Last week the NFL draft was held. It brought back a memory, and provided more proof that time is flying by.
On Sept. 3, 2017 I was relaxing at the Rockport Service Center after another long sweaty day doing whatever I had to do in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. It was a Sunday night, nine days after Harvey made landfall.
Rockport Mayor Pat Rios (who was then a member of the council) and I found a corner of the Service Center and somehow pulled up the Aggies’ season opening football game against UCLA. Nobody else cared that the Aggies were playing!
Redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Starkel led the Aggies to a commanding lead, but then got injured.
An even younger quarterback, freshman Kellen Mond, replaced Starkel during the sixth possession, and played the entire second half.
We were ahead 44-17 at the end of the third quarter, but decided to stick around to watch a little bit of the final quarter.
UCLA began what would be the largest comeback in FBS history since 2006.
We left before the game ended. I’d seen this before. We didn’t know how to finish a game. When I woke up the next morning, my Harvey depression (for lack of a better term) increased when I learned my team lost 45-44.
Last week, that same quarterback (Mond) was drafted in the third round by the Minnesota Vikings, and will be a millionaire.
Mond has traveled a great distance in less than four years.
During his career at Aggieland, he was admired and despised. He left A&M holding a number of career quarterback records. He broke the school passing yardage and total yardage records, and was the first Aggie to surpass 10,000 total yards.
Like my Aggies, who will be breaking in a new quarterback this fall after four years of Mond, Aransas County continues to rebuild in terms of bricks and mortar, demographics, and self-determining what type of team we will be in the future.
My visit to Austin
I made a quick trip to Austin last week and came up with a tu joke. I didn’t even have to work at it.
I was at an event at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center and everything was orange, including all the signs that regulated the number of people allowed in bathrooms, and showed the proper way to wear a mask.
So here’s the joke.
Who in the world needs to scan a QR code, 14+ months into a pandemic, to learn how to wear a mask?
The answer: A Longhorn.
Being the target of Aggie jokes all my life (I wear them as a badge of honor), someone let me know the QR codes are in Austin … for Aggies.
Speaking of the pandemic
I received an email showing the results of a poll of 1,044 people to find out how they feel about returning to their life activities during current pandemic circumstances. The results were compared to an identical survey conducted in July 2020.
The poll showed people are still hesitant to go about their normal activities, almost as much as they were in July 2020. The data shows little difference in the groups of people that say they will wait 2+ months to get back to normal from the responses gathered last July. Also, men are much more likely than women to resume their typical activities.
Here are some of the highlights of activities people are willing to go out and do today:
• 63.5% of respondents said they would consider getting a haircut.
• 61% of respondents said they would consider going to the dentist.
• 55% of respondents said they would consider dining at a restaurant.
• 55% of respondents said they would return to working in an office.
• 47% of respondents said they would consider going to the gym.
I’ve always respected COVID, as well as other people’s thoughts about the pandemic. However, I quit living in fear of the China virus after the first month or so.
I’ve gotten my hair cut on a regular basis, I’ve been to the dentist, I’ve eaten out many times, I’ve never stopped working at my office, and I’m three months into my workouts at Rising Tide Fitness Center.
Now that I’m fully vaccinated there is no reason for me to limit my activities.
On that note, can anyone explain to me why our fearless puppet still wears a mask outdoors when socially distanced from everyone one else who has also been fully vaccinated?
A final thought shared in the email is the pollsters found we have not made as much progress in our return to normal as would have been predicted by the survey in July 2020.
All I can say to that is, “Duh.”
Take the politics out and see where we would be.
All I can say is I’m glad I live in Texas with a Republican governor who has no desire to control my every move.
One final thought … when will the WHO announce where the virus originated, and how?
Until next week, have a good week.
Mike Probst can be reached at email@example.com.