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I’m Fightin’ Texas Aggie class of 1997 and have been watching Aggie Football in great detail since the 90s.  I remember the Jackie Sherrill days from a passive standpoint but have researched a lot of those years in detail so I’m pretty familiar with them now.  I actually have Jackie Sherrill’s number in my contacts which was an amazing day getting his number and calling him.  From 1983 on I feel like I know the history and players of Aggie football pretty well.

I have season tickets on the 50 yard line and make at least one road game a year.  I watch a lot of Aggie football in person as it’s my passion.  I try and watch every game from a flow standpoint as I believe momentum is real.  I don’t think you can just look at individual highlights or statistics and truly understand how a game played out. I believe in a quality overall gameplan and management by the coaching staff.  Most importantly the head coach as college football is all about the head coach.

From a “qualification” standpoint I played tight end in high school.  I was also the Offensive Coordinator for our Powder Puff team.  That’s the extent of my football playing and coaching career but I love the strategic element of football.  11 pieces working against 11 pieces every play.  I do this for fun because I’m passionate about Aggie football and enjoy writing even though technically I’m not very sound.  I try and put a lot of thought into each writing giving a different perspective than what’s out there.  Some people like it and some people don’t.  I don’t make any money doing this and it’s all for fun.  I certainly don’t think I’m more right than anyone else other than I truly try to be objective balancing what I see with Aggie Football compared to other teams.

I’m also Founder and President of the Make Aggie Football Great Again movement.  It’s a tongue and cheek thing for me but it’s real.  I do want Aggie Football to be great again like it was from around ’85 to ’95.  There’s no reason Texas A&M can’t have that level of success on a regular basis.  It’s all about the coaching and I feel we continually hired the wrong coaches and hung on to them too long because we don’t have the killer instinct.  I think we finally got it with Jimbo Fisher but we’ll see.

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The blog url name comes from my trip to Clemson back in 2005.  We took on the mighty Clemson Tigers with a team that should have been on the rise after coming off a Cotton Bowl berth.  I’ve drank a lot of beers since then so I don’t remember the exact details but in the middle of the 4th quarter Coach Fran went for an extra point when he clearly should have gone for 2 to go up by 3.  It makes no sense to go up by 2 points at that point in the game.

Clemson wound up driving down and kicked a game winning field goal as time was winding down to win by 1.  Fran kicking the field goal and not going for 2 cost us a potential tie.  After the final second ticked off and we lost I turned around.  There was this older Aggie behind me.  He looked at me and said, “Young man, R.C. would have gone for 2.”  He said nothing else and walked on.  No other exchange other than, “Young man, R.C. would have gone for 2.”  That was it.  I could clearly tell he wasn’t on the FranWagon like me and still pissed R.C. had been fired.

I was a very vocal proponent of R.C. getting fired in the 2000s and hiring someone else.  This guy clearly wasn’t.  I thought the old Ag was crazy because he couldn’t see what Fran was building like I could.  It was a one point loss on the road to open up the season against a decent Clemson team.  Sure, Fran should have gone for 2 but I don’t think R.C. would have gone for 2 either.  R.C. was not a very aggressive coach when it came to scoring points.  I joked to people that night I was going to get the domain http://www.rcwouldhavegonefor2.com.  I would show those idiotic R.C. supporters what fools they were as Fran brought us to national prominence.  Well, the joke wound up being on me because he was right.  Fran wasn’t the answer.  We’ll just have to believe that R.C. would have in fact gone for 2 that night.

The name is nothing more than a joke now.  Some people laugh and some people think I’m an idiot.  As long as they’re as passionate about Aggie Football I don’t care what they think about me.  We’re all in this together.

Gig ‘Em!

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