Monday, January 31, 2011

The Streak: The Eighth Time, Out Of The Last 55 Times, That Clemson Lost A Basketball Game in Chapel Hill…

King George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George) Windsor of England was still alive...

The Streak: Game Eight, January 5, 1952 – UNC 65, Clemson 59.   

This game came after a nine year hiatus when it appears the Tigers were either focused on improving their Southern Conference record - which they did - or the conference go so big the two teams didn't always play each other home-and-home.  This season they finished 17-7 overall and fourth in the SoCon with a 11-4 conference record.

North Carolina, while continuing The Steak in Chapel Hill, lost to the Tigers at Clemson 77-69.  This was the final season for head coach Tom Scott as the Tar Heels finished 12-15 overall, 8-11 and 8th in the Southern Conference. 

A few years prior, George VI was born on December 14, 1895 and is best known for his accession to the thrown after his brother Edward abdicated in order to marry twice divorced Wallis Simpson of Baltimore.  A Navy veteran, George was stalwart during World War II, but his reign did see the demise of the British Empire.  Of course, he is also the father of Queen Elizabeth II.

King George VI was also known for his stammer now made even more famous by the current film The King’s Speech.  Nominated for 12 Oscars, the movie is about George’s (as played by Colin Firth) efforts to overcome his stammer with the help of eventual life-long friend and elocutionist Lionel Logue (played by Geoffery Rush).  Based on what we saw, both actors are likely to take home gold statues.  The film is based on the book co-written by Logue’s grandson.

On 6 February, George, who was a heavy smoker and suffering from lung cancer, died from a coronary thrombosis in his sleep at Sandringham House in Norfolk, at the age of 56.

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