DALLAS, Texas (105.3 THE FAN) – Over the past few days there has been a lot of discussion about Kyle Field.
No, not the renovation price tag of $450 million or the fact the refurbished stadium will have the biggest capacity in the state of Texas at 102,500 when it is ready to go in fall 2015 (those are old talking points), but rather if the venue should be called Kyle Field: The House That Johnny Built.
The Johnny in question, of course, being 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and recent NFL first-round draft pick Johnny Manziel.
At first, I thought this was a bit – especially when I heard it was proposed by A&M Board of Regents member Jim Schwertner, who is a Texas Tech graduate. But no, apparently it was a real suggestion.
Now, as an A&M guy I thought this was a terrible suggestion straight away – but I wanted to check in with my fellow Aggies to see if they agreed.
And they didn’t disappoint:
“Bull$&!#! There are a lot more Aggies than just Johnny ‘Cash’ Manziel.”
“You and I both know that is the stupidest idea ever. Johnny may have brought in more money to get [the project] going faster, but he didn’t build anything.”
“Boo. Just Kyle Field, please and thank you.”
“Dumbest thing I’ve heard. And if any of your other friends from A&M say it’s a good idea, I hope you kick them in the shin the next time you see them.”
“It’s not my favorite idea … I mean, wasn’t most of Kyle Field there before Manziel?”
“For the record, we LOVE Johnny, but that is a bad move. A&M has so much tradition. There were guys before Johnny and there will be guys after him.”
All six of my A&M alumni friends make excellent points, especially those last two.