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PostPosted: 03/01/20 1:44 pm    ::: Is "Gamecocks" an appropriate nickname? Reply Reply with quote

Cockfighting is a blood sport in which two roosters specifically bred for fighting aggression -- called gamecocks -- are placed beak to beak in a small ring and encouraged to fight to the death.

Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states and is a felony offense in 42 states and the District of Columbia. The possession of birds for fighting purposes is prohibited in 39 states and the District of Columbia, and being a spectator at a cockfighting event is illegal in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

https://www.aspca.org/animal-cruelty/other-animal-issues/cockfighting

Why should nicknames honoring Indian valor, such as "Fighting Sioux", be condemned as inappropriate, while a nickname praising a universally illegal blood sport, such as "Gamecocks", gets a pass?
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PostPosted: 03/01/20 2:29 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

All you need is a few people to claim that that nickname is hostile and abusive to roosters to get the ball rolling.



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PostPosted: 03/01/20 2:52 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Maybe we can get all the nicknames of animals used in other regrettable activities banned as well, like huskies, falcons, greyhounds, foxes, etc. Or all aggressive animals, including wolverines, panthers, and lions. And don't forget bloodthirsty humans...no more Spartans, Vikings, or Warriors.

Or we can just remember that Rutgers changed its nickname from the Chanticleers, another synonym for fighting rooster, to the Scarlet Knights, because the former was felt to conjure up the image of a bunch of chickens.


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PostPosted: 03/01/20 4:16 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I know its all fun being trolls and all, but South Carolina are NOT named "Gamecocks" after the sport of cock fighting.......


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PostPosted: 03/01/20 4:38 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Conway Gamecock wrote:
I know its all fun being trolls and all, but South Carolina are NOT named "Gamecocks" after the sport of cock fighting.......


so what are they named after? That was what I thought as well.



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PostPosted: 03/01/20 4:55 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

myrtle wrote:
Conway Gamecock wrote:
I know its all fun being trolls and all, but South Carolina are NOT named "Gamecocks" after the sport of cock fighting.......


so what are they named after? That was what I thought as well.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Carolina_Gamecocks


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PostPosted: 03/01/20 5:17 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Conway Gamecock wrote:
myrtle wrote:
Conway Gamecock wrote:
I know its all fun being trolls and all, but South Carolina are NOT named "Gamecocks" after the sport of cock fighting.......


so what are they named after? That was what I thought as well.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Carolina_Gamecocks



Sounds kind of like the same thing to me.

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The South Carolina Gamecocks represent the University of South Carolina in the NCAA Division I. This moniker is in honor of Thomas Sumter, a Revolutionary War hero from South Carolina who was nicknamed the "Carolina Gamecock" after British General Banastre Tarleton said Sumter "fought like a gamecock."



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PostPosted: 03/01/20 5:23 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

"Chanticleers" are fighting roosters? Really? Tell that to Geoffrey Chaucer. And stop trolling, FFS.



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PostPosted: 03/01/20 6:11 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

maybe they should change it to the Sumters then... Cool



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PostPosted: 03/01/20 6:12 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I think the Ducks and the Beavers are safe.



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PostPosted: 03/01/20 6:25 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Look at the school's logo. Is that a bird or a plane or a man?

Looks like they will have to change the nickname to TomSumters to be politically correct. Dude lived to the ripe old age of 97 -- quite an accomplishment back in those days.


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PostPosted: 03/01/20 6:32 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

https://www.si.com/college/2014/11/11/south-carolina-team-traditions

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The name made sense, since Sumter was devoted to the sport of cockfighting as a young man and employed fierce, guerilla-style tactics against the more buttoned-up Redcoats.


It could be that few people care about roosters since they’re a big part of the human diet.



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PostPosted: 03/03/20 10:48 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

We tried to check with the gamecock's themselves but they didn't seem to have a response unlike the native Americans who actually did....that was really a stretch on that one Mr. MacGrady....hope you have a more productive day today.


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PostPosted: 03/03/20 10:56 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Laughing That's all too *cute*.

Being a bird lover, I've never found SC's logo/mascot offensive. I get how some might. I actually HAVE Gamecocks. Keeping poultry is a hobby of mine. Mine are specifically known as Old English Game Birds which, much like Pit Bulls, were humanly refined to be pugilists. However, not all Pit Bulls, and few OEGBs are utilized for fighting anymore. They're just tiny little birds with feisty attitudes. Their purported *history* shouldn't be held against them.

That said, the wiki article really doesn't make a good case to refute Glenn. Razz

Connotations are such a delicate, time-sensitive thing. Why not complain about "Devils" (Duke, AZ-St, etc.)? Bears 'n Hawks are predators, natural killers..... Shocked Nah. I live in a land where a lying, cheating criminal is revered by many as The Leader of The Greatest Democracy. I've got better things to fret about.



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PostPosted: 03/04/20 7:55 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Since I'm too lazy to look it up , how did Jacksonville State come up with their mascot name ?


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PostPosted: 03/04/20 8:29 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

scfastpitch wrote:
Since I'm too lazy to look it up , how did Jacksonville State come up with their mascot name ?


https://jsugamecocksports.com/sports/2008/8/5/GEN_0805084206.aspx

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The exact details are lost to history, but a group of fans decided it was hard for the school's image to soar like an eagle if the team's name was something of a turkey. People like E.C. Wilson, Bruce Chase and Charles Sprayberry felt a more collegiate-sounding moniker would be more appropriate.

The supporters looked to Southern culture rather than the north pole to symbolize the school's tough spirit. Tongue firmly planted in beak, Gamecock supporters crowed the loudest, and the University found itself with a new identity: a mascot familiar to everyone, including the farm boys who comprised most of the student body back then.



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PostPosted: 03/04/20 4:52 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

myrtle wrote:
I think the Ducks and the Beavers are safe.


Don’t underestimate Beavers. We can be vicious when cornered.

But ordinarily we are friendly and cooperative.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-2000-06-08-0006070925-story,amp.html



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PostPosted: 03/05/20 5:13 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Dam them Beavers...lol... Razz


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PostPosted: 03/05/20 6:11 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

osubeavers wrote:
myrtle wrote:
I think the Ducks and the Beavers are safe.


Don’t underestimate Beavers. We can be vicious when cornered.

But ordinarily we are friendly and cooperative.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-2000-06-08-0006070925-story,amp.html


a couple of years ago they chopped down some of my fruit trees Twisted Evil I was NOT pleased.



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PostPosted: 03/05/20 8:39 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

myrtle wrote:
osubeavers wrote:
myrtle wrote:
I think the Ducks and the Beavers are safe.


Don’t underestimate Beavers. We can be vicious when cornered.

But ordinarily we are friendly and cooperative.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-2000-06-08-0006070925-story,amp.html


a couple of years ago they chopped down some of my fruit trees Twisted Evil I was NOT pleased.


Obviously, your Stanford allegiance was at the heart of the problem. Razz



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