The Benefits Of Being Thankful
by Cheval John
Everyone have something to be thankful for today.
Whether it’s another day of life, having that dream job, or being with friends and family, many count themselves lucky.
For fans of Sam Houston State and Texas A&M, they have plenty of reasons to be thankful.
One thing that comes to mind is the fact that the Bearkat football team have made their consecutive NCAA FCS playoffs with the opportunity to make it back to Frisco.
While in A&M’s case, the Aggie football team proving that they belong in the Southeastern Conference after pulling off the 29-24 upset of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
When the Aggies and the Bearkats faced each other last Saturday, it brought a sense of excitement and perspective for fans and alumni of both schools.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to play in a bigger stadium with a bigger crowd and with an SEC team,” Angie Taylor, Director of Leadership Initiatives at SHSU said last week before Saturday’s matchup in which the Aggies won 47-28.
“This year, it’s a good experience for them and I think it will be excited and it’s two local communities coming together and it will be a good turnout.”
The two communities, Huntsville and College Station are located an hour away from each other on highway 30.
Some of the 350,000 alumni or ex-students of A&M calls Huntsville home.
Though most are fans of the Bearkats, when it comes to facing their alma mater, there is no question of who they will root for.
I’ve adopted the Bearkats as my hometown team and I support them regularly,” Amy Lee, publisher of the Huntsville Item said last week.
“But I’m an Aggie graduate, so I have to root for A&M.
For some of 100,000 plus Bearkat alumni, living in Bryan/College Station and experience the A&M culture has been fun and interesting.
Bearkat graduate Michael Oder, who works for KBTX-TV, a CBS affiliate in College Station, covering the local scene including A&M athletics has been fulling for him.
“Living and working in Bryan/College Station is interesting,” Oder said.
“I think SHSU and A&M are two great universities that operate at different levels. … .A&M has a great energy.”
“With the move to the SEC, that only multiplied ten-fold.”
Bearkat fans saw the match as added exposure for the football team and the school.
Also, it brought in $300,000 dollars for the Bearkat athletics program when they played A&M.
With the FCS playoffs set to begin this weekend, many believe that this experience will be a huge benefit for the Bearkat football team.