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Monday, October 09, 2017 – Monday After College Football Awards

Monday, October 09, 2017 – Monday After College Football Awards

Happy Indigenous People Day! You want to take down some statues? How about the New World explorers? Moving on.

What a weekend of college football whoppers! The first Poopy Undies goes to The Crimson Tide from Alabama. This may be the only pair of Poopy Undies you get until the SEC championship, but for now this one is yours from Aggieland. As always, the Aggies never lose; time just runs out. And time ran out as the Tide was going out after its stiffest test yet. Alabama 27 Aggies 19.

Joining Alabama and receiving a Poopy Undies Award are THE University of Texas and The University of Oklahoma. Bevo’s Boys held on for a second OT with win over Kansas State 40 – 34.

Obviously the Cyclone warnings did not go off in Norman as Iowa State stunned the Sooners with a 38-31 victory. Bevo won’t be big enough, old enough or strong enough next weekend to hold off a very mad OU team.

The Great Game of Mediocrity Award goes to Florida 16 and LSU 17. Keep it up, Gators. The Aggies are coming and we now used to high Tides and swampy waters in Texas.

The Award for the Best Game that Nobody Saw goes to Western Michigan University and Buffalo, with seven overtimes, 139 points and a Buffalo loss 71-68.

But the He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother Award goes to Western Michigan’s Donnie Ernsberger’s sister for running on the field thinking the game was over at the end of the second OT.

https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/seven-ots-139-points-wmu-edges-buffalo-in-highest-scoring-longest-fbs-game/

The Best End Zone Award goes to the great Gene Stallings and his 1967 SWC Champions and Cotton Bowl Victors over Bear Bryant’s Alabama. In spite of suffering a heart attack last weekend, he was there with his team. Them Junction Boys are tough. Thank you, Coach Stallings, for all you’ve to done to make the Aggies, the Bear and Alabama very proud.

Photo by Terry

The Best Photos of the Flyover Taken in the Front Yard goes to me. One has about five seconds before they are out of sight.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 – And Then There Was Coach Stallings – Part Two of The Alabama-Aggie Connection

Paul “Bear” Bryant was not the only Texas A&M football coach who won the war of player attrition and changed the way people think and work. The Aggie Football team had 132 players when 30 year old, first year head coach Gene Stallings arrived in College Station in December 1964. When the Aggies opened the season against the University of Houston in October there were 57 players listed in the program.

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Bryan Eagle – Oct. 11, 2015

The members of Stallings’ first team celebrated their 50th year reunion the weekend of October 11 2015.

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Bryan Eagle – Oct. 11, 2015

Like Bear Bryant, Stallings was called in to change the football attitude at Texas A&M. Like Bear Bryant he believed in hard work and physical demands. Stallings was a Junction Boy and was an assistant to The Bear in Alabama and now he was coming home to his alma mater to be the head coach.

Stallings had the players take a physical education class for those wanting to be coaches. He taught it. As player Jim Singleton said “Junction was two weeks. But we had to put up with him for a whole semester.”

Stallings converted four rooms on the second floor of G. Rolle White into workout rooms for the spring training and drills. In the fencing room (there was a fencing room?) players ran in place for 15 minutes. In the wrestling room there would be 15 minutes of drills. In the third station, the players head butted each other. In the fourth room they “rested” while they lifted weights.

In 1965 the Aggies went 3-7. In 1967 Stallings and The Fighting Texas Aggies won the Southwest Conference. The Aggies won The Cotton Bowl in 1968 beating Bear Bryant and the Crimson Tide of Alabama.

The Cotton Bowl would be Stallings’ only bowl victory as head coach at Texas A&M. After a stint in the NFL, he would take over the head coaching position at Alabama from Bear Bryant in 1990 and win the National Championship in 1992.

While there are those who know Coach Stallings for his football greatness, it is his greatness off the field that also makes a difference. His only son, John Mark Stallings was born with Down syndrome. John Mark, also known as “Johnny” died on August 2, 2008 due to a congenital heart condition. Two facilities at the University of Alabama are named for the younger Stallings. The Stallings Center that serves as home to the RISE Center for young children with disabilities was built in 1994. The equipment room in the University of Alabama football building was built and dedicated to Johnny Stallings in 2005.

Gene Stallings – A great man on all fields of play. http://coachgenestallings.com/

Oh – one more thing – BTHO ALABAMA!

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Material taken from The Bryan Eagle, Sunday, October 11, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 – The Junction Boys – And The Legends Begin

 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 – The Junction Boys – And The Legends Begin

When it comes to football The University of Alabama and Texas A&M University are more closely aligned than TAMU and tu ever were. You might call the Bama/TAMU connection a critical junction in college football.

Someplace between San Antonio and El Paso in the Texas Hill Country is a town called Junction, Texas. In 1954, the newly hired football coach of Texas A&M, Paul, Bear, Bryant took approximately 100 players into the wasteland of Junction for a football camp to toughen them up. The Texas Hill Country was experiencing the worst drought conditions in history. Temperatures hit the 100 degree mark before noon each day. Note this drought was surpassed only by the recent Hill Country droughts as the worst in Texas history. The “field” was dirt, rocky and filled with sticker burrs. Practices began at 8:00 am and ended at 11:00 PM daily.

Those who were there at the end of the ten days of the camp are called The Survivors or The Junction Boys. Those who remained formed the core of the undefeated unit that won the 1956 Southwest Conference championship.

The 1954 Texas Aggies went 1-9 for the season. It was Bear Bryant’s only losing season as a head coach. Yet, he would always cite his 1-9 A&M team of 1954 as his favorite.

Bear Bryant would leave Texas A&M to take the head coaching and Athletic Director positions in 1958 at Alabama. He took one of The Junction Boys with him as an assistant coach – a fellow from Paris, Texas named Gene Stallings. Read about Coach Stallings tomorrow.

Read the full story in The Junction Boys: How Ten Days in Hell with Bear Bryant Forged a Championship Team by Jim Dent.

Oh yeah – one more thing- BTHO Alabama!

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