- Created on Sunday, 16 October 2011 14:58
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Travis Pulver
When college and professional sports teams have a tiff like the Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies have recently, there is one thing that is almost certainly going to happen—the fans are going to lose in the end.
Texas and Texas A&M has had one of the most historic rivalries that college football has ever seen. For 117 years, the two proud program have done battle on or the day after Thanksgiving. With the Aggies moving to the SEC next season, the Turkey Day tradition appears to be coming to an end.
The Aggies have expressed an interest in keeping the rivalry going, but the Longhorns have recently stated that their nonconference schedule is full through the 2018 season.
"We're scheduled out with nonconference games through 2018 and our Big 12 schedule is not yet settled. What we have right now is a full schedule but if any future options are available, the decision will not be made by just one person," said Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds.
Not only are they letting the tradition die, but they are treating the possibility of ever continuing it as if it was just another game. To the administrators that have been embroiled in the mess between the two schools (due to the Longhorn Network), it may be an arbitrary decision, but to the legions of fans on both sides it is so much more.
From a young age school children in Texas figure out whether they are Longhorns or Aggies. They sport the colors of the college heroes that once walked the same high school halls as them. Holidays take on a little extra special meaning when sons gather with dads, grandfathers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins to watch the only game that matters.
The annual game has been a time for multiple generations, people that would otherwise have little in common, to bond over a common cause (or against a common foe). Strangers become friends as long as they are wearing the right colors. Problems and differences tend to fly out the window when it becomes more important that the Aggies beat the Longhorns (or vice versa).
Gee, don’t you think you’re putting a little too much stock in a simple football game?
Our world has become one where we want everything quicker and faster. We are so busy that we often don’t have time to stop and smell the roses. Rather than spend time with friends and family, we poke them on Facebook or send them a text message. People hardly even make small talk at the coffee shop anymore; they are too busy IM-ing, texting, or emailing instead.
As the demands in life continue to build and the ease by which we can communicate electronically there tends to be one thing that falls through the cracks—quality time with those we love.
There has always been one thing that those we love have always made time for; the one game of every season that matters most.
As it stands right now, the game that will play for the last time on November 24, 2011. If the powers at be want to make it happen, they can (so here's hoping they do).