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Texas A&M adds national, conference championships

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Texas A&M kicks off its first official SEC football game – its first game of the season, actually — tomorrow when the Aggies host Florida, and A&M is apparently going all out make an awesome first impression.

Including buffing up its record books.

A&M has already (unofficially) trolled Florida by placing a billboard in Gainesville boasting the best academics and cleanest program (LULZ!!!1!) in the SEC. It was only a matter of time before the Aggies began posturing themselves by adding national and conference titles their resume.

Courtesy of RantSports.com, here are two pictures from outside Kyle Field. The first is reportedly from 2011. Note the single claimed national championship (1939).

Now take a look at the second photo, apparently from this year. National champoinships from 1919 and 1927 have been added, as well as two Big 12 conference championships in 1997 and 2010.

It should be noted the 2011 Big 12 media guide does include three national championships for Aggie football because the College Station Rotary Club did vote on a champion those years, dammit!

The real head scratchers are the conference titles. In 1997, A&M made it to the Big 12 title game before getting slaughtered by Nebraska by a score of 54-15. In 2010, the Aggies finished tied for the Big 12 south title, but did not represent the division in the Big 12 championship game.

By my math — and by no means should you use this as a source — that equates to [/carries the five] roughly zero conference championships in ’97 and ’10. More or less.

It’s useless to attempt to try to understand why the championships were added to the exterior of Kyle Field because a lot of schools claim ownership to things that may or may not have ever existed (Roll Tide, y’all!), but it seems with each passing week that A&M’s move to the SEC was the most appropriate of all the realignment shuffling.

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  1. cometkazie says: Sep 7, 2012 9:41 PM

    That’s Aggie math. Lived in Louisiana for almost sixty years and we are used to the sometimes peculiar things they do.

    Not only peculiar but often bizarre.

    Get ready for the Aggie jokes.

  2. centexhorn says: Sep 7, 2012 9:44 PM

    Shameful.

  3. floridacock says: Sep 7, 2012 9:51 PM

    What a bunch of yahoos! Must be politicians in charge of the signage.

  4. southernpatriots says: Sep 7, 2012 9:56 PM

    Ben: I am laughing and laughing at this, and I don’t know if I am laughing at what the Aggies have done or at how you have presented what they have done and(“Roll Tide, ya’ll). I can’t pick the best lines because there are so many. And just when I was calming down from laughing so hard, I read cometkazie’s posting and I am laughing hard again. How am I supposed to post anything laughing this hard?!

    These folks will be fun additions to the SEC. Never a dull moment. Maybe more fun that we ought to have.

    There is an old truism: “God does not change history, but historians do” We can now amend it to: “God does not change history, but Aggies do!”

    I must thank the Aggies, Ben, and cometkazie for great fun, but I surely have to think that there will be some objections from more than one out there.

    What a fun year this season in the SEC will be!

  5. Tommy K says: Sep 7, 2012 10:04 PM

    SEC! SEC! SEC!

    A&M – the joke that keeps on giving.

  6. superbronco77 says: Sep 7, 2012 10:29 PM

    Ben – interesting note. They did win a true big 12 title in 1998 when they knocked off Kansas St in 2 OT to keep them from the national title game!!!!! Any reasons why that is not there??? It was legit!

  7. Ben Kercheval says: Sep 7, 2012 10:45 PM

    “Ben – interesting note. They did win a true big 12 title in 1998 when they knocked off Kansas St in 2 OT to keep them from the national title game!!!!! Any reasons why that is not there??? It was legit!”

    Naw! You serious????

  8. frug says: Sep 7, 2012 10:50 PM

    I don’t which takes more chutzpah; claiming a championship for a game you didn’t play in (2010) or claiming one for a game you lost 54-15 (1997)?

  9. coolhorn46 says: Sep 7, 2012 11:09 PM

    agricultural breaths different oxygen from the rest of us. Get ready SEC…it’s gonna get even weirder with the toy soldiers in your conference now. At least you’ll be able to enjoy them for the amusement value they’re bringing to your conference. You’re about to understand why we refer to them as “the school that puts the “cult” in agriculture.”

