At a yell practice before the 1930 TCU game, A&M board of regent Pinky
Downs '06 shouted, "What are we going to do to those Horned Frogs?"
His muse did not fail him as he improvised, borrowing a term from frog hunting.
"Gig 'em, Aggies!" he said as he made a fist with his thumb extended
straight up. And with that the first hand sign in the Southwest Conference
came into being.
[ For a fuller history of the Gig 'em thumb signal, read "Football Hand Signals" by Paul Burka, Texas Monthly ]