Grit, Determination, and Confidence

99,000 fans literally shake Kyle Field as the Texas A&M Aggies get ready to take on the 13th ranked Kentucky Wildcats. It’s game 6 of the season and Jimbo Fisher has begun to win over the Aggie faithful. If you ask fans what the biggest difference between Fisher and Sumlin is, the answer will surprise you.

Its not Jimbo’s offensive or defensive strategy that has endeared him to fans. It’s his ability to explain what he is doing and why. Watch one press conference and you will see Jimbo doing his best to communicate. Fans appreciate it. Despite two tough losses the Aggies have shown grit, determination, and confidence. These qualities were on display against Kentucky.

It’s a tough first half. Aggies and Wildcats are deadlocked 7-7.

At any other place fans leave the stands at halftime. But a peculiar thing happens in Aggieland. Fans aren’t going anywhere.

Parents who had taken their children onto the breezeway for a break are rushing back to their seats. No one wants to miss the band.It is as strange reading that statement as it is to write it, but watch one Fighting Texas Aggie Band performance and you are hooked for life.

336 students proudly marching down the field in unison making intricate geometric shapes and weaving past each other with precision. The crowd “oooos and awes” with admiration. It’s not until the band runs off the field that people leave for concession and bathroom breaks.

The game goes into overtime and the Aggie defense ran over an exhausted Kentucky, forcing them to kick a field goal. When the ball bounced off the goal post Kyle Field went nuts. The Aggie offense took possession and within moments scored a touchdown ending the game.

Earlier in the evening Robert Earl Keen received Texas A&M’s distinguished alumni award. As fans leave Kyle Field, his infamous song “The Road Goes on Forever and the Party Never Ends” is being played throughout the stadium.

It certainly felt like the theme for the night.

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