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Ten Off The Field Moments That Defined The 2011 Football Season (Part I)

By Scott Rhymer
Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

Simply as a reminder, please review radio broadcast information for the Discover Orange Bowl by clicking here: http://tigerpregameshow.blogspot.com/2011/12/broadcast-information-for-discover.html

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I would like to take a moment and wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year as we close out 2011. As I look back on this year, it is quite amazing how far the Clemson football program came from January 1st, 2011 up until now. While we have chronicled the on the field key moments throughout the year in this blog, I thought I would help you rewind to some of the major moments that took place off the field during this calendar year that defined the 2011 football season.

Today, we will look at five key moments, starting with January 2nd of last year, as Part I of this two part series. On Sunday, I will complete the series with five more key moments that took place off the field in 2011 for the Clemson football program.

January 2nd, 2011-Napier’…

Conference Braggadocio Defies Logic

By Scott Rhymer
Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

Simply as a reminder, please review radio broadcast information for the Discover Orange Bowl by clicking here: http://tigerpregameshow.blogspot.com/2011/12/broadcast-information-for-discover.html

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If you close your eyes and open your ears you can hear the chants now. In some corners of the world you hear, “SEC…SEC…SEC…SEC”. In other parts of the country you can hear similar chants…”ACC…ACC…ACC…ACC”. I suspect that out west you may be able to hear…”PAC 10…PAC…10…PAC 10…PAC 10”.

Of all the good and the bad I have seen in college football over the past 40 years, conference braggadocio may be the least logical of all the trends I have witnessed.

I am typing this on Thursday night while I watch Notre Dame and Florida State. A few nights ago, I watched NC State and Louisville. I will watch Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech over the next few nights. And I ain’t pulling for any of them.

Why should I? Or, maybe more importantly, why should…

Money Is Not An Issue With Bowl Games

By Scott Rhymer
Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

Simply as a reminder, radio broadcast information for the Discover Orange Bowl, click here: http://tigerpregameshow.blogspot.com/2011/12/broadcast-information-for-discover.html

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Over the next few days, you are most certainly going to hear proponents of a playoff system tell you how broken the bowls system is because of the fact that some teams will “lose” money on their trip to a bowl game this year.

I typed “lose” money in quotation marks because we need to come to an understanding before this blog continues.

No major college football program is truly “losing” money by participating in bowl games. Any athletic official or journalist that says or writes that teams are losing money in bowl games are playing a selective accounting game with those that are willing to believe that nonsense.

Bowl games are generating incredible revenue to football conferences that is trickling down to a relative bounty at the school level.

Now, let me help y…

Broadcast Information For Discover Orange Bowl

By Scott Rhymer
Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

WCCP 104.9 FM Talk Sports will be out in full force at the Discover Orange Bowl, culminating in the Tiger Pregame Show broadcast on game day from outside of Sun Life Stadium at the Discover Orange Bowl.

On Monday (January 2nd) and Tuesday (January 3rd) Mickey Plyler will host his show from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. from the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood Beach. The Westin Diplomat is the team hotel for Clemson during the Discover Orange Bowl.

On game day (Wednesday, January 4th), WCCP 104.9 FM Talk Sports will broadcast live from the Fan Zone at Sun Life Stadium. The broadcast will begin with Mickey Plyler and several guest hosts from 12:00-2:30 outside of Gate G at Sun Life Stadium.

Immediately following Plyler will be the 116th consecutive broadcast live on location where the Tigers play of the Tiger Pregame Show with Scott Rhymer, Will Vandervort, and Roy Philpott. The Tiger Pregame Show will broadcast from the same location as Mickey Ply…

Early Random Thoughts As Team Arrives In Fort Lauderdale

By Scott Rhymer
Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

We are just seven days away from Clemson playing in the most significant bowl game since 1982’s Orange Bowl. If you missed my thoughts yesterday on why I think this is the most significant bowl game since the 1981 season, this link will jump you directly to my thoughts: http://tigerpregameshow.blogspot.com/2011/12/discover-orange-bowl-most-significant.html

Bowl games, by their nature, are a bit hard to figure out ahead of time. The layover from the previous game can be in excess of 30 days. Motivation is always a concern. And new wrinkles put in by the team you are going against are something you have to guard against on both sides of the ball.

