Sunday Morning – July 19, 2015 – The University of Texas at Austin
I was saving this until closer to football season, but what the heck. No time like the present.
If you or your children/grandchildren graduated from The University of Texas, or you or your children/grandchildren attended The University, or even if you just wear the T-Shirt from Wal-Mart, please know this. It is said with utmost respect and sincerity.
Once upon a time when I was prominent, I had the privilege and honor of working on multiple collaborative projects with some of the best and brightest people from Texas and from Texas A&M and their respective system universities. On academic, research, and intellectual levels these two institutions are the BEST in the state and yes, the world. They produce the best graduates in all fields of study at all levels. Most people are unaware of the extensive academic and research collaborations between and among the two flagships universities and their system universities.
Also, know that I think Charlie Strong is the best thing that has happened since – well, maybe signing the great Earl Campbell. And I believe (and truly hope) that Coach Strong will bring Texas back to strike fear into the Big 12 and beyond. However, Steve Patterson could be another story. I don’t think pissing off the alumni is a good thing for an AD to do, but what do I know?
So when football season begins, please know that Here’s What I’m Thinking will be equally snarky and equally praised among all teams. Aggies included. Here are some examples:
The University – (it’s the reference to the decal from the late 70’s/early 80’s) “Stay Strong. Go Swoops. Nike is just waiting for you.”
Texas A&M – “Coach Sumlin, please do not wear those Ice Uniforms again this year. They are ugly and hard to see on TV. And we got our ice whipped last time you wore them.” Or one from last season when going for a two-point conversion to not lose the game – “Who the hell called that? Only Peyton Manning or Tom Brady can make that play.”
And then there’s Texas Tech – which really stands for Tortilla Toss. Come on, Kingsbury, are you really going to wear those helmets that look like Dairy Queen baskets again this year?
See the difference in respect? 50 days until kickoff!