Swinney has heard enough: 'It's really kind of a joke...it's disrespectful to our players'

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Clemson's Dabo Swinney and defensive coordinator Brent Venables during the second quarter at Carter Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Clemson's Dabo Swinney and defensive coordinator Brent Venables during the second quarter at Carter Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Dabo Swinney has heard just about enough.

Jesse Palmer's on-air rant about 'Clemson-ing' took even his ESPN booth partners, Rece Davis and David Pollack, aback.

"West Virginia was yesterday," Palmer repeated, too many times to count, in response to Davis' and Pollack's speculation that the Tigers have turned a corner in terms of national perception.

On Thursday, during a radio interview with The Fan on 99.9, Swinney stood up for his Tigers.

"It’s really kind of a joke to be honest with you," Swinney said. "So what if we lose a ball game? How many teams don’t lose a ball game? It’s a joke.

"I think it was really poorly done by their (ESPN's) - the one guy who was doing the broadcast. It just gets old. It’s disrespectful to our players."

Swinney then interjected some numbers to back up his opinion.

"I’ve beat this horse to death," he said. "There are only seven teams in America that have been ranked 33 weeks in a row or more, and we are one of them. To me that is consistency.

"We've now won 11 straight games against unranked opponents by double digits, and only Alabama has a longer streak. We've won nine out of our last 10 conference games by double digits.

"But it doesn’t seem to matter what we do. Certain people have their own agendas. That’s just the way it is. We just focus on trying to be our best. I know there are a lot of people tired of hearing it."

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rsb8931#286014 writes:

You must consider the source when you get mad at what someone writes about you or your team. Jesse Palmer is a full grown man with a small child like brain that is vastly underdeveloped. He has no clue of anything he ever says and it is really too bad ESPN can't find someone to replace him. He reminds me of an old, senile man that starts talking and it sounds like gibberish. Nothing is coherent and never speaks in complete sentences. Maybe the childlike brain analogy was not the best but the old senile man's brain was on spot.

waran writes:

Show what we can do on the field. If we keep talking and lose one easy game it only proves Palmer right.

Go TIGERS - make it 14-0 this season.

Bigboots writes:

Palmer wears a blouse and a clip-on tie.
He's got Crisco in his hair.
Hard to take his comments seriously. Little Jimmy Neutron.

TigerFan95 writes:

Although I agree that Jessie Palmer can be a moron at times, his comments about Clemson were right on the mark. We’ve been underachieving for long enough now that it’s going to take a whole lot more than a few big wins agsinst the likes of LSU & UGA to erase the reputation we’ve earned. In fact, I can remember the exact moment it started going bad for us because I was there in the pouring rain to remember it. It was January 1st 1992 at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Clemson was heavily favored to beat the California Golden Bears in that game and instead we lost 37-14 in a game that was nowhere near as close as the score. It was the beginning of the end for Ken Hatfield and started our decline into underachieving mediocrity. Since then we’ve had promising seasons that have only ended in bitter disappointment. There was the 41-0 beat down from Syracuse in the 1995 Gator Bowl, the 41-20 thrashing by Michael Vick in the 2001 Gator Bowl, the 55-15 pummeling from Texas Tech in the 2002 Tangerine Bowl, the humiliating loss to lowly Kentucky in the 2006 Music City Bowl, the ugly melt down to USF in the 2010 Meineke Car Care Bowl and lastly the beat down of all beat downs with the 70-33 loss to WV in the Orange Bowl. Like I said, it’s going to take a lot more than what we’ve done so far to erase all these memories. In fact I think there’s only one thing that will do it----win it all. Go Tigers!

