December 31, 2012

Game Prediction - Chick-fil-a Bowl - Clemson vs. LSU

As college football fans, we fill eight months with baseball and basketball while anxiously awaiting the 12 Saturdays that we get to watch our favorite teams.

Well Clemson fans, this is it.

The Clemson Tigers exceeded expectations by finishing the regular season 10-2 with an ACC Atlantic Championship; however, Monday night’s Chick-fil-a Bowl against LSU in Atlanta, Georgia is not just another game.

It’s a time for Clemson to prove that they belong with the big boys of the SEC.

Can Clemson prove that it is the superior streak of tigers?


WHY LSU MIGHT WIN: LSU prides itself on being the most physical team on the field week in and week out and that’s not something that Clemson is used to. If LSU plays the way it’s capable of playing, the Cajun Tigers will control the line of scrimmage on offense and defense making it a long night for Clemson. LSU head coach Les Miles doesn’t use any tricks on offense, but in the words of Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables he just wants to “pound you into oblivion.” That’s just what Miles does with four running backs who all have over 350 yards rushing. LSU will let quarterback Zach Mettenberger throw the ball after he found his stride late in the season passing for over 250 yards twice in the month of November. On the defensive side of the ball, LSU is only giving up 101 yards per game on the ground, which won’t do Clemson any favors when running back Andre Ellington tries to balance the Clemson offense.

WHY CLEMSON MIGHT WIN: Tigers travel in an ambush and ambush is exactly what Clemson will need to do Monday night in order to emerge from the Georgia Dome victorious. Not many teams have actually been able to stop the sixth ranked Clemson offense in 2012 as it is averaging just over 518 yards and 42 points per game, but quarterback Tajh Boyd and company will need to hit on all cylinders from the first snap. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins said earlier this week that he wants to avenge his absence from Clemson’s win against Auburn in the Georgia Dome in week one and he is ready to be the Sammy from 2011- explosive and unstoppable. There is no doubt that LSU has great depth, however the Baton Rouge Tigers have only faced on spread offense this season- Texas A&M- and it took a late touchdown for LSU to emerge victorious. The good news for the Clemson defense is that LSU’s offensive strength is lining up in the I-formation and running it up the middle- something that Clemson has proven it can consistently stop this season. LSU is going to run the ball and try to control the clock, so if Clemson can stop the occasional play-action pass and get off the field, the Tigers from South Carolina have a great shot at leaving the Georgia Dome with a win.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN: The Clemson Tigers faced two teams ranked in the top-10 in Florida State and South Carolina, which led to Clemson’s only two losses. The physical nature of the oppositions’ defense slowed down Clemson’s high-powered offense and the Clemson defense couldn’t get s stop when it needed one most. The most physical defense that Clemson has faced coupled with an offense that improved over the last month of the season with Mettenberger will not bode well for the Tigers of the east. Unfortunately, I have to pick against Clemson for the first time in 2012…


Post written by Clemson Girl's Sports Bloggess, Nikki Steele.

December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Clemson Girls!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! We are taking a break for the remainder of the week to enjoy the holidays, but will be back in time to talk about the upcoming bowl game! Go Tigers!!

December 19, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: Elisabeth and Hunter's Clemson Love Story

Happy Wedding Wednesday ladies! This will probably be the last Wedding Wednesday until the Spring....but you never know, we may do an occasional one before then - so keep sending in your love stories and amazing photos!

Today's post features Clemson alums and college sweethearts, Elisabeth and Hunter. Hunter is currently working on getting his PhD in Electrical Engineering at Clemson and Elisabeth is working as an event manager at a local restaurant and hoping to eventually get her MBA from Clemson.

Their engagement photos were taken by the super talented Rebecca Moseley, the bride's best friend and Maid of Honor.

Hunter and Elisabeth met through a series of events. The first of which was a get together at a Berkeley apartment after a TigerPaw Productions director traiing during Elisabeth's junior year. Elisabeth met a few people that night that got her interested in Clemson Wesley. Elisabeth started attending some Wesley events, including dinner at China Wok where she first met Hunter.

