The following article was written for the Florence Morning News. It includes
several references to TigerNet.
CLEMSON, SC -- You can add Louisiana-Lafayette to the list of heroes in Clemson
Right up there with the Navy, Coppin State and Richmond – all teams that
have perpetuated the idea that there really is a curse on South Carolina. A
curse placed there over a hundred years ago by Ben Tillman.
Tillman was a governor and U.S. Senator who helped found Clemson college. He
had no use for the people associated with the University of South Carolina
and said that its endeavors would forever be cursed.
“That’s the only explanation that I can come up with,” said Clemson fan
Jamie Gilbert of Greenwood. Gilbert, like a lot of Clemson fans would have a
hard time picking between Saturday and Sunday as the most exciting day of
the weekend. On Saturday Clemson advanced to the College World Series. Not
only that, but finished in the top-10 nationally in two other sports, golf
and men’s track on the same day.
But on Sunday top-ranked South Carolina was upset by Louisiana-Lafaette and
its trek to the CSW was cut short.
For a Clemson fan, it was the best of times and the best of times.
Gilbert, a 1992 Clemson graduate, spent Sunday afternoon with his family at
the movies. But not until he could hear the end of the South Carolina game.
He arrived at the movie when the game was in the eighth inning. “I was dying
to know who won, so I ran back out to car,” he said. “My wife was buying
popcorn. I told her I would be back in a few minutes. I walked in during the
previews, so it worked out great.”
The action was heavy on a Clemson Internet website, TheTigernet.com, after
South Carolina lost. According to Tommy Crumpton of TheTigernet.com, it was
the biggest day since national signing day in February.
"Usually Sunday is the slowest day of the week for us. But yesterday we had over 100,000 hits
which is about 3 times the traffic we see on a typical Sunday. The chat room
and the message board were loaded with people wanting to talk about this weekend."
Ron Sherlock, a 1995 Clemson graduate from Woburn, Mass. keeps up with
Clemson mainly through the Internet and it seems to fuel his desire for USC
to lose in anything.
“I really didn’t care if they won or lost until they started talking trash
on the Internet,” said Sherlock. “But after they started talking trash, I
though it would be nice if they lost. I remember when they beat us 34-31
in football. They weren’t humble then.”
While there was some people that posted some conciliatory messages, many
were similar to one titled “WHO’S YOUR DADDY,
gamecocks???31-21…0-11….0-21..No Omaha!” posted by a person with the handle
And so it goes, with no cease-fire in sight. “They are the perfect rival,”
he said. “Once in a while we lost to them – the law of averages happens, but
then they fall on their face like this.”