After taking a stumble on its road to the National Championship with a loss to Syracuse last week, a clear-minded, full-hearted Clemson attacked their bye week with the vigor of a completely regrouped and refocused team. Tiger players responded to their upset L to the Orange by having two teammates throw on boxing gloves and duke it out until one of them got his fucking bell rung.
I don’t have no fancy doctoring degree or anything, but that kid done got himself a concussion.
CTE aside, seeing Clemson and boxing gloves in the same sentence does read as somewhat of a deja vu. Where have I seen that before?
From Football Scoop:
Dabo noticed that Patriot defensive backs were wearing boxing gloves at certain points in practice and a light bulb went off in his head. So when he got back to Clemson, during their 1-on-1 period during training camp, Dabo had his defensive backs put the boxing gloves on…but not to duke it out. They served a very different purpose.
“That’s what we started doing in camp in our 1 on 1 periods to challenge them and stress them to win with their feet, play great technique, and not grab. We’ve been much improved,” Dabo told Andrea Adelson.
Well, looks like the gloves didn’t just serve a “very different purpose” after all.
If asked about this whole locker room Fight Club-style throwdown during a press conference, you know Dabo’s gonna serve up some throwaway comment about that not being acceptable locker room behavior, and so on and so forth. But we all know better. We want the truth and we can handle the truth. The Swinn-dog himself had to have ordered the code red. The man’s a football guy through and through. And losing to an inferior Syracuse team? That just doesn’t fly in Daboland. That’s not something a fiery pep talk can remedy. The football gods demand a blood sacrifice — Thunderdome-style. Two men enter, one man leaves.
Or, who knows? Maybe this is how they’re weeding out kickers these days. It’s clear that’s where they’re really taking the hit. .
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