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Old 10-17-2006, 08:11 PM   #1
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Default History of the 12th man

This exerpt (sp?) is from http://www.epinions.com/content_260453731972 , now everyone can plainly see, the only thing original in seattle, is the thought that grown man crying to each other is acceptable.

The tradition at Texas A&M is what really makes coming to Kyle Field special. Possibly the most important tradition that makes Kyle Field is the 12th Man. The 12th man was started way back in 1922, when reserve E. King Gill was called down from the stands and stood ready to play for A&M at the Dixie Classic. Since, the entire student body stands for their team. Not only do they stand but there are hordes of them all wearing maroon and really LOUD! Kyle Field has the largest allotment of student tickets of any school in the country, all three levels on the east side of the stadium are for the students and they get really loud when the Aggies are on defense. Most of the time opposing teams have to go a silent snap count when playing at Kyle Field. In addition, A&M has the Yell Leaders (not cheerleaders) leading the 12th Man in yells with precision. The only time the student body sits is at halftime for the opposing team’s band. Yes, they stand for their own Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, and for good reason, the band is a military style marching band and regularly does logic defying formations on the field while. As the bumper sticker says, “Aggies always win halftime.” At midnight the night before the game Aggie fans (and a lot of times the visiting teams fans just to see) come to Kyle Field for Midnight Yell, this is where the 12th Man gets their lungs warmed for the next day. In addition, after yell practice, the lights go out in the stadium so you can kiss your date. If you don’t have a date, bring a lighter and you may find one. It is also encouraged to kiss your date every time the Aggies score.

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