Adams Delays Anthem While Rice Being Cooked

submitted by Colonel Dan Palmer, USA, Ret '66

We had just returned to our seats in Rice Stadium ( November 1962 ) after another perfect performance--the Rice Band did their thing, then the Aggie seniors began forming the line for the team to run through. Seeing the Aggies on the field, Rice students began pouring out of the stands and forming their own line adjacent to the Ags.....you guessed it. Less than a minute later the OD's headgear went flying, and the fight was on. It was even for a while until the underclassmen from A&M joined in, surrounded the Rice student body and really got the best of them.....numbers were in our favor big time. Being a freshman, I found the following very interesting.....after the fight began, LTC E. V. Adams announced " National Anthem." We passed it up, and ole Adams, looking over his right shoulder, gave us " horns up." Just then, LTC Adams mumbled something to himself, and told us " put them down, men." I am certain he was smiling as the Ags pummeled the "strategically challenged " Rice brainchildren--he let it go on a minute or so, gave us " horns up " again, and we then boomed out the National Anthem.....a freeze frame that will live forever in the reveries of my mind.....silver sabers slashing and reflecting brilliantly, Rice bright boys running like h_ _ _ for the stands, and the Cadets saluting Old Glory in the bright Texas sun. HOOAH !!!!! I don't remember any consequences, but the Houston Post's Sunday headline read "Abolish Texas A&M."


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