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Monday, September 25, 2006

Me at an Aggie Game

This is me at my second Aggie game ever.
I'm even wearing maroon under that pancho, can you tell?
This is hard to believe, considering how my husband loves Aggie football (or hates it, depending on the moment), I'm a Baylor Bear, and the fact that we live in Aggieland.
Most of the time, he watches the games at home.
He doesn't like to watch them in groups.
He watches them standing up...the whole time...pacing.
Now that we have kids, he TIVOs them, and watches them without interruption.
He doesn't watch too many sports on TV, but Aggie football is important to him- so it's important to me.
Because we had been living far away in Amarillo, it had been years since he had attended a game when we moved back here. For his birthday that year, I gave him tickets to a game. We went together. Considering my first game experience, it is most surprising that there was a second.
We had just moved here, and I hadn't fully appreciated what the Aggie cult was about.
Now, keep in mind, I love living in Aggieland, and love Aggies!!!! (i.e. my husband!) So I feel one must embrace this world, to a degree, Aggie or not. I went to Baylor and loved every minute of it, but I will probably never again attend a Baylor game, and that's totally okay with me. It's not even on my radar screen.
So we went to this first game in 2003, in the afternoon, in the blazing sun. The sun was directly in our eyes the whole game, and we STOOD the whole time. I was wedged in on every side by tall, sweaty guys. (One of them was Rusty, which was okay, but the rest of them, I was not excited about sharing skin-to-skin contact with.) I could only see about a third of the field, and I don't know that much about football anyway.
There was sweating. Then singing. And SWAYING. It seemed to be constant, sweating, singing, and swaying.
Now I love you Aggie people, and have great respect for your tradition, but I draw the line at singing and swaying, yelling hell, and "sawing horns off." This is where I have a seat. I have some real thoughts about the fact that your school song is almost entirely about UT... I mean just love yourselves! Why is there so much focus on them? Is there school song about you? Isn't that kind of sad? But I know no one is interested in my thoughts on that, so I'll move on.
I think whooping is fun...except at my wedding...and I asked Rusty if someone brought one of those air horns to church and just blew that little tune, would everyone whoop out of reflex? He said adamently yes. It's a little strange, but a well-placed whoop can be fun. (Not for me, of course, but for others.)
At this first sweaty game, what followed the sweating, singing, and swaying was dehydration. I went out to buy $4 water! How wrong is that!!! It's like in NY, where the umbrellas sold on the street go up $2 when it's raining! On my way out to buy water, I watched a boy puke into a trash can. I'm thinking- THIS IS NOT FUN!
I was glad Rusty could attend a game. But I was sure he would be attending the rest of them without me. That was 3 years ago. He has attended a few freebie ticket games since then with guys, and had a good time.
Last weekend, Jodi and her fiance Andrew, who have season tickets, offered us tickets to go to the game with them. I was excited for Rusty! And I love hanging out with Jodi and Andrew, obviously! I know Aggie tickets are like gold, so I felt honored.
My weather savvy husband was up on the weather report, so we packed our backpacks like we were going camping for a week. We were fully prepared, with water bottles, rain panchos, towels, trail mix, and granola bars. (No lie!) This came in handy for the two hour rain delay. But this was a much better experience, barring the 2 hour delay...and the rain. It went fast in great company.
I love watching my husband revel in his Aggiehood.
Jodi and Andrew have amazing seats. And we had fun! (Thanks again Jodi and Andrew!)
But still- the singing and swaying! All the time! And that song gets so stuck in your head!
I enjoyed the Aggie Band. That really was impressive!
I have to say, coming from Baylor, some things are really different. (Like we don't often win games.) But our school mascot is so much cooler. We get to watch the bear drink Dr. Pepper at games.
You've got a dog who barks- a lot! A dog. We all have dogs at home.
If she were really like Lassie and saved children stuck in wells or something, that would be cool. But from what I hear, her only trick is biting people.
This poor dog lives such a strange life! I think she's wondering about the singing and the swaying too!
And the strangest Aggie thing I've heard so far is that you have former Revellies (sp? sorry) buried under the outisde scoreboard, so that they can always "look up at the score"! Come on! That's creepy, and weird! Give these poor dogs a break! And everybody knows all dogs go to heaven, so they are free from their duties as Super Aggie Dog. In heaven, they're free to just lick themselves and sleep all day, like other dogs.
All in all, we had a great time, and truly, I know I'm skating on thin ice with some of you Ags.
But I love you Aggies. I would be pleased for my kids to go to school here. You can't live here without just rolling with it.
Beside my husband, I have deeply loved so many Aggie girls since moving here! Starting with Camile, Arlene, Morgan, Sarah, Lisa, Jodi- and so many more! I adore you!
It's all a little strange, but I love you Aggieland.


