‘C’ is for Cocks

Did you know that in the state of South Carolina, it’s perfectly acceptable to go around yelling, “Go Cocks!” or to proclaim yourself a Cocks fan?

The University of South Carolina (USC) is the biggest university in our state. (And before you say, “Wait, Southern Cal is the real USC,” know that my USC was founded before California became a state. Boom.) The name the teams go by is “Gamecocks,” and they get that name from Revolutionary War hero Thomas Sumter, who was nicknamed the Fighting Gamecock. (Fun fact: Mel Gibson’s character in The Patriot was partially based on Sumter.)

People around here — especially sports fans — generally don’t think twice about talking about how much they love the Cocks.

“How ’bout those Cocks, baby?”
“Those Cocks are on a roll!”
“I’m a huge Cocks fan!”

We proudly wear our Cocks shirts, too.

See? We cocky.

If you look up the words “My Cock is Smelley,” you can even see a picture of my brother from back in the day. (Make for damn sure you don’t leave the ‘E’ out of “Smelley” or you’ll see some shit that you’ll need eye bleach for.)

So, yeah. A lot of us are pretty passionate about the Cocks around these parts.

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