A Seminole Chop

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A Seminole Chop

Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club is located in Tallahassee, Florida, home of The Florida State University and its Seminoles.  But Tallahassee is also home to a lot of graduates from the University of Florida and its Gators.  Though the majority of the Hucks are Seminole fans, we have a few Gators as well.  These days, as long as the Seminoles are not playing the Gators, we all cheer for each other’s team and bare no animosity.  In earlier days, however, the sentiments were not always as generous.

The Hucks play in a lot of benefit tournaments for various causes, and some of the Hucks, who are Seminole fans, even play in a tournament, held in Tallahassee, to benefit the Gators.  Several years ago, a Bull Gator named Ken paid the entry fee for a team including two Hucks, Smokey and Dallas.  The two Hucks were Seminole fans, and Ken made them promise not to do anything that would embarrass him.  They broke their promise.

Both Smokey and Dallas wore their Seminole hats to the tournament.  Smokey grew weary of listening to other players mutter slurs under their breaths,  so he removed his hat while he was playing.  The muttering did not seem to bother Dallas.

Smokey and Dallas’s team won the tournament, and it was time to take a picture with the Gators’ Head Coach, “the ole ball coach,” Steve Spurrier.  When the photographer came to get Smokey and Dallas, he noticed that Dallas was wearing a Seminole hat.  The photographer asked Smokey to be in the photo, but not Dallas.  Smokey grabbed his hat and hid it behind his back so that he could put it on just prior to when the photo was snapped.

After the photo, Spurrier, who did not notice what was happening, grabbed the hat out of Smokey’s hand and offered to autograph it.  Smokey replied that his hat had already been signed by “the man,” Bobby Bowden.  Spurrier turned the hat over and saw the Seminole logo along with Bobby Bowden’s signature.  The “ole ball coach” threw the hat to the ground and said, “I don’t have to take this shit.”

Dallas is a brazen guy who has a low tolerance for ill-mannered behavior — unless it is his own.  He is also a big guy and a great athlete who played in the National Football League.  Having walked over to see what would happen, Dallas reached down, picked up Smokey’s hat, brushed it off, and said to Spurier, “If you’re going to act like a piece of shit, you better learn to take shit!”

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