November 30, 2011

The Sassy Palmetto Giveaway winner

Burr it's cold outside. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... we hope you took the opportunity today to shop The Sassy Palmetto's amazing selection of unique Clemson gifts. Take advantage of their current specials - some of their items are up to 40% off.

We've been busy compiling the entries for today's giveaway and we are so excited to be giving away TWO prizes to one very lucky Clemson Girl. Big, big thanks to The Sassy Palmetto for sponsoring such an awesome giveaway.

So, without further ado... the lucky Clemson girl who will win the Mini Market Tote and a Tiger Paw Ornament is.....

Leah S. from Charleston, SC

Congrats Leah! Please email us at to claim your prize!!

Are you in the Christmas spirit yet?? :)


Clemson Christmas Shopping with The Sassy Palmetto (+ a giveaway)

You probably noticed we haven't posted since Saturday...we needed a few days to sulk and move past what happened Saturday night.

[deep breath] Phew. Over it. :)

We can't let that game dampen our spirit - especially since it's almost December (!!!) and Christmas is right around the corner.

Raise your hand if your Christmas shopping is done.

Yeah... I didn't raise my hand either. That's ok, we still have time to get great gifts for those lucky people on our Christmas lists...especially the Clemson fans on your Christmas list.

If you haven't yet, please check out family-owned The Sassy Palmetto -- your one stop shop for unique Clemson gifts that are great for entertaining and decorating.

Do you have Clemson fan friends who are always throwing game viewing parties? Or the person who always hosts the big tailgate and goes all out? Check out some of The Sassy Palmetto's Clemson serving dishes... I love the Clemson Places's on my Christmas list for ME! :)

This wine glass will turn instantly add class and style to your tailgate or it.

Maybe you're the one who hosts the tailgate...why not get the people who always stop by your tailgate some great Clemson tailgate accessories -- the purple basket is great for hauling snacks and drinks to the tailgate (it's about time they brought some food to your tailgate, right?).

You can also find some great stocking stuffers at The Sassy Palmetto as well - koozies, sunglass straps, and adorable and unique clemson ornaments.

You can find great gifts for your Clemson fan friends who already have everything else 'Clemson' themed. These metal tiger paw stands and yard stakes are great gift ideas.

This vintage Clemson program calendar is such a neat gift idea - who wouldn't want this hanging in their office?

And I'm sure you'll agree with me that men are the toughest to shop for...ME: "Hey Dad, what do you want for Christmas?" DAD: "I don't know... eh... nothing...I don't need anything." Sigh... Enter The Sassy Palmetto to the rescue... they have great gifts for the men in your life. The Clemson trailer hitch cover is cool, or gift this Clemson doormat -- perfect for their garage.

Start your shopping engines - The Sassy Palmetto is having major sales right now with items up to 40% off.

The Sassy Palmetto Giveaway
While shopping for gifts for your family and friends, enter in today's giveaway for a chance to win a gift for YOU! One lucky Clemson Girl reader will win not one, but two prizes from The Sassy Palmetto. You could win a Mini Market Tote ($21.99) plus a Tiger Paw Ornament ($8.99).

How to Enter:
  1. Post a comment on this post with your first name, last initial, and where you are from (1 entry).
  2. ‘Like’ The Sassy Palmetto on Facebook, then comment on their Facebook wall with "Clemson Girl sent me!"(1 entry).
  3. Follow the Sassy Palmetto on Twitter, then tweet about this giveaway – include a link to this post and copy @SassyPalmetto and @clemsongirl (1 entry).
  4. Share this giveaway on Facebook, then comment on this post and let us know you shared (1 entry).
  5. Email two friends about this giveaway – include a link to the post and copy us ( on the email (1 entry).
Deadline for all entries will be tonight at 7pm EST. We will compile all of your entries, randomly draw a winner and announce the winner back on the blog later tonight around 8pm EST. The winner will have 48 hours to contact us or we will draw a new winner.

Tis' the season...Happy shopping!


November 26, 2011

Clemson vs. USC game prediction

Thanksgiving is over and family members no longer have to be civil. It’s officially time for a trip to Williams-Brice, a stadium Clemson has owned for over 108 years.

