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#40250 - 08/31/01 02:13 PM Re: Aggies, not!  
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Dr. Bill has never heard the term "Aggie" applied to Cornell.

And well he mightn't have. While Cornell has a wide range of agriculture science they have a wide range of just about everything else. Our Motto: I would found an institution where mostly men teach practically everything
The school nickname is Big Red.


#40251 - 09/01/01 12:38 AM Re: Aggies  
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North Carolina A & T

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University was created as a land grant university in 1891. http://www.ncat.edu/campus/

Its colors are blue and gold.


#40252 - 09/06/01 05:46 PM Re: Aggies  
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Texas A&M was opened in 1876 as a land grant college. At that point, the student body adopted a military structure, and the traditions of Aggieland took their roots.

http://sports.tamu.edu/traditions/index.html

The university has an enrollment of 44,081, and its colors are maroon and white. Its mascot is Reveille VII, a collie. http://sports.tamu.edu/facts.html

Texas A & M has its own lexicon, a glossary can be found here: http://sports.tamu.edu/traditions/terms.html

The Aggie fight song celebrates the military prowess of agricultural peoples (*heh*): The Spirit of Aggieland was written in 1925; the words by Marvin H. Mimms, a student, and the music by Col. Richard C. Dunn.

Some may boast of prowess bold
Of the school they think so grand,
But there's a spirit can ne'er be told
It's the spirit of Aggieland.

Chorus

We are the Aggies -- the Aggies are we.
True to each other as Aggies can be.
We've got to FIGHT boys,
We've got to FIGHT!
We've got to fight for Maroon and White.
After they' ve boosted all the rest,
They will come and join the best.
For we are the Aggies --
the Aggies so true,
We're from Texas A. M. U.

Second Chorus

T--E--X--A--S, A--G--G--I--E,
Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!
Fight! Maroon!
White--White--White!
A--G--G--I--E, Texas!
Texas! A. M. U.
GIG 'EM AGGIES! 1! 2! 3!
FARMERS FIGHT! FARMERS FIGHT!
Fight -- fight --
Farmers, farmers, fight!

http://sports.tamu.edu/traditions/spirit.html




#40253 - 09/06/01 08:35 PM Re: Aggies  
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Dear Sparteye: Some time, just for a change of pace, listen to the fight song Tom Lehrer wrote for Harvard.


#40254 - 09/07/01 02:48 PM Re: Tom Lehrer  
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Fight Fiercely, Harvard!


Fight fiercely, Harvard, fight, fight, fight!
Demonstrate to them our skill.
Albeit they possess the might,
Nonetheless, we have the will.
How we will celebrate our victory,
We shall invite the whole team out for tea (how jolly!)
Hurl that spheroid down the field,
And fight, fight, fight!
Fight fiercely, Harvard, fight, fight, fight!
Impress them with our prowess, do!
Oh, fellas, do not let the crimson down,
Be of stout heart and true!
Come on chaps, fight for Harvard's glorious name,
Won't it be peachy if we win the game? (Oh goody!)
Let's try not to injure them,
But fight, fight, fight!

Let's not be rough, though,
Fight, fight, fight!
And do fight fiercely,
Fight, fight, fight!

http://www.keaveny.demon.co.uk/lehrer/lyrics/index.htm

#40255 - 09/07/01 03:00 PM Harvard fight song  
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I certainly would have expected the blokes at Harvard to know that a football isn't a spheroid, at least in today's world. Back when the fight song was written the American football was closer to a spheroid than it is now, but I believe it still had pointed ends, which a true spheroid lacks.

Somewhere I have a picture of my father dressed in his football uniform from Menominee, Michigan, HS, circa 1917 and you can see the rounder but still pointed ball. This was before the era of the forward pass, which only became feasible with the skinnier ball.

According to family legend, The Old Man used to play HS football on Saturday afternoon, then get on a train to go 50 miles south where on Sunday he played semi-pro ball under an assumed name for a company team called the Green Bay Packers. He had to use an assumed name because accepting $20 a game would have lost him his amateur standing to play HS ball. Later, when he went to college he backed up some Swedish guy named Grange at U. of Illinois.

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#40256 - 09/07/01 03:03 PM Re: Harvard fight song  
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I certainly would have expected the blokes at Harvard to know that a football isn't a spheroid

I've always heard the football shape defined as an "oblate spheroid." Is that any more accurate?


#40257 - 09/07/01 03:31 PM Re: Harvard fight song  
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Green Bay Packers.. and .....some Swedish guy named Grange at U. of Illinois

Great story!

My Dad told me the Green Bay Packers' game seats were so sought after a ticket that season tickets were actually willed to heirs! Those were the days!

And "Red Grange" - wow! ..."The Ice Man" "The Galloping Ghost" - the man who made professional football a national sport..... a great player.
Ah, the good old days!

http://www.co.dupage.il.us/heritage/yps/grange.html
with photos of Grange then (top of page) and 1980 (near end.)

#40258 - 09/07/01 03:53 PM Re: Fairies, schmairies  
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he played semi-pro ball under an assumed name for a company team called the Green Bay Packers.

According to a not so recent issue of Smithsonian magazine (the same magazine that enticed me onto this board) the first team to beat the Green Bay Packers was a team called the Beloit (Wisc) Fairies. A little research (http://www.jsonline.com/packer/stat/history/alltimerecord.asp) indicates that this is not quite accurate. The team was known as the Beloit Professionals the year they first beat the Packers. They weren't known as the Fairies until the next year when they beat the Packers again in their second game with them.


#40259 - 09/10/01 06:29 PM Re: Aggies  
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And the last Aggies ... Utah State

Utah State University is a four-year, state university founded in 1888 on a 400-acre site overlooking Logan in Cache Valley, northern Utah. It is the state's only land-grant university. More than 20,000 students are enrolled on campus or at education centers throughout the state. About 76 percent of students are working on undergraduate degrees. Typically, some 80 countries and every state in the nation are represented in the student body. http://www.usu.edu/About/home.htm

USU's colors appear to be blue and white.




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