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I have been an Aggie fan since the mid seventies and there is no doubt the exposure of A&M has never been greater. We are getting recruits that would never have given us the time of day in the past. Much of it, no doubt, due to the rise of Johnny Football to the pinnacle (or most hyped) of indiviual awards in college footbal. The hiring of Coach Sumlin was needed and welcomed after the mediocrity of the past few decades. However, the 100 year decision to join the SEC and the Ags prospects in the best conference in the land fueled excitement and face time before most had ever heard of JFF. Most everyone would agree it would be difficult if not impossible to put a dollar amount on the value of any of these historic changes. The one tangible measurement that might possibly tell the tale is butts in the seats. In 2011, our last in the big 12, attendance at Kyle averaged 87,183. In 2012, when we were supposed to be doormats in the SEC West, attendance dropped a bit to 87,014. So far, with a returning Heisman winner and SEC and BCS championship hype, attendance is averaging 86,928. All three years averages are well over capacity under very different circumstances. Let's just agree that the Aggie brand is on the rise for exciting reasons. Gig Em!
1 year, 4 months ago on A&M Flip-Flops Again On Value Of Manziel’s Heisman
This may have been done but seeing as how some tempo teams stretch the field while others mainly throw five yards and look for yards after the catch a comparison of yards per completetion and seconds per snap would be interesting.
1 year, 5 months ago on SEC Stats: Who Feels The Need For Speed?
Always hated the hurry-up when ttech ran it against TAMU. Agreed with Buddy Ryan about the "chuck and duck". Told my brother (a tech grad) to line up and play football like a man. I kinda like it now. I suppose it's all a matter of perspective.
1 year, 6 months ago on SEC Stats: Who Feels The Need For Speed?
Before TAMU joined the SEC I was unaware this site existed so I have no body of work to compare to this fixation on JFF and the endless bashing of the current holder of the Heisman. I read very little reporting of actual football related news concerning the Ags as opposed to daily exposes on the other members of the best conference in the country. We maroon visioned readers are ecstatic to be relevant again so you'll have to excuse us for coming to Johnny's defense. Since I was in the stands Saturday,not on the field, just like those pontificating on something they know nothing about, I will defer to Coach Sumlin, Johnny's teammates and the player from Rice as to what was said and JFF's effect on the team. I won't apologize for accepting an invitation to the party, becoming the life of the party or for stealing a bit of the the BCS champs thunder. Lou Doltz, Always Wrong May and the rest of the ESPN "experts" have to bloviate to seem relevant. I get that. Let's just have some fun and play some football!
1 year, 6 months ago on A&M’s Sumlin Says Manziel Didn’t Ignore Him On Saturday; We Say “Yeesh”
Let's stir something up. As far as I can tell the "smart money" is on Clowney for JFF's Heisman. Now, I cannot recall who the darling of the TMZ sports media was at the start of last season but I'll wager it was not Manziel. I did a bit of checking on official NCAA stats and was surprised to find that an SEC defensive player was indeed at the top of the stats that get the ink: sacks, tackles for loss, forced fumbles. Jarvis Jones actually led the FBS in all three categories. Yes he is a linebacker and Clowney is on the line but the award is not about position. Makes me wonder if one particular hit that would probably get a player tossed now created the pretty pick this year. Anyway, I'm glad we won't see either until the SEC championship.
1 year, 7 months ago on USC’s Clowney Will Play In Opener, But Ellington Still Injured
It's the low information, tabloid trash, TMZ crowd. Don't bore me with facts. Give me the sensational headline and pile on the dirt.
1 year, 7 months ago on So Now We’re Tracking Manziel’s Parents’ Realty Moves? Really?
Been reading comments on JFF and Manziel Mania on many sites and blogs and I sense a theme. Unlike most comments on MrSEC, the majority of the comments posted are childish and petty. Not well thought out arguements that reek of jealousy. It's a sad commentary on the class envy culture we live in that makes targets out of the successful, ie. the SEC, Coach Saban and the Bama machine, star quarterbacks with models for girlfriends and a "jet-set" lifestyle. Bottom line is until it can be proven that Manziel was compensated for HIS name the small minded haters and the TMZ sports media should be ignored. Let's play some football.
1 year, 7 months ago on South Carolina On Clowney: “We Determined There Was No Violation”
If you come to a fork in the road, take it. As of now no fork exists. Full speed ahead with JFF at the controls. If and when the facts become clear, take the fork. Adjust course. It's the same scenario all teams face when a selfish player (Ryan Braun, Payrod, Nellie Cruz) violates the rules for personal gain. At this moment no wrong has been commited. Sumlin should have that next talk and look his Heisman winner in the eye. He couldn't be where he is if he is not able to tell if a twenty year old is telling him the truth or not.
1 year, 7 months ago on A&M And Sumlin Have A Big Decision To Make Regarding Manziel
Football starts Monday. Come August 31 at around 3:00 in the afternoon after Johnny Football has passed and run his way to way too many yards to leave him in the game for the second half, do you think the sports media will be dissecting his off the field antics and tweets or his solidly positioning himself for that second Heisman? I think the latter.
1 year, 8 months ago on Manziel: “What Makes Me Special On The Field Is What People Don’t Like Off The Field”
The sports media, in true TMZ fashion, fanned the flames of Manziel's meteoric rise from one of four quarterbacks that could start for Sumlin to the pinnacle of college football, riding his coat tails to the top. Now, perhaps due to having too much time on their hands, that same media prys at every crack in that Heisman statue in an attempt to remain relevent. The sports world makes heroes of athletes and when their humanity is exposed tears them down in a like effort to get the next big story. Would that football season was here and the reporting would revert to the game itself.
1 year, 8 months ago on ESPN The Magazine Tackles Manziel Mania
Oh, my predictions. Johnny has a great year but no Heisman. Too much baggage.
Aggies go 11-1, win the west (Bama or LSU on the loss, pick em), beat Georgia in the championship and Ohio State for the last mythical national championship.
1 year, 8 months ago on A&M’s Manziel Fast Becoming The New Vanilla Ice
Love the site. Love reading the posts. Love the conversations. Love the SEC. Love the Aggies. Let's play football!
May 25 2013.
"Texas A&M is breaking in a new coach, a new pass happy offense and a new quarterback. All in the west division. Ouch. That won't be easy especially considering the fact that Kevin Sumlin still says any one of four different guys could start at QB. Show me a team with multiple good quarterbacks and I'll show you a team that doesn't have a GREAT quarterback."
Pass Happy? 43% of total yards on 533 attempts on the ground vs 492 pass attempts. Yes, Johnny Football was the man, No GREAT quarterback? Which award was he eligible for that he did not win?
It is nice that the Ags finally matter enough to garner some ink and I hope the results of the reporting on Manziel Mania are as accurate as the 2012 pre-season analysis. Ain't it a pain that this electronic media stuf can follow a guy around?
Texas A&M Aggies 29, BCS Chanpions 24. Gig 'Em and Roll Tide!
2 years, 2 months ago on Notre Dame AD on Bama: “They’re Better Than Everyone”
Please correct " Alabama knocked off seven bowl-eligible teams (.....Texas A&M......).
2 years, 2 months ago on Alabama – Notre Dame: Inside The Numbers