Clemson Pre-Game Show
I know that I am likely in the very small minority, but I just didn’t like Clemson’s pre-game show. The way I see it, it can be broken down into three parts: A) the bus ride; 2) touching the rock; and D) the run down the hill. Now, right before the players boarded the bus, I have to admit that I was starting to accept that this pre-game show might just be pretty cool; dare I say I might actually admire it. But once it started, I was really disappointed. I almost started to chuckle at one point. To see all of those GAM board that bus and squeeze into their seats, I felt like I was watching a plane boarding, which has about the same amount of excitement. They are all warmed up, and then they squeeze into this nice air conditioned tour bus to drive a ¼ mile around the stadium? I just didn’t get it.
Now for the one good part. I have to admit, watching the players rub that rock and knowing that it has great significance to the players, coaches and fans, was well, touching. That part is pretty cool. All of the players showing their respect to Howard and going out there to represent him was a little moving. It was pretty cool. That part I envied.
Finally came the run down the hill. I was really looking forward to this and seeing it on tape days before I saw it live I was almost a little jealous. What a way for the players to enter the stadium. But then they started down the hill and I was able to see it from all angles. I’m sorry, but seeing some of those older, out of shape, coaches trying to navigate that hill just made them look weak and a little foolish. Even some of the O-line players had problems trying to slow their momentum. Did anyone else notice that one of their players actually fell at the bottom? I did, and it was at that point that I came to the conclusion that 2 of the 3 parts of this pre-game just didn’t look right.
Now, I wasn’t there to witness it all live, so I completely understand that it might be one of those "you have to see it to get it" moments, but on TV with all of the close-ups, I thought most of it looked kind of silly. But then again, I also hate orange and regalia, so I might just be a little biased. Ok, pile on the criticism (of me)