Clemson shows a certain 1980 champ how to update the resume

This is what winning looks like: Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson gets personal with the national championship trophy after beating Alabama Monday night. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

This is what winning looks like: Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson gets personal with the national championship trophy after beating Alabama on Monday night. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Note if any of this sounds familiar.

There’s a certain southern program with a loud and proud fan base that had been stuck on pretty good for what seemed like an eternity.

Its most recent national championship was back well before the enlightened age of the internet, long before your phones talked back to you. Closing in on four decades of longing.

Its fans always saw the program as more than did the rest of the world that did not view college football through their warped prism. It always thought so grandly of itself, even if true grandiosity flitted like a butterfly just out of reach.

Thinking here of the university that won a national championship one skinny year before Clemson’s 1981 breakthrough.

The comparison came to a rather major divergence Monday night when Clemson unseated mighty Alabama on a last-second touchdown in a spellbinding national championship game. Despite occupying a different position, that was quarterback Deshaun Watson nonetheless playing the role of Herschel Walker.

And Georgia, you’re still on the clock.

So directly did Clemson coach Dabo Swinney seem to be addressing the Georgia faithful at one point last week that he should ask for a speaker’s fee. He was going on about how these championships don’t have to be the property of a very select few, and what a Clemson victory might mean to the rest of the yearning masses.

“I think it would hopefully inspire a lot of other programs,” he said. “Certainly eight years ago, I don’t think anybody saw us as a national championship contender. We were a solid program, but we weren’t a national championship contender.”

Imagine if you can, Georgia people, flipping the world’s perception on the irrefutable evidence of one galvanizing run.

It can be really satisfying apparently.

Man, was Swinney feeling it late Monday/early Tuesday. In his postgame presser, he made sure to point out that over the course of this one season, the Tigers had beaten the past seven national champions (Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State and Auburn).

And to the victor goes the sweet privilege of settling old grievances with anyone who talked you down; of crowing alone and undisputed like a rooster at dawn. Imagine how fine that would feel, Georgia people.

Swinney doesn’t seem the vengeful type, but he did make sure to take care of a score with one Fox Sports talking head who in November had these words he’ll now be swallowing: “Clemson’s a fraud. Clemson is going to get their ears boxed by whoever they play (in the postseason). … I don’t buy into Clemson. They are the New York Giants of college football.” (That transcript courtesy of CBS Sports.com).

The coach’s classic response/rant after undoing Alabama: “You got to change the narrative. Y’all got to mix it up. The guy that called us a fraud, ask Alabama if we’re a fraud. Was the name Colin Cowherd? (I think he knew the name well). I don’t know him, never met him. Ask Alabama if we’re a fraud. Ask Ohio State if we’re a fraud. Ask Oklahoma if we’re a fraud. The only fraud is that guy because he didn’t do his homework. I hope y’all print that.”

OK, we’ll at least commit it to digital characters here in the new age that has commenced since Clemson’s previous title.

Imagine how good and soul-cleansing it would be to remedy every petty slight suffered over the years.

That’s what sustains a multitude of programs, not just Georgia’s.

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twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Fun offseason for the little ten and the fool posting on here constantly.

"A bowl of humiliation"

Bawahwahwahwah

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

WALL STREET JOURNAL

when Clemson clobbered the Buckeyes 31-0

That was this year bawahwahwahwah

GTroller
GTroller

First one under the Carter Administration was a pure fluke.  UGA ain't winning another National Championship.  Just not that caliber football program.

dawg fan
dawg fan

Oh by all means fill us in on when the Joke will win a national title big mouth.

I'd love for a Techie to pop off at the mouth about that for once. Fat chance.

Cowards.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@dawg fan Oh I think we will win one in the next 5 years....now when we both don't you won't feel so silly sport.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@OH:IO How can a sports thread called "CFB News" pick UGA at 7 after the egg they laid this year?

OH:IO
OH:IO

1080p or "old VHS tape"


#whathaveyoudoneformelately

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Anyone else wonder why 31 - 0 hi: 0 is still here?

Bawahwahwahwah

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Did ya swallow a bowl of humiliation 31 - 0 hi: 0?

Bawahwahwahwah

OH:IO
OH:IO

I bet 5 or 6 wasn't even alive in 1980. 


HIs only glory is on grainy video tape. 

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Thanks for playing (and losing - literally) 31 - 0 hi: 0 and the rest of the little ten!

Bawahwahwahwah

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

WALL STREET JOURNAL gets it. Why can't 31 - 0 hi: 0 understand it?

Bawahwahwahwah

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

"The conference had spent recent years in the shadow of the SEC ! "

Um, it continues. Just ask Iowa and Nebraska.

Bawahwahwahwah

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

"Big Ten Swallows a Bowl of Humiliation"

Best little ten description ever by the largest media platform in the world!

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

And the worst of the defeats came on the sport’s biggest stage when Clemson clobbered the Buckeyes 31-0 in the semifinals, marking the harshest blowout of Urban Meyer’s career.

