Saturday, September 12, 2009

So far from home

To show our support for the impending end of the Huskies losing streak, Keely and I wore our husky jerseys to the HEB grocery store to go buy some snacks for the game.*. We're checking out, and the checker looks at us, and asks if they're is a high school game going on today. I said no, and that these were college jerseys. She looked confused, so I said they were for the university of Washington, as I swiped my UW debit card. She thought a second, and then said "what are you wearing those for?". The aggie aren't even playing today, and I even wore my aggie hat to calm people down. She was at least nice enough to ask who we were playing, but she didn't look impressed when I said Idaho, but she might not even know where Idaho is..

*Keely has a new Jake locker jersey, but I still have a rich Alexis one. I think maybe I'll get a Nick Montana one in a few years.

-- Posted from my iPhone

Monday, September 7, 2009

Our Aggie gameday experience

Howdy y'all!  Keely and I enjoyed our first Aggie game together this weekend, an emphatic, although predictable, 41-6 victory over the New Mexico Lobos (which I learned means Wolf in Spanish).  We started the weekend by going to the Midnight Yell Practice on Friday night, which is a Texas A&M tradition before every home game (and I think they might do it before away games too)*.  As you can see in this picture, a ton of people show up, I'd guess at least 20,000.  It started off with a speech from the head coach, Mike Sherman, saying something like "we'll kick the crap outta the Lobos, y'all" or something.  Then the Yell leaders take over.  A&M is pretty unique, in that we don't have female cheerleaders, but five male yell leaders - three seniors and two juniors - which are elected by a campus wide vote in the spring (you see campaign signs all over town then).

* My favorite thing I overhead while walking in was one girl saying to another "my date is hotter than y'alls".  I know that y'all isn't really a word, so how do they get y'alls?  And should it have two apostrophes, like y'all's?  These are the things I need to know!

They lead everyone in a number of cheers, which everyone seems to know, thanks to the weeklong "fish" camp all freshman go to (I get the sense that > 90% of the people there were freshman at A&M at one time or another).  My favorite song is the "Aggie War Hymn", which is the A&M fight song.  Its basically a big f@#k you to UT Austin, with lines like "goodbye to texas university" and "so long to the orange and white."*  The coolest part is when they sing "saw varsity's horns off," everyone puts their arms around the people to either side, and all the rows sway back and forth, like a saw blade.  This lasted for about a half an hour, then all the college students went on their way to go back to drinking.

*They also refer to A&M as TAMC, which I assume meant that some time in the past it was called Texas A&M College.  This is funny, because while at UW we used to call WSU Washington State College, implying that college was worse than university.  But I suppose that they don't want to change all the yells, and plus TAMC rhymes with Aggie, sort of...

On game days, one of the coolest* things you see here is that all over the place, people have TAMU flags on their houses, in their yards, on their cars, and even all over the grocery store parking lot.  We haven't bought ours yet, but this flag was in our neighbors yard a few doors down.

*Much cooler than the WSU thing where they always have a Coug flag on ESPN Gameday

The game wasn't till 6pm, so we met a few of our friends to tailgate around 3pm.  We met at a grassy area next to our building, which is about a 10 min walk from the stadium, and was surprisingly empty of people.  We hung out, grilled some burgers, and had a few (or five) beers.  We planned to get to the stadium an hour early, so we could check out what all was going on outside, but we ran a little late, so we got inside just as things were getting started.  Right when we got to our seats, they sang the Alma Mater, and the whole football team stopped their practice and lined up to sing it, which was pretty cool.  This was followed by the national anthem, played by the band from their seats (I guess they don't do a pregame marching show)*.  This was followed by the State of Texas Anthem, though I didn't realize what was going on, but I was wondering why most people didn't put their hats back on after the national anthem.  The picture to the right shows the view from our seats - not too bad!

*Probably my favorite thing about Husky Band was the making of the flagpole and unfurling of the flag we did on the field before everygame, and how during America the Beautiful, the whole stadium would stand up.  I actually left my Physics GRE exam early so that I wouldn't miss this for the last home game my Senior year.

After the game started, we settled down to kick some Lobo butt.  We scored right away, though our offense struggled a bit after that, though at halftime we had a 21-3 lead.  Here's a few pics of the halftime show, including a big block "T" that they do every game.  They are a military style band, so they only played military songs, and did only corps-style movements.  They were very good at it, but I like to Husky Band's style better (of course).

The rest of the game was pretty boring, but I guess thats what you get when you play a crappy team and its 85 and humid out.  But overall I think we both had a great time, and we're looking forward to our next game in two weeks.  Gig 'em!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The wait is over

Football begins tonight, starting with a great top-25 matchup between Oregon and Boise State on the smurf turf over in Idaho.  I think its pretty crucial for Oregon to leave with a win if they really feel like they can be a top 10-15 team this year.  So even though I hate the Ducks down to my very soul, I'll put on my Pac 10 hat tonight, and root for a Duck victory (I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit).

Stay tuned for a post about this weekend as Keely and I have our first Aggie Football experience.  We're pretty pumped!

Oh yeah, look out for which uniform Oregon is wearing, they have like 37089346290 options.