And, it’s time for the Tigers and 10,000 orange clad faithful to make the 100 mile trek down I-385 and Interstate 26 to collect the rent and two years of past-due fees.

Let’s take a look at the Clemson vs South Carolina matchup.

Let’s face it, USC isn’t really known for their electric passing game or great wide receivers. Quarterback Connor Shaw has completed 98-of-151 passes for 1,008 yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions. Shaw has found one-time superstar Alshon Jeffery 43 times for 585 yards. After a magnificent season a year ago, Jeffrey was dubbed as a first round draft pick, but he has played lazy, uninspired, and lackadaisical so far this season. Clemson’s speedster cornerback Coty Sensabaugh will probably be tasked with keeping Jeffrey off the statistical charts.

USC’s weakness this year has been on the offensive line after losing key players to injury earlier in the season. If Andre Branch, Malliciah Goodman, Rennie Moore, and Brandon Thompson can get a little push on the line, they should be able to get pressure on Shaw forcing him to move his feet and get out of the pocket. USC is 99th in the country in passing offense averaging 174.45 yards per game. Clemson ranks 26th nationally against the pass and the only other time Shaw has faced a top 30 ranked passing defense, he finished 16-for-25 for 128 yards, no touchdowns and one interception- in the Gamecocks loss to Arkansas. Shaw was also sacked six times by the Razorbacks defense. ADVANTAGE- CLEMSON

The heart and soul of the Gamecock offense is the ground attack. Steve Spurrier, although known for a fun-and-gun style offense has played to the strengths of his offense. Shaw will run a zone read most of the day giving him the option to hand it off to running back Brandon Wilds or keep it and run up field based on the actions of the defensive end.

As Clemson fans and the entire country know, Clemson has been less than stellar against running teams the last three weeks. The Tigers allowed Maryland’s C.J. Brown to rush for 162 yards. Tevin Washington of Georgia Tech carried the ball 176 yards on 27 carries. Now, don’t get me wrong, Shaw is no Brown or Washington, but he is just athletic enough to be a weapon running the ball. The Clemson defense will need to play their assignments and play physical. If Clemson’s linebackers and defensive line can stay in their gaps and hammer Shaw on every possession it could be a long game for the Gamecock offense. Until the Clemson defense can show some consistency against the run… ADVANTAGE- SOUTH CAROLINA

As good as everyone in the country makes the South Carolina defensive line out to be, they have only played TWO true passing teams - Georgia and Arkansas and both teams threw for 248 yards and 299 yards, respectively. With the return of left tackle Phillip Price, the Clemson offensive line should be well-equipped to handle the pass rush coming from the Gamecocks defensive line. Melvin Ingram and Jadeveon Clowney have accounted for 11 of South Carolina’s 20 sacks this season.

To keep that in perspective, Clemson’s defensive line that has been heavily criticized also has 20 sacks on the year. Tajh Boyd is the key to the passing game. The last three games, he has tried to force throws into tight windows, throwing into double and triple coverage when there are other wide open guys with lots of room to run. Boyd cannot continue to key in on one or two players and remember his checkdown receivers.

Freshman phenom Sammy Watkins also returns to the lineup and his ability to stretch the field, will cause the South Carolina secondary to double-team him, leaving another Tiger receiver open. ADVANTAGE- SLIGHT CLEMSON

Clemson’s running game has struggled as of late averaging less than 100 yards per game. The last great game the Tigers had on the ground was against Maryland when Andre Ellington rushed for over 200 yards. Since then, they have been largely ineffective although one game was without starter Andre Ellington. Ellington has rushed for 871 yards and nine touchdowns.

The problem has been a lack of execution and fumbles by backups Mike Bellamy and D.J. Howard. The South Carolina defensive front has allowed just over 141 yards per game on the ground this season and only three teams have run for over 200 yards- two of which are option teams. ADVANTAGE- SLIGHT SOUTH CAROLINA

The Clemson special teams has been less than spectacular the last two weeks giving up two long punt returns and one for a touchdown. Punter Dawson Zimmerman is averaging 42.6 yards per punt. Kicker Chandler Catanzaro is 17-for-22 on the season including a huge game-winning field goal to clinch the ACC Atlantic against Wake Forest.

