Unblocked even I could do that
Jadeveon Clowney wins an ESPY for the hit that won't go away
No, no you couldn't.
I'm not just saying this because Vincent Smith has an account and knows this blog, but I'm pretty sure he would blow your entire body back as far as his helmet went.
To be fair to Vincent Smith, easily pound for pound the toughest guy on the team last year, I'm pretty sure you'd hit him and he'd still be standing upright, while you fell to ground feeling like you just ran into a brick wall.
Sure, Clowney was full-speed ahead unblocked, but the man is a freak of nature.
How many times do see a player make a move on an unblocked defender and leave him in his dust? Often times an unblocked defender gets juked out of his jock and left lying on the ground. Even in times that they don't, the opponent has time to try and attempt a move so that when they are hit, it's a glancing blow and they don't end up with their helmet getting blown 20 yeard downfield.
What was more amazing to me than simply the fact that he made the tackle or that how hard the tackle ended up being, were two things: 1) the speed at which he got to the ball carrier. He almost beat the handoff to Smith and he literally had no time to move once he received the ball. 2) that he not only forced the fumble, but rather than stand around posturing after a big hit (like so many players will do) he had the presence of mind to recover the fumble as well.
Honestly, I don't know if I have ever seen a more athletic play by a DL in my life. To try and pretend it was not impressive only shows your bias IMHE.
just give the Espy to physics.
that fucker wins everything these days
"I've been hit harder."
In all fairness it was a big moment and the play 'looked' spectacular! However, as a Michigan fan it sucks to have our team be Posterized. Hopefully, the boys that do the heavy lifting and skillz building use it as motivation for 'thier' team to be the ones doin the posterizing!?
The sensationalists in the media failed to realize Smith immediately got up right after.
If the stupid refs would have just made the correct spot on the fake punt then we would have never been in that situation.
ESPN is stupid. Therefore, the ESPYs are stupid. Science.
But ESPN's 2014 football recruiting rankings and team rankings aren't stupid. ESPN is science.
The ESPYs might be the most unimportant and stupid.
Dude. Screen actors guild awards.
LBJ beats out Cabrera, Manziel beats out Burke, Michigan vs Kansas isn't even remotely close to being mentioned as best game, the Trey isn't nominated for best play or moment, the Heat win multiple awards, Megatron gets beat out... Rough night with few bright spots except for the Hoyts and Robin Roberts which were very awesome moments.
And IMO Kenny Bell's hit was ten times better.
In this day and age, it's now an automatic ejection which is more stupid
I prolly watched that 100 times when it happened, that sound...oh so fantastic. Listen to the call too, ya gotta love Gus after a call like that
Not sure if serious or just stupid. It's Gus, not Tirico.
The broadcast team being Gruden/Tirico for that game. 2 requests...1) Google it and 2) apologize. I'm waiting...
The problem is, you corrected a person replying to Hokemaniac's post regarding the Kenny Bell hit in a video from the Big Ten Championship game which was done by Gus Johnson.
Don't hold your breath
I forgot about that play. That's right up there with the Trey block in the final as far as shitty reactionary calls go, even though this game wasn't as close or important.
If I were still in school and crack backs weren't allowed.... Why even bother?
How Lebron could beat the first triple crown winner in however many years is just ridiculous.
There was a triple crown winner last year? I don't follow horse racing very closely, and Lebron didn't mention it in any of his tweets.
p.s. Miggy got screwed.
And I forgot about the greatness of this block. Thank you sir.
People really need to stop coming up with every complaint they can about it.
Geez. It was a phenomenal play by Clowney. Why is that so hard to understand?
Because his helmet came off. It's waaaaaaay cool when the guy's helmet comes off. That's all we fans care about . . . his helmet came off. Had his helmet stayed on, the ESPY's would have kept looking for another play where a helmet comes off.
Want to win an ESPY? Slip a $100 to one of your old High School buddies that plays running back on the other team, and ask him to wear his helmet strap real loose. Then when you make an ordinary tackle on him, his helmet will pop off and everyone will OOH and AAH.
But was it though? It was a missed assignment, he was completely unblocked. The impressive part was the recovery by him, but that's not the part that gets the hype. The top 30 or so defensive ends in college football would have done the same thing, I bet.