After hanging out a good bit, lots of late night chats, and thousands of texts, Hunter finally asked Elisabeth out on dates (which she didn't know were dates), such as lunch at Chickfila, studying at Starbucks, and walks around campus. Elisabeth started praying about Hunter and asking God if this is where He was leading her. A few weeks later, Hunter asked Elisabeth if she would like to go to his spot and pray with him. Elisabeth agreed. They went to the place underneath the trees by the reflection pond and got Starbucks afterwards - which became their first official date. They have been inseparable ever since.

The Proposal (as told by Elisabeth herself)
"On our one year anniversary, I was woken up by a loud banging on my window at 8:30am. I sleepily got up and walked out of my room. I saw my friend Rebecca on the couch and asked, "Now what?" She pointed to the front door. I walked to the front door, opened it, and saw a gorgeous vase of a dozen red roses with Letter #1 inside. I walked in and read the letter which told me I was going on an adventure today and that there were other letters and I needed to find them.

Rebecca had the next letter. Then her other friends Thomas, and then Lane. Letter #4 had $50 inside it and told me to use it to go get a mani/pedi since he would always spoil me. After I went and had that done, I got Letters 5-8 from more friends Bebeau, Marlon, Molly, and Austin. Letter #8 told me to go home, get all dolled up, and go to Starbucks at 5:45pm where the Baristas would have my next letter.

I went home and got ready and then went to Starbucks. I got letter #9 from the Barista behind the counter. I read it and it told me to grab our drinks and head to our spot to recreate our first date, which was a year ago from that day.

As I walked down to our spot I saw that it was lit with candles and white lights hung on the tree. The record player was playing Jack Johnson's Better Together. I set the drinks down and Hunter put his arm around me and started to read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. It took him a couple tries since we were both crying so hard.

Once he finished he told me he loved me and had a lot more to say but couldn't get it out, but said that the last letter said it all. He bent down on one knee and asked, "Will you marry me?" with the last letter in his hand. I choked out a "Yes!" and got wrapped up in a teary hug. I opened the last letter which contained the ring, and had the sweetest message I have ever read. I gave Hunter the ring and he got back down on one knee and put it on my finger. I have never, ever been happier.

All the letters contained Bible verses and highlighted a reason why he loved me. After we got our spot cleaned up, we went to Pixie and Bill's for dinner. It was the best day I've ever had and I couldn't be any happier!"

The pair recently got married this past August at Clemson United Methodist Church. Their wedding photos were taken by the talented Photos by Cameron, whom Elisabeth has been friends with since 7th grade.

Congrats to such a beautiful couple who are no doubt madly in love with one another! Thank so much for sharing your photos and your love story with us today!

December 17, 2012

Sweet Clover Clemson Statement Gameday Necklace Giveaway

Good morning Clemson Girls! We hope everyone had a great weekend and was able to get some more Christmas shopping done.

Still have a few people to cross off your list? Check out this fabulous Etsy shop, Sweet Clover - specializing in affordable statement and gameday necklaces!

Statement necklaces are the fashion trend right now and can really add a pop of 'wow' to any outfit. However, statement necklaces are often very expensive... but not Sweet Clover's necklaces! They are very affordable and look like they cost three times as much as they do.

And Sweet Clover is offering all Clemson Girls 20% off of their order through Tuesday using coupon code CLEMSON20, and order by end of today to be guaranteed to receive your necklace by Christmas! Take advantage of this great offer to score some amazing gameday necklaces!

Sweet Clover Clemson statement gameday necklace giveaway
Sweet Clover has generously offered to give one very lucky Clemson Girl one of their Clemson statement gameday necklaces!

Use the widget below to enter in the giveaway..

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Deadline for all entries is tonight at midnight. We will draw a winner at random tomorrow and contact the winner by email. The winner will have 48 hours to reply to our email or we will draw a new winner.

Special thanks to Sweet Clover for sponsoring today's fabulous giveaway!

Good luck!!

December 12, 2012

Happy Hour - Pineapple Upside-down Cake Cocktail

Today's Wedding Wednesday post is unfortunately going to be postponed until next week.

