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New Story: Inside the Road Trip: Big game vibe was missing from Louisville

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Sep 20, 2017, 7:58 AM

 
Inside the Road Trip: Big game vibe was missing from Louisville

The cheers emanating from the Clemson locker room early Sunday morning were deafening. A fairly large media contingent waited in a crowded hallway and in a small equipment room for head coach Dabo Swinney to finish with his team and conduct the postgame interviews. Full Story »


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Not much fun touting "moral victories"

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Sep 20, 2017, 8:05 AM

I noticed something with the UL fans that came to Tnet last week to crow about the upcoming game. What did they really have to use as ammo? Mostly it came down to last year's "moral victory" for UL. You know, they ran a bunch of plays against us. They had a bunch of yards against us. And Clemson's defense must not be that great because, again, they had a lot of yards against us last year. But how satisfying is this really. I know somewhat how it feels from not so many years ago when we mostly had to point out what "might have been." We went a lot of years without even winning the conference. I think it was easy to give up when the first storm blew in. I know inside I often did that during games even if I tried to hide it. I think this is where UL is now. They can talk a big game, but when adversity strikes, inside they are expecting the worst.

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Got to have morals to get moral victory.

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Sep 20, 2017, 8:26 AM

U of L obviously does have morals with the coaches they employ and the recruits they get from other schools dismissals.

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Got to have morals to get moral victory.


Sep 20, 2017, 8:26 AM

U of L obviously does have morals with the coaches they employ and the recruits they get from other schools dismissals.

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Sep 20, 2017, 9:39 AM

Don't worry, if what I am seeing in ACC Network posts on FB is any indication, VT fans will be no different. They are playing that card too already at Clemson fans.

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Sep 20, 2017, 8:14 AM

Another great read David. Love the insights you include. I wonder what the media reported this week after what should have been a humiliating defeat.

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Carmen chose to play classic rock ... gotta love that!!

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Sep 20, 2017, 8:28 AM

Man I hope this kid chooses Clemson !!

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Wow David..now you're reporting on guitars & music, sour candy, suits, lean linemen


Sep 20, 2017, 8:43 AM

and....

i loved it!

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Well done David!


Sep 20, 2017, 8:44 AM

Great insight for someone who's never been to Lexington for a game!

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Re:Big game vibe missing from Louisville- David did he say


Sep 20, 2017, 8:47 AM

which 8 instruments? I'd be interested in that

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lamar Jackson's expressions .....


Sep 20, 2017, 8:47 AM

Showed it when he would look to the sideline for the play ... like a half smile and a half shoulder shrug as if to say " come on, really? What am i supposed to do with this ?"

"This" being the combo of his offense and our defense ... just a mismatch from the get-go ...

Anyone else notice "this"

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Re: lamar Jackson's expressions .....I noticed how he would

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Sep 20, 2017, 8:49 AM

get chippy whenever tackled and Bobby would be whining for a penalty

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It is fun winning!


Sep 20, 2017, 8:52 AM

But i thought all week it would be a blowout. I watched Louisville, that didn't match up. I watched Clemson vs Allbarn, we left alot of points on that field, three pass interference no calls aided allbarn. (Auburn) I thought to myself " Bryant could really have lite them up" by what i see the score should have been 28-6. Then you look at the weak D of Louisville and well it didn't seem close. Not sure what the experts saw to think any different. But as we all know. They were wrong.
GO TIGER'S!!!!

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Terrific!!!

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Sep 20, 2017, 9:09 AM

Most enjoyable article that I've read this week!!!

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Sep 20, 2017, 9:14 AM

Great read DHood - got a good chuckle over the uber driver anecdote! Although I may have told you this before, I'll say it again, you tell a good story and could probably do this for a living!

Thanks for what you do!


GO TIGERS!!!

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Whatever choice(s) you make makes you. Choose wisely.


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Sep 20, 2017, 9:17 AM

Great read David, couldn’t put it down. Excellent narrative and content. I enjoyed your article, and the winning too.

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LOVE IT!


Sep 20, 2017, 9:22 AM

Thanks, David. Very fun read right there.

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The definition of awesome!


"Defensive linemen, all lean and strong, not one with a gut


Sep 20, 2017, 9:41 AM

hanging over his belt. I knew we were going to lose then."

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Sep 20, 2017, 10:50 AM

A cardinal with a beer gut. No wonder they can't fly.

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Great Article***


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Sep 20, 2017, 9:50 AM

This game felt like a big road game to me, not a game that would decide the college football playoff. There is a buzz in the air when we go into Tallahassee or Auburn or schools like that, I just didn't feel it at all with Louisville. I was not impressed with their team in the first two games and was very adamant that if we had zero turnovers in the game it would be a blowout. Luckily I was right about that. Their "unstoppable" offense has been stopped plenty of times before.

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Sep 20, 2017, 10:05 AM



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The Tigers had that happen to them vs. Alabama in 2008.

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Sep 20, 2017, 10:30 AM

Huge game for The Tigers - but when Alabama came out onto the field for warm-ups it was a definite "uh-oh" moment.

They were just bigger and had better athletes than The Tigers did...

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Re: The Tigers had that happen to them vs. Alabama in 2008.


Sep 20, 2017, 11:24 AM

I remember that game and all the anticipation leading up to it in preseason. Great analogy!

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@davidhood

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Sep 20, 2017, 10:31 AM

If said it before and I'll say it again. Thank you Mr. Hood.

This is exactly the type of reporting that keeps me coming back to tnet everyday over the years.

Your articles about your exerpeineces during road games are always my favorites because, as a fellow diehard tiger fan albeit one that doesn't get to attend many games due to location, I feel like I get to experience a little bit of the atmosphere of the game and the emotions you go through as a fellow fan.

It's those insights and that visceral recognition from opposing fans that makes college football special.

So thanks again Mr. Hood. I personally can't wait for your next one.

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Sep 20, 2017, 10:33 AM

Great read Mr.Hood

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Sep 20, 2017, 10:39 AM

Great read. We are very fortunate that you take the time to share your experiences and bits of conversations with those close to the program. Thanks.

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Sep 20, 2017, 10:52 AM

Thanks David. Real good stuff.

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Fun...***


Sep 20, 2017, 10:52 AM



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Nice story David Hood! You are one of the best around Clemson nation.***


Sep 20, 2017, 11:10 AM



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Sep 20, 2017, 11:26 AM

David Hood, how long have you been a reporter for T-Net now???

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Sep 20, 2017, 1:02 PM

I remember an article after the O310 State game last year where their media had a very similar experience in Phoenix. They had been talking smack to David and Nikki all the way to the stadium and then realized they were done as soon as they walked on the field with our players. Great Stuff!!!

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Sep 20, 2017, 1:04 PM

And hard to have a big game vibe when most of the home team fans leave by the start of the 4th quarter!!!

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Sep 20, 2017, 5:45 PM

The one thing that L-ville beats us down with, and that is the way they do team and coaches interviews. I could hear every word said by the players, coaches and the interviewers. There was a little back ground noise, but it didn't sound like they gathered everybody up in one spot and say go. Interviews at Clemson couldn't get any worst if they fired up a jet engine where the do interviews bc we can make out what's being said anyway. They are a total waste of time, and it didn't just get that way, it's been that way for years, and it's worse now since moving in the new building.

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I was concerned about the close Vegas point spread


Sep 20, 2017, 5:50 PM

Clemson was not respected by the books ... they must have made a killing

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Sep 20, 2017, 7:14 PM

One of your best articles. Great anecdotes!

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I love articles like this!! Go Tigers!!!***


Sep 20, 2017, 8:18 PM



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