The Norman Transcript

Sports

August 16, 2011

Who’s afraid of Texas

NORMAN — You’ve really got to hand it to Texas A&M. Because it’s not often a university’s regents get together, even for a hastily called meeting, just to reaffirm the authority everybody figured the school president already had.

Way to stand up to Texas, fellas.

A few days ago the Aggies appeared boldly irresponsible. Now, just irresponsible.

Perhaps next year, the year after that or the year after that, the Aggies really will receive an invitation from the SEC — the same SEC that put together its own hastily arranged meeting just to tell everybody it would not be inviting A&M, at least not yet — and their fans can tell the world (and me) “I told you so.” But it will only make them boldly irresponsible all over again.

Sorry guys, but the only way you win this one is by winning the Big 12.

You don’t win by running away to a place you can’t win (on the gridiron; because I give Gary Blair every chance in the world of knocking Pat off the Summitt). You don’t win by flapping your jaws and blaming Texas for everything.

Really, blaming everything on a football program that just went 5-7 and blew up the neighborhood — but retained the mayor — is just unseemly.

The other day I tried making the point the Aggies were acting spoiled, irrational and without regard for the destruction they might leave in their wake. From the response I got, you’d think I insulted everything A&M holds dear.

Maybe I did, but what blew me away was how no Aggie partisan argued the SEC suited A&M. Not one. But about 20 were pretty sure Texas was the devil.

Grow up.

A year ago, A&M beat Texas 24-17 in Austin. This season it shouldn’t be nearly so close in College Station.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • Sr Open 44 Amongst stars, Oak Tree shines in a Major way

    EDMOND — On the way out of the interview room Sunday afternoon at Oak Tree National, Gene Sauers said he wouldn’t be at Royal Porthcawl for the Senior Open Championship.  Maybe the guy who followed him behind the microphone can talk him ...

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Montgomerie claims U.S. Senior Open title after playoff with Sauers

    EDMOND — In Saturday’s third round of the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National, hole 16 helped to push upstart Gene Sauers to his 3-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer and Scott Dunlap. But Sunday to close it out, it became his nemesis....

    July 14, 2014

  • Martin wins stage while Gallopin takes overall lead

    MULHOUSE, France — On a day local Roman Catholics were celebrating the feast of Saint Anthony, two other Tonys had their own reason to celebrate in the Tour de France....

    July 14, 2014

  • Goetze scores late to give Germany the World Cup

    RIO DE JANEIRO — Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn’t muster. With two quick, deft touches, Goetze ended Germany’s 24-year wait for another World Cup title — and denied Messi the one title he ...

    July 14, 2014

  • Keselowski sweeps weekend

    LOUDON, N.H. — Brad Keselowski hopped out of his car and grabbed an oversized broom to give a playful sweep of all the confetti already collected around his Ford....

    July 14, 2014

  • Messi’s Cup runneth over

    RIO DE JANEIRO — Lionel Messi’s final act in the 2014 World Cup was lifting a free kick high over the bar, wasting Argentina’s last chance to equalize in the final against Germany....

    July 14, 2014

  • Eagle on 18th seals British title for Martin

    SOUTHPORT, England — Mo Martin knew she hit her 3-wood exactly how she wanted on the 18th hole at Royal Birkdale....

    July 14, 2014

  • Brewers snap 7-game skid, rout Cardinals

    MILWAUKEE — The end of a seven-game losing streak lifted the spirits of the Milwaukee Brewers....

    July 14, 2014

  • Angels win fifth straight while Rangers continue slide

    ARLINGTON, Texas — The middle of the Los Angeles Angels’ batting order handled the Rangers’ pitchers and the Texas heat....

    July 14, 2014

  • Gallo gives U.S. 3-2 win in Futures Game

    MINNEAPOLIS — Texas Rangers prospect Joey Gallo showed off his power with a soaring two-run homer in the sixth inning to give the U.S. team the lead for good in a 3-2 victory over the World squad Sunday at the All-Star Futures Game for ...

    July 14, 2014

Facebook