The mascot's on-line biography includes U.S.C.'s claim that Plucky first took the field in 1980, "when he came in to take over his father (Big Spur's) place."
He's a guy in a costume. He took the place of another guy in a costume. Even if the guy in the second costume is the biological offspring of the guy in the first costume (which I seriously doubt), there is no father-son relationship between the costumes, because---try to stay with me here, Carolina fans---they're costumes.
Then again . . . wait a minute . . . now that I think about it, it all starts to make sense to me.
Plucky's father was Big Spur. The Gamecocks' new coach is Steve Spurrier.
The South Carolina athletic department refers to Plucky the Chicken as Cocky. Fans and coaches from opposing schools refer to Coach Spurrier as cocky.
Plucky, the son of Big Spur, was "born" at the start of the 1980 football season.
In 1979, Steve Spurrier served as the quarterbacks coach at Georgia Tech. In 1980, Steve Spurrier was named an assistant coach at Duke. Georgia Tech is located in Atlanta. Duke is located in Durham, N.C.
Coach Spurrier's move from Atlanta to Durham would have taken him through the Palmetto State on the way to his new school. That move would have taken place at the end of the 1979 season . . . approximately nine months before Plucky's birth.
In light of the foregoing facts, we have to wonder whether "Big Spur" is the nickname Steve Spurrier used in South Carolina during his trek from Georgia to North Carolina. Is it possible, do you suppose, that Plucky is the product of an illicit liaison between the Evil Genius and some woman in a great big hen suit? If so, is it so far-fetched to assume that someone in Columbia, S.C., has blackmail photographs?
Honestly, can you think of a more plausible explanation for Darth Visor's decision to coach the Gamecocks?
All I can say about that...well said my friend. Well said.
[Photo: Cocky prepares to set himself on fire rather than watch Georgia dismantle his fellow chickens.]