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January 31st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Walter "Dean" Cox

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President Emeritus Walter T. Cox is a member of Clemson University's Class of 1939, and was the third alumnus to rise to the status of president (1985-1986). "Dean" Cox served Clemson in almost every role imaginable, from an offensive guard for the football team while a student, to the football team's line coach, from the baseball coach and ticket manager, to an assistant to the president and director of alumni affairs, from dean of students, to vice president for student affairs. Dean Cox devoted his life to Clemson, and even after his retirement was often seen around campus saying hello to fellow Tigers.

In his playing days, Cox was a starter on the football team, including the 1940 Cotton Bowl Championship team that won Clemson's first-ever bowl game. He was also named All-State that year and later returned to the team as a coach. He was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1984.

A Belton native, th…

January 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Banks McFadden

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Banks McFadden played three sports at Clemson from 1937-1940. McFadden was an All-American in both football and basketball in the same calendar year (1939), which makes him the only Clemson athlete to accomplish that feat.
McFadden was named the nation's most versatile athlete for 1939-40 as he earned Clemson's first wire-service AP All-American recognition.
On the basketball court, McFadden led Clemson to the 1939 Southern Conference Tournament Championship, the only postseason tournament title in Clemson basketball history. The Tiger center was Clemson's top scorer each season and finished his career with a then Clemson record 810 points.
In track, McFadden won three events in the State Track Meet in one afternoon, setting state records in all three of them. Earlier in the same year he placed first in five events in a dual meet, scoring 25 points while the opposing team's total score was 28 points. Hi…

January 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Wyndie “Dumb Dumb” Wyndham

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Wyndie Wyndham played blocking back on offense and linebacker on defense from 1948-1950.

Excerpt from Frank Howard’s Book, Howard: The Clemson Legend

When Wyndham first came to Clemson everybody called him 'Friendly'. I didn't know at first why they called him that- because he was the most unfriendly boy on the team - but I later found out that Friendly was actually his given middlename.
You hear a lot nowadays about how quarterbacks 'audible' at the line of scrimmage to change the play that was called in the huddle. We did that 50 years ago. We did it by adding and subtracting . One day at practice we were running a play. I think I had called for them to run 54. But I saw that the tackle was in too close and the play wouldn't go so I hollered, "Add two!"
Well, 'Friendly' Wyndham was bumfuddled altogether. He stopped and he came back and said, "Whatta you mean, coach?" I said, "…

Coaches And Player Quotes-Clemson Defeats Wake Forest

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Coach and Player Quotes

Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell

Overall thoughts:
“I thought we started the game a little rusty, maybe a little nervous. We certainly did some things well, but we just didn’t make shots. We only had two turnovers in the first half, so I thought our ball movement was good and our concentration was good. But we’ve had some problems, at times,
scoring, and we didn’t make any shots. I thought Wake came out and did some good things initially and caught us on our heels just a touch. But our guys rallied back and, for the last thirty minutes, I thought we played pretty well. I was proud of the way we competed and executed. I thought we did some really good things in the last thirty minutes of the

On the importance of Bryan Narcisse today:
“He’s a high energy kid. When he’s active like that, it really helps take some pressure off of other guys. He has had maybe a little bit of an up-and-down season. But he hit a big thre…

Coach and Player Quotes-Tiger Baseball Opens Practice

Tiger Baseball opened practice on Friday. The Clemson Sports Information Department released the following quotes from the coaches and players.

Head Coach Jack Leggett
Opening Statement
“I was thinking this morning that this is my 35th year of coaching and 33rd as a head coach of Division I baseball. Every year, I get as excited about the first day of practice as I did the year before. I’m going to keep doing this job as long as I keep getting excited about it. “This is a great looking group of players we’ve had out here in the fall. They’ve been working hard and I’m excited about seeing them out here in practice gear. I’m also excited about seeing them work together as a unit. I’m excited about the preparation it takes to win.”

