Tailgating: if you've ever been to a southern state during football season, the one thing we know how to do is tailgate.
well..... not like that....
I'm on the left in the overalls... yes... I'm wearing overalls
i don't even know any of these people... but we were tailgating
There's lots of food
and did I mention food:
Gameday Atmosphere: Clemson has a GREAT game day atmosphere. We've covered the tailgating, but just to emphasize how much we love tailgating, both NC State and Texas A&M have written about how welcoming the people were at clemson and how they all got invites to join tailgates and eat some food. There is also a lot of drinking, but since I don't drink, I don't cover that as much.
Tiger Walk: This is something that has been implemented recently by our head coach, Dabo Swinney. The players all dress up in suits, and walk through the parking lot to the locker rooms before a game. Tons and tons of fans gather around to greet and support our players pre game.
Approximately 80,000 fans: even though we are an average football team (believe me, it's tough), we still manage to bring in a good crowd and we always wear orange.
student section and I had so much fun here when I was in college. We really get into it. I miss it!
p.s. we're loud and we have broken some records. I almost threw up at this game
Our famous entrance: Clemson is known throughout the sports world for having a unique entrance. The players ride in a bus around the stadium to the top of the hill. Then Dabo along with the seniors stand at the top of the hill while our fight song plays.
night games are the best
The Actual Game: the thing about football that I love is that there are so many moving parts. You've got offense, which has your offensive backs, offensive line, and receivers. You've also got defense which has your line, your secondary and your linebackers. Then you've got special teams which consists of your kickers, your returners, snappers, etc etc. And you've got to be on top of every link in order to be successful. I am reading a book right now:
I already know a lot of the basic stuff like positions, offense/defense, etc. What I really want to learn are the offensive/defensive plays. What's the difference between a 4/3 and a 3/4 (which I do know, but just giving examples), a nickel package, a wishbone offense, a slot receiver, a bandit (that's what we call our strong safety/linebacker combo person - I think), etc, It's very complicated. One blog that I absolutely love is Shakin The Southland. They are very real about our team which can be a little negative since we've struggled in the past years, but they will break down each game, play by play and give videos of what's going on. They address concerns of the team, where we need better players, etc. It's very informative and I love every minute of it, even if it's over my head sometimes.
The good news: whatever you're a fan of, they have a website. Just visit SB Nation and find your team, college or pro.
So with all of that, I am so excited about football season I can't stand it. I am watching the Carolinas Panthers vs Miami Dolphins preseason game right now... even though preseason kind of sucks :(
what are your favorite teams? mine are the Clemson Tigers (for every sport), Miami Heat (nba), Carolina Panthers (nfl - and secretly the Washington Redskins), and the Atlanta Braves (mlb).