The Clemson Tigers have not defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide since 1905. Alabama’s win streak of 13 goes back all the way to 1909.
Granted, the two schools are not annual rivals, but if graphics like these are supposed to be an indication of Monday night’s outcome, I would disregard the implications if I were a Clemson fan, or at least have hope.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney stated that he’s “very thankful to be here. I’ll just tell you, I’m not really excited about playing Alabama (Monday) night.”
He should be, I’d suggest.
Although Monday’s date is Jan. 9, 2017, this is just a continuation of the 2016 season. The year 2016 was a curse for celebrities, but a blessing for teams that have been marinated in defeat.
In June, the Cavaliers brought the city of Cleveland its first championship since the Beatles introduced America to those mop top haircuts and the skiffle sounds of 1964. Then, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Their defeat of the Cleveland Indians, ironically, put an end to a 108-year championship drought.
For Clemson, it has been 36 years since they laid claim to their last national title. If 2016 gave sports fans anything, it was hope that droughts can end. Perhaps Clemson can end their century-long drought of losing to Alabama.
Thanks to 2016, hope exists.
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