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 And I have serious doubts that any amount of money Dallas throws at the narrow seats, outdated scoreboard, and completely-impossible-to-navigate tunnels will deal with the fact that the facility just wasn't bulit to hold that many people.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.