The American Kennel Club is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, as you no doubt are well aware. (We're still discussing how best to celebrate this momentous event; "ignoring it entirely" is the current leading option.)
No such anniversary can be reached without marking it by some silly survey that includes online voting, and AKC came through in the expected manner.
In doing so, they definitively proved for all time that Aggies really need to get a grip.
The public was invited to vote on the 125 Top Dogs in Pop Culture; Snoopy was first. Coming in second -- in front of Scooby-Doo, Toto, McGruff the Crime Dog and even Dogs Playing Poker -- was Reveille.
Believe us, Aggies, when we tell you this: The name-recognition outside of Texas of your little yapping dog -- excluding college-football fanatics -- is in the single digits. Ask 500 people in New England who Reveille is, and exactly eight will know what the hell you're talking about. And six of those will be tourist Aggies and the other two will be the kind of gamblers who park themselves in front of 50 sports-bar HDTVs for 12 hours on a fall Saturday.
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What this means, of course, is that Aggies mounted a concentrated campaign to "Vote for Reveille!!"
And we're trying to think of a sadder thing to waste your time on, but we're coming up short. We're sure something will come to us.
Nevertheless, we're sure A&M is proud of this important honor. In lieu of having a good football team, it will have to do for the moment.