On this year’s offensive style
“In order for us to score some runs, we’re going to have to be very good at execution. We’re going to have to be able to move runners around, get our bunts down, hit behind runners when we can, and everyone is going to have to be very…

January 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Don Testerman

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Testerman was born in 1952 in Danville, Virginia. Testerman was a part of one of Clemson’s great games in 1974. Clemson travelled to Neyland Stadium to face the Tennessee Volunteers. Testerman had a big touchdown run for Clemson late in the game. Testerman’s 68 yard run over right-tackle for a touchdown gave the Tigers a 28-21 lead with 7:16 left in the game. The Volunteers would win the game, but Testerman would finish with 146 yards and the one touchdown.
Testerman finished his Clemson career with 104 carries for 545 yards (5.24 yards per carry) and 4 touchdowns. He also had 7 receptions for 63 yards (9 yards per reception).
Testerman played 4 NFL seasons from 1976-1980 for the Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins. Testerman had 230 carries for 865 yards (3.76 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. Testerman also had 73 receptions for 594 yards (8.14 yard per reception) and 5 touchdowns while in the National Football League.
Testerman is now …

January 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Cliff Austin

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Cliff Austin was a tailback at Clemson from 1978 through 1982. Austin is remembered as a solid running back at Clemson, scoring a touchdown in the Orange Bowl that helped lead Clemson to the National Championship.

Austin was also a part of some unique circumstances at Clemson, something many remember him for even more than his play on the field.

Austin had to sit out all of the 1979 season with a knee injury he suffered when tackled on a run late in the fourth quarter of the Spring Game in 1979. This injury prompted Coach Ford to sit players during the Spring Game on a few occasions during his time at Clemson.

Austin was also on the Clemson team that traveled to Tokyo, Japan to play Wake Forest in the Mirage Bowl in November of 1982. At almost the exact moment that the Clemson plane touched down in Japan, word came to Clemson that Austin’s mother had passed away suddenly back in the United States. Austin was placed on the next available plane…

January 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Terrance Roulhac

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Terrance Roulhac played for Clemson from 1983 until 1986 as a wide receiver. Roulhac was a product of Jacksonville, Florida. Roulhac was one of three Tigers plucked from the Jacksonville area within a three year span. Terrance Flagler and Kenny Flowers were also big recruits from the Jacksonville area that became an integral part of Clemson’s program.
Roulhac had 92 receptions in his career for 1,487 yards and 16 touchdowns. His yard per catch over that period of time was 16.2. Roulhac also had 42 kick returns in his career for a 26.4 yard average.
Roulhac was a part of one of the most dramatic endings in Clemson football history when Clemson traveled between the hedges in 1984 to face the Georgia Bulldogs. Clemson was cruising, up 20-6 at halftime on two Mike Eppley touchdown passes and helped by three interceptions from the defense. Georgia was able to crawl back into the game, tying it at 20 on a one-yard Cleveland Gary touchdown run. Th…

January 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Don King

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Don King played for the Clemson Tigers between 1952 and 1955. During his time at Clemson, King set the record for most rushing yards in a single contest when he gained 234 against Fordham in 1952, which is a freshman record. That was the only game he was a starting tailback.
King led the team in passing all four years at Clemson and even led the team in rushing in 1953. He paced the team in rushing, passing, punting, and punt returns in 1953. He was given the "Swede" Nelson Sportsmanship Award by the Boston Gridiron Club in 1953. This award is given to the player who most exemplifies sportsmanship in college athletics for the United States.
King was the team captain in 1955 and was named second-team All-ACC in 1953. He was named ACC "Sophomore Back of the Year" in 1953 as well. He was a two time All-ACC honoree and scored a touchdown on his first rushing attempt in 1952. King was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1992.

January 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Mike O'Cain
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Mike O'Cain lettered for Clemson from 1974-1976. O'Cain hails from Orangeburg, South Carolina, where he attended Orangeburg-Wilkinson High, the same school that produced Woody Dantzler. O'Cain quarterbacked Orangeburg-Wilkinson to a 13-0 record, a state 4A title, and a #12-national ranking his senior season. His high school coach was Dick Sheridan, who was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
Upon graduation from high school, O'Cain decided to further his academic and athletic career at Clemson. A four-year letterwinner, he was the most valuable player of Clemson's 1976 team, working as both the punter and quarterback. He completed 91-182 passes for 1,291 yards and six touchdowns during his career. He still ranks 16th in Clemson history in passing efficiency. Also a gifted runner, he held the single-game quarterback rushing record until 1994 with 140 yards against N.C. State in 1976.
He receive…

January 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Homer Jordan

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Homer Jordan was a Clemson football player from 1979-1982. Jordan quarterbacked Clemson's 1981 National Championship team and was the offensive MVP of the Orange Bowl.
Jordan earned first-team All-ACC honors in 1981, his junior season, and finished first in the ACC in passing efficiency and 12th in the nation. Jordan was an honorable mention All-American selection in 1981. He was runner-up for ACC MVP behind teammate Jeff Davis, but the team voted him MVP in 1981.
Even though he was injured for much of his senior season, he helped lead the 1982 team to a 9-1-1 record and number-eight national ranking. He also earned honorable mention All-American honors as a senior.
Jordan ranked as Clemson's 18th greatest player of the century, according to He was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1993. Credit to

