Rice MOB Vs. Rick Perry

September 05, 2011 By: Juanita Jean Category: Uncategorized

This is gonna take some ‘splainin’ to you folks from foreign states.  Texas natives can skip over the next few paragraphs while I get folks caught up.

In Texas, when you want to say someone is smart, you say, “That boy is as smart as a Rice upperclassman with a 50 pound dictionary.”  Rice University is the nerd and geek capital of Texas.  Those folks are smart.  Their mascot is an owl, which ought to tell you something.

Rice University has a football team, of sorts.  They also have a halftime band.  An amazing halftime band.  It’s not official, and pretty much anybody who ever went to Rice and owns a musical instrument and a Blues Brothers outfit can be part of the Marching Owl Band.  The MOB.

To be honest, they only know a couple of songs, which can kinda be irritating if you’re sitting next to them at a home game.  I know that for a fact.  But, their half time shows are world famous for their humor.  Also, they deeply enjoy picking on Texas A&M (which stands for Agricultural and Mechanical) University.  At one Aggie game, the MOB had to be escorted off the field by police.

Rice played the University of Texas this weekend.  That’s a historic match-up.  In 1962, John F. Kennedy spoke at Rice stadium and gave his put a man on the  moon speech.  My Momma took me to see it and it changed my life.  Anyway, John Kennedy used a joke to make his point, “But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain. Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?”

So, when Rice played Texas this weekend, the MOB used that mutual rivalry of both schools for  A&M to make a point about a famous A&M grad, Rick Perry.

Take it away, MOB —-

Thanks to Sandy for the heads up.  And a mild apology to Dr. Gary at A&M, who, he assures me,  did not teach Rick Perry.

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16 Comments to “Rice MOB Vs. Rick Perry”

  1. It’s great revenge for the Aggies’ jingle:

    Rootie toot toot, rootie toot toot
    We’re the boys from the Institute.
    We don’t smoke and we don’t chew
    And we don’t go with girls who do.

    Congratulations to the MOB!

  2. Sandy Havens says:

    Oh! JJ, this is awesome. Thank you.

  3. Thank you, thank you, thank your. I so needed something to laugh about today and a little Rickey boy zinger is perfect!

  4. I couldn’t clearly hear what the announcer said about the Aggies! Someone spell it out for me, please. After all, I attend the former East Texas State which got sucked in by A&M twenty years ago. However, as the head of the Lit/Lang department confided in me when I first arrived here, “We’re not really Aggies.”

  5. Juanita Jean says:

    First they play Aggie Simon Says. Then the announcer says, “Before you go to the polls, ask yourself: is your candidate smarter than an Aggie?”

  6. Thanks, I really enjoyed that. I had to explain to many people in California just how great a school Rice is, and am happy to say my nephew went there on a scholarship. The second best college band is the one at Stanford – they get in trouble all the time too.

  7. Thanks, Juanita Jean. I needed to know!

  8. Thanks … I really needed a laugh tonight!

  9. Punkinbugg says:

    This former band parent LOVED IT. Thank you !!

  10. I also saw a picture of them spelling out SEC, only they spelled it $EC. Not political, but equally funny. :)

  11. JuanitaJean, I was glad and relieved this morning to see that the google news page linked to a long (six page) article about Rick Perry’s role in the death of Cameron Todd Willingham. I’m surprised that the Huffington Post ran that article. But I might have to start spreading it!

  12. A little O.T., but I was actually at the ’94 game when hell froze and Rice actually BEAT Texas; I was an A&M grad attending graduate school at Rice at the time (finished my MA there a few years later).

  13. shortpeople says:

    Reminds me of what I remember of the Stanford marching (or meandering) band back in the 1970s.

  14. I think it was 1950 or thereabouts when Rice won most or all of it’s games. I had a dime bet on each game with my friend Carl Reynolds (who later attended Rice) and lost almost a Dollar, which I think was my whole months allowance. If you noticed all the “I thinks” and “Thereabouts” and then glance at the date you will realize that many many brainfarts over the years have clouded my memory somewhat.

  15. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. My biggest laugh of the day. Perry continues to amaze and disgust me.

  16. This is only the latest in a long history of bad blood between the MOB and A&M, which dates at least as far back as the 1973 game, which had a legendary halftime by the MOB.*


    The Aggies were so pissed off by the MOB’s making fun of them that they rioted. Aggies have no sense of humor about themselves, which is strange considering how many jokes are told about them.

    *it was so legendary that years after the incident, members of the UCLA Band in California told the story to the incoming freshmen as a warning about the Aggies.