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Thursday, November 30, 2017

November 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Construction Of North Upper Deck 


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Today’s photos are of the North Upper Deck in 1983.

The North Upper Deck height is 13.36 stories and the length is 560 feet. The total cost of the North Upper Deck was $13.5 million.


To illustrate the quality of the investment of the upper deck. The $13.5 million dollar investment is recovered in just 3 years (7 home games per year) in ticket sales. Each game Clemson sells out the North Upper Deck, over $600,000 goes towards Clemson Athletics.

The North Upper Deck is slightly larger than the South Upper Deck. The reason for this is simple. Engineers had more room to build behind the North Upper Deck than they did behind the South Upper Deck (with Cemetery Hill behind the South). This allowed for a slightly higher design, adding a few thousand more seats to the North.


At one time, Clemson promoted Death Valley as having the most sideline seats of any stadium in the nation. I do not know if that is still accurate, but you don’t hear Clemson promote that saying anymore so I assume that it is not.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

November 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Cadets On Highway 93 In 1940’s


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Today’s photos are from the late 1940’s and shows Clemson Cadets crossing what is now Highway 93 in Clemson. This is post-WWII Clemson and optimism around the country was very high as the beginning of the "baby boomer" generation was cranking up.

This photo was taken at the old location of the Methodist Church and Cadets would cross the road on their way to the old Post Office (now Mell Hall). Cadets would get their mail before going to the mess hall to eat.

Below is a photo of the same location taken this past Spring.


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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

November 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Budweiser Clydesdales In Mid 1980’s



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Today’s photo is of the Budweiser Clydesdales on a rainy day inside of Death Valley in the mid 1980’s.

The famous Clydesdales made several appearances at Clemson games in the 1980’s, and I believe this particular day was the 1987 Georgia Game when David Treadwell kicked a game winning field goal in the waning seconds.

The Budweiser Clydesdales are a group of Clydesdale horses used for promotions and commercials by the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company. There are six "hitches" or teams of horses, five that travel around the United States and one that remains in their official home at the company headquarters at the Anheuser-Busch brewery complex in St. Louis, Missouri, where they are housed in a historic brick and stained-glass stable built in 1885.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

November 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Death Valley Sunset In 1983

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Today’s photo is a unique sunset picture taken shortly after the completion of the North Upper Deck.

I can confirm it is just after the construction of the North Upper Deck because you can see that the “Tigers” is not painted on the upper deck seats yet. The North Upper Deck was completed in 1983 and I believe the “Tigers” script was painted in 1984. That would date the picture sometime in the summer of 1983.

A couple of notes regarding expansion of Memorial Stadium through the years: In 1958, 18,000 sideline seats were added to Memorial Stadium and in 1960, 5,658 west end zone seats were added in response to increasing attendance. The original cedar wood seating was replaced in 1972 by aluminum seats.

As attendance continued to skyrocket, an upper deck was added to each side of the stadium. The south upper deck (Top Deck South) was added in 1978 and the north upper deck (Top Deck North) in 1983. This put the total capacity over 80,000, which made it one of the largest on campus stadiums in the United States.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Tiger Pregame Show To Broadcast From Draught Restaurant and Bar With Clemson Alumni Association

Broadcast Information And Show Location For 198th Tiger Pregame Show! 
Joining With Clemson Alumni Association
Clemson Family Tailgate
2:00-5:00 Saturday From Draught!



The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays since 2003, will broadcast our ACC Championship Edition live from the Clemson Family Tailgate at Draught Restaurant and Bar this Saturday from 2:00-5:00!  

Draught is located  in the Shadows Of Bank Of America Stadium and a 5 minute walk to the stadium where Clemson and Miami will play for the ACC Championship and a berth in the College Football Playoffs.


If you need a place to meet up with Clemson fans, this is the event for you, and The Tiger Pregame Show will be right there with you, broadcasting live from 2:00-5:00.  The Tiger Pregame Show is broadcast exclusively by WCCP 105.5 FM, the Flagship Station for Clemson Athletics.

Entry into the event is free!  There will be a cash bar and Draught will be expanding their bar area out into their parking lot to accommodate for space and additional bars.  


“Gameday” tailgate food will be available for purchase at several food stations around the venue. Purchase meals from $8-10 including options for hot dogs ($8, includes chips), hamburgers ($10, includes chips), BBQ plate ($10). 


Your Charlotte Clemson Club, Clemson Alumni Association and IPTAY will be on-site with special giveaway items while supplies last.

Partial proceeds from this event on food and beverage sales will go back to the Charlotte Clemson Club student scholarship.  Credit Cards will be available to use both inside and outside, but cash is encouraged.

Free entry for all ages, must be 21 or older to drink. Draught will remain open through the game with TVs available for viewing.

