Tuesday, September 4, 2012

College GameDay Midnight Yell

I LOVE college football (Go Hawkeyes, Aggies, Badgers, Blue, and Huskers! I have too many teams to root for now - it gets confusing for us and our kids on Saturdays), college football tailgating, and spending my college football season Saturday mornings with Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, and Chris Fowler of College GameDay fame.

Earlier this year, ESPN held a "Bring GameDay to Your Campus" contest, in which fans of 124 FBS schools could vote to bring a College GameDay commercial shoot to their campus. After close to 1,000,000 votes were cast, TAMU came out on top, and in late July the GameDay team arrived here in College Station to shoot their commercial. (For the record, I voted once for the Hawkeyes because they're my #1 team, and once for the Aggies because I really wanted the GameDay crew to come to College Station.)

The shoot was open to students, alumni, and community members, and Tom and I really wanted to take the kids and join in the fun. Until we learned the shoot would be held at night, that is, and then we decided against going - Hallie doesn't do well after 8pm, and asking her to sit still in a stadium seat and "take direction" would have been disastrous that late at night.

The commercial was posted on YouTube last week and debuted on television yesterday, and to be honest, I'm a little disappointed.

The commercial centers around Midnight Yell, one of the most powerful and time-honored traditions at TAMU, I just don't think the commercial does it justice. And while I've never attended a Midnight Yell (they're held at midnight, people), I HAVE joined TAMU crowds as they supported their teams under the direction of the five TAMU Yell Leaders. There is no doubt that Aggies love their school and respect their traditions, and I wanted to feel even more of that passion in the commercial.

What do you think?

I still wish we could have been at Kyle Field for the filming though...I'd have loved to have seen Lee up close and personal in his jammies.

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