So, a couple of weeks ago (oy. I should have updated long ago.) I went to College Station, TX for the weekend. While there, I got to experience something I never have: a Texas A&M football game.
Now, I L-O-V-E love football. I went to tons of high school games, college games, and Bronco games, but nothing - I mean NOTHING - compares to an A&M game.
Instead of cheerleaders, A&M has Yell Leaders. I know there's a reason for it and probably dates back to when A&M was all-male, but whatever. Anyway, they send a signal through the crowd and EVERYONE bends forward (hump) so that the opposing team can hear us yell. Oh, and this whole time? We're standing. Since A&M is home of the 12th Man, it makes sense. Granted, we stood at CSU games, but we sat as soon as the whistle blew for half-time. Well, that's when the Corp of Cadets take the field. Let me tell you that this marching is INSANE. So mesmerizing. Another tradition that I love is that when the Aggies score, you kiss your date...Field goal? Kiss. Touchdown? Kiss. Extra point? Another kiss. Wish we had that at CSU...
The tailgating is, of course epic as with any southern school, but like I said, INSANE. Kyle Field by the way, seats just as much as Invesco does for the Broncos...I wasn't even at a sold out game and there were 76,000 people there.
Everyone also knows the fight song (without needing it printed on a t-shirt in front of them) and the stadium sways in opposing directions. CRAZY.
All of the pomp and circumstance made me realize that all of these traditions are what make A&M fans a super power. While Colorado State has some aspects, over time it hasn't been consistent over the years. Granted, I know that the more things change, the more they stay the same, but I really don't feel the same about CSU's traditions as I do at being merely a visitor at A&M.
I think that I need to start making some traditions with my family and friends so that there's always special things to look forward towards.
Here are some pictures of the awesomeness of A&M:
These are the alumni stands...Same as the student side...but the students stand...and are jam-packed
The Aggies taking on the OSU Cowboys
The painted overalls are another tradition....they were all over the place.
The Corps of Cadets in the T
The only time we sat down I could get a pic of the 12th Man