COLUMBIA - Texas A&M University versus MU. Aggies versus Tigers. Maroon versus black and gold.
Ever since MU’s victorious football season began, MU fans have become more and more devoted to the team, showing their school spirit before and after the games. Today, though, they’re up against fans from Texas A&M University, who are known for their intense enthusiasm.
“There’s so much to being an Aggie,” said Mike Fox, an alumnus who was tailgating with his friends at Reactor Field before the game on Saturday morning. “It’s really a family atmosphere on campus.”
Fox said that part of what keeps Aggie fans strong and together are all the traditions at Texas A&M University. His favorite tradition, he said, is the Midnight Yell, which consists of about 15,000 to 20,000 Aggie fans joining together the night before each game for a pep rally-like event where they practice their “yells.”
“We have yells; you have cheers,” said Kelly Spearman, an Aggie alumna in town with her family for the game.
But to MU fan Tony Glass, that spirit is a little too much.
“Texas schools are nothing but football all the time,” he said.
Glass, who said he’s a lifelong MU supporter, agreed that Aggies are more spirited towards football in general, but said he thinks they almost take their fandom to a negative level.
When asked how he thought Texas A&M University supporters were dealing with their 6-4 season, he said: “They’re probably crying in their beers.”
“Not as much as they will be tonight,” Glass’ friend yelled from the other side of his truck.
The Mizzou cheers are the best tradition MU has, Glass said. His favorite tradition, he said, is the M-I-Z-Z-O-U cheer shouted during the games. While he doesn’t think Tiger fans are quite as cemented in their traditions and school bond, Glass said he thinks the community spirit surrounding the games is getting better every football season.
“We’ve got a winning tradition going on,” Glass said, while proudly wearing his black Mizzou jacket. “It’s getting better every year.”