As for the Gamecocks, even the Ol’ Ball Coach calls the South Carolina special teams, “embarrassing.” Punter Joey Scribner-Howard is averaging 39.2 yards on 44 punts. Kicker Jay Wooten is only 5-of-8 on field goals. The Gamecocks are giving up over 21 yards per kickoff return and if Sammy Watkins is back returning kicks, don’t expect Spurrier to give his Gamecocks the go-ahead to kick to the explosive returner. ADVANTAGE- SLIGHT CLEMSON

South Carolina holds momentum in the series over the last two seasons winning in blowout fashion both times. Logic and national pundits say the Tigers don’t have a chance against a stingy Gamecock defense. You can throw out all of the season statistics, all of the wins and losses, and everything associated with what has happened in the previous 11 games. This is Clemson vs South Carolina. This is the Palmetto State Showdown. This is for bragging rights.

Forget what the national media and what Las Vegas (USC is a four point favorite) predicts, it’s time for the Tigers to collect the rent on what they have owned with a record of 65-39-4.


Post written by Clemson Girl sports blogger, Nikki Steele.


November 24, 2011

Happy Turkey Day - Chicken dinner anyone?? wishes you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for so many things this year.

What are you most thankful for?


November 23, 2011

New fashion to Fall for from McAuley's Unique Boutique

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

With Thanksgiving comes the kick off to the holiday season, which means holiday parties, family gatherings and other fun events...which calls for dressing up in your finest.

Oh, and how could we forget the Clemson vs. USC game AND the ACC Championship game...which whether you'll be at the games or watching at a viewing party, also require dressing your gameday finest!

If you are ever in need of a great looking outfit for an upcoming party or event, McAuley's Unique Boutique is your solution to your fashion needs. The best part about McAuley's Unique Boutique is they can make you look super chic and on trend from head to toe.

They've got all the pieces you'll need (dresses, tops, jeans, tights, boots, jewelry, scarves...etc.) and the staff that are essentially stylists -- so all you need to do is show up, tell them what you need an outfit for and leave the rest to them.

And of course with Thanksgiving comes the big sales -- and McAuley's Unique Boutique does not disappoint with their Black Friday Tent Sale. They will be open from 6am-7pm this Friday. All regular priced items will be 15% off all day long (both online and in store), and they will have sale items up to 90% off in the tent (also available online starting Friday morning). The first five people to spend at least $250 in the store on Friday will receive a free gift.

BONUS: McAuley's Unique Boutique also told us that lots and lots and lots of Clemson color apparel will be discounted!

You can also knock out some Christmas shopping while shopping for yourself -- McAuley's Unique Boutique is offering free gift wrapping through Christmas Eve. You can also purchase McAuley's Unique Boutique gift cards in store and online.

Don't forget that McAuley's Unique Boutique shipping is super fast if you live in the southeast -- so it's not too late to get your outfit for Saturday's game. All online orders of $150 or more get FREE shipping.

Make sure you follow McAuley's Unique Boutique on Facebook so you can see all of the newest arrivals before they even go on the website!

We love the holidays and we love holiday sales! Go Tigers!


November 22, 2011

Big sale on all things orange & purple at Two Sisters Boutique!

How about some good news to get you out of this past weekend's loss blues?? How about an enormous sale on Clemson gameday apparel at Two Sisters Boutique?? Whoo hoo!

Two Sisters Boutique in Clemson is having a ginormous pre-Thanksgiving sale...everything in the store is on sale.

All orange and purple apparel is 30% off! Check out these gorgeous crochet tops - these would be great over a sweater for the Clemson vs. USC game.

Every Clemson Girl needs an orange winter coat - seriously! Check out this one from Two Sisters Boutique. And I love this orange sweater cardigan also.

And why not top it off with a matching scarf! Two Sisters Boutique has a big selection of scarves to choose from... and all scarves, jewelry and handbags are 20% off!

Did you say handbags?? Love this!

All winter shoes are 25% off - now is a great time to snag those winter boots you've been eying.

If you live in the upstate, make sure you stop by Two Sisters Boutique and take advantage of this amazing sale. They also have select apparel up to 90% off and all other apparel is 25% off.

Don't live in the upstate? No worries! You can shop their Facebook page. See something you like? Post on the photo or give them a call and order over the phone. They will ship to you!

