spacer Based on the way we've played the last month, we would have
spacer We will someday win in CH, but I don't think we ACC Tourney.
spacer “Bare with me” would be an invitation to undress.***
spacer Bear with me would be problem too I suppose.***
spacer Thanks for not blowing ACC smoke up my butt!
spacer I hear ya', buddy! I hear ya'... nm