College Station is about 3 hours from here and we rolled into town about 10:00 on Friday night. We tapped into our former college energy and attended the "Midnight Yell" at their football stadium, which is a long time A&M tradition. This was essentially a pep rally with 30,000 in attendance. There were performances of very organized chants and cheers directed by the Yell Leaders (they do not have girl cheerleaders), and they even broke out into the swaying that you see on TV.....I was minding my own and next thing I knew an Aggie grabbed me, so J and I swayed like the best of them. After the class president (tearfully) read a poem about St. Peter opening the gates of heaven to all Aggies entering, we decided that A&M is a cult.
Then next day we started out any football Saturday as it should be---with Shipley donuts. We headed to campus and cheered for the MSU buses as they pulled in, walked around campus, and ate at the Alumni tent. It's always neat to see another school's game day atmosphere. It was quite impressive because of the sheer size of the crowds, but I'm still partial to The Junction. : )
They did actually have horses in the middle of one of their drill fields! And I almost stepped in a pile with my darling Steve Madden boots.
The stadium atmosphere was fantastic. Great crowd that stays on their feet most of the game!!!
The A&M band was absolutely amazing. They have a huge band of Cadets that did the true marching band formations that were incredible. Jeremie and I sometimes pick on The Famous Maroon Band because they play Lady Gaga songs and rarely wear their full garb, with the feather hats and such. So as the Aggies were doing a most impressive "four way cross", J leaned to the MSU fan next to him and said "Dang, that would be one big pile up if that were our band"....I noticed the guy didn't really say anything and realized we were likely sitting in the MSU family section, since we were also given tickets by MSU. I about died and told J not to make any more opinionated comments to strangers. (Lord, I hope the kicker's mom wasn't around us.)
The Dawgs actually gave the Aggies a run for their money, so we didn't have to walk out with our tail tucked between our legs. Afterwards, we tried to complete the College Station experience by eating in the young and happenin' Northgate area, but it was too crowded, loud, and let's admit, our college days are over. We ended up a quiet Italian restaurant with a old man duo playing a clarinet & guitar. #whathavewebecome
On the way back, we stopped by this AMAZING bakery (recommended by many Texans) called the "Czech Stop". For those of you familiar with the Brooksville bakery, it was very similar. We loaded up on yummy treats, sausage rolls, and yes......."Czech Mix". J made jokes for an hour...."Czech, please", "Czech this out", "Better Czech yo-self"......oh, dear.......
I look forward to going back for future events! A&M's traditions and school spirit is unparalleled! Loved our road trip and seeing new places in Texas! Can't wait for the next one!