Week 15 Love/Hate: Lessons learned at A&M Consolidated High School

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It’s Week 15 of the NFL season, which means the semifinals in many fantasy football leagues. COVID-19 remains a major factor for teams and thus for fantasy managers trying to adjust and make the best lineups they can. Matthew Berry’s Love/Hate is here to help you move deeper into the fantasy football postseason.

A&M Consolidated, if you can believe it, is the name of a high school.

Specifically, it is the name of a high school in the city of College Station, Texas.

More specifically than that, the school was founded in 1920, which means this year is the 100th anniversary of A&M Consolidated High School.

Over the course of 100 years of anything, lots of interesting things happen. Did you know Billy Gibbons, lead singer and guitarist of ZZ Top, played the Consolidated High School prom in 1969? Or that President George H.W. Bush threw out the first pitch of an A&M Consolidated High School baseball playoff game in 2001? Alongside Mikhail Gorbachev?

Bet you weren’t aware that former UNC head coach and now offensive coordinator at Baylor Larry Fedora went there. Or that actress Brianna Hildebrand (aka Negasonic Teenage Warhead from “Deadpool” and “Deadpool 2”) is an alumna. Or that current Los Angeles Laker (and defending world champion!) Alex Caruso led the Tigers hoops team to the Texas state regionals while roaming the halls at A&M Consolidated.

We have two world famous opera singers, a Pulitzer Prize winner, a Jeopardy champion, Olympic gold medalists, filmmakers, NFL, NBA, MLB and LPGA players, CEOs of big companies, a longtime former NFL referee (shout out to Red Cashion) and even a world famous horticulturist (who knew there were world famous horticulturists?).

I’ve learned a lot going through the school’s “A&M Consolidated Centennial” page on Facebook because, as you might have figured out by now, the school’s alumni also includes a fantasy sports analyst known for long-winded and self-centered intros about himself.

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