January 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Stacey Driver

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Stacey Driver was a tailback at Clemson from 1982-1985. Driver played as a running back at Griffin High School and was given the title of All-State and All American.
Driver spent the better part of his career as Clemson’s “other” running back. Terry Allen came to Clemson and took some of Driver’s carries away.
But Driver was a part of a unique game at Clemson. The 1983 team was on probation and could not officially win the ACC Championship. However, as the Tigers finished the ACC Regular Season with a home game versus Maryland, the Tigers would earn the league’s best ACC record if they could beat the Terrapins and Boomer Esiason.
This was the game where Central Spirit amassed over 300,000 balloons for the record launch. Driver guided Clemson to a big game, and as Driver scored a touchdown late in the game to give the Tigers a 42-7 lead, Clemson’s play by play announcer Jim Phillips said on air “Bring on Nebraska”. Nebraska, at the time, was t…

January 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Joe Blalock

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Joe Blalock lettered for Clemson between 1939 and 1941. Blalock was Clemson's first two-time All-American. He was a starter on the Cotton Bowl team of 1940. For three consecutive years, he was the Tigers' leading receiver, and he averaged 20.3 yards per catch for his career. He also played basketball at Clemson from 1940-41. He was a fifth-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions after the 1941 season.
Blalock was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1973 and is also a member of the South Carolina Hall of Fame. In 1996, he was named to Clemson's Centennial team. A panel of historians ranked him as Clemson's #16 football player of all-time in 1999.
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January 20th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Obed Ariri

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Obed Ariri was a two-sport athlete on the football and soccer teams from 1976-1980. He shined as a kicker, as he set or tied nine NCAA records for field goal kicking and scoring while at Clemson. When he graduated, he was the NCAA's all-time leader in career field goals made with 63. He also set seven other ACC and eight Clemson records. Until 1994, he was the career leader in kick-scoring points for Clemson and the ACC.

As a soccer player, he once scored a game-winning goal against South Carolina only eight days after kicking three field goals to defeat Notre Dame in football.

Ariri was a seventh-round draft pick for the Baltimore Colts in 1981. He played for Tampa Bay in 1984. He was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1998.

Ariri was born in Nigeria, and his middle name Chukwuma means "God Only Knows". He became a skilled soccer player and was scouted by then soccer coach IM Ibrahim. After watching him play in Nigeria, Ibrah…

January 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Charlie Waters

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Charlie Waters lettered at Clemson from 1967-1968 and arrived in Tigertown as a quarterback, but was switched to receiver for the final 15 games of his Clemson career. Later, playing with the Dallas Cowboys, he intercepted 40 passes.

Waters played quarterback at North Augusta High School and made the 1965 Shrine Bowl team. Waters signed a scholarship at Clemson and by the spring of 1968 as a junior, he was competing with Billy Ammons for the starting QB job. When Ammons hurt his knee in spring practice, Waters won the position.

Clemson started the season 0-3-1 and when Ammons’ knee healed, he took over the starting job and Waters shifted to WR for the remaining 15 games of his Clemson career.

A three-year letterman from 1967–69, Waters was an All-ACC selection in 1969 at WR as a senior. During his Clemson career, he caught 68 passes for 1,196 yards and 17.1 yards per catch, to go along with four TD receptions. He still ranks eighth all-time fo…

January 18th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

David Treadwell

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David Treadwell lettered for Clemson from 1985-1987 as a field goal kicker. Treadwell holds a special place in the hearts of all Clemson football fans for his last second field goals that beat Georgia in consecutive seasons, 1986 and 1987. Both field goals came in the last 10 seconds of the game to beat the Bulldogs: 31-28 in 1986 and 21-20 in 1987. Six times in Treadwell's career he made field goals inside the last three minutes of games that won or tied games for the Tigers.