  10. cometkazie says: Sep 7, 2012 11:20 PM

    Just remember LSU is Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, LSUA&M, in other words.

    Don’t use big words like chutzpah unless you are ready to ‘splain it to them, the Aggies, that is. They will probably think it’s a town in Arizona.

    K.I.S.S.

  11. thefiesty1 says: Sep 7, 2012 11:26 PM

    Just another Aggy joke.

  12. goodfieldnohit says: Sep 8, 2012 12:42 AM

    I am a Texas A&M alum.

    @ Ben Kercheval, your photo at the top of the page is a picture of Bill Byrne, who hasn’t been the Athletic Director at A&M for what, 6 months now?

    The conference championships claimed by A&M are stupid and not deserved.

    The undefeated, and unscored on seasons of 1917, 1919, and 1927 might be valid.

    So you clean up your stupid photograph of Bill Byrne, and I’ll work to get rid of the non conference championships.

    Deal?

  13. dylude says: Sep 8, 2012 1:38 AM

    Might as well get a few while you can because they won’t be champions of anything in football anytime soon.

    Laughing stock of Texas and now laughing stock of the nation. How ya liking this new national exposure Aggies?

    Seriously, who would sincerely want to go to Texas A&M? I grew up in Texas and its never anyone’s first or second choice and stuff like this is why.

    Lame aTm…. So lame.

  14. txnative61 says: Sep 8, 2012 2:18 AM

    Well, dylude asks who chooses to go to A&M, and the answer is—rural, country people who want probably the best Agricultural (crop genetics, farm and ranch management, veterinary medicine) or engineering (primarily petroleum or civil) education in the US or to become a Military Officer. Much of Texas is still rural, and country people bring a much deserved reputation for lack of sophistication, but have the thick skin to endure, and even enjoy countless Aggie jokes.

  15. txnative61 says: Sep 8, 2012 2:32 AM

    By the way, in Texas its not lying, its bullshitting. Of course you can’t bullshit a bullshitter, and its already pretty deep in the SEC. (Roll Tide?)

  16. bw1980 says: Sep 8, 2012 3:55 AM

    Everything is bigger in Texas including the imaginations and excepting the IQs.

  17. southernpatriots says: Sep 8, 2012 4:51 AM

    Cometkazie:

    You posted:

    “Just remember LSU is Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, LSUA&M, in other words…” And I know you are having fun but lest some readers not fully understand here is some clarity…

    LSU is a land-grant university, but also a sea-grant, and a space-grant university. But you are correct about the Agricultural program, thank God athletic events are no longer being held in the Ag Center!

    Have you seen the new Mike the Tiger “environment/habitat” yet? I had never been up close and personal with it until yesterday. I was there with some of the folks we are housing while their homes dry out in lower parts of Terrebonne Parish. If I were a Bengal tiger, I think I would love that place! And apparently, no more high-jinks from Tulane fans (or any others) with Mike is possible with the tempered steel bars, double enclosure, alarm systems, redundancies, etc.

    I am looking forward to the game tonight. Got my giant golden mushroom popcorn and some purple hull-less from a natural farmer in Illinois. I love good popcorn (with a little Cajun spice! ha.). I think I will have to make about 30 quarts or so for the gang we have on hand…(I need about a gallon myself…ha.)

    Have a great game day and evening all!

  18. norcalirish says: Sep 8, 2012 5:56 AM

    Doing this should be called “Alabamming”. For example: “Hey Tom, did you see how badly Sean was Alabamming his scorecard this weekend? He said he got with 7 chicks when we all know he only got with 2″.

  19. parkcityute says: Sep 8, 2012 6:05 AM

    This is a funny blog. One of the best I have seen recently. Keep it up guys and gals!

    I am not in the SEC, my team is not in the SEC, but the PAC12, but I had to thank you all for good laughs tonight.

