By: Pocket Bullets Paris
Everyone who has been following this blog for a while knows that I’m a huge poker fan. I enjoy playing Texas Hold ‘Em every week and I get a thrill out of watching the professionals play — especially during the World Series of Poker. I was at the Rio in Vegas again this year, cheering on my favorites at the rail, and I stayed until it was down to the Final Nine. I can’t wait to see how it all plays out in November.
But for pure, gut-wrenching excitement, nothing gets the blood boiling like the start of football season. And in this house, that begins with Aggie football, as in the fightin’ Texas A&M football team taking the field for their first game of the season this Saturday night against the Arizona State Sun Devils. The game is being played at NRG Stadium in Houston, supposedly a neutral field, but the crowd will be overwhelmingly maroon.
Finally, after all the hype and the buzz and the interviews, spring football, SEC Media Days, fall camp and months of grueling conditioning and practice, it’s time to see what this team is all about. Will the new John Chavis-led defense have the wrecking crew mentality we’re hoping for, with Myles Garrett setting records for sacks and Brandon William’s move from running back to corner paying off big time? Will Kyle Allen pick up where he left off in the Liberty Bowl and drive the Aggie offense down the field with confidence. He certainly has a full house of talented wide receivers to throw the ball to. And what about the O-line, with Dave Christiensen calling the shots? We know he and Kevin Sumlin are planning for a more balanced attack, so we’re looking for a strong running game and some tough battles in the trenches.
The Sun Devils are coming off back-to-back 10-win seasons and are ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press pre-season poll. This won’t be a cake-walk; in fact some have the Aggies as underdogs.
But it’s Aggie football time, and as always, we’re betting on the maroon and white to start the season with a W. That will set up next Saturday’s opening night home game in the newly renovated, finest football stadium in the country. More about that to come. It just doesn’t get much better than winning at the tables last night and rooting for our Aggies tomorrow night.
In the meantime, keep watching our blog for giveaways and great prizes once SEC play begins.