There are a million reasons why I hate that team from the Upstate. Here’s my best shot at narrowing it down to five:
1. Tiger Rag
Is there a more overused and overplayed fight song than “Tiger Rag”?
I mean seriously, how many schools are using it now?
Either way, you can hear the Tiger band playing it non-stop throughout the game.
And it sort of fits in with Copycat Clemson University.
If you’re going to take another school’s mascot, colors, campus layout, etc., you might as well take their fight song too.
2. Orange and Purple
Who on God’s green Earth thought this was a good color scheme?
Like seriously, who woke up one day and said “Ya know what we should do? Let’s take that gaudy orange and this Barney colored purple and put them together on a uniform!”.
It’s truly cruel and unusual punishment for Carolina fans to have to stare at that God awful color scheme for just under four hours once a year.
It has, however, provided us with one of the funniest pictures in existence on the internet:
3. “The Most Exciting 25 Seconds in College Football”
LOL. Excuse me while I get a hearty laugh in.
The most overrated bus ride in all of college football had to make this list.
That team from the Upstate gets on the buses and rides over to the other side of their stadium atop the “magical” hill, where they rub a “magical” rock and ascend into Death Valley to…you guessed it, “Tiger Rag”.
Someone on social media said it best over the weekend:
“Telling your kids to believe in Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny is still less absurd than telling them to believe in a magic rock and running down a hill.”
4. Dabo Swinney
I’m not sure words can really do justice the distaste USC fans have for Clemson’s head football coach.
Swinney fits in perfectly with a fan base who has the “holier than thou” act down pat.
Give Swinney credit, he’s turned the Clemson program into what they are today. But the smokescreen that he’s some God amongst men is so phony that it hurts.
5. The Fans
Earlier this season, I wrote an article describing the top five reasons why I hated the University of Georgia.
In that article, I talked about their fanbase and how I’ve always known them as the “worst fanbase in college football”.
That was, up until a few years ago.
Winning has truly turned the Clemson fanbase into the most arrogant, stuck up, unbearable group of people on the face of this planet.
Forget the fact that they wear orange overalls. Or that they don’t have all their teeth. Or that they keep relationships within the family.
Honestly, the thing that bothers me the most is just how awful of winners they are.
You have it all: two national titles over the last half decade, a five game winning streak over your rival, what looks to be back to back undefeated seasons, etc.
Even with all that success, you’ll still find Clemson fans in EVERY SINGLE POST ABOUT GAMECOCK FOOTBALL.
It’s a tale as old as time. Clemson fans commenting on unrelated Gamecock posts is like a pastime for these blabbering idiots from the Upstate.
Granted, their lack of brain cells is what makes it so much damn fun for me to come after them.
Even with this great run of success they are on, you can just tell how much it irks those wearing orange and purple that USC fans even wake up and breathe the same air as them every morning.
That’s why I’ll say again what I said late last week: never stop talking your shit Gamecock fans.
We hate Clemson. They hate us. And that’s exactly the way this rivalry should be.
*Honorable mention: Ostarine, Newspring Church, Charlie Whitehurst, Ben Tillman, Ben Boulware, The Cadence Count, Clemson Tom, etc.