Bloggin' at the Orange Bowl

PLANTATION, Fla. - Day one of the CUTigers Orange Bowl coverage is in the books officially with the first edition of the Orange Bowl Blog.

Really wish everything was in Hollywood this week, because this blog would have sounded a lot cooler if it was Hale in Hollywood. It has a nice ring to it.

But we'll be all over Atlantic Coast side of south Florida this week … Plantation (CUTigers base camp), Hollywood, Miami Lakes, Davie, Fort Lauderdale and Miami Gardens.

Anyway, on to a couple of thoughts/notes from yesterday's media session at Clemson's swanky new digs.

Dabo Swinney took his team's talents to South Beach two days early. (Roy Philpott)
- The team, as a whole, seemed to be pretty focused. From what I saw, they seemed to be in a nice routine…probably what you would expect to see from a team that's already been in town for two days.

- With that being said, kudos to Dabo for having the team arrive a little bit earlier. The official hotel is a big, bustling place. I wouldn't be shocked to hear if he scheduled the early arrival to get everyone focused before settling in for a six-night stay in a crowded beach-front hotel.

- Just in case you missed it yesterday, it appears that DeAndre Hopkins will be ready to play in the game.

- Talked with Tajh Boyd about the difference in how different things are now than they were 365 days ago. I got some nice stuff from him there, so look for that later this morning/afternoon.

- Also, have a few good things from Landon Walker talking about the Orange Bowl. His dad, Gary, played on the 1981 National Championship team.

We'll run this blog everyday through next Wednesday. We'll recap what happened the day before, have a schedule of the upcoming day and a few more rumblings from your favorite CUTigers writer guy.

Today's schedule
Things will get underway around 11 this morning at Nova Southeastern University. Swinney, Coty Sensabaugh, Corico Hawkins, Brandon Ford and Jaron Brown will be made available.

Bowl season blues
Guess who's tired of that Nelly song that's played at every single commercial break during Capital One Bowl Week[s]?

This guy.

Here's betting that you are, too.

Nelly sings, ‘Since I was a kid, I've been dreaming about this…'

Seriously, what kid dreams about playing in Shreveport for the Independence Bowl?

It looked to me like the guys on the UNC defense were dreaming of getting the hell out of there.

And what about the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, the Beef O'Brady's Bowl or Roy Philpott's favorite, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.


Nelly's come a long way since this classic.

I avoided the first seven bowl games like the plague and have watched bits and pieces of only four of them, and I already want to run my head into a wall when they play that clip of ‘The Champ'.

Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. (Getty Images)
Bad songs aside, there was finally a bowl game for me (and the rest of the country, for that matter) to enjoy – The Alamo Bowl. It featured America's favorite college quarterback, Robert Griffin the Third "Junior"; America's favorite referee, Ron "Giving ‘em the Business" Cherry and The Dub (This dude ain't bad either.

A basketball score and almost a mile of total offense – that was good stuff last night, unless you're Chris Spielman.

Other musings…
- Missed hearing Urban Meyer with the guys calling the Alamo Bowl. Didn't miss hearing Craig James with the guys calling the Holiday Bowl.

- Anybody see Lou Holtz after the Notre Dame/Florida State game? Looked like he was ready to go dig himself into a hole and not come out of it.

- Great end to the Mavericks/Thunder game last night. Not rubbing salt on Philpott's wound (I like Dirk, The Jet and their coach, who looks like Jim Carrey). Vince Carter bangs in a go-ahead 3 for the Mavs with less than two seconds left only to have the best player in the NBA one-up him with one at the buzzer.

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