Friday, March 4, 2011

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

JFK and Patsy Cline were still alive.

The Streak: Game 18, December 5, 1962 – North Carolina 64, Clemson 48.

This was the final season for Press Maravich at Clemson, and one of his best.  

The Tigers would finish 12-15, 4-10 ACC, but they would make a run at the ACC tournament title giving Clemson its first appearance in the Championship Game.  After defeating #2 seeded N.C. State and then #3 Duke, the Tigers would lose the championship game 77-66 to Wake Forest (16-10, 11-3).  Jim Brennan became the first Tiger to be named to the first team of the All-ACC Tournament Team.

Press and Pete Maravich
This was the Wake Forest team of All American Len Chappell who would be the MVP of the ACC tournament and a future number one NBA draft pick (Syracuse).  The Demon Deacon squad also featured one Billy Packer who would gain much fame as an announcer.  Wake Forest would go all the way to the Final Four before losing to Ohio State in the semi-finals.  The Deacs did rally and defeat UCLA in the “consolation game.”

The 1961-62 season was the debut of Dean Smith who was hired to replace Frank McGuire.   Smith, who was only 30 at the time, was faced with a number of challenges, including a limited game schedule and the loss of two key players (ruled academically ineligible.)

Prior to the start of the 1961 season, the ACC experienced a point shaving scandal. Four N.C. State players were accused of altering the score of several games and one UNC player was found to be involved with a gambler.  As a result, William Friday, the President of the University of North Carolina system de-emphasized basketball by allowing only sixteen regular season games. Therefore, Smith was limited to only two games against out of conference opponents (Notre Dame and Indiana).

Smith's illustrious career started on December 2, 1961 with a victory against Virginia in Chapel Hill on their way to an 8-9 record, 7-7 in the ACC.  Junior guard Larry Brown and senior center Jim Hudock led the Heels and both were named to the All-ACC Second team.

I was a few more years until Phil Ford came to Chapel Hill. 
North Carolina lost to South Carolina in the first round of the ACC tournament ending their season.
John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy was born May 29, 1917.  He was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.

After military service as PT-boat commander during World War II in the South Pacific, Kennedy represented Massachusetts's 11th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947 to 1953 as a Democrat.  Thereafter, he served in the U.S. Senate from 1953 until 1960.

Kennedy defeated then Vice President and Republican candidate Richard Nixon in the 1960 U.S. presidential election. He was the second-youngest President (after Theodore Roosevelt), the first 20th Century born President, and the youngest elected to the office, at the age of 43.

Kennedy is the only Catholic and the first Irish American president, and is the only president to have won a Pulitzer Prize. Events on note dealt with his administration included the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the building of the Berlin Wall, the Space Race, the Civil Rights Movement and early stages of the Vietnam War.


Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with the crime but was shot and killed two days later by Jack Ruby.  

Patsy Cline was born in Winchester, VA (about 40 miles from T.A.H. Worldwide Media LLC Headquarters) on September 8, 1932 as Virginia Patterson Hensley.  She is considered one of the most influential, successful, and acclaimed female vocalists of the 20th century.

Cline was best known for her rich tone and emotionally expressive bold contralto voice, which, along with her role as a mover and shaker in the country music industry, has been cited as an inspiration by many vocalists of various music genres. Her life and career have been the subject of numerous books, movies, documentaries, articles and stage plays.

Her hits included "Walkin' After Midnight," "I Fall to Pieces," "She's Got You," "Crazy," and "Sweet Dreams." Posthumously, millions of her albums have sold over the past 50 years. She has been given numerous awards, which have given her an iconic status with some fans similar to that of legends Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Ten years after her death, she became the first female solo artist inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

In 2002, Cline was voted by artists and members of the country music industry as number one on CMT's television special, The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music, and in 1999 she was voted number 11 on VH1's special The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll. Cline was  ranked 46th in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Singers of all Time."  

Like Buddy Holly profiled here two Streak games ago, Cline also died young in a private plane crash trying to get home to her family after a series of shows in Kansas.  The plane she was travelling in stopped to refuel and later crashed in Camden, Tennessee. 

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