Understanding all of the quirks that come with a bowl game, here are a few very early random thoughts on what to watch for this week as the Tigers prepare in South Florida for the Discover Orange Bowl.

Hopkins’ Status Uncertain
DeAndre Hopkins, the second leading receiver on Clemson’s ACC Championship footbal…

Discover Orange Bowl Most Significant Clemson Bowl Game Since 1982

By Scott Rhymer
Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

As the final ticks of Clemson’s Orange Bowl game on January 1st, 1982 wound down, Tiger Nation had officially arrived on the national college football scene. I suppose you could say we somewhat arrived a few years earlier when Woody Hayes whacked Charlie Bauman in the final seconds of the 1978 Gator Bowl. But it seems the legacy of that 1978 game from a national standpoint had more to do with Woody Hayes and Ohio State than it did Clemson.

Little did we know on that evening in 1982 at Miami’s Orange Bowl that we were about to embark on a decade of football that would define our program for our fans and on a national level.

During the latter half of the 1980’s, Clemson bulldozed through five wonderful bowl wins in six years from 1986-1991 that included wins over Stanford, Penn State, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Illinois and a single loss to California. Each of those games offered significant reasons why one could consider them more significant than wh…

Information Regarding Clemson's Orange Bowl Schedule Starting With Tuesday, December 27th

By Scott Rhymer
Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

I hope that each and every one of you had a wonderful holiday season and Christmas celebration with your friends and family. As you have noticed, I took a few days of break from writing on the blog to celebrate the season with my family. But now that Christmas has come and gone, it is time to start looking towards the Orange Bowl. It is still hard to believe that at this time last year we were sitting in 4 inches of snow preparing for a bowl game in Charlotte that few of us were really excited about.

Fast forward 365 days, we are ACC Champions and getting prepared to travel to sunny South Florida and a BCS game on National Television.

In tomorrow’s blog, I will outline why this Orange Bowl game with West Virginia is one of the most important games in 25 years for Clemson University and our football program. Until tomorrow, here is a schedule/itinerary of what will take place over the next few days to help you understand when and where you will rec…

Clemson's Christmas Much Different Than One Year Ago

By Scott Rhymer
Scottrhymer.tps.gmail.com

What a contrast the week before Christmas is this year compared to last year. Most of you remember we were sitting at 6-6 after being drubbed at home by South Carolina. We were preparing to play in a bowl game nobody in the world, including ourselves, cared about. If you needed evidence of that apapthy, take a look at this picture at the opening kickoff in last's year's Car Bowl.

Time may cloud our memory just a bit, so I thought I would also remind you of some of the topics that were coming acrosss the Clemson wire just 365 days ago.

The storylines the week around Christmas in 2010 were as follows:

The Clemson Athletic Department released renderings of the newly approved Indoor Practice Facility.

DeAndre McDaniel was among eight active Clemson football players and two former Tigers who recently graduated. McDaniel's graduation meant each of the last eight Clemson football players to make All-American at some point in their careers gra…

5 Christmas Wishes To Make Clemson Instantly Better In 2012

5 Christmas Wishes To Make Clemson Instantly Better In 2012
By Scott Rhymer
Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

In this time of Christmas, millions of children will make a list for Santa Clause with hopes to see each and every one of those wishes end up under the tree on Christmas Day.

As we grow older, we typically stop wishing for things to be under the tree and start wishing for good fortune and health with the new year. And if you are a college football fan, you may even put in a wish for a few items for your favorite football team.

