SMU Cheerleader > Texas A&M Cadet
My favorite part of the informative, entertaining "Pony Excess" ESPN documentary over the weekend was being reminded of the classic scene that unfolded at Texas A&M's Kyle Field on October 31, 1981.
Led by Eric Dickerson and Craig James, the 5th-ranked Mustangs trounced a mediocre Aggies team, 27-7. SMU finished the season 10-1 (its only loss to Texas, 9-7) while A&M went 7-5. In football, it was a mismatch.
And - much more comically - it was one-sided amongst team supporters.
After an SMU touchdown, the Mustangs' cheerleaders ran onto Kyle Field's supposedly hallowed turf. A couple of them laid down to spell out "S-M-U," much to the chagrin of a certain Aggie cadet.
Greg Hood was the "OD" - or Officer of the Day - and since he couldn't do a damn thing about his football team getting plastered he wasn't going to stand for his traditions also being trampled.
So Hood runs onto the field, kicks a male SMU cheerleader and then - I kid you not - pulls his sabre on him and points it menacingly. (Don't know why we should be surprised, seeing that Aggies have always been full of
class shit.) Before that confrontation escalated, however, another SMU cheerleader ran up and delivered a two-handed shove to Hood's chest that sent him hilariously and unceremoniously tumbling onto his butt and back, heels over head.
Seriously, he was lucky he didn't fall on his sword.
Ah, the good ol' days. How I miss the Southwest Conference.
Speaking of that '81 game, gayest football program ever?
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