Does South Carolina-Clemson rivalry game need a nickname?
How about this trophy for the Carolina-Clemson rivalry game? (Source: Taylor Kearns)
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - "What do we call our game with Clemson?" musedUniversity of South Carolina Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier. "Alabama's got the Iron Bowl, what do we call our game?"
It really dries out the barbecue when the coaches don't know the name of the game. You might hear it called the Palmetto Bowl or Battle for the Palmetto State, but come on!
The rest of the country has games like FARMAGEDDON, The Red River Rivalry and even the Battle for the Rag, which, say what you will, is technically better than nothing.
"It's the biggest game of the year," said Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney. That's right, Dabo, so it comes with an awesome trophy, right?
Take a look at the Hardee's trophy. Yes, like the restaurant. Now, I love tradition and delicious, succulent Thickburgers as much as the next South Carolinian, but we can do better.
Other teams play for things like kegs of nails, Paul Bunyan action figures and oaken buckets.
With a trip to Cracker Barrel, I'm sure we could find a similar prize that better befits two of our state's finest institutions. That triangle puzzle would actually be more entertaining.
Look how much fun they're gonna' have. Heck, the Carolina-Missouri matchup already has The Mayor's Cup, which by the way, was created in the blink of an eye by two "weak" mayors, so if fans work together, this can happen.
Two years ago, one fan had the idea of installing two metal 10-foot palmetto trees in front of each stadium. The winner of the game would be given the crescent moon they could affix to their tree throughout the year.
The game would be called the Clash of the Crescent. How classy is that?
With a solid name and a proper trophy, the rest of the country might have a better idea of what we're all about down here besides Thickburgers.