While there are plenty of people in the Lone Star State upset about the dissipation of the football rivalry between the Texas Longhorns and the Texas A&M Aggies, none have wanted it back so badly they were willing to try and make it a state law.
Enter Ryan Guillen.
The Democractic Representative from House District 31 (the “Valley” area of Southeast Texas) has introduced House Bill 778 that would require and annual, non-conference, scheduled football game to take place between the Aggies and Longhorns.
Here is Guillen’s recent tweet regarding it:
Just filed HB 778; it requires UT and A&M to play each other annually in a nonconference, regular season football game http://t.co/SZOD8k4S
— Rep. Ryan Guillen (@RyanGuillen) January 29, 2013
Guillen was quoted as follows in the popular Texas Tribune in regards to his filing of the bill:
This game is as much a Texas tradition as cowboy boots and barbeque. The purpose of the bill is to put the eyes of Texas upon our two greatest universities to restore this sacred Texas tradition.
I think the people of Texas want a game, and we’re trying to get them one.
Even the most fervent Aggies and Longhorns fans might raise their eyebrows at this one, regardless of whether there’s a genuine sentiment behind it.
Texas is facing many more pressing issues than whether or not the Longhorns and Aggies meet in a game required by state law. While Ryan Guillen’s introduction of HB 778 was more than likely in good fun — and I can appreciate that, especially given the circus that is Texas politics — perhaps he should be focused on the bigger fish I’m certain he has to fry.
Texas and Texas A&M will play again someday — and it will likely be annual — but a legislative measure isn’t a way to move us closer to that.