Exactly three months from today, Alabama and Texas A&M meet on the football field. In between now and then, expect plenty of Internet chatter, perhaps the occasional verbal shot and maybe even a Twitter dustup or two. Texas A&M AD Eric Hyman got the ball rolling Thursday night. Speaking to the Brazos County A&M Club Coach’s Night, Hyman told the crowd:
“What do the moon and Texas A&M have in common? They both control the Tide.”
Of course, Texas A&M defeated Alabama last fall. Speaking to a crowd of about 800, Hyman also told coach Kevin Sumlin he “wants to be able to say the same thing” next year. When it was his turn to speak, Sumlin said, “No pressure, Eric. Thank you.”
This being the age of instant media. no verbal shot can be fired without immediate commentary from the Twitterati. Radio host Paul Finebaum chimed in, saying “Nick (Saban) is going to be mad!” to which A&M president R. Bowen Loftin replied, “Paul, he is already mad.”
Alabama travels to Texas A&M on September 14th. Until then, expect plenty of verbal repartee in 140 characters or less. Enjoy your summer.
P.S. Something about the line “the moon and Texas A&M” makes me think of ”the moon and New York City” from the Christopher Cross song Arthur’s Theme. Yes, it’s in my head and now it can be in yours all day. You’re welcome.