Tuesday, February 8, 2011

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

Shemp Howard was still alive…

The Streak: Game Twelve, December 4, 1954 – North Carolina 99, Clemson 66.

Times were tough in Clemson as the Tigers finished the year 2-21 and 0-14 in the ACC. Their two wins both came at the expense of Georgia and both were exciting games 74-72 and 105-94.  Speaking of 100 points, the Tigers gave up the century mark in nine games.  Duke and Furman scored 100 points, Virginia and Wake Forest did it twice and N.C. State put up 100 on three separate occasions.

North Carolina finished the season 10-11 and 8-6 in the ACC that was good enough for fourth.  Lennie Rosenbluth was a sophomore and the Heels still had a few kinks to work out.  N.C. State under the guidance of Everett Case won the regular season and their second straight ACC tournament with an 87-77 win over Duke in the final.  The Wolfpack’s Ron Shavlik was the tournament MVP.

The Wolfpack finished the season ranked #4 in the AP poll with a 28-4 record in spite of not playing in the NCAA tournament due to the Suits Then In Kansas’ sanctions.

Shemp Howard was born March 4, 1895 in Brownsville, Brooklyn.  He is best known as a part of the Three Stooges comedy team.  He was the older brother of both Moe Howard and Jerome "Curly" Howard as well as the "third stooge" in the early years of the act. He would rejoin the trio in May 1946 after Curly suffered a serious stroke.

Shemp used his somewhat homely appearance for comic effect once playing along with a publicity stunt that named him "The Ugliest Man in Hollywood.”

Notoriously phobic, his fears included airplanes, automobiles, dogs and water. 

On November 22, 1955, while returning home by taxicab from attending a boxing match, Howard died of a massive heart attack. He was lighting a cigar after telling a joke when he suddenly slumped over dead.

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