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1432, 20 Jul 16

Paul Ryan Misses Mark on Football Analogy

Speaker Ryan fails to understand the generational animosity between Aggies and Longhorns.

He then turned to college football, explaining how important it is when a team advances to a big postseason game, fans of other teams in its conference root for it to win.
He discussed how intense the rivalries are in the Big 12, the conference of the Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies, whose supporters in the room whooped and hollered.
“Boy, those rivalries are tough, especially when the Big 12 was the Big 12 and you guys were at each other’s throats,” said Ryan.
But he said, “When one of the teams advances to a big bowl game or a national championship, don’t you root for the Aggies if you are a Longhorn?”
The crowd booed no.
“You don’t? This whole riff was not worth it,” a deflated Ryan said with a smile. “My entire premise has just been obliterated.”
Ryan then explained how things are different in Wisconsin, where once the hard-fought regular season is over, Badgers fans throw their support to a rival for the broader good of the conference — inferring that Republicans who didn’t vote for Trump in the primary should support him now.
“I come from Big 10 country, so we fight like heck against Ohio State or Michigan, and then when it doesn’t go our way or they make it to the Rose Bowl or they go to the National Championship, we root for them because we’re in the same conference.”
Ryan implored the delegates to take a Big 10 approach to football and politics. “Good grief. Holy Moly. This explains everything right now,” he said.
I will remind y’all of the words of the second verse of the Aggie War Hymn (no, we don’t have a “fight song”):
Good-bye to texas university

So long to the Orange and the White

Good luck to dear old Texas Aggies

They are the boys that show the real old fight

“The eyes of Texas are upon you…”

That is the song they sing so well (Sounds like hell)

So good-bye to texas university


1432, 20 July 2016


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