Due to changes in management with the parking lots around Draught, the Charlotte Clemson Club will not be selling parking spaces for the ACC Championship game this year. Spaces will be available on the lots surrounding the Tailgate at a first come first serve basis, payment upon arrival. 


Scott Rhymer, in his 15th year as Host, will anchor the show along with Kelly Gramlich, in her 2nd year. 

Come join Scott and Kelly, along with Clemson fans, for great drink and food specials and an excellent pregame atmosphere!  Draught is within walking distance of Bank of America Stadium, so park your car and leave the "tailgating" to Draught and The Tiger Pregame Show!

Scott and Kelly will be broadcasting live, giving Tiger fans a chance to get last minute information on the ACC Championship game between Clemson and Miami.  Can the Tigers punch our 3rd straight ticket to the College Football Playoff?


As a reminder, all of WCCP's programming on Game Days are now available for free streaming at wccpfm.com.  That includes The Tiger Pregame Show, The Tiger Tailgate Show, the Game Broadcast, and The 5th Quarter Show.  WCCP is proud to be the Flagship Station for your National Champion Clemson Tigers.  Make sure you program your stations to WCCP 105.5 FM when coming to the game on Saturday.

The Tiger Pregame Show will tap into the continued emergence of Social Media as part of Clemson fan’s game day expectations, with several segments engaging fans via Twitter (@tigerpregame, @1055TheRoar and @kellygramlich).  

“This is a massive football game with the Atlantic Division, and a potential trip to the College Football Playoff, on the line for both teams," Rhymer explains.  "If you are going to Raleigh, you should join us for this great cause in providing scholarships to potential Clemson students.  If you are not in Raleigh, you can listen to our show in their car, office, or via your mobile device".


Clemson fans can also nominate themselves as the "Clemson Fan Of The Week" via she show's Twitter feeds or by coming by Pour Taproom on Friday.  Each week, Scott and Kelly ask a fan to join them on air during the Bottom Line Segment as a 3rd host of the show on air!

The Tiger Pregame Show format will continue to offer in-depth analysis of the upcoming game, focusing on X’s and O’s of what fans should expect to see on the field during the game.
Segments for the show include up-to-the-minute game day weather conditions, Top 25 Report, ACC and SEC Game Breakdowns, Injury Reports for both Clemson and their opponent, Opposing Team's Perspective, and a historical look back at this day in Clemson football history.  There will also be segments with current Clemson football players that give fans a more personal look at the players behind the face mask and helmet.


Each week, Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney joins the show to offer his input on the keys to the game.

Player interviews will take place each week to give fans an idea of what the vibe of the players inside the program is as they prepare for the upcoming opponent.

Don Munson, the  Voice of the Tigers, will join the show live each week to give his unique perspective inside the football program. 

And, just like in the previous 14 years, the show will close the final hour with the Keys to the Game and game day predictions, this year with Scott Rhymer and Kelly Gramlich and our weekly "Fan of the Week".


You can keep up with all information related to the Tiger Pregame Show by liking the page on Facebook (The Tiger Pregame Show and WCCP 105.5 The Roar) and following via Twitter (@tigerpregame, @1055TheRoar, and @kellygramlich).


Scott Rhymer will join Mickey Plyler on WCCP 105.5 FM and wccpfm.com every Friday morning at 7:05 to talk Clemson football and to set the stage for the Tiger Pregame Show.  Don't forget to make Friday mornings a part of your pregame ritual to get the weekend off to a "Solid Orange" start!


Broadcast time for the ACC Championship game is from 2:00-5:00 live from Draught Restaurant and Bar in the Shadows of Bank of America Stadium.  

Fans can listen at WCCP 105.5 FM in the Upstate of South Carolina, wccpfm.com anywhere in the world on their mobile device (for free).


For more information on Draught Restaurant and Bar, visit their web site at:
http://www.draughtcharlotte.com/

For more information on Alumni Events in Charlotte for the entire weekend, including Friday Nights event at Epicenter, visit this link:
http://alumni.clemson.edu/21695-2/

This season has been magical...so don't miss a minute of the ACC Championship Broadcast of The Tiger Pregame Show.  The Tiger Pregame Show with Scott Rhymer and Kelly Gramlich on WCCP 105.5 FM and wccpfm.com.

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The 197th Tiger Pregame Show In Photos!

Rivalry Week 2017 turned into another glorious Clemson domination of South Carolina inside of Williams Brice Stadium!

Here are some photos of our 197th Tiger Pregame Show!

Arriving early at Williams Brice Stadium, I was able to get a few photos of the parking lots and football practice facility.





Growing up, I listened to many a Gamecock Football game on the radio.  It was an honor to visit the home radio booth inside of Williams Brice Stadium, where they appropriately recognize the legend, Bob Fulton.





