This is to all of you people who think college football doesn’t really matter at the end of the day, a mere hyperbole of hype by the media. This is to all those people (and the ladies) who wonder why fans so passionately mourn the loss of a silly game with a funny shaped ball. Wake up people! If you are discussing the development of our institution of higher education (Texas A&M) and their perceived reputation across our fine American soil, then by golly, you need to start discussing Aggie football.
Trust me. I want Texas A&M to be the most highly sought after, most successful, most academically prestigious school in the nation. I want to be the best, to feel like the best, and for others to think we are the best. So what is the quickest way to attain such stature? Simple. Win football games.
Quick aside: Winning football games has not made the likes of Oklahoma, LSU, Alabama, etc. academic frontrunners. But, it has given them immeasurable national exposure. Texas A&M is currently dedicated to becoming a top 20 public school by the year 2020 (a high, yet attainable goal), and it has the resources and the innovative academic minds to get there. This is merely a way to expedite the process through a means that I understand far better than the methodology behind the US News and World Report collegiate rankings.
In my somewhat simplistic male world the “being the best” desire is easily attained and explained by winning football games. My team wins, it makes me feel good. I talk to friends (who know what my team achieved) from other schools and I let them know of my good feelings. My team beats another team located within a reasonable geographic distance, I now own all that land from my city to theirs (until the following year’s rematch). My football team wins, other people have very little merit to argue that we (me and my team) are awesome. Those are all simple “man-thoughts” in regards to football. Let’s move beyond that and hopefully break the ice with the rest of you.
Media has a vast impact on our country (obvious). The news often speaks of hard-times, scandal, and misfortune, and don’t get me wrong, attention must be brought to all of those things, but I am focusing on a different light. I am focusing on media and its effect on sports, specifically college football.
Sports bring hope, excitement, and despair yet without the real-life ramifications or consequences of illness, natural disasters, stock market crashes, etc. If you lose a sports game nobody dies (except in Colombia), and nobody loses their job (except for million dollar coaches and athletes, whom of which do not need our sympathy, go buy sympathy in the form of a jet-ski).
Here is my overall outline in a syllogistic fashion.
1. Texas A&M wins football games
2. The local and national media talk about A&M more (more time on the tube)
3. The more A&M is on TV, the more people here about A&M (people watch lots of TV, I hear)
4. The more people hear about A&M (in a positive fashion), the more people will consider attending A&M or encourage others to attend A&M
5. The more people that consider attending A&M means more people will actually apply & attend
6. The more people that apply, means the more selective A&M can be in finding the best students
7. The better students that attend A&M will play a large role in attracting the best professors
8. The best professors (and the better students) will play a large role in elevating our national academic rankings
9. And coming full circle, winning football games promotes school pride, school pride motivates individuals to be dedicated (with their time and their finances) from the day they step foot on campus until the day they have Gig Em on their tombstone (a morbid, but great fundraiser).
To further elaborate on my hypothetical (yet very rational) chain of events, winning is all about national exposure. Don’t get me wrong, we have national exposure, but not enough especially in relation to our friends in Austin. They had Vince Young, we had Vince Young Light (Jerrod), wait I don’t want to start these comparisons, Vince Young Light is far too lofty of a compliment anyways, something more to the effect of an ounce of flat Coke Zero (Jerrod) to an entire bottle of Cherry Coke (Vince). Ok, done with that.
Sports are the main avenue in which the normal person hears about a university. Win games, win championships, gain notoriety. So let’s say we start winning games… the rest is gravy for our beloved University. Our traditions, our fan base, our resources… they all speak for themselves. Put A&M in the BCS hunt and you ignite a fan base that man for man is the best in the nation. People want to be a part of something larger than themselves and there is no greater place to do that than Texas A&M. It bleeds all-for-one and one-for-all. It is a place where the whole truly is greater than the sum of the parts (although the parts are great individually).
The rest of the syllogistic diagram speaks for itself. More people apply, better people attend. Better people precedes better faculty, better faculty precedes a better university.
It starts on the field, and it ultimately ends in the heart and mind of all those who digested it via various media outlets. Life itself is not all about winning and losing. But football is! And that, my friends, is how you advance your University in the most efficient way possible.
Everyone always looks at the front porch before they enter the house.