Want something to cheer you up even more? How about a $100 shopping spree to Two Sisters Boutique?? They are holding a contest on their Facebook page -- All you have to do is invite your friends to 'Like' the Two Sisters Boutique page. Then post a comment on their wall that you inivted someone. They will randomly pick a winner and announce the winner on their Facebook page tomorrow!

We love Two Sisters Boutique and their big selection of all things orange and purple -- we hope you love them too. Don't miss out on this amazing pre-Thanksgiving sale!


November 21, 2011

Opportunities gained and opportunities lost.

The Clemson Tigers heard all week how they had nothing to play for on Saturday and how NC State was playing for their season.

Turns out, the Tigers had everything to play for with Nos. two, four, and five in the BCS standings losing on Saturday. Clemson could have moved up to number three or four and considering they play a top-fifteen South Carolina this week and a top-five Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game, they could have played their way into the national championship picture.

Too bad they played their way out with a 37-13 loss at Carter-Finley Stadium.

The Clemson defense played the best first quarter of football they have played since week five against Virginia Tech and then the turnover bug bit the offense again giving the ball to the Pack on the 18-yard line after a Mike Bellamy fumble, the six-yard line after a Tajh Boyd fumble, and the 11-yard line after a 34-yard punt return.

When the defense has less than 20 yards to do its job, they probably aren’t going to be very successful, although defensive coordinator Kevin Steele wouldn’t use the short field as an excuse.

“That’s what they’re trained to do,” Steele said. “It’s like asking a Navy SEAL or a fireman who they keep themselves fired up to go in and fight a fire. It’s what we do. We don’t teach our guys anything but it doesn’t matter how you’re called upon, when you’re called upon or how it happened, our objective is to get out on the field and prevent them from crossing the goal line. If it’s a situation like that, at least force a kick. We didn’t do that.”

The offense didn’t have much success against the Pack as quarterback Tajh Boyd was scrambling for his life most of the night. With left tackle Phillip Price out with a knee injury, the Tigers were forced to fill some holes on the offensive line with less experienced guys.

And the result was six sacks on Boyd.

Offensive coordinator Chad Morris said that the lack of offensive production is completely his fault and he will do whatever it takes to get things corrected.

“It starts and ends with me as the offensive coordinator,” Morris said. “Right now, we’re not playing with the confidence level we had earlier in the year. The last three weeks, the inability to protect the football has been a glaring concern. It’s totally unacceptable. Whether it’s a lack of focus, I know it’s continued to be harped on in practice over and over, I promise. We’re not doing anything different in terms of how we’re teaching ball security. But right now it’s not working. You can’t win any football games like this. You will struggle to win ball games turning the ball over.”

As much as this loss stings for players and fans alike, the opportunities on the horizon are just as big.

Clemson has the opportunity to win ten games for the first time in 20 years.

The Tigers have the opportunity to prevent their arch-rival, the South Carolina Gamecocks from having their second ten win season in the program’s history.

Clemson still has an ACC Championship to play for and an opportunity to win the ACC for the first time since 1990.

Clemson has a chance to visit the Orange Bowl for the first time since 1981 and win a BCS bowl for the first time in school history.

And most importantly, the Clemson players and staff have the opportunity to prove to the nation and the national media that this is not the same old Clemson and that the Tigers can be relevant on the national stage.

Make no mistake, with three games left in the football season; there is EVERYTHING to play for.

Post written by Clemson Girl sports blogger, Nikki Steele.


November 18, 2011

Clemson vs. N.C. State game prediction

The Clemson Tigers are 9-1 and the ACC Atlantic is wrapped up. They are coming off of an emotional win after a game-winning field goal as time expired. There is a nationally-relevant rivalry game looming in eight days. The ACC Championship game is just over two weeks away. A 5-5 opponent is fighting for its bowl eligibility. The Wolfpack is celebrating Homecoming and is playing with a sense of urgency after losing to last place Boston College.

What do all of these ingredients have in common?

They are the perfect recipe for a trap game.

The division title is firmly in hand and the rivalry game with South Carolina looms a week later, and their second trip to the ACC Championship game is in 15 days. The N.C. State Wolfpack; however, have everything left to play for. After losing to Boston College last week, they must now win their remaining two games in order to become bowl eligible.

