Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Red River Shootout

The rivalry between OU and the University of Texas has a deep rooted history. The rivalry has lasted over 100 years and the game dates back to a time when Oklahoma was still even a territory. Wikipedia calls it, "one of the major rivalries in NCAA football and one of the greatest rivalries in all of American sports," so it's gotta be true.

More info from Wiki (obviously this boosts my post's credibility):
The name is derived from the Red River that forms part of the boundary between the U.S. states of Texas and Oklahoma. The game originated in 1900, while Oklahoma was still a United States territory and the Oklahoma campus was still in Oklahoma Territory. Until the 2005 meeting, the 100th meeting between the schools, the game was called the Red River Shootout. In 2005, it was sponsored by SBC Communications, and the game was officially renamed the SBC Red River Rivalry, with the word "Rivalry" replacing "Shootout."
And so on. The game takes place in Dallas, TX at the grand ol' Cotton Bowl and the stadium is beautifully split between both OU and Texas fans--a sea of red meeting a sea of burnt orange. Outside of the game, the State Fair carries on and offers playful games and deep fried calorie bombs--fried oreos, fried bubblegum, fried guacamole, fried beer, fried butter, fried mashed potatoes, fried snickers, fried twinkies, fried bacon cinnamon roll, fried jambalaya, fried tres leches...

You get the idea. Major food coma right there. So yes, food and football. Usually the football is pretty exciting, and the game ultimately determines the leader of the Big 12 for the year. And this year, many expected to see a compelling game. Texas had a chance. But then we had a repeat of last year. Did anyone expect that? OU slayed Texas. 63-21.

I don't really know what football team showed up from Austin to play this past weekend. They looked similar to my old high school team that fumbled and flopped and who I hardly remember winning a game. The stadium definitely looked like high school though, as thousands of dejected Texas fans left at halftime for the distractions of the State Fair and to induce food comas in order to escape the weight of disappointment and defeat.

Though the Horns fell...and fell hard, there is always hope. There is always the Baylor game. There is always TCU at Thanksgiving. Mmm...I am not sure who else, but there is always next year. Maybe it's not time to write off the Horns yet. Maybe it's time to rally. No matter. I am looking to the upcoming games, and taking from OU weekend only the sweet memories of time spent with friends.

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Oh and by the way:

OU STILL SUCKS