Inside the visiting radio booth, Kelly Gramlich and Ben Milstead look over Williams Brice Stadium.  It was Kelly's first visit to the stadium for a football game.


My view during The Tiger Pregame Show.



Don Munson did his segment with us via phone and stading on the 32 yard line of Williams Brice Stadium.  He would later accpet the challenge and throw a 25 yard pass into the endzone while we were on air!


 Scott and Kelly during a commercial break!


 After the show, and literally standing in the shadows of Williams Brice Stadium!


Next Saturday, we will broadcast live from Draught Restaurant and Bar in the Shadows of Bank Of America Stadium for the ACC Championship.  Our broadcast will be in conjunction with the Clemson Alumni Association.  

More details will follow later in the week, but see link below for initial information about Draught and the Pregame Events.


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November 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Classic Tailgating Car And Fiberglass Tiger


 (Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photos are of a great looking classic car decked out in Tiger Orange!

The above picture was taken on a fall afternoon in Clemson prior to a football game in the mid 1960’s. The car would show up at almost every home football game, and this picture was taken in the Tillman Hall loop.

If you notice, the car has the number ’42 on the side door panel. I believe the significance of the ’42 is to honor the class of 1942 and their 25th Anniversary of graduation (which would have been in 1967).

Below is a black and white picture taken of the car with member of the class of 1942 standing beside it. Worth notice from this class of students…almost all of them upon graduation would have entered the service and fought in World War II, which we had just entered in December of 1941 (just 4 months before the Class of ’42 graduated). Therefore, this picture may represent a majority of that depleted Class of ’42, many of which perished fighting for our nation.





After posting the blog with the above photos, I received an email from Terry Pierce who updated me on the current location of the fiberglass Tiger that was seen above the classic Clemson car from the 1960’s that was posted in the original blog. Terry sent me some updated pictures of the Tiger and here is the excerpt from his email:

The story behind the Tiger comes from the late Ruby Ellenburg. Mrs. Ruby Ellenburg, who lived on Flat Rock Road in Liberty, bought the Tiger in the late sixties or early seventies for her daughter-in-law Brenda who is a Clemson grad. Brenda wasn't impressed so Ruby stuck it under the bushes in front of her house where only its head was visible. There it stayed until 2007.


My in-laws lived next door to the Ellenburg’s and during a visit my wife decided she just had to have that Tiger so she called Brenda who was glad to be rid of it. So we cleaned it up, loaded it into the SUV and took it home to Lenoir City, Tennessee.




The Tiger is fiberglass and at one time had wooden fangs. Unfortunately, although overall it survived thirty years outdoors relatively unscathed, all but one of its fangs have rotted away and only the nails that they were attached to remain.


Also it had a wooden base but it was in pretty bad shape so we removed it too. Now he just prowls my basement and the cat plays on him! I wish I knew more about who Ruby bought the Tiger from but unfortunately no one thought to ask her before she passed.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Rivalry Week 2017! November 25th Clemson vs. Carolina Rivalry Historical Picture Of The Day

Rivalry Week 2017!

Clemson Dominates Gamecocks In 2016, Prompting The Tag Line "Never Again"



Deshaun Watson three 6 TD passes in his final game at home as a Clemson Tiger as Clemson manhandled the Gamecocks 56-7 in front of 80,000 happy Clemson fans.  



The Clemson defense was dominating, allowing South Carolina only 62 yards of offense in the first half and smothering Gamecock QB Jake Bentley.

It was the largest margin of victory in the rivalry since 1900, when Clemson won 51-0.  

Despite the obvious dominance, Gamecock QB Jake Bentley proclaimed in the post-game press conference that the difference between the two teams was not that great and he vowed that such as loss would be "never again".



Clemson went on to win the National Championship over Alabama in Tampa, Florida, capping a magical season.



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Friday, November 24, 2017

Rivalry Week 2017! November 24th Clemson vs. Carolina Rivalry Historical Picture Of The Day

Rivalry Week 2017!

Buchholz Silences Williams Brice Stadium In 2007


(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)


Today’s photos are from a joyous evening in 2007 for Clemson Nation.

On November 24, 2007, Clemson kicker Mark Buchholz hit a 35-yard field goal as time expired to give #21 Clemson a memorable 23-21 victory over Carolina.

The win lifted Clemson coach Tommy Bowden to 7-2 all-time against the Gamecocks and 2-1 against USC coach Steve Spurrier.


The 2007 game is notable as the first in the series with the winning points scored on the game's final play.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Rivalry Week 2017! November 23rd Clemson vs. Carolina Rivalry Historical Picture Of The Day

Rivalry Week

Rod Gardner In “The Catch, Part II”




(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)


Today’s photos are from what has been appropriately dubbed, “The Catch, Part II”.

