Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Et tu Texas A&M?

We've been hearing rumblings of the Texas A&M SECession for awhile now.

As a Sooner, I am not exactly a fan of Texas A&M because while they haven't had a standout season in some time, they have been known to muck things up a bit especially when it comes to my team.

Honestly, the thing I love the most about A&M is their band and that's about it.

They supposedly have an amazing fan base, but really they just have organized cheers. That's it.

I mouth all this to say that when it came to bowl games, I still rooted for them because they are after all part of the Big XII conference.

Or at least they were.

Unless you live under a rock, you know that Texas A&M wants to be part of the SEC.

(By the way, the New York Times story is incorrect. They haven't submitted a letter to the Big XII...yet.)

Now, I'm not going to sit here and talk once again about how it irritates the piss out of me how the SEC thinks they're the ONLY conference and how they think they're the best conference ever because they're not.

I could go on and on about that one for days and let me say this: The day that OU becomes part of the conference (because it will happen at some point!) I'll be the first to let you know that I'm still not crazy about the idea.

To be a part of the conference that includes LSU is LESS than appealing. (Side Note: Anyone who watches Big Brother should not have been surprised by Shelly's snake in the grass move. She's an LSU fan. It's to be expected!)

But the question that I keep coming back to over and over in my mind is "What is the draw A&M?"

Really. I am dead serious when I say I do not understand the draw the SEC holds for Texas A&M. I don't. They're not a powerhouse for football currently.

Now please hear me when I say, I know that every team in the SEC is a strong program. I also am not naive to believe that the SEC is not a strong conference because they are. They have been the conference to beat for the past 5-7 years. Every game is a game that could be lost in that conference.


A&M is going to have their lunch ate over and over again for at least three seasons in my opinion.

And after that? I don't know.

I'm not dogging my conference. I said from the very beginning that I'm not a fan of A&M because they're a team that is known to cause trouble for my team when it seems to matter the most. They've also done that to several other teams that worked in my favor. (Texas in 2007 anyone?? Hello, OU went to Big XII against Chase Daniels the booger picker and the MIZZOU Tigers that year because of A&M.)

But I don't think this is a smart move for Texas A&M. I just don't.

OU and Texas would be a much better move for the SEC. MUCH better.

I would be kicking and screaming the whole way but it would be a better and smarter move for the SEC.

Their conference would definitely get tougher, as much as it would pain the SEC to say so. It would.

But A&M, I just don't get it.

That's okay, Texas A&M, you saw what my Sooners did to the Nebraska Cornhuskers on their way out of town.

We'll do that to you on November 5th too.

Happy Tuesday and cheers to the most wonderful time of the year: College Football Season! 



Domesticated-Bliss said...

I'm ACC all the way and we love to hate our SEC brethren, but I would guess A&M wants to join up with them for recruiting clout. Kids want to go to schools where they'll get noticed and the SEC gets noticed big time.

A Nerd and A Free Spirit said...

Here are the draws:

1. Money
2. Getting out from underneath the shadow of Texas
3. In a few years, the Big 12 could either cease to exist or cease to be a major power.
4. The SEC is the best (they've won the last five out of five national championships). That's hard to argue with. The SEC has never lost a BCS Championship game that they have been in.

All that to say, Go Pokes! (-:

Denise said...

HOWDY. Aggie born, bred and I have the diploma on the wall. :) First, I'm one of the few (VERY few) Aggies who actually like Oklahoma. I have no idea WHY, but I do. I get flak from other Aggies for it. So... truce there? Don't think I'm replying with any harsh feelings towards OU.

Our reasons?

1. Getting away from the shadow of University of Texas. I've had Longhorns tell me its because we have an "inferiority complex." No, its that we're tired of not being recognized outside of t.u. OU's hate for Texas does not even come CLOSE to that of Texas A&Ms. I acknowledge that we haven't been a football powerhouse (before last year) in years. But the rest of our sports teams kick some serious ass. Time to step away from Texas and say, "Hey we're more than just 'little sister' to Texas. We have our own worth and its time we step out and show it."

1a. The LHN's want to show football games that feature their own potential recruits just pushed our hand. Even though a judge has nixed it at this point, the potential remains. Even OU should be concerned on this point.

2a. A friend of mine who is a huge Ohio State fan said it best. "Support your team, not your conference." She hates the "SEC is God" love (and God knows I've lamented living in SEC HELL for the last several years myself because the self-righteous attitude truly does get out of hand here), and she says it shouldn’t matter the conference. Support and love your TEAM. And that’s what we are doing. Looking out for ourselves, not the Big 12.

2. Chances are, the Big 12 is done for in a few years anyway. Might as well move to a very stable conference now .

3. Recruiting. A huge high school recruit out of Texas was lost just this year to Tennessee because of the SEC exposure it will bring him. A bigger, different TV market.

4. The challenge. I bleed maroon, but I am NOT one of those Aggies who thinks we're going to be awesomesauce in the SEC. Not for a few years at least. We'll still beat Vandy because, well, even Vandy alumni say we'll beat them. We might do well. Stranger things have happened. But I live in SEC territory. This is a tough conference. But... even if we lose, I'm glad we're giving it a shot. It can only make us try harder!

We are a school steeped in tradition. Walking away from long-time, deep rivalries is not easy. It's not taken lightly. Don't think this move doesn't come with sadness mixed in with the excitement...

"They supposedly have an amazing fan base, but really they just have organized cheers. That's it."

We DO have an amazing fan base. But more importantly, we are a family. Attend one of our Muster's in April to get a taste of that. My husband, the staunch Oregon Duck, attended one with me before we got married, and he left with tears in his eyes declaring that our children must attend A&M.

So, its not just about our yells. There is a deeper tradition and passion within the school that can never, ever be explained. We take to the ball field. We take to the classroom. We take in our hearts for life.

Sorry for the book here... I've just been following this and chewing on it since last summer. So I couldn't not throw my two cents in when I saw it on the blogger link-up. :)

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