Treadwell's kicks were significant reasons Clemson won the ACC Championships of 1986 and 1987. He was also the starting kicker in 1985 and in his first game as a starter, booted a field goal as time ran out to beat Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

Treadwell came to Clemson as a walk-on. He spent the 1984 season learning from All-American Donald Igwebuike. Today, Igwebuike ranks first and Treadwell second in Clemson history in career field goal percentage. Igwebuike…

Excuses For Clemson Defense Should Not Involve Number Of Plays

Scott Rhymer

One of the discussion points when Chad Morris walked onto campus at Clemson University last January was the impact that a high-octane offense can have on a defense. It is very logical to see how an offense that is geared to run upwards of 80 plays per game is going to have a negative impact on a defense. If your offense is running 80 plays per game, your defense is going to run more plays per game as well, often with little to no break.

So as Clemson parted ways with Kevin Steele several days ago, there were murmurings from those in the media and within the Clemson fanbase that wondered if Steele was dealt a bad hand of blame for a defense that finished 71st in the nation in yards per game. Was the offensive mind set at Clemson under Chad Morris partly to blame for having a defense ranked so low in the national statistics?

The short answer is, maybe. But before you judge for yourself, you need to understand the math that goes into these statistics an…

January 17th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Marvin Sims
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Marvin Sims lettered for Clemson from 1978-1980 as a fullback. At Clemson, Sims carried the ball 316 times in his career for 1,541 yards and 4 touchdowns.
One the highlights of Sims’ career at Clemson was the 1978 regular season finale against the Gamecocks. The rivalry game was played in front of a record crowd of 68,000 fans against South Carolina. Clemson had been constructing the South upper deck stands, luxury suites, and press box during the season, and it had sold 15,000 tickets to the game prior to its completion. The structure was finished just two days prior to the game, much to the relief of Athletic Director Bill McLellan.
The environment was electric, especially when Clemson jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter behind a running attack that would finish the game with 397 yards. Three different Tigers (Steve Fuller, Marvin Sims, and Lester Brown) all went over 100 yards rushing, the first time Clemson had three 100-yard rush…

January 16th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Dwayne Meadows

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Dwayne Meadows came to Clemson as a product of Spartanburg High School in 1984. Meadows freshman year saw him playing alongside Michael Dean Perry and William Perry on Clemson’s defensive line.

Meadows best day as a Tiger came in September of 1985, when he had 13 tackles against Georgia in a loss to the Bulldogs.

In the Spring of 1987, Meadows “retired” from Clemson football after getting married and having a child. Meadows wanted to graduate early to support his family, and his “retirement” from playing football had the full support of Danny Ford.

“Dwayne Meadows is a winner and he played winning football. But it’s our agreement that he won’t be playing football next season unless we get into a bind. It’s tough to do well in football and do well in school and have his family responsibilities too", Ford said in April of 1987.

Meadows was replaced in the lineup by Vance Hammond and Richard McCullough, who both backed up Michael Dean Perry in 1…

January 15th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Covington “Goat” McMillan

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Covington “Goat” McMillan played football for Clemson from 1928-1930. He was a tailback on a team that beat South Carolina three straight years. The teams went 8-3, 8-3, and 8-2 in those years.
After playing football he joined the coaching staff in 1937 after coaching at Furman. He was a backfield coach until 1955 when he was made head freshman coach. Some of the players Coach McMillan coached include Banks McFadden, Jackie Calvert, Bobby Gage, and Joel Wells.
McMillian participated in seven bowl games, including the 1940 Cotton Bowl, 1949 Gator Bowl, 1951 Orange Bowl, 1952 Gator Bowl, 1957 Orange Bowl, 1959 Sugar Bowl, and the 1959 Bluebonnet Bowl. Goat McMillan retired at the end of the 1964 season.
McMillan, who lettered at Clemson in 1928 and 1929 under coach Josh Cody’s brilliant young backfield assistant “Red” Sanders — who would coach UCLA to AP four top 5 rankings from 1952-55, returned to his alma mater in 1937 after seve…

January 14th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Thomas Ray

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Thomas Ray played quarterback at Clemson from 1963-1965. Ray held the Clemson record for passing yards in a game (323 yards) for nearly 33 years, until Brandon Streeter surpassed the record in 1998 at 329 yards.
Ironcially, Ray's career passing yards was only 60 yards more (383) than he had in the one game back in 1965. Ray was instrumental in a Clemson win over TCU on October 23, 1965 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson. The Tigers won the game 3-0.
If you are a member of the Greenville News, you can view some additional photos of Thomas Ray online at :

During the offseason, I will update the blog with Historic Clemson Pictures. Editorials will take place several times a week as well, but I hope to have new pictures uploaded every single day. So make sure you stop by the blog daily to see a new picture. The hope is that some of you will see these pictures for the first ti…

Looking Big Picture, Steele Simply Could Not Return

Scott Rhymer

I’m sure that the next few days will be filled with discussion regarding whether or not Kevin Steele was fired or whether he simply walked away. Those semantics will have an impact on contracts and money, but for all other purposes the reality of who made that decision is meaningless.

