As you may know, I rarely blog about sports. It seems that the game of politics is enough to follow. However, I had more fun at the Texas A&M game this weekend than I have had in a very long time. My host was a very gracious and proud Aggie who was eager to introduce me to Kyle Field. Midnight "Yell Practice" was a one-of-a-kind experience. Apparently Texas A&M is the only school in the world that does this. (I got this fact from a reliable Aggie source.) The marching band at the game was amazing, and put the wimpy little Baylor band to shame. They say that A&M's group is the largest military marching band in the world! The university is steeped in proud and significant traditions that prove to be nothing short of addicting, even mezmerizing. If you're one of those people who is annoyed by the strong school spirit exhibited by Aggies, I guess you've never gotten to experience it for yourself. Of course, to me Texas A&M is the perfect school: heavily conservative, heavily Christian, heavily patriotic, and heavily agricultural. What's not to love?
It is a striking contrast from their evil rivals in orange. Speaking of which, I do feel badly for their poor mascot with the long horns. You know the one. He is so heavily sedated at the games that he cannot even stand up most of the time. I'll bet the animal rights activists in Austin don't know that! And guess who cares for this ball-less bull? Yep! The best ag school in the country! Of course they do a professional job and keep school rivalry out of the operating room, right? Not entirely. Since t.u. Austin butchers and EATS their mascot when he dies, the surgeons at A&M make sure they jam Texas A&M pins into his ribs whenever he's opened up. Apparently this does not harm him while he is alive...it's just a great jab at the enemy upon his death. Perhaps this is an urban legend...but I'd like to think it's true.
One more. At the Longhorn game I went to earlier in the season, I asked several people how BEVO got his name. No one could tell me. Finally, someone in The Texas Club said it was named "after a brand that got messed up and looked like it said BEVO". I ran this by my Aggie host yesterday and was quickly corrected. Apparently in 1915, A&M played their rivals and won in a shutout game, 13 - 0. Some industrious ag students created a large brand commemorating the event. "13 - 0". They snuck into Austin in the dead of night and branded their bully mascot. In the morning, Austin was horrified but got their spin doctors on it right away. They decided to cover up the score on the side of their bovine by morphing it into letters: B-E-V-O.
I have these stories from a reliable but biased source. I don't really care if they are true or not; I want to believe them. I guess that makes me an Aggie at heart. WHOOP!