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The Valley is no country for hopeful men

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Posted: Sep 27, 2016 10:30 PM
 
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There's a scene from "Kill Bill:" Uma Thurman stands amid the blood-soaked carnage of what had been the Crazy 88s.

They were just a warmup. Her target, Lucy Liu, looks down at her with a sneer.

"You didn't think it was gonna be that easy, did you?"

For a minute, yeah, maybe Clemson thought that it would be. We'd slide and slice our way to the big showdown in Tallahassee just before Halloween.

Someone forgot to run the plot past Louisville. The Cards have a few rewrites they plan to introduce.

"You didn't think it was gonna be that easy, did you?"



You know, for a second there, yeah, we kinda did. We basked in off-season accolades, gobbled up press clippings like cupcakes, got complacent on expectations. It's natural, even expected. And, as FSU learned, it can be lethal.

Give the Cards one thing ... they want to be the best. They want to be us. And they aren't bringing hope to the Valley. They're bringing skill and swagger and talent. They don't hope they'll beat Clemson, they EXPECT to beat Clemson.


It's often been said getting to the top is a lot easier than staying here. And if we want to stay, if Clemson doesn't want to slip back down into someone's shadow, there's going to be blood in the Valley Saturday night.

Are you hoping that the Sons of Clemson will win Saturday? Are you hoping that our defense will be able to contain the Cardinal offense and it's legion of last-chance players?

That's nice ... take hope and go sit in the corner of the upper deck. Or stay at the tailgate and guard the beer. You won't want to be around when the sweat and entrails start to fly, when hope is challenged and heart is tested.

If you want to see Clemson take down the canaries, don't bring hope on Saturday. This is no country for hopeful men. This is going to be a night for men who specializing in breaking hope, not bringing it.

The world doesn't need a new Clemson. The one we've got is just fine, thanks. And the best way to make that clear is to step into a cool, clear evening at the top of the Hill, look down into the valley and remember what it took to enjoy that view.



Then make it clear ... PAINFULLY clear ... to the Cards why that isn't going to happen. Take the expectations of their team and fans and talking heads and crush them. Bring your voice, your energy, the full-throated roar to confound a team who thinks Syracuse was loud.

Louisville must leave that night with battered bodies, ringing ears and broken pride. And, as they ponder a night where their world was turned upside down, let them reflect:

They didn't really think if would be that easy, did they?

You know, for a second there, yeah, they kinda did.

Grab your popcorn, Tigers and get ready to get rowdy.

This is gonna be good.

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A voice from the past...you reveal words of wisdom...

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Posted: Sep 27, 2016 10:34 PM
 

...at just the right time.

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wow...best as always!***

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Posted: Sep 27, 2016 10:35 PM
 



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Posted: Sep 27, 2016 10:36 PM
 

Been missing you Rev. Hope all is well with your recent endeavors. Thanks for the SWEET post as always.

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We truly have opened the play book with Rev this week!***

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Posted: Sep 27, 2016 10:39 PM
 



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nice rev

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Posted: Sep 27, 2016 10:40 PM
 

cheers ??

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Posted: Sep 27, 2016 10:42 PM
 

H
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YES!!!
We got this!

Go Tigers!!!

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Huzzah!***

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Posted: Sep 27, 2016 11:06 PM
 



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Posted: Sep 27, 2016 11:08 PM
 

Wow!


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Posted: Sep 27, 2016 11:10 PM
 

Wow!


Been sitting here at my puter3 days waiting on this.....

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Posted: Sep 27, 2016 11:16 PM
 

Yes. It was worth it.

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Amen brother***

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Posted: Sep 27, 2016 11:19 PM
 




Awesome, thanks***

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Posted: Sep 27, 2016 11:23 PM
 



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+1...(not that you need it)***

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Posted: Sep 27, 2016 11:29 PM
 



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Posted: Sep 27, 2016 11:40 PM
 

Excellent post RevDodd! This battle will be no less epic than the monsoon game against ND last year.

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And all God's children said "GO TIGERS"!***

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Posted: Sep 27, 2016 11:41 PM
 



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Posted: Sep 27, 2016 11:46 PM
 

Inspiration. That was great!

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 12:07 AM
 

I feel better now!
The TRUE VOICE is back!
GO TIGERS!

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Rev, you're like Elliot Gould in "Ocean's Thirteen"

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 1:31 AM
 

Seemed like we had lost you there for awhile and then right when the big score is about to go down you resurrect yourself and add your spirit to the endeavor which helps to carry the day.

If I may use your words: "Huzzah!"


It's been an interesting summer ...

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 12:58 PM
 

... but I'll share the details as we're sitting around the fire, scraping the last fleck of feathers from that night's kill.

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one of the best yet... equal to the task

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 2:06 AM
 

of a great game!


Love it! All In!

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 4:52 AM
 

nm

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ThanKS Rev.....

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 5:22 AM
 

How you're doing well!

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excellent except when u forgot to

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 5:34 AM
 

Put Death in front of Valley!

Death Valley!!! Stop calling it the valley and stop the wahhooooo


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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 7:04 AM
 

Excellent post Rev. Prayers and well wishes for you and your family. Nice to see you back.

