When someone lacks Christmas spirit you call them a “Scrooge.” But what do you call someone lacking in Thanksgiving spirit? After reading this story you might want to strongly consider titling such a person a “Muschamp.”
South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp scheduled Gamecocks practice on Thanksgiving Day. Why? Because according to Muschamp, Thanksgiving shouldn’t take all day.
According to Josh Kendall, beat writer for South Carolina newspaper The State:
Will Muschamp: “Thanksgiving is a meal. It’s not a day.” Gamecocks will practice in morning.
— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) November 22, 2016
That’s definitely a new one. Apparently Muschamp has never read Abraham Lincoln’s 1864 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, which reads in part, “Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may then be, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe.”
Certainly seems like “Honest Abe” intended for Thanksgiving to constitute an entire 24-hour period and not for the good people of the United States to merely take a longer than average lunch. But hey, Muschamp takes on Clemson this weekend in their annual rivalry game for the very first time as head coach, so he’s probably really serious about trying to win that.
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