Xander5000 writes:

in response to TigerFan95:

Although I agree that Jessie Palmer can be a moron at times, his comments about Clemson were right on the mark. We’ve been underachieving for long enough now that it’s going to take a whole lot more than a few big wins agsinst the likes of LSU & UGA to erase the reputation we’ve earned. In fact, I can remember the exact moment it started going bad for us because I was there in the pouring rain to remember it. It was January 1st 1992 at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Clemson was heavily favored to beat the California Golden Bears in that game and instead we lost 37-14 in a game that was nowhere near as close as the score. It was the beginning of the end for Ken Hatfield and started our decline into underachieving mediocrity. Since then we’ve had promising seasons that have only ended in bitter disappointment. There was the 41-0 beat down from Syracuse in the 1995 Gator Bowl, the 41-20 thrashing by Michael Vick in the 2001 Gator Bowl, the 55-15 pummeling from Texas Tech in the 2002 Tangerine Bowl, the humiliating loss to lowly Kentucky in the 2006 Music City Bowl, the ugly melt down to USF in the 2010 Meineke Car Care Bowl and lastly the beat down of all beat downs with the 70-33 loss to WV in the Orange Bowl. Like I said, it’s going to take a lot more than what we’ve done so far to erase all these memories. In fact I think there’s only one thing that will do it----win it all. Go Tigers!

I remember the one I call the Vanilla Game when we won against Ga.Tech 9-7. I thought that was strange. All the other games you've mentioned we have avenged those losses except for Cal, Miss. State, South Fla., Syracuse to possibly win and I will throw in TCU too because that was also a game we could have won. Going back to Cal, that game was a loss because someone didn't get enough research on them. Every media source in the south and in other regions kept saying they didn't know a whole lot about Cal....they didn't have much film on Cal. Cal's offense was nothing Clemson had faced before at that time. Clemson's offense at the time was vanilla, grinding, and churning back then. Cal just loaded the box and stuffed us. But yeah, we had our shots and also we made shots of our own......yeah we must keep winning, but we do have everyone's respect nationally now. They know Clemson is out there.

wrmurray_65#290092 writes:

in response to waran:

Show what we can do on the field. If we keep talking and lose one easy game it only proves Palmer right.

Go TIGERS - make it 14-0 this season.

You're right...the best way to combat negativity is to showcase your talents on the field. Let's do this! Take care.

wrmurray_65#290092 writes:

in response to TigerFan95:

Although I agree that Jessie Palmer can be a moron at times, his comments about Clemson were right on the mark. We’ve been underachieving for long enough now that it’s going to take a whole lot more than a few big wins agsinst the likes of LSU & UGA to erase the reputation we’ve earned. In fact, I can remember the exact moment it started going bad for us because I was there in the pouring rain to remember it. It was January 1st 1992 at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Clemson was heavily favored to beat the California Golden Bears in that game and instead we lost 37-14 in a game that was nowhere near as close as the score. It was the beginning of the end for Ken Hatfield and started our decline into underachieving mediocrity. Since then we’ve had promising seasons that have only ended in bitter disappointment. There was the 41-0 beat down from Syracuse in the 1995 Gator Bowl, the 41-20 thrashing by Michael Vick in the 2001 Gator Bowl, the 55-15 pummeling from Texas Tech in the 2002 Tangerine Bowl, the humiliating loss to lowly Kentucky in the 2006 Music City Bowl, the ugly melt down to USF in the 2010 Meineke Car Care Bowl and lastly the beat down of all beat downs with the 70-33 loss to WV in the Orange Bowl. Like I said, it’s going to take a lot more than what we’ve done so far to erase all these memories. In fact I think there’s only one thing that will do it----win it all. Go Tigers!

So...if we don't "win it all", we're not a legitimately good team? Incredible.

Bigboots writes:

Palmer wears Spanx.

JSBCharleston writes:

The problem is, there are lots of teams that lose games they shouldn't, so if they bash our program when we deserve it fine, but bash all the others as well. Twice this year, florida has lost games they should have won. That is even worse, because they are a big bad sec school, losing to pathetic Louisville and Miami. So treat all teams the same when they pull a gator.

mrdoug1944#284617 writes:

Love the Tigers, They do have a tendency to play down to the level of the teams they are playing. Case in point was NCST and SCST. But as comments above stated, what about Nebraska getting 70 put on them last year by Wis. UF getting beat several years ago by NEB. Every team has games they want to put way behind them and forget about. oh yeah forgot about the smack down Utah put on the Tide a few years ago.

KIMOSAMI writes:

The insistence on continuing the besmirching of Clemson by the effeminate sounding Palmer, AKA, the first Bachelor(wink,wink), is particularly disgusting, given he's a pupil and buddy of the old ball sack.

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