    Norcalirish: you know you will have Saban come after you! Probably, the large number of Tide homers on CFT as well! You have a funny post….

    Alabamming…ha.

  20. floridacock says: Sep 8, 2012 7:18 AM

    Starting to wonder if the SEC did it’s due diligence into A&M’s “weirdness” factors, before admitting them.

  21. southtexan says: Sep 8, 2012 7:27 AM

    Aggies will always be in the shadow of UT. By moving to the SEC, they will now be the joke of the entire south….not just Texas.

  22. cometkazie says: Sep 8, 2012 7:38 AM

    A&M is a good university with a great tradition.

    Only West Point supplied more officers to the Army during WW2. LSU was a close third.

    Aggie jokes go with the territory.

    SP: I saw Mike’s new facility shortly after it opened. They took some of the Bernie Moore field we used for hammer throws w/o telling the track & field people, which complicated things for us. T&F people are still rubbed the wrong way a bit with it.

    I hope y’all enjoy the game tonight. Gonna rain all day up here in the BlueGrass. As if the WildCats didn’t have enough football problems . . .

  23. cometkazie says: Sep 8, 2012 7:49 AM

    I told y’all sometimes their behavior is bizarre.

    They apparently don’t know this sort of thing can go off-campus.

    Did you hear about the space probe the Aggies were going to send to the sun?

    It was going to land at night.

  24. tigersgeaux says: Sep 8, 2012 8:56 AM

    When I was helping the family of southernpatriots with the Neighborhood Watch they began in south Louisiana, they gave me an Aggie jokebook celebrating Texas A&M coming into the SEC.

    In following the tradition begun by cometkazie with Aggie jokes, I offer a few below:

    Did you hear about the Aggie that got locked out of his car?

    He spent two hours trying to get his wife and kids out!
    *****
    Did you hear there aren’t any cold drinks at College Station any more?

    They lost their recipe for ice. [Thanks to Laura, age 15, Baton Rouge]
    *****
    Did you know that there are three types of Aggies?

    Those who can count and those who can’t.
    *****

    There are books filled with Aggie jokes. There websites dedicated to Aggie jokes. When the Aggies meet all the SEC this year and the next few years there will be new websites, new jokes, new books, etc. A new industry will be created. ha.

  25. gorilladunk says: Sep 8, 2012 9:02 AM

    @centexhorn…doesn’t Texas claim a nat’l championship in 1970…the year they got rolled in the Cotton Bowl by N. Dame? (Yeah, I know, back in those days the UPI didn’t put out a final poll after the bowl games) Anyway, the Ags are just another school trying to prop up the resume’.

  26. danfr20 says: Sep 8, 2012 9:40 AM

    Texas Won the 1970 Cotton Bowl and subsequently became consensus National Champion.

  27. afsgtret says: Sep 8, 2012 11:35 AM

    see lots of people saying its not right to CLAIM a national championshipas tex am is doing for 1919. before sec people start talking maybe they should check the record books i checked. bama CLAIMS the 1941 nc. the ap poll has them ranked at 20th in the nation, they came in 3rd in the sec that year, so my question is how do they claim that year. claim 1973 also, ap ranked them 4th and N D beat them in a bowl game. upi voted before the bowl games and upi gave it to bama. if thats the way it works why not give usc the nc now since they were no 1 in the 1st poll of the year. back to bama, they claim 1934 and they had no votes for no 1. but they still claim it. info from http://www.cbssports.com and http://www.nationalchamps.net. its ok for 1 school to do it but not another? dont think so

  28. gorilladunk says: Sep 8, 2012 12:49 PM

    danfr20…The nat’l championship was for the 1969 season (Bowl played on Jan 1) The 1970 season ended with the horns getting blasted by ND in the Cotton Bowl. Typical horns fan, doesn’t know jack squat about the school ‘s football history. But hey, you have that t-shirt you got at 7-11, right?

