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Gamecocks-Aggies game trophy to go to governors, not teams

Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley, Rick Perry AP

Very early last month, it was reported that the annual South Carolina-Texas A&M “rivalry”would feature a trophy depicting James Butler Bonham, an Alamo hero who previously was a student at the East Coast USC, ridding atop a horse.

That, as it turns out, is the absolute truth.  Another absolute truth?  The trophy is more about politics than the actual teams involved.

In fact, The State reports, the Bonham trophy has nothing to do with the respective schools.  Instead, the governor from the winning side of the game — currently Rick Perry (Texas, pictured right) and Nikki Haley (South Carolina, pictured middle) — will stake their claim to the 40-pound trophy and take it back to their respective state capitals.

The trophy, which was commissioned by Perry, an A&M graduate, is actually a very good-looking one as far as game trophies go.  It’s a shame, though, that it’s politicians and not the schools who get to claim and enjoy it.

Anyway, here’s a photo of the hardware:

Oh, and the Gamecocks will host the Aggies in Columbia tonight for the right to not hoist that trophy.

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10 Responses to “Gamecocks-Aggies game trophy to go to governors, not teams”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 28, 2014 9:46 AM

    We have college football…. TODAY!

    It’s like Christmas morning.

  2. classyjacklambert says: Aug 28, 2014 9:52 AM

    I’m still confused as to why we need to manufacture “rivalries” between teams like these.

  3. 1990tiger says: Aug 28, 2014 10:04 AM

    I agree. I think you need to have a history of playing each other before you can term the matchup a rivalry.

  4. overratedgators says: Aug 28, 2014 10:11 AM

    They earn it on the field, then the government takes it away.

    I don’t get into politics on college football site, but I’m sure there’s a metaphor in there somewhere.

  5. phipfwe76 says: Aug 28, 2014 10:33 AM

    So if A&M wins the trophy, it gets to go sit in Austin, home of the Longhorns?

    Makes perfect sense.

  6. bonnovi says: Aug 28, 2014 10:52 AM

    Stupid politicians.

  7. mogogo1 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:01 AM

    The Alamo is in San Antonio which is about a 3-hour drive from College Station where A&M is located. The fact Bonham was the closest connection they could come up with between the schools says a whole lot.

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 28, 2014 12:05 PM

    And when Greg Abbot becomes governor of Texas next year (He’s the republican, and TX is awfully red so just connecting the dots) who is also a UT alum…. what’s he going to do with the trophy if A&M wins…?

    This is a stupid setup…..

    How many times have you seen two teams first ever meeting described as a “Rivalry Game”?

  9. floridacock says: Aug 28, 2014 1:00 PM

    Tea Party statue.

  10. coolhorn46 says: Aug 28, 2014 4:32 PM

    Can we trade governors with South Carolina…PLEASE??? Their’s is a LOT better looking than ours!

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