When Texas A&M moved to the SEC, we saw the end of one of the most entertaining and longest standing rivalries in college football. But while neither side has any intention of renewing the rivalry anytime soon, a Texas politician introduced a bill that demands both teams bare arms and dual on a regular basis — or else.
Texas House democrat (yeah, apparently they do exist) Ryan Guillen introduced a bill on Monday that called for both Texas and Texas A&M to resume their Thanksgiving Day tradition of playing one another.
“This game is as much a Texas tradition as cowboy boots and barbecue,” Guillen, an A&M graduate, said via the Texas Tribune. “The purpose of the bill is to put the eyes of Texas upon our two greatest universities to restore this sacred Texas tradition.”
The two teams had played each other on an annual basis from 1914 until 2011 when the Aggies moved to the SEC. Guillen maintains that he’s a man of the people, and that he’s just trying to give his constituents what they voted for.
“I think the people of Texas want a game, and we’re trying to get them one,” Guillen said.
According to the bill, should either team refuse to schedule the game, that school would be penalized in the form of a restriction on athletic scholarships. They say football is religion in Texas, and boy are they not kidding when they say that. From $60 million high school stadiums to trying to pass a state law that requires two teams to play each other, you really don’t want to mess with Texas.