  29. danfr20 says: Sep 8, 2012 1:34 PM

    Calm down Gorilladunk. No body disputes claiming wire poll National Championships. So not exactly the same as claiming Championships awarded by obscure math polls. Texas could claim natty’s from 1914, 41, 63, 77 and 81 but doesn’t.

  30. tigersgeaux says: Sep 8, 2012 1:36 PM

    afsgtret:

    I am a hard-line LSU fan. I am not a University of Alabama apologist. Few, if any, on this blog are.

    The writer of this blog, Ben Kercheval, made sure that he made the reference (“Roll Tide, ya’ll”) in reference to the “championships” that Alabama claims but are not recognized widely. Southernpatriots quoted the “Roll Tide, ya’ll” from Ben to indicate he knew to which Ben was referring.

    That is one of the major reasons for an actual playoff, rather than polls from AP, UPI (now USA Today coaches), and others. Polls mean opinions of others, sometimes others who have never seen a game, sometimes others who have their favorites and prejudices, decide who is champion or plays in the championship game, etc.

    There is a consensus on some champions and championships and not on others throughout the history of college football. The BCS was supposed to eliminate the problems with the older system of polls. It did eliminate some, but not all. Now, we will have an actual playoff system in a couple of years.

    If Alabama continues to claim the numerous championships, likely many will continue to chide them about some of those claims. Personally, I do not care much about their claims yea or nay, I just know they won more in the past few years than any other team. Alabama remains the BCS National Champion this moment and throughout this season if and until someone beats them. Alabama is the reigning National Champion.

  31. 1980ts says: Sep 10, 2012 7:12 PM

    @txnative61 says:
    “Well, dylude asks who chooses to go to A&M, and the answer is—… people who want probably the best … engineering (primarily petroleum or civil) education in the US…”

    atm is not even the top engineering school in the state of Texas, or the top in either of those two fields of engineering… apparently you Ags are good at making up all kinds of stuff. Number 11 in all engineering is THE University of Texas, #17 Rice, and #18 is atm. In Petroleum nationally… UT is #1, number 2 are those silly Ags. Number 6 in Civil nationally… the ‘Horns, at number 10 are those Ags again!

    Number one in Agriculture… Purdue! Ags are 6th behind Iowa St and UF to name a few.

  32. bozosforall says: Sep 11, 2012 10:04 PM

    Any school that has to claim that they are THE University of anywhere has serious self-esteem problems…probably stemming from the collective minuscule size of the wee wees of its male alumni.

  33. cometkazie says: Sep 11, 2012 10:15 PM

    Like Washington and Lee being THE University of Virginia? Knowing some of their alumns, I think you are right. A little school in the middle of nowhere.

  34. txsoutherner says: Sep 16, 2012 10:31 AM

    It has always been called “The University of Texas” just like many schools are “The University of …………….”, but in other states, they don’t have a school with such low self esteeem as do the aggies. The aggies, way back when, started calling UT, TU, as in Texas University. Whatever aggies, Texans know you have a great educational facility that we are proud to have in the State of Texas and instead of fabricating wins and championships, be proud of what you have. Your track team is really good and womens basketball won the national championship. Geez, just stop claiming victories and championships when you don’t have them. I guess since you beat SMU, you are now going to add a Conference USA championship to your resume. When you lose a game don’t say “Yeah but we won the first half”, you can’t count that as 1/2 a win! Aggies are the only ones I know that count “moral victories” Get ready SEC for the “moral victories” to start adding up quickly when the wins don’t.

  35. barrymacaukiner says: Dec 15, 2012 1:28 PM

    superbronco77:

    Acknowledgement of the ’98 Big XII Championship is right there in plain sight, between the (incorrect) ’97 and ’10 listings.

  36. alligatorsnapper says: Dec 15, 2012 1:38 PM

    Bless those Aggies! I thought only historians thought they could rewrite history, but I forgot about the Aggies! They certainly help perpetrate many new Aggie jokes!

    They did well this season, especially after LSU softened the Tide and then they came in….ha.

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