Football is King!
In case you didn't know, football is king in Texas. Sure, they try to build up basketball, but go anywhere in the state and the talk is always about football.
"Welcome to Aggieland"
My personal favorite tradition... every time the A&M team scores..... so do the fans!
I hope they still do this... it's been way too long since I've been back... Senior Line at halftime... Yes, we do like to yell a lot :-)
And at the end of the game, if we happen to not outscore our opponents, the students stay in the stands for a yell practice... but of course after a win (thankfully, we win a lot at home!), the freshmen in the corps run out on the field to "capture" the yell leaders and carry them off to the Fish Pond. Once there, they toss them in (of course!) and they have a short yell practice for the freshmen (AKA, the "fish"). BTW, this is why you will never see stories about A&M fans storming the field and tearing the goalposts down!
By the time they're done at the Fish Pond, the band has made its way to the YMCA building where the fans have begun to gather, and the yell leaders make their way back up to the steps and hold another yell practice for the rest of the fans. You can't believe how loud the 300+ member band is in that tight little street! :-)
Speaking of the band, the Aggie Band is considered to be The Pulse of Aggieland, and if you ever hear them in person and see their precision drills, you'll see why we're all so proud of them!
At the root of it all, we have the original Kyle Field...
and how about the 1894 football team? LOL Such humble beginnings........
How on earth did it evolve to this? Now seating about 85,000, it appears the race is on to have the biggest and best facility in Texas... Of course that means everything to recruiting, but if you can only imagine what this place sounds like when the student body is doing a yell in unison....
One of the most overt traditions at A&M, is the spirit of the 12th Man. If you ever go to a game at Kyle Field, do NOT get a ticket in the student section, or believe me, pilgrim.... you WILL be standing for the duration of the game. The story goes that E King Gill was asked to come down out of the stands and dress to help fill out an injury depleted roster and since then, the A&M student body stands for the duration of the game to show their willingness to help the team in any way they can. Don't believe us? Look into the 12th man walk-on player that's been a part of the kick off team since the Jackie Sherrill era :-)
And part of that 12th Man tradition is "humping it", which really doesnt mean anything explicit (in this context anyway).... at an A&M game, it means to assume the standard operational position for doing a yell. Supposedly intended to maximize volume, I'm not exactly sure where this one came from. Maybe an old Ag can write me and let me know?
If you saw the Bonfire page then you got a glimpse of Midnight Yell, but here is another shot. Held at Midnight before the home games (Thursdays for away games), it is again, unique to Aggieland. We don't have pep rallies, we have yell practice. We don't have cheerleaders, we have Yell Leaders. We dont have a fight song, we have a War Hymn. Are you seeing a pattern yet? :-)
At Midnight Yell, we do some yells, sing the War Hymn, hear some pretty good jokes (at the expense of the opposing team of course). Watch ESPN this fall, you just might get a glimpse of it on their version of a reality TV series!
In the morning before the home game, there is always a March In by the corps. Pictured here is the Parson's Mounted Cavalry bringing in the howitzer that gets fired after we score.... that dang thing makes a lot of smoke! :-)
And no game would be complete without the presence of Miss Reveille and her care takers! I could write a whole page about the traditions surrounding Miss Reveille, but to spare you, I will leave it as a research exercise for those who are interested :-)