Wow! The theme for the Photo Hunt today was kind of tough! We know there are lots of superstitions out there and we've heard about someone being cursed before, but we've had no experience. However, we remembered a special curse that was specific to our beloved South Carolina Gamecocks called the "Chicken Curse."
The Gamecocks haven't had the best history of winning in college football (or any other sports) until recently. According to legend, the curse began when then-governor Ben Tillman, who along with Thomas Green Clemson, for whom Clemson University is names, pushed for the need for a school to cater to the poor farmers of the state. However, the elitists in urban areas like Charleston and Columbia, as well as the South Carolina Legislature tried everything in their power to stop the school from being formed. Longs story short, Clemson would be established and Tillman, who would serve 24 years in Congress, did everything in his power to torture the University of South Carolina, going as far as the legend goes, slamming a pitchfork into the ground of South Carolina's campus, declaring the school to be cursed. And from that point, the university's athletic teams, which became Gamecocks in 1901, would be doomed to mediocrity.
Mom Paula remembers sitting through the 1-10 and 0-11 football seasons and always hoping the Gamecocks could "break even" each season or at least qualify for a bowl. Much of that has changed in the last decade. Our baseball team won the College World Series in 2010 and 2011 and other teams have won a championship or the SEC Title. Our football team has won 11 games in each of the last 3 seasons and a preseason #4 for 2014. Our first football game is on August 28 against Texas A&M and is the first college football game of the season. Of course, Mom Paula will be there and we'll be home cheering them on. We think the chicken curse is dead!