What matters is that the Clemson defense will be under new leadership next year, possibly with a new look. And looking at the big picture, there really was no other alternative conclusion to a season in which the Clemson defense was as bad as it could be.

To be very fair, Steele’s defense this year was not the most talented or experienced group in the conference. Part of that is attributed to poor recruiting on the defensive side of the ball in terms of impact players. Part of that were early exits to the NFL by underclassman. Part of that was an offense this year that put a lot of quick drives and quick three and outs into the repertoire.

We could sit here all day and t…

January 13th Historic Picture Of The Day

Joel Wells

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Joel Wells (far right) was a halfback at Clemson from 1954-56, serving as an alternate captian during his senior season. He was an All-ACC selection his junior and senior seasons and led the team in rushing in 1955 with 782 yards.

Wells helped Clemson to a 19-10-2 record during his three years including a trip to the 1957 Orange Bowl. Wells credentials, which included one of the best blockers on the squad as well as a top defensive back, earned him third-team All-American honors in 1955. Wells was also a two-time first-team All-ACC selection.

During his time at Clemson, Wells led the Tigers in rushing for three straight seasons (1954-56). He was the first Clemson player to ever accomplish that mark. That mark also allowed him to be the first Clemson running back to rank in the top 20 in the nation in rushing for consecutive seasons (seventh in 1955 and 18th in 1956).

After his senior season, Wells played in the 1957 Senior Bowl before being a …

January 12th Historic Picture Of The Day

Steve Reese

Steve Reese lettered for Clemson from 1982-1985. Reese was a major reason Clemson was in the top 10 in the nation in rushing during the 1985 season. Reese had 54 knockdown blocks in the last five games of the 1985 season. Reese was a Second-team All-American by Football News as a senior and was an honorable mention choice as a junior. Reese was also a first-team All-ACC award winner. Reese was in on 776 plays for a season average of over 70 plays per game, the most by a Clemson player at that time.

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During the offseason, I will update the blog with Historic Clemson Pictures. Editorials will take place several times a week as well, but I hope to have new pictures uploaded every single day. So make sure you stop by the blog daily to see a new picture. The hope is that some of you will see these pictures for the first time and may take something away from seeing these pictures. When possible, I will credit those that uploaded the pictures to Intern…

January 11th Historic Picture Of The Day

Richard Butler

No...that is not a typo. Most of you know Clemson great Jerry Butler. But did you also know that his brother, Richard Butler, played for the Tigers as well? The photo was taken at the 1982 Clemson vs. Wake Forest game (Mirage Bowl) in Tokyo, Japan and uploaded by Carl "Allen" Cutts.

Richard Butler was a reserve wide receiver at Clemson from 1982-1984 finishing his career with 26 receptions for 349 yards and one touchdown. This past Spring, Butler participated in the Clemson "Sons" game during the Spring Game. Here is a picture from the Orange and White of Butler making a "tackle" during the game.

During the offseason, I will update the blog with Historic Clemson Pictures. Editorials will take place several times a week as well, but I hope to have new pictures uploaded every single day. So make sure you stop by the blog daily to see a new picture. The hope is that some of you will see these pictures for the first time and may take something awa…

It Was Said-Following The Wit And Wisdom Of Twitter During BCS Championship Game

Scott Rhymer

Watching the BCS National Championship game last night proved, at least to me, to be a less than entertaining endeavor. So about midway through the 1st Quarter, I found myself following Twitter and the thousands of tweets about the game.

The Tigerpregame account at Twitter has about 1,000 followers, and there were countless tweets coming accross the wire last night. So I picked out a few of my favorites and placed them here below in chronological order as the game progressed.

What you find via the Tweets is a snapshot of how folks felt last night through the wit and humor of the many folks that found ways to make the game, at least to me, more entertaining last night.

Twitter During BCS Game @Tigerpregame

dennisdoddcbs Dennis Dodd
Hello, LSU? It's me, the 50.

ojclemson65 oliver
Is it just me, or have I already seen this game???

KevinOnCFB Kevin McGuire
Great, Twitter is ahead of the ESPN feed. :(

dennisdoddcbs Dennis Dodd
The St. Louis Blues think this i…