Athens, GA (Nov 27, 2007) - Over on his blog, Four DVEs, No Waiting, the Houston Chronicle's David Barron asks the question: Is A&M's football tradition overrated? But is that his real question. Did he really mean to ask if the media outside of Texas view Texas A&M football fairly? He starts out his posting by saying
I've heard Aggies called a lot of things over the years, but I don't recall "pretentious" sneaking into the conversation. But that's what Fox Sports analysts Terry Bradshaw and Barry Switzer suggested during Fox NFL Sunday regarding Texas A&M's football program.Well I am not from Texas, and really could not give a rats behind about any football from Texas. Am I anti-Texas? No, it is just that anybody, media and fans alike, are partial to their roots. If you are from Big 10 or Big 12 country, you are the best and the Southeastern Conference is overrated. If you are from anywhere but the West Coast, you wonder if they even play football out there. And if you ARE from Texas, there is nothing outside of your borders for you to waste your breath on. Does anyone from Texas honestly expect Barry Switzer to say anything supportive of football teams in that state?
So when Barron asks
So you tell me: Do we in Texas give the Aggies more credit than they deserve? And should Aggies be offended (or should they care) that some observers outside our state's borders don't think much of the A&M football tradition?Leaving the Dennis Franchione debacle aside, the answer is, of course you do, just like the fans of any college team from their schools or where they live. It is part of the fun. Just enjoy it!
You can read Daniel Barron's full post over at the Houston Chronicle Web Site.