Thursday, September 2, 2010

Chicken Curse

Tonight kicks off the college football season for the entire country. But really for the University of South Carolina it starts at 7pm when ESPN's Gameday lands at the footsteps of Williams-Brice Stadium.
For the last 100 years, no South Carolina athletic team has won a national championship UNTIL this past June when the baseball team won in Omaha.

I have to say, I believe this is due to my husband breaking the "Chicken Curse".

The most common legend concerning the origin of the Chicken Curse centers on Ben Tillman, a former South Carolina Senator and an instrumental figure in the establishment of Clemson University. Legend has it that after the South Carolina State Legislature made its initial effort to prevent Clemson's existence, Tillman slammed a pitchfork into the ground on campus at Carolina, declaring the University to be cursed. Whether the Cursewas then born or not is up for debate, but it seems to be a strange coincidence that the Gamecocks subsequently suffered through more than a century of futility.

But this will happen no longer. This summer we won our first National Championship because as we were leaving Frontier Ranch, Asher started to feel sick. My husband reacted immediately and snatched his beloved Gamecock hat off of his head and placed it in front of Asher's mouth. Asher promptly responded by barfing multiple times into the well-placed hat.
We had to throw away the sacrificed hat later on that trip while we shed a tear. It was all worth it.

Tonight starts a new season.
Also, women's soccer was ranked #12 in the pre-season.
I would be happy if either football or women's soccer was a grand success this season.

Just saying.

1 comment:

DHidey said...

I am a believer too!!