But they didn't. That's how it is with every single great play of all time. If Steph Curry had been tossed the ball by Chris Bosh during game 6 of the NBA finals, could he have knocked down the same shot Ray Allen did? Could most of the better perimeter shooters have done that? Sure. But Ray Allen was the one that took the shot, so he gets the credit.
The play gets publicity because he was given an opening and took perfect advantage. I just don't understand the need to downplay it when if it was Brandon Graham that did this we wouldn't shut up about it for ten years.
Clowney (ANY DE for that matter) has the athleticism, the training and the responsibility to make that hit the way he did. His biggest accomplishment was not screwing it up. If anything it's an insult to Clowney because he's made plays that are way tougher (if not in that game) that just didn't look as pretty, but that's how layman fandom goes. I'd imagine it'd be like an artist working for thousands of hours on a set of painstakingly crafted paintings, only to see the turd-smeared-on-a-canvas he made in a drunken fit fetch the highest price at auction. You'll take it, but with the resignation that most people are too stupid to understand what happened.
And your example is entirely inappropriate. This is more like a 7'3" center making a putback dunk after everyone else in the paint falls down in a one-point game. Sure the stakes are high, but he'd better make the play.
Especially the part about Brandon Graham.
Man, you guys are so right. That Clowney hit was overrated. Just throw it in the junk pile along with garbage hits like these
Were those amazing plays? Yep, absolutely. I don't remember either being up for the best play of the year. Helmet didn't pop off on either though, so it's understandable. Had a helmet popped off, both would have won an ESPY
Still can't believe Braxton held onto that ball after that hit. I was sure when Frank had just hit him that I'd be seeing the ball on the ground a half second after it
I think there's a possibility we face South Carolina again this coming year.
Lots of great material if that matchup happens for some reason.
The biggest shocker was when the Heat won best team. I mean who would've thought they would get that award. /s
It was a great play by Clowney, no doubt about that. I don't think it was the best play of the year, though. That high school buzzer beater shot was a literal one-in-a-million type of moment, and I think that should of won.
But hey, its the ESPYs. What're you going to do?
Pssssst! The "E" in ESPN stands for Entertainment.
The "E" in ESPY probably does too.
theres no such thing as bad press. Do you think Smith is mad he will be forever memorialized as the player who Clowney clowned? He'll be on tv replays for eons.
Up-voted because for fuck's sake knock it off already with the knee-jerk moderation.
Honestly, you guys make a political forum look good by comparison. I don't agree with the above post but who the hell was so offended by this that they decided the world was better off if it didn't exist??
You wouldn't guess this blog is based in a free-speech country the way people behave around here.
It's very clear you not only don't understand free speech, but are unable to modify your own user settings to prevent negged comments from getting hidden. If you're going to whine about the community using a rather innocuous tool available to us and blame others for your own shortcomings, then leave. You won't be missed.
I turned off the ESPY's The moment Hamm made that unoriginal joke about Detroit. It's not like the ESPY's even matter.
What did he say?
What amazes me is how Clowney gets so much hype from an albeit great looking, unblocked play by him when it was the ONLY good play he made in the whole damn game. It's funny how no one mentions how he was so thoroughly dominated in the game.
Because OL never make hits like he did. Does it really amaze you that the freak of nature who dominated offensive lines all year and had the play of the game is getting attention for it?
And if you listen to South Carolina fans, he was held so much during the game that he couldn't do anything.
That is so close to hurting my feelings. So very close.
I don't think this should be play of the year. He out weighs Smith by 70 or 80 pounds and was unblocked. Was this hit any better than Kovacs' sack in the WMU game? I know the timing of the Clowney hit was big but I don't think that's why it's getting that much credit.
The play where Johnny Manziel fumbles it to himself and throws a touchdown on the same play @ Alabama I thought was way better
routine by Espn. It is probably one of the top 5 worst/Over done things they do. I'm sure it's ratings will be down just like the the rest of the network has been trending for a while now.
fox sports 1 cannot get here sooner
The amount of homer whining here is ridiculous. If Woodley had made the exact same play, people here would be tattooing it on their chests. It was an awesome play, quit fucking whining.
