Traditions Part 6-The ET Mile

In many Football programs across the country, there is somewhat of an initiation for new players who come into the program. Usually it involves pain, a test of endurance, and an attempt to see who has what it takes to be in that respective program. For over 60 years, there was a tradition that every…

A Day of Days

Billy and I here at The Wire wanted to pass along the best of birthday wishes to our editor and, more importantly, our friend, Brian Pate. Brian’s love for Commerce, superb writing style, and willingness to take a chance with a couple of older Lions make him a great friend. Happy Birthday, sir.

Traditions Part 4-King Pride

Lion Wire contributor Billy Minor has a ton of great stories when it comes to his playing days. The two time All-LSC Receiver and 1990 conference champion told us the story of playing in one of the best small college towns in America, Pittsburg, Kansas. B.Minor recounts; ” I saw for me what was the…

Traditions Part 3-The Blue Gang Defense

This is Part 3 in a Multi-Part series of the great traditions of our Alma Mater. In sports, the old saying goes that “defense wins championships.” Personally I have not bought totally into that, I prefer that “the best defense is an unstoppable offense.” That being said, nobody can doubt that a team that plays…

Traditions Part 2-The Roll Call

This is Part 2 in a Multi-Part series of the great traditions of our Alma Mater. Part of this article is taken from my piece on the Championship Chronicles for the 1958 team.  Every great college team has a tradition. Texas A&M has yell practice the night before home games. Texas Tech picks members of…

Traditions Part 1-The Victory Bell

This is Part 1 in a Multi-Part series of the great traditions of Alma Mater Dear.  In the Fall of 1964, Sports Illustrated visited the small hamlet of Commerce, Texas to feature the Football program of East Texas State College. They were there to cover the recent passing of Head Coach J.V. Sikes, and the…

BREAKING: Lone Star Conference cancels all sports for remaining season.

Note: The following information is NOT from the Texas A&M-Commerce Athletic Department. It is from the releases of the Lone Star Conference. The Lone Star Conference has just announced that all spring sports and postseason sports have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus emergency that has now hit the national, state, and local levels. This…