For want of a comb, a ‘Cock was lost.

This could only happen at South Carolina.

You’ve seen him, petted him, perhaps held him. Ever since Mary Snelling got the idea to start bringing a live rooster to University of South Carolina athletic events, Sir Big Spur has been a sideline staple and a photo favorite.

He’ll still be there for this football season, baseball season and future games. But he’ll have a different look, and a different name, because of a bone of contention between the original owners and the new owners.

Make that, a comb of contention.

… The comb is the bright-red crest on top of a rooster’s head. It matches the color and function of the wattle, another lump of tissue that hangs below the chicken’s beak.

They’re each part of the birds’ heat regulation systems because, in an outstanding piece of trivia, chickens cannot sweat. The comb and wattle act as a sort of “air conditioner” in the birds’ circulatory system — hence the red — and the cooler blood then passes back through the rest of the bird’s body.

Throughout Snelling and Albertelli’s ownership of the birds, they clipped the combs. They felt it made them look more like USC’s namesake, the Fightin’ Gamecock, i.e., fiercer than the average chicken.

“Fiercer than the average chicken” sounds like the perfect motto for Carolina football.  But I digress.

Albertelli has had a contract with USC for the past five years, allowing USC exclusive rights to use the trademarked name “Sir Big Spur.” That contract ran out on Aug. 1 and Albertelli has no plans to renew it, or to let the Clarks use the name.

“A chicken is a chicken but a fighting gamecock is something different. This is dumbing down the Gamecocks,” Albertelli said. “Whenever a new coach goes to a school that’s been struggling, you always hear a statement similar to, ‘You’ve got to change the culture.’

“I don’t know what culture in our day and age means, but if it means making a gamecock look like a chicken, or not hurting him because it might make the chicken feel good, it’s not preserving what we’ve built. This is dumbing down our culture.”

Dumbing down the Gamecocks… is that even possible?

By the way,

Nichols and the Clarks have not come to a decision on a new name and aren’t sure how they’ll select one. They could just pick one — Snelling said she has heard “Thee Spur” as a frontrunner but Clark said no name or list of names has been approved — or perhaps have a fan vote.

Please cast your ballot in the comments.

(h/t)

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81 responses to “For want of a comb, a ‘Cock was lost.

  1. One of the posters known as Mark

    I am so thankful for the Seiler family and the UGAs.

    Liked by 12 people

  2. chicagodawgfan

    Cock Fans Phenomenal might be good, but CFP may already be taken.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. MGW

    Is it that difficult to just go get whatever chicken you want that’s the right color and put it on the sideline? Do you need some special pompous “chicken family” to take care of it?

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  4. RangerRuss

    Fried with peas, rice & gravy is what I’d name him.

    Liked by 9 people

  5. Can I cast my ballot for time back in my life after reading that?

    Liked by 2 people

    • originaluglydawg

      It’s required reading for Sackalaka fans.
      They’ll be talking about this all day and around the supper table tonight,
      It’s a different world over there.

      Liked by 2 people

  6. akascuba

    I DGAS what they call their rooster inside that steaming hot asshole of a stadium. I do find their arguments entertaining and hope they continue for a long time.

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Hogbody Spradlin

    Seems like a good occasion to repeat an oldie that’s worth a smile:
    Kinky is when you use a feather. Perverted is when you use the whole chicken.

    Liked by 16 people

  8. Fiercer than the average chicken … hahahahahahahahahaha!

    Gamecocks are only fierce when they fight each other. Otherwise, they are pretty much at the bottom of the food chain – sort of like yellow jackets.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Remember the Quincy

    Lil’ Cock.

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  10. Faltering Memory

    Sign an NIL with Chicken Salad Chick (trademark).

    Liked by 1 person

  11. muttleyagain

    Frier Cluck.

    Liked by 10 people

  12. rigger92

    They should just go all in and name the thing “Cocky”.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. kevinsauer

    gotta admit i don’t think i ever noticed that it was clipped and honestly it looks more badass with it than without

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  14. “Mr. Unclipped Cock”….Sir All-natural Cock…? I dunno. I got nothing.

