Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thursday Thrash: More "Wind of Change" Blowing Texas A&M to SEC

Thursday Thrash is a weekly segment in which we incorporate some of the greatest songs of all time (mostly metal, but not always) into a topically relevant post revolving around current issues at the University of Georgia. As a note, artistic liberties will be frequently used in this relation. Basically, the only premise/rule is that I can't put on some crappy Shania Twain song or some no-talent lightning catcher with autotune (see KESHA).

For the 11000th time this offseason, there are now more rumors of TAMU to the SEC. While I know you can't believe the last statement, just in case there's a chance that I can convince you, here's BIG 12 commish Dan Beebe to Austin American-Statesman on Wednesday evening:

Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe told the American-Statesman Wednesday night that he is aware of reports that Texas A&M is in the middle of conversations about joining the Southeastern Conference and is “taking it very seriously.”

Beebe helped hold the league together just more than a year ago after Nebraska and Colorado left the Big 12 and joined the Big Ten and Pac-12 leagues, respectively, and said he has “confidence that we’ll work out whatever the issues are and go forward.”

That is a pretty standard response from a league official concerning a conference switchup, but then Beebe goes a little deeper with some more comments on the issue:

“I’ve been doing that and dealing with this firestorm at the same time,” Beebe said. “I’ll put it this way, I’m ta king it very seriously. I’ve been talking to a number of people. Obviously, there are a significant number of Aggie supporters who are interested in going in that (SEC) direction. There’s a huge risk if an institution leaves its geographic proximity and rivalries. In the long run, it can create a lot of problems.”
In my best estimation, that's Beebe basically saying, "We've really effed ourselves on this one and tried to give the darling of the conference run of the show. That looks like it's backfiring and the TAMU folks don't want to get railroaded any longer, but if they do - boy are we gonna be mad. I mean, we're gonna have to invite some crappy team like Houston or a few Big East schools to join if they leave."
I'm all for TAMU really laying it to the Big 12 on this one. Texas is obviously trying to completely wipeout the competition with the new deal from ESPN. As I said on the podcast last week, I'm all for capitalism, but at some point greed just takes over and you start doing things that ruin the whole system and corrupt the product entirely. That's the stage UT is approaching right now.
Besides, how much money do you really need to make at a PUBLIC institution? It's not like you have investors to please or your pockets to line with stock options and such. You have to start to think that they're trying to get into the business of destroying other programs, which is completely ridiculous and defeats the purpose of playing the game in the first place.
As for their move to the SEC, I'm not a big fan. While it would likely mean another Eastern Division invitee, I really don't care that much about going to Texas at any point... ever. Especially with all those stupid cannons and cheers and crap. Seriously, that is way too annoying to deal with every 5 years.
But let's get to the real purpose of this article, the THRASHING.
I'm sorry for taking a copout on today's writeup, as it features the Scorpions. Yeah, I kind of mailed it in, but it's hard to go wrong with a German metal band of such lore. The title is extremely relevant to today's topic and the similarities between the lyrics' celebration of changes in communist Eastern Europe and the emminence of the end of the Cold War pretty closely mirror what may be happening in the Big 12 at present.
And I couldn't turn Rudolf and Klaus down, so I present to you...
The Scorpions, Wind of Change (1990)
Happy Thrashing!

1 comment:

  1. You really, really should be excited about the SEC moving into Texas!

    Texas A & M contributes to the SEC in multiple ways: Population (increases the SEC's "market share" dramatically), TV markets (Two Top-Ten TV markets that advertisers pay a premium to reach), and Academically (TAMU is an AAU member institution and would be the fourth highest ranked SEC member by US News and World Report).

    TAMU would have the second largest number of students in the SEC. It's stadium regularly seats 82,600 with the abilty to seat over 92,000 when needed (such as the UT game).

    TAMU already has an established rivalry with Arkansas and LSU would be a natural rivalry to boot.

    The Aggies are ranked No. 9 in the Coaches Poll, so they don't play shabby football there.

    Let's show some enthusiasm, man!

    If we want the Big Bucks TV Contract like the PAC-12 has, we have to move into Texas NOW! Otherwise, the PAC-12 will. And then get even more TV Bucks than we will.