Greg Focker isn’t the only one.
First trips to the in-laws can be bumpy. A cat urinating on a loved one’s ashes and a gazebo ablaze may be a tad extreme, but trying to mesh with a new part of the family doesn’t always go without a hitch.
Saturday, the Tigers made their first trip to College Station in nearly two decades, and this time A&M was a new part of the SEC family.
It appeared the new crew was a tad more functional in the morning, starting the day with a shot of energy largely provided by the crazy, young cousin Johnny Manziel.
He obviously hadn’t taken his medication, running all over the place, making some questionable decisions and really making the visitors from Louisiana very uncomfortable.
Of course, his side of the family couldn't get enough. That’s how it goes.
But obviously the Aggie nation does many things differently than the rest of the SEC. It’s an interesting bunch.
They don’t do cheerleaders. Instead, yell leaders with wild gyrations and a seemingly endless amount of energy. The maroon-clad crowd fixates on the crew of crew cuts, mimicking their every move and making a ton of noise in the process.
They don’t do school colors in the band. They do ROTC uniforms. The Texas A&M ROTC incorporates all four branches of the military and is the largest contingency outside of the service academies. The cadets, past and present, march around the field prior to kickoff in what is one of the oldest traditions on campus.
They don‘t roll a Tiger around the field. They ride horses. And they make “a mess”. Workers with shovels quickly scoop up the excrement, but the smell lingers around the field.
They don’t come out of one tunnel. They take the field before kickoff from a tunnel on the northeast side of the stadium. They take the field after halftime from a tunnel in the south end zone.
They don’t run the ball and play defense. They throw it all over the place and score points. They also commit turnovers.
But they will fit in the family. Trust me.
Like LSU, Florida, Alabama and Georgia, Texas A&M has a passionate fan base, vibrant tailgating, a great home field advantage, and a state rich with talent.
And now they’ve divorced the University of Texas.
What has always been a university with a massive endowment has even more money to spend with its new family.
The facilities are already fabulous. Blue Bell Park, the brand new baseball stadium, ranks right near the top of the SEC already. The football facility, which stands just outside the stadium, is spacious and first class.
Now the task remains to build a football program at the same level.
It’s going to be tough. Respect isn’t given out at the dinner table here. It’s earned.
Texas A&M doesn’t have it right now, but it certainly doesn’t look too far off.
Welcome to the family, Aggies.
Hopefully we don’t have to spend Thanksgivings together.