Welcome to Kyle Field, home of the 12th Man and now, the world's longest basketball trick shot. Click either video for an enlarged view, or watch both angles on the March to Madness. Thanks to Rob Stroope of the Dallas Morning News.
Baylor, the doormat of the Big 12 South since, well, the beginning of time, is clearly enjoying getting out of the cellar. The Bears' 41-21 victory over Texas A&M last Saturday means in all likelihood that Baylor will nudge past the Aggies for fifth place in the six-team South when the regular season ends.
A Baylor fan, wasting no time in taking advantage of the bragging rights, ventured into an Aggie board and posted key tips from the book, "How to Handle Being The Worst Team in the Big XII South."
The post starts: "This book, originally authored by fans of Baylor University, with foreword by Oklahoma State, has been a work in progress for 25 something years now. Now that we have handed that prestigious torch off to your school, and it looks like it will stay that way for quite some time, you and your Aggie friends may want to really get into this material."
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Welcome to Kyle Field, Home of the 12th Man. It's also home to thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats.
The creatures have infested the upper decks of Texas A&M's stadium, but officials don't seem to mind. They've actually designated the facility a bat-friendly zone. But there are problems.
"These bats help us by eating a lot of bugs around the stadium, but unfortunately, what goes in also comes out," athletic director Bill Byrne said.
In other words, bat guano, which has a strong smell of ammonia.
Crews spend hours each week power-washing the stadium for bat residue and have even tried a deodorizer. The primary concern is making sure bat guano doesn't get in vendors' food. Official have also taken steps to protect unsuspecting fans from droppings.
Announcements are made during games and there are signs to remind fans not to touch bats on the ground, Byrne said.
Night games are particularly interesting. "I've been to a few night games, and you can see them flying around," said Charles Bellomy, who has been attending games for 21 years.
During day games, the bats are often "squeaking up a storm" and can be heard over the roar of fans.
But officials have embraced the creatures. Michael Smotherman, a biology professor at A&M, has been studying the echolocation patterns of the bats to aide in the management of human speech. The free-tail bat species
emits 10 to 20 pulses of sound a second, which is unique among bats in