Saturday, October 28, 2006

AgricMeat: The Rivalry Renewed

Agriculturalists, it is time to face the music: We are rivals.

You can no longer count on an easy W when you face the B. We are tenacious. We are proud. We are your equal. As much as you'd like to believe you are in the league of TU, we are your true match. The last three years of Baylor vs. A&M has been some of the best football played between in-state Texas colleges in recent memory. You must admit that the near two decade span from '85 to '04 of Aggie dominance of Baylor is over. Your program is not quite what it was. Ours is returning to classic form.

Tonight's game was the 103rd Battle of the Brazos between the B and the Agriculturalists. At one time the rivalry between our two schools was one of the more storied matchups in Texas sports. Our rivalry had a body count. This week's Lariat retold some of the story.
In 1926, Baylor and Texas A&M met on homecoming and a tragic legacy was born. Texas A&M fan A.B. Sessums was killed during a melee following a bleacher-clearing brawl between Bear and Aggie supporters at the Cotton Palace Stadium in Waco. The legend grew, and stories passed down saying that a group of angered Aggies immediately raced back to College Station and hopped on a rail car bound for Waco with a howitzer in tow. But, as the legend goes, the National Guard met their advance and felled several trees across the tracks to stop the charge. The truth behind the rumor is dubious, but the sentiment was not. Baylor president S.P. Brooks and Texas A&M president T.O. Walton signed an agreement on Dec. 8 of that year, ceasing all athletic contracts between the two schools. They wouldn't play another game until 1931.

While our offense faltered late and the Caesar of China Spring may have suffered an injury, the B fought hard and gave us a great game. The game lived up to the excitement and drama of the rivalry. We set the all-time attendance record at the Case, Zeigler had an incredible game and our defense made two impressive goal-line stops. I, for one, am proud of this team and proud of my school.


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  • just returned from Waco..

    i respect the team we played (with the glaring exception of its coach) and will easily admit that Baylor is no longer the Big 12's gimme game, but i have 0 respect for Baylor University. after the ignorance, penis envy, arrogance, and outright retahdedness displayed by the students and fans, i can tell you now that there will never be a rivalry between our schools.

    a rivalry requires respect.

    I think there are some C-USA schools that need rivals, yall should check them out. oh, and good luck on getting that 6th win.

    By Blogger Brad, at 11:38 PM  

  • It is unfortunate that majority of people wearing gold/green to the games think that any obnoxious behaviour is an accepted way of "supporting" their team. This has an easy explanation -- most of them are wagon jumpers who have little exposure to sports (they did fit in well at the hockey games though -- too bad that outlet caved; perhaps a soccer team will come soon).

    It's also embarrassing to watch the B's band blowing their one cheesy note up to each snap -- a sad confirmation of impotency of the fans.

    B's coaches/fans/team should begin to act like a Big 12 school.

    A&M should beat you, and they will beat you. The next streak continues.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:14 AM  

  • Whatever helps you sleep at night, buddy. If it weren't for coach fran's ineptitude, the game would have been over after the first quarter. Maybe he was just trying to throw you a bone.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:38 AM  

  • Here are some interesting numbers:
    I guess pretend rivalries are all the rage in the Big 12.

    By Blogger Judge Baylor, at 12:39 PM  

  • Since 1975, Aggies are 16-15 against t.u. and 23-7-2 against B.

    Of course it's not just about the stats...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:28 PM  

  • Brad:

    Thanks for the link on your blog. We have yet to add an Aggie blog link, but may be so inclined, subject to the approval of the BearMeat editorial board.

    Re: rivalry needing respect, I do beg to differ. Along those lines, wouldn't the Corps dumping manure on the TU band last year qualify as lack of respect? Save the fatality back in the 1920s, I doubt the B has done anything so disrespectful to the Ags or anyother of our "rivals."

    Anyway, keep on bloggin' and best wishes,


    By Blogger Red Andrews, at 4:56 PM  

  • if by "the Corps" you mean 1 freshman, sure that's some evidence.

    i'd consider making an allowance for referring to the A&M/Baylor game as a conference football rivalry, but not a rivalry in the sense of UT/A&M, Auburn/Bama, etc.

    with Texas, the rivalry is based on more than football or even sports in general (you can't even begin to compare the importance/attendance of the other sports like basketball, baseball, and soccer when it comes to A&M/Texas and A&M/Baylor.

    the rivalry stems from the fact that A&M and Texas are the two major state institutions in Texas. the schools are similar in size and cross-section of students.
    Sure, UT has the big city, liberal image, and A&M has the small town, conservative stereo type, but the Top 10% of graduating seniors from across the state aren't that different from one another, and half go to UT and the other half to A&M.

    to conclude, no matter how much the Baylor football program continues to improve, Baylor will never be A&M's rival, because of the education system in Texas, it's not even possble. an interesting conference game? yes. a rival? no.

    but seriously, i really do wish yall good luck on gettin to a bowl this year.

    By Blogger Brad, at 7:20 PM  

  • RIVALRY? i went to the TAMU/B game and was amazed as always at the baylor fans. such morons. really. maybe you should work on your own traditions and passion for football before attacking ours. your 11 can never beat our 12, and never will. sorry its that simple. sure, accidents happen, like '04. but that is uncommon. get over it. maybe you should try to be "rivals" with tech. i think they are looking for someone too.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:48 PM  

  • better yet, try tarleton. they are about your size. they play football sometimes too.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:06 AM  

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