Here’s how the menu sets up for No. 7 Clemson at N.C. State in Raleigh, N.C. at 3:30pm EST.

The Russell Wilson era ended in Raleigh over the summer after head coach Tom O’Brien granted him a release to go play professional baseball. After the baseball experiment failed, Wilson decided to transfer to Wisconsin where up until a couple of weeks ago, he was having a Heisman-worthy year.

Enter Mike Glennon- the 6-6 senior quarterback who is leading the Pack offense. Glennon has thrown for 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season. The Pack rely heavily on Glennon’s rocket of an arm because their running game, or lack thereof, has caused them to be very one dimensional over the last three games.

Wide Receiver T.J. Graham is the speedy, downfield threat that Glennon will be looking for throughout the day. Graham has 31 catches for 553 yard and five touchdowns. The N.C. State running game has been inept all season long and is ranked 111th in country averaging 102 yards per game. The Pack will try to run the ball especially since teams have had success against the Tigers on the ground this season.

Glennon is not a threat to run the ball, so look for the Clemson defensive line to be able to put blitz and bring the pressure. Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele talked this week about cornerback Coty Sensabaugh’s speed and how well he tackles. Look for him to be matched up against Graham throughout the day as he gives the Tigers the best chance to limit the damage caused by the speedster. ADVANTAGE - CLEMSON

The question that everyone has been asking this week is, will Sammy Watkins play? The answer - that decision won’t be made until game time. If Tajh Boyd and the Clemson offense can limit the turnovers and go back to playing disciplined football instead of trying to go 70-yards on every play, Watkins can rest his shoulder and get ready for his first Gamecock encounter.


Offensive coordinator Chad Morris said this week that Boyd needs to be patient and remember his checkdowns instead of forcing the ball down field. If he will throw to his checkdown receivers and if the Tigers can get their running game going again, it could be a long day for the Pack.

Clemson has committed seven turnovers in the last two games. This plays right into the hands of the N.C. State defense who ranks sixth nationally with 27 takeaways. Corner David Amerson has ten interceptions on the year and looks to set an ACC record if he can get to 11 by the end of the season.

The Pack have playmakers on the defense, but they may not have enough to keep the Clemson offense tied down the entire game. If the trend of defenses dropping seven or eight men into coverage continues this week, Boyd needs to remember his ever so reliable tight ends Dwayne Allen and Brand Ford to be open on the short passing routes over the middle. With or without Watkins, the Tigers have plenty of talent at both running back and wide receiver to stretch the field.

The key for Clemson is to get the offense going early with Boyd and Andre Ellington running the ball and sprinkle in some passes to keep the defense honest and give Boyd his confidence. ADVANTAGE - CLEMSON

The Tigers haven’t played a team with a true threat in the punt or kickoff return game since the UNC game, where T.J. Thorpe took a kickoff 100 yards for the touchdown. This week, it’s another TJ - TJ Graham who averages just under 13 yards per punt return. Pack kicker Niklas Sade is just 12-for-17 on field goals and has only made four of his last eight attempts.

Clemson kicker Chandler Catanzaro was a difference maker last week winning the game as time expired. Dawson Zimmerman is always dependable and can be a game changer at punter. Kickoff duties will go back to Spencer Benton this week as long as he can be more consistent than last week. Clemson’s advantage will be greater if Watkins is able to play and is on the field returning kicks. ADVANTAGE - SLIGHT CLEMSON

This is the third time this season that Clemson has been a team’s homecoming - Maryland and Georgia Tech are the other two. The Pack comes home after a humiliating loss in Chestnut Hill, MA last week and is looking for redemption and the doctor has ordered a win over a top-ten ranked team to cure their ailments. The Pack have enough playmakers on both sides of the ball to make this a game, but this group of Tigers refuses to give up and won’t be intimated by anything or anyone. Look for this to be a typical 2011 Clemson game - a slow start and close in the third quarter with the Tigers pulling away in the fourth.


This post was written by Clemson Girl sports blogger, Nikki Steele.


November 17, 2011

Dog-E-Glow Clemson collar and leash giveaway winner!

