looking back at a wild weekend in Aggieland
and its impact for weeks (and years) to come
by Will Johnson '01
Texas A&M Football Show
- Paul Finebaum
In the aftermath, it felt like one of the biggest college football games ever was played last Saturday in College Station, and there’s not much exaggeration in that.
The TV ratings on CBS were huge. ESPN GameDay was here, and several of its personalities said this one felt different. It was GameDay’s fifth appearance at an A&M contest, and for analyst David Pollack his second--he was here last year when Florida came in.
“It was awesome,” Pollack said. “Knowing the history behind the 12th Man and Midnight Yell, it’s sweet!”
Obviously one of the reasons for the magnitude of the event was Johnny Manziel. To say last season’s Heisman Trophy winner is dynamic is a disservice--he’s much more than that. And these folks gushed about the Aggie signal caller.
“He’s the kid that you played tag with when you were little that was never it,” Pollack stated.
“I like covering Johnny because he’s a fun guy to watch,” reporter Samantha Ponder expressed. “He makes college football more entertaining, and better for the fans.”
GameDay’s newest addition, Paul Finebaum, wasn’t exactly positive towards Manziel during the offseason. Last week, he may have started to come around.
“I don’t care what I’ve said, what other people have said, he’s just one of the most enigmatic players I’ve ever seen. We have really never seen one quite like him. I don’t know if we’ll ever see one quite like him in the future.”
But it’s about more than just one guy.
The Texas A&M program is on solid ground. Ever since arriving in the SEC, the Aggies have captured the attention of the college football world. And the Ags are looking to become a mainstay on the scene.
“I think Sumlin is one of the better coaches in college football. He’s got a swag about him that’s pretty unique,” Pollack claims.
Speaking on the eve of the A&M-Bama matchup, Finebaum gave the Aggies a ringing endorsement.
“Regardless of what happens here tomorrow, win or lose, A&M has made its mark. A&M has won. A&M will never be irrelevant again.”
The Aggies and Crimson Tide even drew comparisons to past ‘Games of the Century’. In the end it lived up to the hype. Those tuned in watched Manziel and the Ags make a mad dash to the finish, eventually coming up just short.
But you’ll find that what was gained at Kyle Field last Saturday will go a long way in bolstering the continued rise of Texas A&M.
Check local listings for the station and air time near you. The Texas A&M Football Show airs every Thursday and Sunday evening throughout the Aggie football season on FOX Sports Southwest and the CW Aggieland. Click here to watch archived shows online.