Opinion: 'Close' shouldn't count at Kyle Field

It started to creep in back in '00. You know…that feeling that we no longer had a home-field advantage. And the worst part was, it didn't seem to leave a sick, nasty taste in the mouths of many.

It started to creep in back in '00.

You know…that feeling that we no longer had a home-field advantage. And the worst part was, it didn't seem to leave a sick, nasty taste in the mouths of many.

In the previous decade, expecting A&M to lose a game at Kyle Field--regardless of the opponent--was an inconceivable thought. Even the girls eavesdropping on your casual conversations with your buddies would set you straight, "...and A&M does not lose at Kyle…"

But that was before the '00 season and the arrival of a new decade of Aggies responsible for upholding the tradition.

That year, Gary Barnett brought into Kyle Field a hapless Colorado team looking for a win. Before the game, Barnett had threatened to remove his team's "Buffs" logo from their helmets. Colorado left Kyle Field with a 26-19 win that, in reality, wasn't even close.

There was no crying about the loss--no gnashing of teeth, no self-mutilation. Just an "Oh well, ho-hum, we lost a game at home to a team that had not won a game this year until now" attitude.

Later that November, Oklahoma rolled into town with MNC hopes and oranges in their back pockets (that game is now considered a "classic"). After an Aggie loss, fans leaving Kyle Field could be overheard saying, "What a game! What a great game! We lost to Oklahoma! What a great game!" No riots. No burning infrastructure. We lost a great game.

Texas A&M ended the '00 season with a 4-2 home record.

In '01 we tried to make amends by going 5-1 at home. But we lost our only home game to that other school in Austin. You know, the school with the over-rated coach, quarterback, band, university system, main drag, tower, fountain, pizza joint, Mexican restaurant, bar, etc., etc. Yeah, them. We lost to a team coached by a guy who can't win the "big games." We lost to a man who, according to the "experts," routinely gets out-coached and loses to teams with inferior talent. Yeah, we lost to that team. Is anybody mad or angry about it? No, not really.

The '02 season came along and hey; Maybe we'll lose one home game. After all, it is Virginia Tech. We lost 3-13. But hey, that was Virginia Tech.

Then things went bad. This roundabout school from Lubbock came in, and we lost in overtime 47-48. 47-48! Folks left the stadium saying, "What a game! What a shoot-out! And I was here to see it! It wasn't on TV! What a great game! We lost to Tech!" I remember wishing that killing wasn't a sin. Later in the season we again lost at home to Nebraska 31-38. Then we fell to Missouri 27-33. No big deal, not to worry, right?

Well it is a big deal, and its delusional to think otherwise.

This is our home turf—ours, not theirs. We need to develop an attitude and a mentality that says "No more."

No more losing at home to teams looking for their first win.

No more losing at home to teams with freshman quarterbacks.

No more losing at home to teams struggling to keep their seasons alive.

I'm not advocating riots, fisticuffs in the parking lot, or staying mad at home for the next six days. But, and I mean BUT, I sure as hell am tired of seeing Aggies walk out of Kyle Field saying, "What a game! We lost a great game!"

That swallows worse than losing to begin with...


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