Speak for yourself. I don't talk much about Kovacs' sack against WMU (which also caused a fumble BTW) because he came through unblocked -- and that was arguably more impressive because A) the O-line got RPS-ed by a Mattison blitz, B) it was the QB's STRONG side, C) Kovacs was a walk-on safety, not a draft pick DE and D) the result was a defensive TD. But whatever. Unblocked is unblocked; you look bad if you don't make the play. Don't shove words in my mouth and then accuse me for saying them.
Botched assignments aren't awesome plays. Layman fans like them because they ooh over big hits and aah over long TDs but I don't come here for layman discussions. The upthread claim that anyone could make the same hit is an exaggeration but otherwise, yeah, pretty much any DE in college football could've done the same thing because the path to the mesh point was all but paved.
Triple teamed in the BCS National Championship Game, with the game on the line on the final play, Jake Ryan wards off three blockers and hits Alabama’s A. J. McCarron so hard that McCarron’s helmet lands in the stands, McCarron wakes up speaking Swedish and can’t recall anything about his past, Katherine Webb is hospitalized, Brent Musberger is forced to retire from broadcasting college football games, Gus Johnson is speechless (and eventually decides that he'll pass on broadcasting any more soccer games). . . . And Michigan wins the national championship!
Sure, it's definitely the sexiest "OH SH*T SON" play of Clowney's career but it required almost no skill on his part. I bet Clowney made 50 other plays last year that a theoretical CockGoBlog would've given a higher score on their theoretical UFR.
Exactly. The fact that this play is now enshrined with other plays that exhibit true technical genius, such as Mike Legg's goal in the 1996 NCAA tournament against Minnesota, is insulting.
ANY DE worth his salt would've made the exact same play on a tailback hung out to dry because his guard blew his blocking assignment. It's not whining to point this out.
Well said. This is probably the best I have seen Clowney's play put into context . Great play? Absolutely. Unbelievable play? No way.
There's no way the "Cocks" fsns are intelligent enough to understand UFR. I'm allowed to say it because I live in Columbia.
I'm fairly certain "CockGoBlog" wouldn't be even tangentially related to South Carolina football.
They won't talk about how Taylor Lewan totally owned his ass the entire game.
It was a great hit. Unblocked? Yeah. Remember that we shouldn't have had the ball at all, though. The fact that Clowney came through with a hit like that and recovered the fumble the play after we didn't get a fourth-down conversion seemed like a force of karma when it happened. Like Clowney had rearranged fate to give South Carolina another chance.
Crazy, yeah, but this is sports. That's why it won. It WAS a great hit and it deserved to win.
I hate it as much as anyone, but it was a phenomenal play... Especially if u include the context. We had just been handed a VERY questionable 4th down conversion and had all of the momentum. Clowney was completely unblocked for sure but for as small as Vince was in 4 years playing I did not see anyone come remotely close to splatting him the way that hit did and then most impressively Clowney had the wherewithal to recover the fumble with one hand... Like it was a baseball. While "technically" not the most impressive play, it was the ultimate "man beast" play.
So much butt hurt all in one thread.
Every time I see or hear about the Clowney hit I convince myself that was the #1 reason Lewan came back this year, because he knows it was all on him, and he needs to wash that off with a year's worth of crushing every DE he faces.
I saw him pull on the play and ignore him like someone was suppose to get, did someone admit it was on taylor?
My understanding has always been that Taylor changed the blocking scheme at the line and Barnum missed the audible, thus leading to the greatest hit EVAR!!!
Odd how I get downvoted for trying to put a positive spin on that play - that it may have been the reason our All-America OT decided to return.
I think it was actually Kwiatkowski who said he called the audible but Taylor apparently didn't hear him because the stadium was so loud. Or maybe it was Taylor..not sure
should have won the award. It was hilariously awesome to see it happened on Thanksgiving Day and still funny to watch it months after it.
That was a big, momentum changing hit. What pisses me off most is that, in part because of that hit, some people say the Lewan-Clowney matchup was a draw. What? Clowney made 2 plays all game and was matched up with Lewan on one of them. Taylor shut that guy DOWN!
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I think we should let this go. There is no shame that it happened to happen against us. The kid is a helluva player.