Final Goodbyes to the 2013 A&M Football Season

The Fightin’ Texas Aggies had their final home game of the season, beating Mississippi State 51-41. But more importantly, this was the last game at Kyle Field as we know.

Around 8 P.M.  on Saturday night, just hours after the game ended, renovations for Kyle Field started and the first order of business was harvesting the fields grass. It was a bittersweet game for Aggies everywhere, including Johnny Manziel who jumped into the stands of the student section, joining the 12th Man in the signing of the Aggie War Hymn.

“Welcome to Kyle Field. For those of you visiting for the first time, please do not be alarmed. The press box will move during the Aggie War Hymn.”

  • Did you know that the Press Box at Kyle Field can seat 100+ people?
  • Did you know that the Press Box at Kyle Field sways about 4 inches during the “Aggie War Hymn”?
  • Did you know that the Press Box at Kyle Field stays almost completely quiet during the game to prevent press for showing bias?

Part of my job is to give a pre-game tour of Kyle Field to a group of the company’s clients. During this tour I show them all around Kyle Field, and give them an idea about what goes on behind the scenes before, during, and after every football game. One of the most exciting stops on the tour is the Press Box. The view is spectacular, the air conditioning is cranked up high, and you can see who will be covering the game. At the A&M vs. Auburn game this past Saturday, a few NFL recruits seem to have been watching the game up in the Press Box. Which players do you think they had their eyes on? Where should these players choose to go? Share your opinions here and click the link to see what the Aggie War Hymn looks like from on the field!

 

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Dallas Cowboys — notice the warning in the press box notes: “Welcome to Kyle Field. For those of you visiting for the first time, please do not be alarmed. The press box will move during the Aggie War Hymn.”

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New York Giants & New Orleans Saints

San Diego Chargers

Kyle Field Redevelopment Plans

During the Fall of 1904, a man by the name of Edwin Jackson Kyle, class of 1899 and horticulture professor, became president of Texas A&M’s, General Athletics Association. Kyle wanted to develop an athletic field that would promote A&M athletics, but Texas A&M was unwilling to provide funds. Well, that didn’t stop Kyle, because he fenced off a section on the southwest corner of campus, and with his own two hands and hard earned money, started building Kyle Field. Over the years, more seating has been added, they switched from real grass to Astroturf, then back to real grass and built a new training and rehabilitation facility. Other than a few adjustments, much of Kyle Field has remained untouched since it was first completed in 1927. At least until now…

Kyle Field will undergo major renovations, costing $450,000,000, making it louder, bigger and better than any college football stadium around. Kyle Field is already regarded as one of the most intimidating college football stadiums in the Nation; just imagine the cheering of the 12th Man in a fully enclosed, and lowered stadium. The seating capacity inside Kyle Field is currently 82,600… but after renovations 19,900 seats will be added making the new seating capacity a whopping 102,500! Learn more about the exciting plans A&M has in store by clicking the link below to watch the video of Texas A&M’s redevelopment plans for Kyle Field:

“CBS will have one camera devoted to Johnny Manziel on Saturday”

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ONE camera devoted solely to Johnny Manziel for Saturday’s game against Alabama? Maybe just a tad bit too much?

When did football become more about the gossip involved than the actual sport? If I wanted to watch Johnny blow his nose on the sidelines, or get a close up of his custom-designed Adidas cleats and all their glorious perfection, I would turn on TMZ or E! News… Given, it will be pretty cool to see all the plays he makes and have a sneak-peek of how he interacts on the sidelines with fellow teammates and coaches! Think it’s a little too much or exactly what we need? Share your thoughts and opions on the “Johnny Cam” and read the article for yourself! http://usat.ly/1cYMZwi

Small Acts of Kindness

Spending every game on the sidelines at Kyle Field,  I see some interesting stuff that the cameras and reporters fail to catch- or choose not to show publicly. So here are a few things I saw from the sidelines at last night’s game.

Despite the looming thunder clouds and rainy weather in College Station last night, the Aggies showed up to play some football, and BTHO Sam Houston State, 65-28.  A-A-A-WHOOP! FYI: that “whooping” you always hear coming from the stands at Kyle Field is called a Wildcat.

  • Wildcat – another Aggie expression of approval; each academic class has its own wildcat:
    • Freshman: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
    • Sophomore:  A-A-A-A-A!
    • Junior: A-A-A-WHOOP
    • Senior: A-WHOOP!

Anyways, where was I? Oh, Yes! Before each game, I have the pleasure of escorting that weeks State Farm Bureau winner to the field for a “fantasy experience”. During this time, a lot of cool things are happening on the field that make Aggie games so interesting. The Corps of Cadets are marching in and the stands are beginning to fill up with enthusiastic fans. Miss Reveille, the First Lady of Texas A&M, makes her appearance and poses for dozens of pictures with tiny tots, students, alumni and even celebrities. Those dashing men in all white, known for their booming voices and skill in leading, can be found on the sidelines before they begin leading the 12th Man in Yell’s. Then there is my favorite part. Texas A&M’s football team comes out for warm-up drills, and the lucky few on the sidelines get to stand within arms reach of them.

At these last two football games I’ve noticed that camera crews and reporters don’t usually pay attention to the teams during warm-ups. I’ve realized that the players tend to be more light-hearted, joking around more, and being themselves before the game starts; before the social pressures and scrutiny kicks into high-gear. Let’s take Johnny Manziel for example. As we all know, Johnny has been in the media non-stop lately, facing much negative attention. I’m not saying he is the greatest role model, and he has without a doubt made some mistakes, but maybe he isn’t acknowledged enough in a positive spotlight.

  • I stood about 2ft away from Johnny while a trainer was stretching him out on the field during warms. Through his helmet’s mask you could see his face twisted up in pain as the trainer went through the stretching routine, but at some point Johnny noticed two little kids directly to my left. A little blonde-headed girl, no more than five, and her jumpy brother, about 4, stood watching Manziel in awe; you can imagine their excitement when Johnny turned his attention their way and gave them a huge smile. He actually did this a few times, almost playing with them in a sense.   Here’s a video of Johnny with the same little boy right before the game. If the smile didn’t make his day, this sure did: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10202182714634790

It’s only simple act, but its the small acts on kindness that make up a person’s daily life. Johnny Manziel is nowhere close to perfect, and he never will be. No of us come close! So why not acknowledge his positive influence, at least every once in a while?

Follow this blog for more updates from my sideline perspective! Every post will focus on one thing I’ve witnessed from the sidelines, so keep reading to get the inside scoop! Don’t forget to browse through some of the snapshots taken from the sidelines by clinking the gallery link on the homepage. Thanks & Gig’em!

Video I got of Williams’ touchdown: http://www.flickr.com/photos/101463333@N08/9705426652/