Saturday, October 08, 2005

UT Romps OU in 100th Red River Shootout!!!!

After loosing the Red River Shootout (changed this year to the more politically correct Red River Rivalry ) to OU the last five years in a row - including a 12-0 shut-out last year, the #2 ranked University of Texas Longhorns routed the Oklahoma University Sooners 45-12 today. The 33 point lead ties the record for margin of victory in the series, and makes #2 Texas a near shoe-in for another trip to Rose Bowl - this year's NCAA football championship game. (Mmmm....I smell roses!!!!)

The Red River Shootout has a long and glorious history. It has been played in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Tx since 1929, considered neutral ground, mid-way between the UT and OU campuses. However, this tradition is in danger of ending soon, unless the city of Dallas anties up the money to renovate the Cotton Bowl before the contract expires in 2007. I for one, am not at all anxious to the see the tradition changed, instead played at UT and OU stadiums respectively on a rotating basis.

Saturday is the 100th renewal of the rivalry, known until this year as the Red River Shootout. Once again a national title could be on the line. Texas (three) and Oklahoma (seven) have combined for 10 national championships since 1950. And never has the loser of this game gone on to win the national title. Incidentally, in each of Texas' three title seasons, it was No. 2 in the polls when it came into this game. The Longhorns are No. 2 and favored by 13 ½ points.

Texas has won eight in a row [the series record] on two occasions and leads the series 55-39-5. (USA Today)

The name is derived from the Red River that forms part of the boundary between the U.S. states of Oklahoma and Texas.

The winner of the game receives the Golden Hat, which is, appropriately, a gold ten-gallon hat, formerly of bronze. The governors of Texas and Oklahoma often place a bet on the game such as the losing governor having to present a side of beef to the winning state governor, who then donates the beef to charity.

The series began in 1900 and has been played in Dallas since 1912. Dallas was chosen as a "neutral" site since it is situated approximately halfway between Austin, Texas and Norman, Oklahoma - the location of UT and OU, respectively.

Since 1929 the game has been held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, typically in mid-October during the State Fair of Texas. The designated "home" team alternates from year to year, and ticket sales for the game are split 50-50 between the two schools, with the stadium divided along the 50 yard line.

However, officials at both the University of Texas and at Oklahoma University have indicated that soon the game may be rotated between each campus because they prefer a venue with more seats, which would mean more revenue - the Cotton Bowl seats about 79,000; the Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium seats 80,082 and may soon be expanded further, and the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium holds 82,112. Additionally, the Cotton Bowl has no luxury suites, is cramped, has narrow seats and its plumbing can be faulty. The current contract to play the game at the Cotton Bowl expires in 2007.

Scrambling to keep the game - which produces about $17 million annually for local businesses - in Dallas, Dallas mayor Laura Miller has said she would support a bond referendum to pay for more expansion and renovation at the Cotton Bowl. Additionally, the State Fair of Texas' governing board has engaged a consultant to prepare plans for a complete renovation. (MSNBC)

Alright, everybody sing along now!

Texas Fight, Texas Fight,
And it's goodbye to A&M.
Texas Fight,
Texas Fight,
And we'll put over one more win.

Texas Fight, Texas
For it's Texas that we love best.
Hail, Hail, The gang's all
And it's good-bye to all the rest!

Yea Orange! Yea
Yea Longhorns! Fight! Fight! Fight!
Texas Fight! Texas Fight,
Yea Texas Fight!
Texas Fight! Texas Fight,
Yea Texas Fight!

The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
All the livelong day.
The Eyes
of Texas are upon you,
You cannot get away.
Texas Fight, Texas Fight,
For it's Texas that we love best.
Hail, Hail, The gang's all here,
And it good-bye to all the rest!

Note: The line, "Hail, Hail, the
gang's all here" is usually replaced
with "Give 'em hell, Give 'em hell, Go
Horns Go!"



At Saturday, October 08, 2005 6:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bombed on Oct 1 and bombed on Oct 8, it just ain't fair.
(Boomer Sooner)

At Saturday, October 08, 2005 8:30:00 PM, Blogger Mark Tapscott said...

Lots of great games in the OU-Texas series but the greatest series of downs in college football history came in the 1964 Orange Bowl when UT defense stopped Joe Namath and undefeated Crimson Tide of Alambama in a brilliant goal-line stand led by All-American Tommy Nobis to win the game. Right after the game ended, Namath signed a then-record rookie pro contract with the New York Jets.


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