Since Texas A&M joined the SEC, Aggie-backers have told tale upon tale of the evils of the Texas Longhorns. Their athletics program, their network, their fans.
A few Horns have, of course, also come to our site to post attacks against A&M, as well. To be blunt, it all seems really quite silly.
But Aggie fans will need to pipe down a bit about Texas fans if they were behind a string of pro-TAMU messages recently spray-painted across the University of Texas’ campus in Austin. We say if because when a pro-A&M taunt aimed at Florida appeared in billboard form in Gainesville back in September, Aggie fans immediate claimed it had to be the work of a Texas fan who wanted to make A&M look bad. The school itself tracked down the person(s) behind the board and had it taken down, but the school never released — to my knowledge — any information about who actually posted that billboard.
And if it had really been a Texas fan or booster group behind the sign, we’re guessing A&M officials would have pointed that out pretty dang quickly.
At any rate, the messages left on the campus of the Big XII’s UT included such Aggie-centric phrases as “Howdy,” “gig ‘em,” “farmer’s fight,” “atm” and, of course, “SEC.”
One message also read, “Do you miss us yet?”
Here’s guessing no. Not if vandalism and boasting are Aggie calling cards, they’re probably not missing A&M at all.
Now, is this the simple, prankish work of a few A&M versions of Otter, Bluto and D-Day? Perhaps and that would certainly make it a bit more palatable. Juvenile and illegal, but palatable.
Or were these Texas fans — as A&M backers will surely claim — spray-painting their own campus in an effort to make all Aggies look bad? Probably not, but those claims will come.
We’ve said since long, long before Texas A&M actually joined the SEC that the school would be a perfect fit for the league. For the most part, that’s exactly what it has been. But the boastful messages posted on billboards and spray-painted on rival campuses — if perpetrated by actual Aggies — suggest some of the school’s fans are more in tune with with stereotypical Lone Star State boastfulness than they are the more “genteel” nature of the Deep South. (Sip mint julep… now.)