“I want the fans having fun. I want them wearing orange. And I don’t want it to be just a football game. I want it to be something you do if you are in the state of Texas on a Saturday. You make time in your schedule for it, and you plan weddings and anniversaries around it. Because this is Texas football.” -Mack Brown
Tomorrow arguably one of the greatest rivalries in all of college football goes down, the Red River Rivalry – TX/OU weekend. It all happens in Dallas, Texas (the halfway point between Austin, TX and Norman, OK) at the great State Fair of Texas, in the Cotton Bowl. I was raised a Texas Longhorn. I bleed burnt orange. I wear cowboy boots and party beads. I have a custom jersey with my favorite number and my name on it. I wear a temporary Longhorn tattoo on my cheek. I take all pictures relating to UT football with a hook ’em horns sign proudly on display. You see, growing up in Texas you understand at a very early age that football is important. My high school stadium is probably bigger than most Division II college stadiums. Ever watched Friday Night Lights? That’s not acting – it’s real life in Texas. I love football. If there is a game on TV, I’m probably watching it. I actually understand the game, the rules, the referee sign language for penalties. I know the players, the stats, the score, and most importantly how many yards to go until the 1st down. I get irate with frustration. I cry tears of joy when my team wins the big ones. I met my husband while watching a UT game. He went to undergrad at UT (thank God). I don’t know how my friend Alexis over at pppffffttttt does it with her combined household! I will probably spontaneously combust if our children ever come home and want to submit an application to OU. Our children will probably want to go there just to make me mad – hopefully they understand Mama doesn’t play that way. Tomorrow we will be in a sea of burnt orange and crimson, Longhorns and Sooners. I will get furious when I see the Sooners doing the upside down “hook ’em horns” sign. I will exclaim to my husband, “they are just so dumb they can’t even think of their own sign!”…he will tell me to calm down. I will eat Fletcher’s corn dogs, and drink some beer. I will talk trash. I will cheer for my Longhorns, and I will yell “give ’em hell, give ’em hell, OU sucks!” (I yell that every game anyway). The eyes of Texas are upon you Sooners – let’s do this!
On a totally unrelated note – yesterday was the biggest day in terms of readership on the blog! So to that I say a sincere THANK YOU. Starting this blog has been really fun for me and I hope you continue to come back! Have a great weekend and Hook ’em Horns!!