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Ask any chiropractor, masseur or masseuse, and answers will be similar. Most Americans are tense, on the wrong side of the frazzle equation. They are sheep – “go-alongers,” if you will – figuring if the finish line is reached without indebtedness, so be it. To live positively is considered wishful thinking, perhaps attainable only with medication or something stronger.
Generally, we are in a “hunkering” mode, as if our avoidance of “boat-rocking” or “noise-making” is critical to keeping the glow on our “status quo.” Maybe the Arrid deodorant ad people were right in the ‘40s and ‘50s, asking, “Why be half safe?” In a broader sense, we don’t feel even that secure. Nowadays, even 50 percent achievement of what someone called “even keel-dom” seems a stretch.
Maybe we spend too much time in the “downright and locked position.” As a late friend commented during a final visit with his doctor, “I’m having no trouble ‘hunkering down.’ It’s the ‘hunkering up’ that’s getting tough.”...
That being said, there’s a certain admiration for a smattering of people choosing litigation pursuant to their ongoing “bought and paid for” football season ticket rights. The same rights apply to the Super Bowl XLIX fans denied seats purchased for AT&T Stadium’s “Big Game.”
The former are Texas Aggie faithful who are challenging “King’s X” changes they’ve encountered despite “lifetime” assurances for season ticket rights.
In short – while one might rightly question why fans shell out princely sums to attend athletic events — there’s reason to cheer for people with legitimate beefs who simply aren’t going to take it sitting down...
What could have been the simpler issue was at the Super Bowl. The National Football League admitted error. One would hope there’d be acceptable remedies short of the courthouse.
There are certain events for which there are no “mulligans.” Ask photographers whose wedding pictures didn’t turn out. Or ask NFL officials why tickets were sold for seats that weren’t in place.
Harder to understand is the issue at Texas A&M University, where a few families and foundations wrote checks for lifetime rights to purchase season tickets at the “going rate” – without additional charges imposed annually for the right to do so. Unless “cooler heads” prevail, Texas A&M may catapult to the front of big-time institutions where sports gallop out of control. Again, we’ve “hunkered down,” forgetting intercollegiate sports’ initial and fundamental purpose. Further, lines formerly dividing them from professional sports grow exceedingly blurred...
Texas A&M — with its newly acquired law school — may need to roll out its biggest cannon in response to class-action lawsuits brought against both the university and its respected 12th Man Foundation.
Plaintiffs filing suits are not small fry. Some are “big fish,” including the former executive director of the 12th Man Foundation and two former presidents of the Houston Aggie Club.
Curiously, the foundation has been assigned the task of “re-seating” in the soon-to-open expanded Kyle Field. Foundation leaders, having navigated troubled waters before, had best prepare for a tsunami...
It’s about “big time.” It’s about prestige. It’s about money. It’s about Texas A&M having the largest collegiate sports venue in Texas and in the Southeast Conference. It’s also about forcing loyal fans to pony up with over half the renovation costs — about $230 million – through annual “licensures” by season ticket holders.
The new Texas A&M president has an interesting contract. Like several others, it sounds like an NFL contract, calling for an annual salary exceeding $1,000,000, and a “signing bonus” of $800,000.
He’s also eligible for four $100,000 “performance bonuses” annually at the discretion of Chancellor John Sharp, who – like several others — opted for academia following government service...
The new prexy – and other Aggie leaders – are on the high wire, sans net. No matter which side prevails, the cost will greatly exceed mere dollars.
Damage will be inestimable. Critics will point to the university’s code of honor: “An Aggie does not lie, cheat or steal or tolerate those who do.”
A non-partisan prayer might begin, “Oh, Lord. Show us the right way. Help us to know when to ‘hunker’ — whether up or down. May we avoid blaming Johnny Manziel — even though his dazzling grid exploits may be the primary impetus for a bigger stadium. Amen.”
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