Well, that was fun.
One thing that makes it more fun?Anyone familiar with the Auburn Creed knows that an Auburn man or woman believes that this is a practical world. And it does my heart good that Gus Malzahn and his players were whining about officiating practically before the stadium was empty.
In any given football game you can count the number of times players on the respective squads call for penalties that weren’t thrown. The team griping about the non-calls the most almost always loses. It’s science.
The Senator has his notes from the game and makes (among others) a very good point about the Georgia offensive line. Unlike the Notre Dame line in Athens, Georgia’s visiting unit managed to avoid false starts which could have derailed their few and precious scoring drives. That’s but one reason why it’s good to have a veteran group up front.
But alas, it’s time to move on to another game week, this time against the Texas A&M Aggies.
This will be the first firsthand experience many of you have with fans of the Texas Agricultural and Mechanical university. By way of illustration, a story. When the SEC Network was launched they filmed the intro for their game day show SEC Nation on the campus of Mercer University in Macon. The reason, according to the producers I spoke with, was so that none of the SEC schools could complain about favoritism because of which school was used.
The ESPN folks doing the shoot had wrangled college students to wear team gear and dance on camera. They also invited fans and alumni of the SEC schools to come out and see the shoot. To tailgate, basically.
There were a couple of UGA tents, a group of Florida Gator retirees, sundry LSU and Missouri fans who’d driven down from Atlanta, and a guy in Wranglers and a Stetson hat cooking brisket and sausage aboard a thirty foot long competition barbecue rig with a Texas A&M flag waving from the flagpole.
The Aggie fans outnumbered everyone else 5 to 1. This was before they had ever played an SEC football game. They won the tailgate of a television commercial shoot. Not a game. A TV commercial. In late July. In Macon, Georgia.
This is one of several reasons why you should not have been surprised to see Texas A&M look around for a replacement for Kevin Sumlin, see Jimbo Fisher, point at the Texas-sized bag of cash, then jab a finger in the general direction of College Station. These are serious people.
Along those lines, SB Nation’s TAMU site Good Bull Hunting is always a great read, and today especially so as they are clear from the dek about exactly what the Aggies’ mission is.
It makes sense given that the visitors opened as a 14 point underdog and soon became a 15.5 point underdog this weekend.