Aaron Hunt hit a field goal with under 5 seconds to play to lift the Tigers over South Carolina 16-14. Hunt sent Death Valley into a frenzy, and the Tigers off to the Gator Bowl with their best regular-season record since 1991.

The Tigers looked dead after Thomas Hill, a tight end who had no catches this season, fell on Derek Watson's fumble in the end zone with 59 seconds to go for a 14-13 lead. 

But Woody Dantzler found his favorite receiver, Rod Gardner, for a 50-yard catch to South Carolina's 8 with 10 seconds remaining. It was an act of desperation for Dantzler and Clemson, but the catch would put Clemson into field goal range to set up the drama with Hunt.


The reception would go down in history as “The Catch, Part II”. If you are a South Carolina fan, you probably refer to the play as “The Push Off”.

Either way, it was one of the most remarkable endings in the history of the rivalry series between the two teams.

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Broadcast Notes For 197th Tiger Pregame Show: State Championship 2017!

Broadcast Information And Show Location For Saturday's Tiger Pregame Show! 
"State Championship 2017!"
South Carolina Edition



The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays since 2003, will broadcast live from Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC from 1:30-4:30 on Saturday. The Tiger Pregame Show is broadcast exclusively by WCCP 105.5 FM, the Flagship Station for Clemson Athletics.
The Tiger Tailgate Show With David Stein and William Qualkenbush will broadcast beginning at 4:30 pm.

Scott Rhymer, in his 15th year as Host, will anchor the show along with Kelly Gramlich, in her 2nd year. 

The Tiger Pregame Show will tap into the continued emergence of Social Media as part of Clemson fan’s game day expectations, with several segments engaging fans via Twitter (@tigerpregame, @1055TheRoar and @kellygramlich).  

“The State Championship is always one of my favorite days of the year.  You don't want to miss a minute of the day, so tune in as you drive to Columbia and while you tailgate by using the Tune In App.  If you are in the upstate and not going to Columbia, get ready for the game by listening to 105.5 FM," Rhymer explains.




As a reminder, all of WCCP's programming on Game Days are now available for free streaming at wccpfm.com or on the Tune In App by choosing 105.5 TheROAR.  That includes The Tiger Pregame Show, The Tiger Tailgate Show, the Game Broadcast, and The 5th Quarter Show.  WCCP is proud to be the Flagship Station for your National Champion Clemson Tigers.  Make sure you program your stations to WCCP 105.5 FM when coming to the game on Saturday.


Clemson fans can also nominate themselves as the "Clemson Fan Of The Week" via she show's Twitter feeds. The winner each week will join Scott and Kelly during the Bottom Line Segment as a 3rd host of the show on air!   

The Tiger Pregame Show format will continue to offer in-depth analysis of the upcoming game, focusing on X’s and O’s of what fans should expect to see on the field during the game.

Segments for the show include up-to-the-minute game day weather conditions, Top 25 Report, ACC and SEC Game Breakdowns, Injury Reports for both Clemson and their opponent, Opposing Team's Perspective, and a historical look back at this day in Clemson football history.  There will also be segments with current Clemson football players that give fans a more personal look at the players behind the face mask and helmet.

Each week, Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney will join the show, offering his perspective on the keys to the game.  Player interviews will take place each week to give fans an idea of what the vibe of the players inside the program is as they prepare for the upcoming opponent.  And don't forget that Kelly Gramlich will have a player of the week where she does a in-depth interview about things on and off the field.

Don Munson, the  Voice of the Tigers, will join the show live each week to give his unique perspective inside the football program. 

And, just like in the previous 14 years, the show will close the final hour with the Keys to the Game and game day predictions, this year with Scott Rhymer and Kelly Gramlich and our weekly "Fan of the Week".


You can keep up with all information related to the Tiger Pregame Show by liking the page on Facebook (The Tiger Pregame Show and WCCP 105.5 The Roar) and following via Twitter (@tigerpregame, @1055TheRoar, and @kellygramlich)

Scott Rhymer will join Mickey Plyler on WCCP 105.5 FM and wccpfm.com every Friday morning at 7:05 to talk Clemson football and to set the stage for the Tiger Pregame Show.  



Broadcast time for the State Championship vs. South Carolina  this Saturday is from 1:30-4:30 live from Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC.   Fans can listen at WCCP 105.5 FM in the Upstate of South Carolina, wccpfm.com anywhere in the world on their mobile device (for free).  The Tune In App is also a free way to stream the show if you are not in the upstate (download the free App and choose 105.5 The ROAR as your station of choice.

This season is set up to be magical...so don't miss a minute of the season!  Start your game day experience with a Clemson tradition...The Tiger Pregame Show!





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