‘God is good, I’m going to the game!’

Marie Bakken

God is good! By His grace and favor I am now the proud owner of a ticket to the A&M vs. Texas game on Thanksgiving night.

I am super excited...I’m going to the game! This game was an important item on my “sports bucket list” of things to go before I die. I know, I’m only 33 so why am I thinking about a bucket list already.

Well, since this might be the end of more than a century long tradition between the two schools I wanted to be sure to attend this year’s match up.

With the Aggies headed to the SEC and the Longhorns not having a non-conference opening slot to play their longtime rivals until at least 2018 (so DeLoss Dodds says), the 2011 Thanksgiving night game is a big deal.

I wrote a column a few weeks ago asking for an extra ticket but got no bites, so I just started praying and believed God would get me a ticket if He thought me worthy of going to the game. (You knew God was an Aggie, right?)

It had been announced earlier in the season that no guest tickets would be sold for the Texas game. Then, about two weeks or so after my column, it was announced that a limited amount would be available for students to purchase when they pulled their tickets for the Nov. 24 match up.

My oldest nephew Zachary Gaston and his sweet girlfriend Christina camped out overnight at the ticket office by Kyle Field to get their tickets and see if they might be able to get a guest ticket for me. Well, God is awesome because they were 10th in line and were able to buy my guest ticket.

NotonlywasaIblessed with a ticket, our tickets are in section 232 on the 12th Man side....that’s the 50 yard line folks! God is awesome.

Zach and Christina are both students at A&M and Christina will graduate in less than a month with her bachelor’s degree. Zach and I have always have a fun relationship and now I get to go to the game and share this experience with him. It will be the first Aggie-Longhorn game either one of us have been too.

By the way, Zach, the family really likes this girlfriend. Don’t screw it up.

As the maroon and orange rivalry comes to an end (at least for a while) I will have to say I will miss it. Let’s all shake hands when it’s done (win or lose) and enjoy the memories. Some epic games have come out of this “friendship” and no matter the color... remember we are all proud members of the great Lone Star State.

So here is wishing all of you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving. Be sure to eat some turkey and watch some football.


As I write about the excitement of college sports, let us also remember real life goes on too. Two tragedies are brought to mind as I write this.

First, Oklahoma State girls basketball head coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna died along with two others in a plane crash last week heading out on a recruiting trip. This university had marked the 10 year anniversary of the January 2001 plane crash that killed 10 members of its men’s basketball traveling party. Remember all of them in your prayers.

Secondly, last Friday marked the 12th anniversary of the horrible Aggie bonfire collapse. It still makes me sad to think of that time in Aggieland. It was so sad, yet brought together the Aggie family as no other event ever has, or will in my opinion. We will never forget them. The true Aggie spirit still burns bright.

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