So this happened in Week 1 on Texas A&M’s sideline:
That’s Texas A&M’s Trayveon Williams, who’d just ran in a 61-yard touchdown against UCLA to give the Aggies a 38-10 lead in Pasadena. As he reached the sideline, someone handed him that flashy cane/scepter/apparatus. He then strutted.
I was then told by several A&M fans that this is the band drum major’s baton, called a mace.
Why did someone hand it to Williams? Undetermined at this juncture, but it was on the sideline for a while.
I caught a glimpse of it on the 1st Aggie Offensive drive in the first quarter. pic.twitter.com/vXu7aLoyRj— Greg Bailey (@archivistgreg) September 4, 2017
He handed it back, though.
The Aggies went on to lose that game in one of the biggest collapses ever, but here was the scene a week later against Nicholls State:
Never give up on the mace.
Teams have made a thing of handing out sideline bling these days.
Miami now gives defenders a huge gold chain for causing turnovers.
Alabama has a wrestling-style title belt, also given to defenders who record takeaways ...
... and Colorado State now has a similar belt ...
... while Ole Miss’ belt has turned heel.
Ole Miss has a NWO wrestling belt and I think I’m back in on the Rebels pic.twitter.com/eH2SALPBci— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) September 3, 2017
It’s sounding like A&M’s ‘90s mafioso rapper cane isn’t necessarily of a similar vintage, but there is literally nothing in the world I want to learn more than exactly what this cane is all about.