This is political season and most sports sites try to avoid mixing politics and sports together. Everyone wants to see the sports people #StickToSports to avoid dividing anyone.
Let this be a case of a politician being asked to please, please #StickToPolitics.
Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is presiding over the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, today and is preaching a message of unity within his divided party as they prepare to nominate Donald Trump. Some controversy occurred in the first day when delegates tried to force a roll call vote to change the rules in a last-ditch effort to keep Trump from the nomination.
Ryan has the task of trying to bring everyone together and used an unfortunately off-base and very incorrect sports metaphor:
.@SpeakerRyan "When you advance to a national championship don't you root for a Longhorn if you're an Aggie? Start thinking that way."
— jonathantilove (@JTiloveTX) July 19, 2016
There is just so much wrong in this statement.
Aggies never cheer for Longhorns. The words in the Texas A&M fight song include the lyric: “Good-bye to Texas University/So long to the orange and the white” and calls to “saw Varsity’s horns off.”
Somehow that would probably not mean anyone wearing Aggie maroon would every under any circumstance cheer for Texas. The two schools do not even have Big 12 pride working for it.
Maybe the correct analogy would be how many SEC teams come together during bowl season to cheer for the conference’s superiority — minus those most bitter rivals — over the rest of the country. Maybe that would have played better with the crowd or driven your point home.
In other words, Mr. Speaker, #StickToPolitics.