South Carolina Football Christmas: Which opponents are on Gamecock Santa's naughty list?

It's Christmas, so let's talk about which South Carolina football opponents are on Gamecock Santa's naughty list.

Santa Claus giving the South Carolina football "spurs up" salute.
Santa Claus giving the South Carolina football "spurs up" salute. / Marco Garcia-USA TODAY Sports
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South Carolina Football Christmas:
Gamecock Santa's Grinch, The Clemson Tigers

When Gamecock fans think about the naughtiest, dirtiest, downright easiest to hate team on their schedule next year, one program stands above (below?) them all. As if there was any doubt, the rival Clemson Tigers are that team. Since the nice list and the naughty list have already been taken, Clemson deserves its own tier. That team from the Upstate belongs on Gamecock Santa's Grinch list.

South Carolina fans don't like the Clemson team, they don't like the colors, they don't like head coach Dabo Swinney, they don't like that stupid hill, they don't like the door-stop of a rock they like to touch so much, they don't like the freaky-looking mascot(s), they don't like the fact that Clemson seems so proud of the fact they can spell C-L-E-M-S-O-N and T-I-G-E-R-S, they don't like Tiger Rag, and they don't like (most of all) that they've been an elite program over the past decade.

The Grinch, pre-heart growth, is among the worst characters in literature as he intentionally sabotaged Christmas for all the Who-Children and their families. Plus, he's mean to his dog. What a monster.

For South Carolina football fans, the Clemson Tigers and everyone associated with them are Grinch-tier. The only difference is that Gamecock fans wouldn't mind touching (see also: smacking) some of the most obnoxious Clemson fans with a 39 1/2 foot pole.

In Carolina fans' minds, the similarities don't stop there when thinking of how their in-state rival compares to the Grinch: "You nauseate me," "Your heart is full of unwashed socks," and "Stink, stank, stunk" all feel appropriate.

The best part about the rivalry is that Clemson fans feel the same exact way about the Gamecocks.

That fact is enough to move Clemson past Gamecock Santa's naughty list and place them all alone on the Grinch level.

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