    Liked by 2 people

  15. cowetadawg

    The Cocks’ Cock.

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  16. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    Wut???

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  17. Ran A

    LOL.. I hate this mascot and that stupid chicken call they play during games.

    Liked by 3 people

  18. Got Cowdog

    Que the GIF of the dude in the cowboy hat and flip flops acting like a chicken. I can’t find it…

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Godawg

    Sir Uncut

    Liked by 3 people

  20. Got Cowdog

    Sorry Frozendawg, I have to…
    “Rumpled Foreskin”

    Liked by 8 people

  21. reipar1

    A game day “tradition” since 2006. Is the writer trying to make fun of usc?

    Liked by 1 person

  22. practicaldawg

    Maybe they also hire Pruitt and his hijab, as they embrace the look of more foreskin on the sideline

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Derek

    Cockmaster

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  24. thenewandimprovedtronan

    Flame broiled, just like it feels sitting in the portal to hell that is Williams-Brice Stadium.

    Liked by 3 people

  25. NotMyCrossToBear

    Chickenshit

    Liked by 3 people

  26. jcdawg83

    The chickens have such long standing “traditions”. Here are a few:

    Their fight song is a Broadway tune from 1967.
    The music the team enters the stadium to was lifted from a movie released in 1968.
    Their current signature in game music is a techno song from 1999.
    Their live mascot has been around since 2006.

    The greatest, longest tenured, tradition of South Carolina football is 130 uninterrupted years of on field mediocrity.

    Liked by 7 people

  27. amurraycuh

    I feel like an unclipped cock might confuse people because of that image of Jeremy Pruitt wearing that buff around his bald head.

    Liked by 2 people

  28. The Decider

    I am reminded of a tshirt I saw at a Jacksonville State (also Gamecocks)/Troy U football game in the 80s- “There is no Trojan that can hold our Cocks”

    Liked by 2 people

  29. Sweet D

    Clucky McCockface?

    Liked by 3 people

  30. This whole story is….fowl.

    Liked by 1 person

  31. originaluglydawg

    Captain Capon?

    Liked by 2 people

  32. PTC DAWG

    I learned something about Chickens today.

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  33. KornDawg

    The Paltry Poultry

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  34. Clayton Joiner

    Yardbird…Chicken-shit…frog legs

    That’s all I got…

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  35. whybotherdude

    Just name him “Looser” like the rest of the team

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  36. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    La poule mouillée

    John Coctostan jr

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  37. stoopnagle

    “Well, we are ready to hand off management of this honor but also time and money consuming project to our hand picked successors whom we trust to carry on the tradition so we can finally rest!”

    “We are so honored to take on this duty and care for our beloved mascot!”

    “Wait you’re doing it wrong so I’m going to have a hissy!”

    “OK. Cool. Go Cocks.”

    Once you give it away, it’s not yours anymore.

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  38. These are merely for consideration: Peckerhead, Dickface, Dumpling, Cock Breath, Michael Adams, Any-Cock-Will-Doo, Sailor, Sir Peckerwrecker, Renaldo

    You can’t go wrong, USC, because no one GAS about this but you fowl mouth-breathers

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  39. Got Cowdog

    Robot Chicken (2005-#) – Season 1-5 Intro – YouTube

    Liked by 1 person

  40. Faltering Memory

    I’m slow on the uptake here, but this is an ill-advised story. How long before PETA jumps their cocks for mutilating the bird by cutting off part of its natural cooling system and taking it into that hot as hell stadium for four hours?

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  41. ZeroPOINTzero

    Chicken Little

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  42. palomadawg

    Foghorn Leghorn
    (Read the wikipedia reference on Foghorn Leghorn to enjoy how perfect this name could truly be–including his rivalry with Barnyard Dawg.)

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  43. ehkanghere

    I have no idea what is happening here

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  44. Nil Butron is a Pud

    Urban Meyer?

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  45. miltondawg

    Sandspur.

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  46. ugafidelis

    Sir Cocks a Lot

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  47. archiecreek

    DAWGS to play cocks with Dicks out…

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  48. draftyridehome

    Spurrier. That’s a no brainer.

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