Mix Tape 2017

Pop music and football aren’t necessarily a natural fit, but there moments of synergy. I’ll admit to thinking of a certain sad R.E.M. song when Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts is mentioned. And Georgia running back Nick Chubb always calls to mind the great voice of rapper Chubb Rock.

Here are a few tunes that connect to Aggies and their conference foes, along with some old rivals.

Kevin Sumlin

Just Once by James Ingram (1981): The Texas A&M coach is under the microscope, thanks to three straight stumbles to the finish line in 8-5 seasons. Can the relationship be saved? Sounds like a job for an R&B crooner.

Lyrics: “I gave my all, but I think my all may have been too much / ‘Cause Lord knows we’re not getting anywhere / Seems we’re always blowing whatever we’ve got going / And it seems at times with all we’ve got, we haven’t got a prayer / Just once, can’t we figure out what we keep doing wrong? / Why the good times never last for long / Where are we going wrong?”

Entitled Texas fans

Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths (1984): Texas has been trending downward for several years, including three straight seasons with losing records. This of course will not be allowed to continue. It’s common knowledge that Longhorns deserve national dominance. Therefore, Tom Herman will automatically fix the whole mess. It’s the only logical scenario.

Lyrics: “Good times for a change / See the luck I’ve had can make a good man turn bad / So please, please, please / Let me, let me, let me / Let me get what I want this time.”

Ed Orgeron

I’m So Excited by The Pointer Sisters (1984): The LSU coach says he consumes eight to 10 energy drinks a day. We have two words for you, coach: Jessie Spano. The Saved by the Bell character played by Elizabeth Berkley got all hopped up on caffeine pills in a 1990 episode. If you, like, missed it somehow, she was totally dealing with a killer geometry class AND preparing to audition for a record producer with her rad pop trio Hot Sundae. (Typical day at Bayside High.) The results were disastrous, though legendary for youth-oriented daytime television.

Lyrics (Spano freakout version): “I’m so excited! I’m so excited! I’m so … scared!”

Verne Lundquist

Watching the Wheels by John Lennon (1981): Saturday afternoons won’t be the same without the longtime CBS announcer, who retired at the end of last season. We’ll always have the 2012 A&M-Alabama game, and “Oh, my gracious! How about that?!?”

Lyrics: “When I tell them that I’m doing fine watching shadows on the wall / ‘Don’t you miss the big time, boy? You’re no longer on the ball.’ / I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round / I really love to watch them roll / No longer riding on the merry-go-round / I just had to let it go.”

Aggies to The Big 12

Only the Lonely by The Motels (1982): Some in the conference take shots at A&M for jumping ship to the mighty SEC, including TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte in June. Meanwhile, the potential demise of the Big 12 is an annual hot topic.

Lyrics: “You mention the time we were together / So long ago / Well, I don’t remember / All I know is it makes me feel good now / It’s like I told you / Only the lonely can play.”

Kyler Murray

Don’t You Forget About Me by Simple Minds (1985): The undersized quarterback’s turbulent year at A&M led to his transfer to Oklahoma, where he had to sit out the 2016 season. And since Heisman finalist Baker Mayfield is back, Murray gets to ride the pine again. But hey, at least there’s baseball, right? In 27 games for the Sooners this year, Murray’s batting average was .122.

Lyrics: “Will you stand above me? / Look my way, never love me / Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling down, down, down / Will you recognize me? / Call my name or walk on by / Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling down, down, down, down.”

Nick Saban

All I Do Is Win by DJ Khaled (2010): The Alabama coach is a machine. His record with the Crimson Tide is a staggering 119-19. Saban has led Alabama to double-digit wins for nine straight years, including four national championships. There’s not much you can do but throw up your hands, and maybe your lunch, when Alabama is on the schedule.

Lyrics: “All I do is win, win, win, no matter what / Got money on my mind, I can never get enough / And every time I step up in the building / Everybody hands go up … and they stay there.”

Aggie fans in November

I’ll Cry Instead by The Beatles (1964): The past several seasons have looked remarkably similar for the Aggies: Start fast and get everyone’s hopes up, then dash those hopes with a string of losses to end the year. The holiday season should be about good vibes, not throwing stuff at your TV and yelling so loud you scare the dog next door.

Lyrics: “I’ve got a chip on my shoulder that’s bigger than my feet / I can’t talk to people that I meet / If I could see you now / I’d try to make you sad somehow / But I can’t, so I’ll cry instead.”

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