You tell'em WALL STREET!

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Big Ten Swallows a Bowl of Humiliation

The conference had spent recent years in the shadow of the SEC !

Then came the bowl games. A season’s worth of Big Ten bravado transformed into embarrassment in the span of three days.

And the worst of the defeats came on the sport’s biggest stage when Clemson clobbered the Buckeyes 31-0 in the semifinals, marking the harshest blowout of Urban Meyer’s career.

Nuff said right there by the largest media platform in the world!

OH:IO
OH:IO

#6


Un


Blind resume

OH:IO
OH:IO

dogs:


Got Vote? (note the singular)

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Ohio State’s 31-0 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl was the worst!

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Iowa and Nebraska lost to Florida and Tennessee, respectively, by an average of 20.5 points

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

BIG TEN'S AWFUL BOWL SHOWING CAN'T — AND WON'T — GET WORSE NEXT SEASON

Or can it?

The Big Ten didn’t have what one might call an ideal bowl season, but as anybody who follows the conference knows, it could be a hell of a lot worse.

It has been a hell of a lot worse. It’s the 10-year anniversary of when it was the worst of the worst. This is nowhere near as bad as that. The conference finished 3-7 in the bowl season and was the worst of the Power 5 conferences this season.

That came with high-profile meltdowns. Michigan’s 33-32 loss to Florida State in the Orange Bowl was bad. Penn State’s fourth-quarter implosion in a 52-49 loss to USC in the Rose Bowl was bad, too.

Ohio State’s 31-0 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl was the worst. If not for Wisconsin’s 24-16 victory against Western Michigan in the Cotton Bowl Classic, then the Big Ten would have finished 0-4 in the New Year’s Day Six.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Bowl season turns into big disappointment for Big Ten

The conference got bounced hard out of the College Football Playoff for a second year in a row and finished 3-7 in the postseason.

Ohio State's 31-0 semifinal loss to Clemson on Saturday night marked the first time the Buckeyes have been shut out in the postseason since a 28-0 defeat to California in the 1920 Rose Bowl. Last year Michigan State lost 38-0 to Alabama in the semifinals.

There was some buzz a month ago that the Big Ten might merit more than one team in this year's playoff. That seems like a long time ago now.

Real question is when will the little ten score again?

Bawahwahwahwah

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Poor bowl performance knocks Big Ten off football pedestal.

In the bowl season, the upper echelon of the Big Ten fell pretty hard, losing in three of its four New Year's Six bowl games. Perhaps the most surprising and disappointing loss came when the Big Ten’s representative in the College Football Playoff, Ohio State, lost 31-0 to Clemson in the Peach Bowl. Also falling in CFP New Year's Six bowls were Michigan, who lost 33-32 to Florida State in the Outback Bowl and Penn State, who dropped a 52-49 shootout against USC in the Rose Bowl.

Hahahahahaha

Bawahwahwahwah

Bye bye 31 - 0 hi: 0

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

39. College Football Playoff semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: No. 2 Clemson 31, No. 3 Ohio State 0

Clemson gets credit for playing a fantastic game on both sides of the ball, but most expected this matchup to be close. It wasn't. But the stunningly dashed expectations for this game, Clemson's fantastic execution of a game plan and the oddity of watching an Urban Meyer team get romped on provide evaluative value. Like a train wreck.

OH:IO
OH:IO

ATHENS — I don’t disagree with the SEC’s self-aggrandizing commercial. You know, “It Just Means More.” I think they’re referring to all sports, but I certainly believe that phrase applies in football.


-lil Chip


I think I'm gonna hurl.

dawg fan
dawg fan

Hate to dig at old wounds but love the clear anti-Kirby bias out of the AJC. Auburn, Florida, Bama and LSU all won multiple national titles when Richt was here and we didn't hear a peep about how it had anything to do with Georgia. I am a long time reader and that NEVER happened. But now Clemson has won one on Kirby's watch and we get treated to a bunch of articles about how we're "on the clock" and Mark Richt Super Fan Chip Towers is all of the sudden talking about national titles instead of putting guys in the NFL and "building young men" like he used to. Love the double standard.

Also love the accountability instead of the man crush on the head coach like we used to get. Keep it up fellas.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@dawg fan I bet Chip has a dart board in his office with Kirby's picture on it!

dawg fan
dawg fan

I'm not whining you illiterate goon. I said I liked it. It's good for our program. This is exactly why a change was needed.

It's called expectations and standards. I know your joke pizz ant program wouldn't know anything about that.

When's the parade for the Taxslayer Bowl Championship nerd? How is Fish Fry's statue coming? Don't forget the moobs.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@dawg fan Joke pizz ants 28-Butt hurt mutts 27.....lol, and a member of the new King Conference in Football and Basketball...ACC!!!!!

dawg fan
dawg fan

Just a little bit of artistic advice if you want to truly capture Fish Fry's essence.