Sep 14, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

After Thrilling Win, a Friendly Request for the Football Scheduling Gods

After a thrilling win against Ole Miss in Oxford Saturday night, the Texas Aggies return home to play Auburn at 2:30 pm at Kyle Field.

I, personally, just want to ask the football scheduling gods a question or two: Are you aware that Texas A&M has won only one of the four SEC games it has played at home when the kickoff has occurred in the afternoon?

In the 2012 season, the Ags lost games at home against Florida (2:37 pm kickoff) and LSU (technically, the game started at 11:00 am, but didn’t end until 3:00 pm). And this season, we lost to Alabama (2:30 p.m. kickoff) under the blazing sun.

So that brings me to my next question for the football scheduling gods—Are you trying to break the all-time sweat record for a fan base?

Hey, we’re not asking for any handouts, as we are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful game of college football. But a 2:30 pm kickoff time doesn’t sit too well with us.

Take Saturday night’s contest against the Rebels, for instance.  Would that game have been nearly as exciting or fun if it had been played under the hot, energy-draining sun? Would the West Coast folks have watched their flat screens in record numbers if it had been a day game?

And even more importantly, would ESPN announcer Kirk Herbstreit have had enough time to host ESPN GameDay with the boys in Seattle Saturday morning and then head south in time to broadcast what finished as an instant classic? Of course not! It was “must-see” TV because of the evening environment the football scheduling gods gave the fans of A&M and Ole Miss. For this, we thank them!

One of the most beautiful scenes anyone can witness is the sight of a packed football stadium at nighttime, with all the beautiful lights sparkling brightly in the atmosphere.  THIS is why lights were put in at Wrigley Field, ladies and gentlemen.  The clamoring throngs wanted to see Johnny Manziel in Prime Time and they weren’t disappointed. 

So, really, who is in charge of these schedules? We want night football at Kyle Field—like LSU used to have.  (We also want to be 29-1 at home like they are!)

We’ve labored, sweated and toiled in the sweltering Texas heat. We’ve fine-tuned and chiseled our human bodies so we can participate in the greatest single pageantry on earth—so, please, for heaven’s sake, cut us some slack!

Oh, and we are 1-0 at home in SEC night games. Wait…now our Vanderbilt game has been scheduled for 11:21 AM on SEC-TV, according to

CBS is apparently maintaining its Old School ways from its days (literally) with the NFL, which it no longer telecasts. CBS didn’t televise NFL night games. Ever. John Madden’s bus left at 7 PM sharp, right before 60 Minutes came on. CBS doesn’t televise college games at night, either. Instead, we get a steady dose of re-runs: 2 1/2 Men, How I Met Your Mother, CSI, 48 Hours, etc — but no SEC football.

Here’s calling for a change, and hopes that ESPN picks up our Mississippi State game.

Hey, we’ll even wear BLACK for you, ESPN!

Gig ‘Em!

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