To begin with, I believe Clemson will enter the preseason as a favorite or co-favorite to win the Atlantic Division again next year. If the Tigers can beat West Virginia in the Discover Orange Bowl, I would suspect the preseason hype for next year will move up another notch. Regardless, it certainly looks like Clemson and Florida State will receive plenty of offseason accolades and hype heading into 2012.

I also believe that our expectation should be to repeat as ACC …

Clemson's 2011 ACC Title Toughest Road

Clemson’s 2011 ACC Title Toughest Road
By Scott Rhymer
Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

I think most people have revisionist history. I think history, in most people’s minds, becomes rosier as the years roll by. Things were always better back in the good old days.

Clemson football history is not exempt from revisionist history. To hear some Tiger fans talk, Frank Howard’s time as coach was the best in program history. Those just a bit younger will tell you that Danny Ford’s days in Clemson were the best in program history. There are some really young folks who may have no context with either Ford or Howard, which in some ways is very sad.

The Howard and Ford eras of dominance, year in and year out, are something this program under Dabo Swinney can only hope to be. Winning one ACC Championship, in isolation, is not going to be something that that places a coach on the facade of Death Valley for accomplishing. But you have to win the first ACC Title before you can win the second, and Coach Swinney …

Championships Are Our New Rival

Championships Are Our New Rival
By Scott Rhymer
Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

I think all of us, at some point in our lives, reflect back on how we feel about something and realize that we have changed. For those of us that put our thoughts onto paper (or computer screens as it may be), we are held additionally accountable for what we write one day and how that changes in the future.

To be honest, I had forgotten what it meant to win an Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. In all fairness, it was 20 years without one so I believe all of us should be allowed some slack if we lost some perspective in that drought. Until the win over Virginia Tech a few weeks ago, I was in a college classroom the last time Clemson had won a championship. I’ve since graduated, gone to graduate school, got married, had two children, and firmly entrenched myself in my career. All of that is far removed from 1991, and I do believe that gap in time has warped my perspective of what really is important in regards t…

Weekend Archive: Clemson's 10 Most Demoralizing Losses (Top 5)

Weekend Archive: Clemson’s 10 Most Demoralizing Losses (Top 5)
By Scott Rhymer
Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

This Weekend Archive, brought to you by Matt Cobb Allstate Agent, was originally published on May 24, 2004 at CUTigers.com. The story archives my 10 Most Demoralizing Losses over the past 25 years (which, at the time, spanned 1979-2003).

Demoralizing is defined as "to discourage, dispirit, and to corrupt the morals of." Some of my choices were because of the manner in which the game was lost, the ugliness of the loss, the amount of the loss, or what possible great things were unfulfilled because of the loss. Some were ranked on pure gut feeling.

As painful as these games were, it helps us remember the moment to put in perspective the joy of the wins.

#5: 1998-Virginia Tech-37, Clemson-0
In many ways, this game should have been an omen for the rest of the season. Tommy West had coached the Tigers to three straight winning seasons in 1995, 1996, and 1997 and was at the crossroads …

Weekend Archive: Clemson's 10 Most Demoralizing Losses (Part I)

Weekend Archive: Clemson’s 10 Most Demoralizing Losses (Part I)
By Scott Rhymer
Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

This Weekend Archive, brought to you by Matt Cobb Allstate Agent, was originally published on May 24, 2004 at CUTigers.com. The story archives my 10 Most Demoralizing Losses over the past 25 years (which, at the time, spanned 1979-2003).

Clemson’s 10 Most Demoralizing Losses (Part I)

The second in my series is the 10 Most Demoralizing Losses in Clemson’s modern history (the past 25 years, 1979-2003). Demoralizing is defined as "to discourage, dispirit, and to corrupt the morals of." Some of my choices were because of the manner in which the game was lost, the ugliness of the loss, the amount of the loss, or what possible great things were unfulfilled because of the loss. Some were ranked on pure gut feeling.

#10(a): 1994-South Carolina-33, Clemson-7
The 1994 season was a rebuilding year in Clemson as Tommy West took over the mangled mess that was left after the Ken Hatfield re…