Jiffy News said...

I, too, was at the game Saturday. Did you happen to hear, see and smell the BATS?! Oh, my goodness gracious it was disgusting!

I was in the South Zone (across from the scoreboard) and bats have completely taken over the stands. As I was walking up the ramps, the smell was the first thing I noticed. I looked up and saw bat poop running down the sides of the "roof" (and I was probably walking on it at that point), and I almost threw up. They were wedged in the cemente cracks of the stadium.

As I was "seeking shelter" from the thunderstorm under the ramps of the South stands, I almost stepped on a bat that had fallen out of his crack home. Again, I almost threw up. The storm clouds made it really dark, and you guessed it...the bats woke up and started squealing (or whatever they do). It sounded like I was in a batcave.

I took shelter by all the concession stands at one point and realized the bats were there too....ABOVE ALL THE FOOD AND DRINKS EVERYONE WAS HOLDING. UGH...

You couldn't actually "see" the bats, but you knew they were above you.

As the rain fell and the humidity increased to like 200%, the bat smell started to seep into my pores. I tried to enjoy the game, but the breeze brought the bat smell up to where I was sitting (and I was WAY up there). I refused to go back down the ramps or to the concessions. I had to pee, but it didn't matter.

Really...it was more than disgusting. I went home and took a shower.

Anyone know what they are going to do about this problem?

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Jennifer Bacak said...

I KNOW!!!!!!!!!! We must have been in the same place. I too, almost stepped on the dead bat, and the smell was overwhelming!! I felt like I inhaled it, and it was making me gag the whole night.

D. Bacak fam said...

I suppose as a "sip" I could sit back quietly and just enjoy every observation of "aggie-ness" noted by Jenn and laugh hysterically...or I could pile on! Jenn, you should not be so hard on Baylor football. You Bears own A&M here of late (and they know it) and nothing I have seen through 4 games leads me to believe you will not beat A&M again this year. Sic 'em Bears! Aggie traditions are pretty cool. Aggie infatuation with keeping up with their Austin brethren is strange and twisted to put it nicely. But it's flattering to know we Longhorns are being thought of so often by so many. Even if in doing so Aggies are chanting and swaying and wallowing in their stadiums bat dung. To give aggies credit, they were thinking about us even before we solidified our program with another National Championship this past January. Thanks for sticking with us through the Mackovic years, ags. Your persisent infatuation has paid dividends! To summarize my feelings for this post...Jenn, You go girl!!


Hendrick Family said...

BATS? You saw BATS? I didn't know bats really existed. I thought they were made up...you might as well have told me you almost stepped on the tooth fairy at that game. BATS? Real ones? I hate bats. Were they upside down? When they poop do they poop on themselves first? Bats...they baffle me and make me want to throw up. How could you have posted that long post and then Judy have to bring up the bats? BATS? You saw bats and smelled them and almost stepped on the tooth fairy...that should be in the post.

Bats...yet another reason why I am not a sports fan.

Anonymous said...

OK Darrell
First of all... beating us once in 21 years is not exactly anyone "owning us" as of late. Secondly, I am pretty sure it is actually pigeon poop - not bat poop... but why that is important, I do not know!
Lastly, I would any day rather attend a school that has anyone other than Matthew McConaughey as their official human mascot! How does he get on the sidelines?? Is he your secondary's supplier (if you know what I mean??).
And I don't care what you say - Katy High School Football Rules (they will never let us down!!)


D. Bacak fam said...

Yes. Being married to a A&M Consol Tiger has brought me much joy this week, after Katy put a whipping on A&M Consol this past Friday night. Katy Tiger Football rules! McConaughey and his sideline jumping jacks are a true disgrace. Good luck with the Tech turds this weekend. There's one football team we both can agree should be subjected to several doses of your home grown pigeon/bat excrement.

Hendrick Family said...

Rusty said Matthew McConaughey!