KBTX General Manager, Mike Wright
Let’s be honest, weeks like this don’t come around that often. This weekend, the eyes of the sports world are on Bryan-College Station and Texas A&M.
Like it or not, Aggie or not, football fan or not, this is big.
We get our share of e-mail and phone calls telling us they are sick of Aggie coverage, too much Manziel, chastising KBTX for CBS dedicating a camera to Johnny thinking we in someway had influence on that decision since – after all – we are a CBS affilitate.
The bottom line is, we’re in the spotlight, and the economy and this region will benefit greatly from the tens of thousands making their way to Bryan-College Station.
Darryl Bruffett has over 25-years covering the Aggies. I asked for his take on all of this.
Having covered Aggie football for over a quarter century, I didn't think anything would rival the hype of an A&M - Texas showdown. I stand corrected. I just hope at the end of the year this isn't the biggest game the Aggies will have played.
My 12 year old daughter Shelby ask me on the way to school on Monday if I was excited about the game.
I told her yes. She said what part? Watching Johnny play? I told her Johnny was certainly a great player, maybe the best I've ever seen. But it would take the entire Aggie football team to beat Alabama. Johnny wouldn't be able to do it on his own!
She ask me if I was nervous. I told her yes. She said Daddy you don't play. Why are you nervous?
I told her there were going to be more people on the sidelines than ever before and I get nervous before every game that John, Cody and I don't have any issues in covering the game.
My longtime Aggie friend Alan Cannon - the Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations - doesn't know how many credentials his issued, but says it's the most ever! He said he's gotten request from over-seas.
A lot of people assumed that because Johnny spoke to the media after the Sam Houston State game that he would talk on Tuesday. He didn't. Many were disappointed. Coach Sumlin said Johnny's parents, and advisors advised him not to and he respected that.
I don't know for sure, but can speculate that it may have something to do with all the negitive press that the national media has generated over the last couple of months about Johnny. It's a huge game and a Heisman Trophy winner's sound bites carry a lot of weight and can fill a lot of air time.
Maybe it's a way to penalize the national media - in particular a sports network for their autograph scandle story that was reported on, but never proven.
A minor infraction was uncovered and Johnny sat out a half of a game he was probably only going to play a half in anyway.
That's water under the bridge and time to focus on Bama.
The Aggies are 7 point underdogs, and in every big game they've ever won that I covered were also underdogs, one of these days that may change, but it worked last year in Tuscaloosa and I think it will hold true on Saturday!
If you aren't going to the game, you can catch it here on KBTX and then watch our Saturday Extra Coverage at 10-20 to see if I had any reason to tell Shelby I was nervous before Saturday's big game.
Embrace the moment, enjoy the spotlight and let’s be good hosts for our friends from Alabama. There will be those who complain about the traffic and make snide comments about Aggie football. In the words of the great philosopher Taylor Swift, people throw rocks at things that shine.
If you don’t want to be part of this Aggie weekend, head to Caldwell for the Kolache Festival – an annual event that deserves your support and attention, an incredible time put on by our friends in Burleson County.
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