Why Baylor Fans should be the nicest fans.

Baylor football’s defense might be making it’s strongest show ever this season, but I having been playing defense for Baylor for years.

I have always been a Baylor fan. I have always stuck up for Baylor when rude jealous people made downgrading comments. I was ready to fight back with quick and witty retorts for God’s favorite team. (Other than the Dallas Cowboys, that is). I didn’t love it for the football team, I loved it for the tradition, spirit, memories, and values.

On the same Baylor swing when I was 6, circa 1997, then when I was 21, the day I graduated, December 2012.

Being a Texas girl, I’ve always loved watching football, so I attended every game I could- despite the win or lose probability. I was always happy to be a Baylor Bear, but it was a great day when we won an actual football game.

I’ve always thought that Baylor Bears were classy fans. I’ve watched Tech fans throw beer on fellow Bears; I’ve heard Aggies yell inappropriate comments that their mothers would be ashamed of.   I obviously know that there are exceptions, but for the most part I believe we are nice fans.

Toward the end of my time at Baylor, our Wins to Losses greatly shifted. We finally had a team to be proud of and a scoreboard to match.

I remember the night we beat OU. I remember the night RGIII won the Heisman. I remember the celebratory burning of couches on 10th street. I remember attending my first Baylor Bowl game.

 The list goes on and on…but one thing I don’t forget about is our past.

I remember losing.

I remember obnoxious teams with their unsportsmanlike conduct.

I hope I never forget.

Because you know what? Our past is part of us. Our past is one of the reasons why our present is so amazing. We used to be scrubby little Baylor.

You won’t hear me mouth off at the office. Sure, I’ll talk about my Bears, route for them, and perhaps engage in a little friendly rivalry, but you will never hear me downgrade another team in the hopes of making my Bears look better. I’m going to leave that to the scoreboard.

So, my what’s my hope for alum, current students and future Bears?

Stay humble. Remember our past. Have Baylor pride. Be nice. And remember that the sweetest revenge is winning.

I think Drake said it best…

Started from the bottom now we here.

Thanks and Sic ’em.

Baylor Forever.

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Why I’m tired of hearing about Johnny Manziel.

Let me start this off by telling you: 

1)I don’t hate Johnny Manziel.

2)I don’t hate Aggies.

*My sister is currently going to A&M, and my uncle and grandfather went to A&M

3)I think Johnny Manziel is talented.

4)I think A&M is a good school.

In case you missed that, let me say it again:

1)I don’t hate Johnny Manziel.

2)I don’t hate Aggies.

*My sister is currently going to A&M, and my uncle and grandfather went to A&M

3)I think Johnny Manziel is talented.

  • 4)I think A&M is a good school.

If you’re going to read on, please keep those 4 statements in mind.

A myriad of posts have flooded my news feed with the start of college football. I have a lot of friends who are Aggies, so naturally quite a few have to do with their star quarterback.

But even before that, news of Johnny popped up…as he kept doing things to get himself in the news.

These are the links that caught my eye this week:

An Open Letter To Johnny Manziel For the most part, this one does not bother me. It is a mother writing a letter to Johnny telling him how people look up to him and how he should start playing the part. I agree. I think Coach Sumlin agrees.

I’m an Aggie Before I’m a Christian This one bothers me a lot. First of all, to say you’re an Aggie before you’re a Christian is a wrong in my book. I mean you can be, but I’m not sure you’re in the place to write that article then, as it mentions quite a bit about faith. If you profess to be a Christian, it should be the basis of all things-definitely coming before your alma mater. It also mentions grace. I agree- we all have the opportunity to bask in God’s grace. Ephesians 2:8-9 says that. Ephesians 6:24 also says something similar. Notice it says that grace is given to those who love Christ. I’m not saying Johnny doesn’t love Jesus. I’m not saying I’m better than him. I’m not. I am saying that loving Jesus involves wanting to be more like Him and striving for your actions reflect that. That’s Biblical. Obviously no one is perfect. I’m not perfect. I mess up all the time.  This article talks about how we need to give Johnny grace.  I think he is past his grace period from humans…he’s more on a “keep tabs on him at all times” state right now. (That doesn’t mean mock him in a church. Absolutely not). There’s a reason Sumlin won’t let him talk. I think he is pretty smart to keep it that way. Everyone is welcome to receive God’s grace, but not everyone wants to partake. Johnny’s actions don’t reflect any change or desire to change. The only constants are his magic with the football on the field and his ability to make the wrong choice, at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

The Johnny We Know This one makes me want to roll my eyes roll my eyes. It’s basically a conglomerate of photos of Johnny doing good deeds. People are saying things like “I’m posting this since the media won’t” or “Yep. This is our Johnny- Keep it up!” I don’t think you actually want to him keep this up. You know why the media doesn’t post things like this? Because Mr. Football doesn’t make it believable in his current state of life. These are all sweet things, I’m in no way denying that! I’m just saying  that a couple good deeds  and publicity stunts aren’t going to get everyone to love you if you aren’t acting that way on and off the field. A blurb from the coach in this article, said it best, I think.

