Texas A&M University, home of the Aggies, is steeped in tradition, many of which we are unfamiliar with. If you attend this school, students go to a "fish camp" (freshmen are called fish here) where they indoctrinate you with all of the traditions, songs, and Aggie ways. Since the only Aggie ways we've picked up on have been through living in this community for the last 14 years, we don't know a lot. No matter, we still had a great time both before the game as well as during, although the Aggies didn't play very well. The crowd was fun and getting to watch the band in person at half time was awesome!
We took the free bus to the game - you get on it at the mall, which is really close to our house. We figured it would be nice to not have to deal with traffic and parking on campus. We waited in line for about five minutes before boarding our bus - they crammed us in like sardines:
We were standing in the aisle...packed so tightly that there's no way you could move.
This was our bus. People in red and blue are Ole Miss fans.
We wandered around the Corps of Cadets quad - Jeff tried to get me to pose with the cannon but I would have felt like an Aggie imposter, so we just took a picture of random strangers instead.
Jeff in front of Kyle field - you can see the new part behind and to the left of him, and the older part to the right. They've been doing renovations to the field during the off-season - it's looking really nice!
We watched the Corps march in - the band came first, followed by the rest of the regiments. This shot shows just some of the tailgate tents in the background - they take tailgating seriously around here!
The band - so cool!
The cannon being brought in - I'm not sure if it's the same one that was being used for pictures before. They shoot it off during the game whenever an A&M touchdown is scored (spoiler alert: we did not hear it go off very often).
In our seats with our giant tub of popcorn. Neither of us were feeling great about food (dang, that runner's gut lasts a long time) - we split a burger outside the stadium and also shared a bottle of chocolate milk. There were a lot of BBQ options available, but while it smelled good, we weren't up for it. Salty popcorn hit the spot - I think we managed to eat close to half that bucket!
Pre-game. Picture taken by Jeff's coworker Lisa, who had the seats in front of us. Fun fact: the section we were sitting in will be imploded on December 14th, as part of the Kyle Field renovations. Why do I know the particular date of implosion? Because it happens to be the same day as the BCS Marathon/Half Marathon. Normally part of the race goes right by Kyle Field, but that won't be happening this year!
We ended up leaving shortly after the fourth quarter started and a fumble resulted in Ole Miss scoring again. The line for the bus was a lot longer this go-round, but it still moved fairly quickly and we were home just before midnight. Long day, but a fun one. I'd do it again!