Rivalry Between Longhorns And Aggies Heats Up
Baltimore had the band that wouldn't die; Texas has a rivalry that never dies. Despite not having faced each other in almost three years, Texas and Texas A&M still hate each other.
As of last weekend, the eternal fire continues via former A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Texas head coach Charlie Strong. Strong copied Manziel's post-touchdown celebratory money gesture and someone took a picture of it. Being the showman that he is, Manziel did not let the opportunity pass.
“Sorry Charlie…" Manziel replied to the Instagram post. "You’re not a part of the regime #SawEmOff.”
For those like me who did not know what "Saw Em Off" meant, it is part of the Aggie War Hymn.
A few weeks before, Strong called out A&M for using a "Swagcopter" to impress recruits, saying in so many words, "We don't have to do that... WE are Texas." Aggies fans didn't take too kindly to the snub.
Yeah, this rivalry is far from dead.
And it seems the hate has grown since the Aggies left for the SEC. Many speculated at the time that A&M left the Big 12 because it was tired of big brother Texas. The Longhorns started their own network, which seemed to be the last straw; the Aggie Nation had enough.
A&M wanted to make its own name in the SEC, and boy, did they. Despite all the naysayers in Longhorn Nation, A&M has become almost as big as their big brother, which made many in Austin uncomfortable.
A&M always has been a threat, but not this seriously. They are on TV more, they had the Heisman winner two years ago and they are now contending for SEC West titles.
Texas, on the other hand, struggled this past year having fired their long-time head coach and beginning spring practice in rebuilding mode.
For a rivalry to get really heated, all it takes is for little brother to catch up.