We just love the Clemson LED collar and leash from Dog-E-Glow... it's such a clever idea and we (of course) love the Clemson paws!

Don't forget that you can get your own for 15% off now through Christmas just by entering ClemsonGirl in the promotional code box when you check out on Dog-E-Glow's website.

And now it's time to announce the lucky Clemson Girl who will get a Dog-E-Glow Clemson LED collar and Clemson LED leash of her own!

After compiling your entries and randomly drawing a winner... the winner is...

Gloria B. from Aiken SC

Congrats Gloria!! Please email us within 48 hours ( to claim your prize!

Thanks Dog-E-Glow for sponsoring today's giveaway. Go Tigers!!


Dog-E-Glow Clemson collars and leashes for your furry Clemson fans (+ a giveaway)

We typically post about Clemson fashion and gifts for Clemson Girls… and sometimes adorable apparel and items for your little Clemson girls… but what about the furry Clemson fans in your life?

No, we’re not talking about your husbands. :)

We’re talking about your dogs!

Raise your hand if you’re a Clemson Girl who likes to deck out your furry family members in Clemson gear? {raising hand} If you do, then you will be super excited to find out about today’s giveaway and the sponsor behind it.

Meet Dog-E-Glow…the first in the pet industry to offer a stylish/cool looking collar and leash design combined with the safety and functionality of LED lighting. You’ll have trouble finding anything like this – their products are truly one of a kind – available in a multitude of colors and fun patterns. Watch this video below to see the Dog-E-Glow collars and leashes in action!

One of the owners recently contacted us and wanted to spread the word about Dog-E-Glow's great pet products. When he was a child, his own dog was hit by a car late at night, so he and his business partners wanted to create a product that would ensure your beloved dog was visible even on the darkest of nights – hence, Dog-E-Glow was born. These collars and leashes are perfect for nightly walks, letting your dog out to use the restroom at night, keeping an eye on your pet at the tailgate after a night game…. The LED lights are guaranteed for visibility up to 1000 ft. away!

The Dog-E-Glow collars and leashes look and fell just like a normal collar and leash, and they are just as lightweight. The collars are available in adjustable sizes Large and Medium, and the leashes are a durable 6 ft. with reinforced handles. The collars and leashes are fully weather resistant and the LED’s have a 100,000 hour life (batteries included)!

A few months ago, Dog-E-Glow secured and exclusive license with the Collegiate Licensing Company and now offers their innovative collars and leashes in 50+ popular college designs – including, of course, Clemson! How cute would your dog look sporting this Dog-E-Glow LED Clemson collar and LED Clemson leash?

These collars and leashes would also make great gifts for your friends and family who own Clemson fan dogs of their own. Dog-E-Glow is now offering all Clemson Girls a 15% discount on their Clemson collars and leashes from now through Christmas Day! All you have to do is type ClemsonGirl in the promotional code box when checking out. Discount only applies to the Clemson products.

Now that the sun is going down so much earlier, this LED leash and collar combo will definitely come in handy for those evening walks with your dog. Drivers will not only be able to see your dog and his LED collar, but they will also see YOU holding the LED leash – double the safety factor!

Dog-E-Glow Clemson LED collar and leash giveaway
Dog-E-Glow has generously offered to give away one of their Clemson LED leashes and matching Clemson LED collars to a very lucky Clemson Girl.

How to Enter:
  1. Post a comment on this post with your first name, last initial and where you are from (1 entry).
  2. Follow Dog-E-Glow on Facebook and post on their Wall “Clemson Girl sent me!” (1 entry).
  3. Share this giveaway on Facebook, then post another comment letting us know you shared (1 entry).
  4. Follow Dog-E-Glow on Twitter, then tweet about this giveaway – include a link and copy @DogEGlow and @clemsongirl (1 entry).
  5. Email a link to this giveaway to two friends and copy (1 entry).
Deadline for all entries is tonight at 7pm EST. We will compile all of your entries, randomly draw a winner and announce the winner’s name to the blog around 8pm EST. The winner will have 48 hours to contact us or we will draw a new winner.

Special thanks to Dog-E-Glow for sponsoring such a fun giveaway. We cannot wait to see photos of your furry Clemson fans decked out in the Dog-E-Glow LED Clemson collars! Go Tigers!


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