And the combo of a yucky weather day and all of these rumors swirling about losing coaches, players, recruits, etc., I think I may just treat myself to a cocktail - will you join me? :)

I'm going to close my eyes, sip this, and pretend I'm sitting on the beach in 80 degree weather.

Pineapple Upside-down Cake
Quick and easy... 2 parts* pineapple juice, 1 part cake vodka, splash of Amaretto and splash of grenadine. Don't forget the cherry on top!

*Part: "Part" means any amount you want. It could be 1 ounce, 1/2 ounce, 2 ounces, 1 cup or any other amount you want. It all depends on how big you want your drink to be. **Remember, please drink responsibly!

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December 10, 2012

Latest and greatest Etsy Clemson finds...

Good morning ladies! If you follow this blog, you know that we love, love, love Etsy - a site for all things handmade and crafty.

If you're looking for that unique Christmas gift for the Clemson fan on your list who is so hard to shop for, Etsy is the perfect place to shop! And you'll probably find a few things to add to your Christmas wish list too. :)

Here are a few of our latest and greatest fave Clemson finds on Etsy...

Chevron Bow Clutch - $22

Wooden Rocking Horse (just request paw be facing correct way!) - $69.95

Clemson rocking chair - $59.95

Tiger yard windmill - $35

Clemson diaper cover - $20

Clemson Ribbon Wreath - $25

Clemson personalized iPhone cover inserts - $12

Clemson gameday skirt - $42

Clemson gameday necklace - $28

Clemson cherry cutting board - $60

Personalized Wine Glasses - $10

Clemson lighted tulle garland - $25

Clemson baby ballet shoes - $19.99

Set of 3 Clemson prints - $32

Girl's reversable Clemson jumper - $35

December 5, 2012

Wedding Wednesday - Katie and Mark's Clemson Proposal

Today's Wedding Wednesday will have you saying "Awww!". Today's post is about Clemson alums Katie and Mark and their amazing Clemson proposal story, sent to us by Katie's mom.

Katie and Mark met at Clemson. He played soccer for Clemson and was also the football team's kicker. They met downtown, and started taking almost daily walks on the dike to get to know each other before they actually started dating. They soon started dating the Spring semester before Katie graduated. Mark had graduated a year earlier, but had stayed to get his graduate degree and kick one more year for the football team.

In the fall of 2010, Katie's family and Mark's family went up for the Clemson/Ga. Tech game. Mark had already asked Katie's dad for her hand in marriage a month before and was planning the special proposal for that weekend. His whole family knew, and so did Katie's.

Mark and Katie went to the soccer game that Friday night and then rode around campus discussing all the special places they had been and the dike where it all started. The next morning they went to Pot Deli for breakfast (their favorite breakfast place) and Mark told Katie he had a surprise for her. They drove to the Clemson airport. Mark had stayed in contact with a couple of the pilots that used to fly him from his soccer games on Friday nights to his football games on Saturday. Mark had set it up for one of them to take him and Katie up in a plane and fly them over Clemson and the mountains in North Carolina. He had mentioned this to Katie in the past that he would do that for her one day, so she wouldn't get suspicious.

In the meantime, Mark had painted a 75 foot banner with the words, "Katie, will you marry me?" on it - that her dad and his dad were to roll out on the dike where there relationship began. The couple flew around for about an hour before flying over Clemson's stadium and on the third time they flew over the dike, the banner was to be rolled out. The pilot lowered the plane so Katie could see, and when she commented by saying, "Look there's our dike", she saw the banner that read, "Katie, will you marry me?" - to which she yelled, "What?!?", turned around and there was Mark in the floor of the airplane holding out a box with an engagement ring.

We don't think the pilot ever regained his hearing, because they were all wearing headphones! Katie answered yes and they flew back to the airport. Mark and Katie's family were waiting for them at a tailgate in front of Bowman field, where they had a big engagement party with family and friends.

The couple is now living in Cumming, Georgia, and are very, very happy! They go to a lot of the football games, and of course they never miss the Ga. Tech/Clemson game!

What a lovely couple and such a wonderful proposal story! Thank you so much to Katie's mother who emailed us and shared these photos and story.

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