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Old 06-07-2010, 08:41 AM
 
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Another forum member brought up the recent arrest of several people in Greenville County for running a cockfighting ring.

I guess that brings up the question about the USC mascot.....a Gamecock with spurs on its feet. Does this mascot need to be changed? Does it promote or endorse illegal cockfighting? Does the Gamecock mascot bring up images of animal cruelty?

Thoughts?
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Eat mor chikin.
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Old 06-07-2010, 01:40 PM
 
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Chicken Fighting is illegal????? Damn Ive got to find another hobby

Remember this from Rush Hour 3 With Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan

Carter: I understand. I got a brother, too. My little brother, Perry. We used to be best friends. Now we don't even speak. He thinks I tipped off the cops about the chicken fights in his garage. Can you believe that? My own brother think I'm a snitch. Just because my chicken lost in the semifinals. I didn't even really care.
Lee: Carter.
Carter: He had to fight a chicken that didn't make his weight. And he still went the distance. He had a lot of heart. And he was delicious.

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Old 06-07-2010, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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If the Gamecocks play another team called the Gamecocks maybe I'll be just a little bit concerned. Otherwise it's a moot point. Gamecocks are also bred for show and breeding, like pigeons and parakeets. They are beautiful. Tigers: how original.
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Old 06-07-2010, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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No. Don't be silly.
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Old 06-07-2010, 05:38 PM
 
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If the Gamecocks play another team called the Gamecocks maybe I'll be just a little bit concerned. Otherwise it's a moot point. Gamecocks are also bred for show and breeding, like pigeons and parakeets. They are beautiful. Tigers: how original.
No one has brought up Clemson, except you. The OP attended another SEC school, if I'm not mistaken.

As a counterpoint to the 'bred for show and breeding' comment, we must also recognize that it's the "fighting gamecocks" that is the mascot, not the "state fair, first-in-show gamecocks". Fighting is a part of the allure of the gamecocks as a mascot. If it's not, then I have no idea why it would ever be chosen. Sumter didn't get the name from their looks.
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:02 PM
 
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No one has brought up Clemson, except you. The OP attended another SEC school, if I'm not mistaken.

As a counterpoint to the 'bred for show and breeding' comment, we must also recognize that it's the "fighting gamecocks" that is the mascot, not the "state fair, first-in-show gamecocks". Fighting is a part of the allure of the gamecocks as a mascot. If it's not, then I have no idea why it would ever be chosen. Sumter didn't get the name from their looks.
You are correct. As the OP, I'm an Alabama alum....ROLL TIDE!

This thread is not about Clemson vs USC. It is simply about the fighting Gamecock and is it really a worthy image / mascot that should be used for a state university? Columbiadata brought up the horrors of cockfighting in another thread, after the news that some Greenville County people were arrested for running cockfight rings. I thought it was a worthy topic (thanks Columbiadata) and created a thread. If cockfighting is illegal and an abuse of animals, follows logic that a mascot and team name called the Gamecocks would be frowned upon.
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Mascots are inanimate objects so no, having a Gamecock as a mascot does not encourage cockfighting. Cockfighting is illegal and the people engaging in it know that.
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:29 PM
 
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Mascots are inanimate objects so no, having a Gamecock as a mascot does not encourage cockfighting. Cockfighting is illegal and the people engaging in it know that.
So, following the above logic, a mascot of a child sexual predator, a mascot of a heroin needle, a mascot of a drug dealer.....all would be OK since mascots are inanimate objects?
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:23 PM
 
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God, I hate political correctness.
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