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Preciate the kind thoughts...***

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Excellent post!!!

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 7:14 AM
 

Gets the blood boiling on an early Wednesday morning!

GO TIGERS!!!

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 7:20 AM
 

Thanks for reminding us that
Best Is the Standard


There he is!!!

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 7:28 AM
 

I hope all is well CJ--

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They got the missus here, but they didn't get me...

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 1:00 PM
 

...someone has to keep track of the hurricanes.

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I have noticed your mug keeps showing up @ 5:00 am


Posted: Sep 28, 2016 1:47 PM
 

I don't mind so much. Maybe #bretfriedlander can tell you how to navigate the new bosses!!

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 7:53 AM
 





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Expectations!

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 10:10 AM
 

Bruce Lee
“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”
? Bruce Lee

It will be interesting and fun to see how Louisville will live up to their expectations!!


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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 11:23 AM
 

Rev, I love your perspective! Spot the dang ball!!!

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Good to see you, brother.

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 12:10 PM
 

You've been missed.

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The definition of awesome!


Awesome as always!!

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 12:31 PM
 

nm


The Shepherd has returned! +1***

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 12:52 PM
 

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Message was edited by: moab®


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Y'all don't need a shepherd, y'all need snakes!

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 1:02 PM
 
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If there are any sheep out there, let them leave now...this struggle requires the cunning of serpents and the strength of Tigers.

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Love it, Rev!! You never let us down :)***

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 1:26 PM
 



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PREACH IT REV!!!!!!!!

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 1:39 PM
 

This is truly.... POTD!!!!!!!!


This can be "post of years".

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 6:17 PM
 

Go Tigers!


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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 1:46 PM
 

Way to go Rev. Been missing your sermons. Thanks a million.

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 1:57 PM
 

Great post and great to have you back

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Go Tigers! Once A Tiger Always A Tiger


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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 1:58 PM
 

Was pretty confident already, but after reading this,...D@MM! Spread the news far and wide Rev, the Tigers are for real and are not going away. We haven't come this far just to be denied. Better bring your big boy pants Louisville, this one will not be for the faint of heart.


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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 2:17 PM
 

I'm usually never lost for words when adding my 2cents worth in, but I'm all but speechless, and the only thing I can add to that Rev, is AMEN brother, AMEN!!!

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 2:29 PM
 

AMEN! Preach on Brother!

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Way to bring it REV!!!***

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Re: Way to bring it REV!!!***

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 4:16 PM
 

You've got a way with words! Here are two more: Goooooo Tigers!


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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 4:16 PM
 

As Frank would say...110% or keep your dirty hands off mt rock!

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another instant classic! Well done sir!

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 4:23 PM
 

And we all hope that things are going well with your endeavors


Yeah c'mon!***

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AWESOME post Rev!

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 5:44 PM
 

What a God-given talent you have to inspire others with your words. We are the grateful recipients of that talent being put to use. Thank you!

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Hope the coaches and the players get to read this.

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 6:23 PM
 

Truly a great motivation.


You were missed! Thanks for the wise words***

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 6:27 PM
 

GO TIGERS!!

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 7:09 PM
 

Incredible post!!! Preach it Rev.

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SPOT THE BALL!!***

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 7:13 PM
 




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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 7:28 PM
 

Inspiring as always, Rev! Just ran headfirst though the drywall!!


I am honored to give you a 200th point- don't

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 7:39 PM
 

think that happens very often.

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Bump


Posted: Sep 29, 2016 6:21 AM
 

Because it is that good!!

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NOW it's Football season. The Rev is preaching it again!

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Posted: Sep 29, 2016 7:00 AM
 

Great post, and not a second too soon.

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Deserves a bump for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.***

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Posted: Sep 29, 2016 4:34 PM
 



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Posted: Sep 29, 2016 5:03 PM
 

Where is my helmet and shoulder pads! Your post Makes me want to run out on the field with em!


Yes!

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Posted: Sep 29, 2016 7:19 PM
 

Dabo can use it in the locker room before the game. He can even say, "I found this piece from Tigernet and it reads..." and it'd still be a great motivational speech.


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Posted: Sep 29, 2016 6:50 PM
 

RevDodd returns! My moral compass and sense of perspective have missed you.


Just want to bring it back to the front page.***


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RevDodd..Im writting you in for President!


Posted: Sep 30, 2016 10:38 PM
 

Inspired


You my hero Rev!!!!! TU as always***


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Posted: Sep 30, 2016 11:51 PM
 

Awesome! I'm not going to be able to sleep now.

Go Tigers!


Bring this back to first page again!

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Posted: Oct 2, 2016 12:47 AM
 

Feeling good!


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Posted: Oct 2, 2016 12:52 AM
 

Dang skippy! Not ashamed to say I lost faith, there for a little while, until Scott busted that kick return and our offense returned to its righteous ways. Never should have doubted


Sadly alot of us did, except for who mattered most


Posted: Oct 2, 2016 1:08 AM
 

Which was the guys on the field in orange & white. They didn't hope - they believed they could do it & by God they did.

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