The bird is the word.

For those of you planning on making the second week of the season trek to beautiful Williams-Brice Stadium, I have some very disappointing news.

You won’t see this in the flesh, so to speak.

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Evidently, South Carolina will serve no gamecock before its time.

A giant, million-dollar fighting Gamecock statue planned for a plaza outside Williams-Brice Stadium won’t be installed in time for the 2018 football season.

The 15- to 18-foot-tall bird remains on hold because of engineering challenges stemming from its size and shape, University of South Carolina spokesman Jeff Stensland said.

USC had hoped to have the $995,000 bronze statue, paid for with private gifts, in place at Springs-Brooks Plaza before the 2017 season, then pushed that goal back to fall 2018.

Ultimately, Stensland said, the school favors a slower approach over rushing the statue’s installation and needing to make repairs later.

Take all the time you need, fellas.  You can’t rush inspiration.

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29 responses to “The bird is the word.

  1. 81Dog

    was this concept pitched by the same folks who talked the GSA into paying them about 80 grand (in 1980 money) for a paint splattered piece of canvas for the Federal Courthouse on Spring Street? The story is the workmen who saw it assumed it was an old dropcloth and were about to throw it away when the art curator (or whatever the person in charge of “style” for the new building was called) stopped the philistine workers.

    A chicken statue. Seems like they’re missing a branding tie in with KFC.

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    • dawgxian

      In their library, they have this massive curtain made out of metal rings. Years ago, the student newspaper was asked why they didn’t get rid of it. They had to explain to them that it was technically considered a work of art.

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  2. Saxondawg

    This is a real setback. I’ve been touring the nation’s great chicken statues, and this was on the list.

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  3. heyberto

    There is no more redneck of a mascot in the world, than an illegal game bird. The coots sure know how to celebrate that.

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  4. ChiliDawg

    What does it say when you’re building a million dollar statue to honor animal cruelty in 2018?

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  5. Thank goodness for the English Bulldog!

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  6. Vidaliaway

    Any cock’ll do.

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  7. How will the big chicken stack up to that???? We have a poultry arms race on our hands fellas.

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  8. DawgFlan

    Must have been engineered by a Tech grad.
    Does this count as throwing two stones, one bird?

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  9. Argondawg

    They seem to be over compensating for something with that giant cock in front of the stadium but now that Spurriers gone maybe they have room for one more.

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  10. Hobnail_Boot

    So what you’re saying is that the big ‘cock erection isn’t finished?

    I’ll show myself out.

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  11. AthensRules

    Probably having trouble coming up with a material to make it from that won’t melt in the 120 degree heat that is prevalent there in that warehouse district…..I mean Satan’s armpit.

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  12. Bulldog Joe

    Fortunately, Six Flags steps in to save the day.

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    • 92 grad

      Haha, nice!. I’m a “rigger” by trade and from what I can see, they can’t solve the inevitable “the water was cold!” Thing.

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  13. DawgFaithful

    A giant cock that costs just under a $million. Classic.

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  14. W Cobb Dawg

    The facility arms race continues. We get an IPF, scu gets new sod after a Beyoncé concert. We get a new locker room, scu gets a chicken statue.

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  15. The Truth

    A statue glorifying illegal, immoral activity.

    When Corch gets his there’ll be one in Columbia and one in Columbus.

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  16. artful codger

    As a recruit on an official, seeing that statue would give me WTF? pause

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