Saturday, November 03, 2007

The Wade Report

At the one year anniversary of DudeSpin, the site has hit a low point. Last week the World Series divided the dudes, created bitterness and hostility, and what's worse, the website made absolutely no mention of Airborne's trip to Florida State. Desperate for a rallying point, all dude eyes turned to Wallace Wade Stadium, desperately needing some magic. It didn't happen.

Time Warner Cable (from whom I legally receive cable) was a special sponsor of the game, and as we walked in, Big Daddy and I saw a costumed Fred Flintstone walking around. I took it as a good omen that we would knock Clemson back into the stone ages. Instead, it just meant we would be rocked. (Rimshot). Anyway, Scooby Doo was also there, but we never saw him. Scooby, Dooby Doo, where are you? Apparently hiding where Duke's offense went. Right off the bat, Thad had his patented first-drive deep strike to Riley. He made a spectacular one-handed grab down the left sideline, setting up an easy touchdown and 7-0 lead. **At this point I might as well mention that today I openly wondered if Thad is as Rad as advertised, or is it more Eron Riley is a true stud.**

Things were stable for awhile, and with about three minutes to go, we were down 10-7 with the ball. Unfortunately we had a 3-and-out and ate up no clock, giving Clemson a chance to extend its halftime lead. A deep strike set up a touchdown, and we're down 17-7 with a minute left. Two lame runs, and two Clemson timeouts later, we're third and 10. Thad gets sacked for a safety and it's 19-7. I tell Big Daddy, "Well, at least it's a lot tougher for them to score the quick touchdown." Oops. They return the kickoff to cap a 39 second stretch in which they score 16 points. Amazing.

Things pretty much progressed that way after the half, and when all was said and done, Duke lost 47-10. No phase of the game went well for Duke, but special teams stood out as especially horrid (though we managed to kick a field goal!) Were the Devils looking ahead to South Bend? Almost certainly. On a side note, there was an army of Tiger chlldren sitting behind us, and they began playing "Would you rather?" You know the game, where you ask things like, "Would you rather have an unwashed Bea Arthur lick honey off your chest or drink Weitao's urine?" But these kids played the game to insult Duke. The two best ones were, "Would you rather be a Duke fan or play golf?" and then "Would you rather go to GoDuke.com or ?"

Oh, and if you needed more reason to hate the Bowden family, here's what Tommy said about our beloved Wallace Wade Stadium after the game... "This place will lull you to sleep a little bit, and history indicates that. We made them real aware of the history up here, and how tough it is to play."
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8 comments:

The Dude said...

worry not dudes, the recent losing streak will just make the shocker in south bend even more shocking!!!

The Franchise said...

Um, after what happened today against Navy, nothing Duke does to Notre Dame will be considered shocking...

Head Dude said...

I saw Bowden's same quote and snickered. It's uncanny how we can take a close game and watch it fall apart in less than a minute.
Putting aside just the joy of beating Notre Dame, it really is crucial to beat them or UNC. We've been more competitive this year, but progress has to be measured by more than one win.

ThadisRad said...

What concerns me is that while you're right, we were more competetive for much of the year, the last few games have been awful. The FSU game was closer than normal, but our offensive stats are dismal. I chose to watch game three of the series, but it sounds like we were unable to do anything right offensively. Virginia Tech and Clemson were not even close. Now, they are much better teams, but I'm worried that we're starting to go backwards again.

I'm with head dude, we need a win against one of the final three, and it likely won't be Georgia Tech.

Head Dude said...

I watched a good part of the FSU game -- it was still the classic Duke game where the opponent was so much more athletic and fast, it would've taken a lot of fluke plays for us to really have a chance. Which is odd, since FSU has been more beatable the last few years, but definitely not by us. It was really their speed on defense where you knew none of our guys could get to the outside, and receivers couldn't get open downfield, even Riley.
25-6 isn't bad, but we never had a chance.

The Dude said...

Is Franchise's trivialization of Airborne's upcoming defeat of Notre Dame a sign that he is backing off??? Say it ain't so Franchise!

The Franchise said...

No, not at all! In fact, I was just taunting some of my relatives this weekend after watching Navy end its long run of futility against the Irish.

The fact of the matter is this: this year's Notre Dame team is historically bad, especially on offense. I like our chances to pull off the upset, but while it may be historic, it will hardly be shocking. Take it from someone who's watched a lot of bad Notre Dame football this year...

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