by Travis Normand
A friend of mine living in Chicago emailed me today to ask if I had heard any news about the renewal of the annual football rivalry between Texas A&M and the University of Texas. My Chicago friend included a link in his email to something he had read on Yahoo.com (Dr. Saturday’s Blog) and wanted to know if there was anything to it. Here is the link he sent me: “Texas AD DeLoss Dodds says rivalry with A&M could return but on Texas’ terms.”
When I first read the headline, I couldn’t help but get a little excited. My first thought was that Dodds had finally gotten over the fact that A&M had left the Big 12 for the SEC, and that he was finally ready to schedule A&M after a one-year hiatus.
As I read the article, I saw the quote from Dodds that had appeared in The Daily Texan (DailyTexanOnline.com):
“They left,” Dodds said. “They’re the ones that decided not to play us. We get to decide when we play again. I think that’s fair. If you did a survey of our fans about playing A&M, they don’t want to. It’s overwhelming. I know. I hear it. Our fans are important to us. I think there’s got to be a period where things get different. I think there’s too many hard feelings.”
Wait, what? There is no way that Dodds believes what he is saying. I mean, if he does believe it, he is delusional! Of course, if he doesn’t believe it, he is a liar.
Does Dodds really think that A&M is the one that wanted to discontinue the rivalry? Does he not remember A&M officials stating that they would be willing to play the Longhorns at any time or place, and that it was Dodds who said no?
The following quote appeared in several places, including an article by Kirk Bohls on Statesman.com (Sept. 27, 2011): “The ball’s in Texas’ court: Aggies say they want to play.” [Emphasis Added]
“We want to make it abundantly clear we will play the game anywhere, any time,” the new Texas A&M chancellor told me Monday morning. “If that game dies, it will not be on us. That game is bigger than Texas and bigger than A&M. That game belongs to the people of Texas, and if it goes away, it’s not going to be on our watch.”
The Aggies are on record as saying they want to continue the series, come rain, shine or the Longhorn Network. A&M’s president and chancellor both say they want to play Texas every year.
So either Dodds remembers this fact and is now simply lying through his teeth, or he has lost his marbles and really believes that A&M is the school who wanted to discontinue the rivalry. Well, which is it? Is he a liar or is he stupid? I will have to leave that up to someone else to decide.
If anything is clear, it is that even without a sporting event, the Texas A&M vs. University of Texas rivalry is alive and well!
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And all this madness, all this rage, all this flaming death of our civilization and our hopes, has been brought about because a set of official gentlemen, living luxurious lives, mostly stupid, and all without imagination or heart, have chosen that it should occur rather than that any one of them should suffer some infinitesimal rebuff to his country’s pride.
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Read what others have written about DeLoss:
- DeLoss Dodds needs to let go of the Aggie-phobia, by Randy Galloway, Star-Telegram.com, March 21, 2013.