A Visit to Aggieland

We have just returned from a long weekend visit with Megan in Aggieland.  It was great to see Megan and a very busy few days.  We went on a football game weekend, so there were even more activities than usual. 


We started at the Aggie tent sale.  They set up a huge tent in a parking lot and have rows and rows of Aggie T shirts, sweatshirts, and most anything else Aggie you can imagine.  Your Aggie T shirt is the fashion of choice for most every event in College Station, so you can never have too many.


Megan and Rick at the tent sale.  Yes, for those of you looking closely her hair is no longer the blonde it has been her entire life.  College is a time for new things, and I guess that includes your hair color. 


Many of the businesses in town are decked out with Aggie colors and flags.


After the tent sale we had a barbecue at Megan’s house.  She invited all her “fish” (fish is Aggie for freshman) from summer camp. 


 She had a total group of thirteen, but only a few were available.  Gabe, Sean and Josh joined us for dinner, along with Brandon (her boyfriend) and his roomates Kyle and Alex. 


Alex is enjoying the chips.  Funny how you mention food and hungry college boys appear.  


After the food, Megan’s cat Lucky makes a pest of herself as Brandon tries to use the laptop.


And then it was time for midnight yell.  For those of you not familiar with Aggie culture, Aggies do not cheer, they yell.  They practice these yells before home games at midnight on Friday night before the game Saturday.  This was the last home game of the season, so it was a poignant moment for the seniors.  Half the stands are full, which is about 40,000 people. 


The band plays and the Aggies yell; it is quite a spectacle.  You even see fans from the opposing team who come to Midnight Yell just to see what all the excitement is about.


Saturday is game day, and the Aggies go all out.  These are the guys in charge of the cannon that they shoot off every time the Aggies score.


There is live TV coverage.


You get to the stadium at least two or three hours before the game to take in all the festivities.


Aggie fans come in all ages.


Fans line the streets to watch the band (made up of cadets) and the rest of the corps of cadets march through campus towards Kyle Field.


The cadets pass the reviewing stand – this day former President George H.W. Bush was there – and circle the field.


Aggies take their football very seriously.  They are the original  home of the 12th man. 


Neither the students nor the corps sit down during the game.  They stand and yell during the whole thing.   


When you look up into the stands, all you see is maroon.  Maroon out they call it.


The Fighting Texas Aggie Band performs at half time.  They are truly amazing to watch.  They do the most intricate marching maneuvers I have ever seen. 


Though the game didn’t turn out quite the way we had hoped, it was still quite an experience.  And as they say “Aggies never lose, they just run out of time.”


Even if your team doesn’t win, you still need to go out for dinner.  Megan and two of her roomates, Lindsey and Amy. 


Megan’s roomate Amy was the employee of the month at the deli where she works.  She’s a very sweet girl and will be a great nurse. 


Brandon and Megan.


A visit from Mom and Dad isn’t complete unless they treat you to a pedicure. Yes, her toes are polka dot.

And then it was time for us to fly back to Washington.  It is hard to leave our baby, but she will be home for Christmas.

3 comments on “A Visit to Aggieland

  1. Tj says:

    It is such a different world from where we live. I really enjoyed seeing the photos and reading some about Megan’s world. By the way Megan, I like your hair!

  2. mark says:

    Twelfth man? Tell me more. mark

  3. Brenda says:

    Here is the official explanation from the A & M traditions website:

    Twelfth Man

    The tradition of the Twelfth Man was born on the second of January 1922, when an underdog Aggie team was playing Centre College, then the nation’s top ranked team. As the hard fought game wore on, and the Aggies dug deeply into their limited reserves, Coach Dana X. Bible remembered a squad man who was not in uniform. He had been up in the press box helping reporters identify players. His name was E. King Gill, and was a former football player who was only playing basketball. Gill was called from the stands, suited up, and stood ready throughout the rest of the game, which A&M finally won 22-14. When the game ended, E. King Gill was the only man left standing on the sidelines for the Aggies. Gill later said, “I wish I could say that I went in and ran for the winning touchdown, but I did not. I simply stood by in case my team needed me.”

    This gesture was more than enough for the Aggie Team. Although Gill did not play in the game, he had accepted the call to help his team. He came to be thought of as the Twelfth Man because he stood ready for duty in the event that the eleven men on the gridiron needed assistance. That spirit of readiness for service, desire to support, and enthusiasm helped kindle a flame of devotion among the entire student body; a spirit that has grown vigorously throughout the years. The entire student body at A&M is the Twelfth Man, and they stand during the entire game to show their support. The 12th Man is always in the stands waiting to be called upon if they are needed.

    That is the official explanation. I can also add that there is a statue of E. King Gill on campus to this day. Also, if you buy any type of Aggie jersey/ Tshirt, etc. with a number on it the only number available is 12. No selling the number of the star player, even those who are in the Aggie Hall of Fame, only number 12 for the 12th man.

    As you can see, Aggies are VERY big on traditions. They joke that if something happens twice it is a tradition and will be that way forevermore. There are lots more Aggie traditions, if you are interested here is the link: http://aggietraditions.tamu.edu/

    BTW: Megan loves all this. She always wanted to go to a college with the whole traditions, football, big college experience and she definitely has that with A & M.


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