“You would hope at this point, you’d learn something from that,” Sumlin said after the 52-31 win. “We’re still working on that.”

Most recently, Johnny upset crowds with his show me the money sign. It was a little too soon for some. Sure. He did it last year, but not everyone knows or remembers that. It doesn’t bother me that much that he did that; however, it wasn’t really the appropriate time to do so, as he had just been released into the game after a half game suspension because of the “autograph scandal.” Any publicist could tell you that. In reality, this was just icing on the cake, for those already angry.

One thing my dad said, was that the court of public opinion matters. The instance above is the perfect example. This is America. He has the freedom to do that. You know what? So did the Dixie Chicks. Looked what happened to them…completely taken off the air. Why? Not because the radio wouldn’t play them, but because people went crazy in protest and even bulldozed albums. Johnny hasn’t done anything quite like that, but talk about a lot of talent gone to waste. I’m afraid that that’s what will happen to Manziel. It’s still too early to tell if anyone will want him in the NFL. He has proven to be volatile and to not make good decisions- something you don’t want in a pro QB.

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I actually voted “yes, assuming his attitude could be adjusted”, but it appears, that the majority say no. But, in the end,  a poll is just a poll. He still has time to redeem himself. IF he can get his act together, I wouldn’t mind seeing him replace Romo…

I don’t mind watching him play football. I don’t mind hearing his stats. (Nothing will change my mind of the fact that I think RGIII is better:) I’m just tired of everyone trying to make him into something he isn’t. I honestly think he is too. In all fairness, he does have a lot of pressure and eyes on him; however, that should make him want to be better. It’s a bit alarming that it doesn’t. Perhaps some day soon, he will finally start listening, but until then, good luck. Actions will always speak louder than words and sometimes can bring you to your demise, no matter how much God-given talent you have. Unless he shapes up, A&M will continue to be seen as the villain in college ball and people will continue to root for them to fail. Though they had quite the Cinderella story last year after joining the SEC, this year they have transformed roles into the ugly stepsister.

p.s. if you’re mad at me right now, just review my first 4 points. If you’re asking what school I went to, yes. I graduated from Baylor. Even if I had gone elsewhere, my opinion would still be the same.

Quite frankly, I’m just tired of all this Hullabaloo.

Fashion runs the world.

I remember a while back someone posting this picture on Facebook as proof that sports were greater than fashion. I know for a fact Lagerfeld, creative director for Chanel, wouldn’t have taken offense, as a statement like that shows pure ignorance.

This is haute couture, which literally translates to “high sewing”. Unlike items you’d find at Forever 21, this kind of runway show is considered art. Or wait…since Forever 21 rips off designers, you might find similar products there…Nevertheless, you wouldn’t actually bring this “bag” to the beach with you.

That being said, how does fashion actually affect you?

Let’s begin with sports, more specifically the king of Texas sports: Football. (oops. Is that confirming Josh Hamilton’s accusation that “we’re not a baseball town?”)  Anyone remember Tear Away Jerseys? They were made of fibers that would rip when tugged, allowing players to escape the grasp of an oncoming defensive player. Who do you think created those? Let me give you a hint. The answer isn’t Jerry Jones. Try textile chemists.

You’re probably thinking sure, that’s one example, but no! There’s more! How many of y’all are runners? I myself have hopped jogged onto the bandwagon and taken up this sport, as you set your pace and there’s no needed equipment. For runners, the essential thing is to have the right gear. The right shoes, yes, but even more so, the right clothes. Oh, so you like your wicking Nike top because it lets your skin breathe? Who do you think created that technology? Let me give you a hint. It isn’t a really fast Kenyan. Well…I guess it could be, but more importantly it was a textile chemist.

Whether your an outdoor tennis player or someone who likes to shoot some hoops no matter what season, textiles affects you too. You probably own some type of winter athletic-wear that helps keep your body temperature regular, but also allows you to play the game. These kinds of clothing are knitted together tighter than usual in order to keep a boundary layer of air between your skin and your clothing. In case you didn’t know, fabric doesn’t keep you warm- your boundary layer does. Air is actually the best insulator.  I’m sure you know the drill by now, but who do you think came up with these knitting techniques? You’re right. A textile chemist.

I’m not hating on sports. I love me some Cowboys, Mavericks, Rangers, and Stars (well, when they don’t make me yell at them from a seat in the AA center or Ballpark. Oh yeah, and Jerry World). Next time you’re watching a game, just remember that there’s a lot more than throwing a ball around. Clothing worn during games can provide protection for the skin and even prevent injuries. Those who work on textiles…something you might have deemed irrelevant, just might be keeping your player safe AND your fantasy football team alive.

Still think fashion doesn’t run the world? What was the first thing Adam and Eve did after they ate the forbidden fruit? They realized they were naked and wanted clothing! Check it out in Genesis 3. Verse 21 says “The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.”

What are YOU wearing today?