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4.19.2007

dallas is a jungle but dallas gives a beautiful light

Excellent news from Dallas today (how often can one say that?): the Red River Shootout will remain at the Cotton Bowl until at least 2015.

Let's be clear about my feelings on this: the Cotton Bowl is a dump. There's a reason the Cotton Bowl game is leaving the Cotton Bowl stadium. And I have serious doubts that any amount of money Dallas throws at the narrow seats, outdated scoreboard, and completely-impossible-to-navigate tunnels will deal with the fact that the facility just wasn't bulit to hold that many people. It is a somewhat less-than-ideal place to watch a football game. Plus it's in Dallas.

But the Texas-OU game isn't just about the game, it's about the rivalry, and the State Fair, and the atmosphere that only comes when 75,000 angry, profane fans with stomachs full of corn dogs and fried peanut butter are crushed against one another in those tiny tunnels until some eight-year-old OU fan wearing a rainbow Texas Pride shirt inevitably throws up on the feet of an angry-at-her-team's-loss grandmother who proceeds to cuss out the Texas frat boy to her left. That's the game we know and love. It wouldn't be the same in some sleek, over-processed, faux nostalgic, Dallas-ified stadium in Arlington.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous rp said...

The Cotton Bowl is a dump. I hate it. But I started going to this game in 1952, at the age of two. Yep, that's right. There was a time when I made it there for 40 straight years. In other words, I remember when it wasn't a dump...how stupid is Dallas not to step in and build a new one, and not just for this game.

However, like you say, dump or not, on that Saturday there's nothing like it....

Friday, April 20, 2007 2:13:00 PM

 
Blogger texasinafrica said...

Well, R, if the fact that you were there cheering for the dark side at age two isn't proof of original sin and man's inherent depravity, I don't know what is!

(I kid, of course.)

Friday, April 20, 2007 7:14:00 PM

 
Anonymous rp said...

And DKR having QB'd "the Dark Side" is proof of God's sense of humor....

Sunday, April 22, 2007 12:37:00 AM

 
Blogger texasinafrica said...

I prefer to think of it as proof that God can redeem even the darkest of sins.

Sunday, April 22, 2007 3:43:00 PM

 
Anonymous rp said...

Oh maybe...I just love the fact that the stadium is named after an OU All-American QB....

How does Royal-Memorial-Peterson Stadium sound?

I mean, if it was Owen-Vince Young-Memorial stadium in Norman....well,,,,,now that's just more than one should have to bear (Okay, I love VY!)

Sunday, April 22, 2007 9:48:00 PM

 

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