it's the most wonderful time of the year
Ah, the first Saturday in September. It's my favorite day of the year - waking up to the picks on GameDay Live, tailgating for several hours before kickoff, and figuring out where our seats are this year before taking in a game. Oh, yeah, and watching teams like Michigan get what they deserve!
The Longhorn Foundation took over all the state parking garages this year, which means our longtime tailgating spot is no more. We were Not Pleased with this development, but PhSquared called an audible and found what most football fans only dream of: the perfect tailgating spot. It's a hidden place, a 10-minute walk from the stadium, with plenty of live oak trees (read: shade) and grass and not too many people. Someone has DirectTV set up in the parking lot, and there's no traffic at the end of the game. (And there are clean restrooms nearby.) . Am I going to tell you where this is? Of course not - there's no way we're giving away our new find on the internets! It's the holy grail of tailgating spots. Turns out that the Longhorn Foundation's expropriation of our spot was the best gift they could've given us. UT is redoing the north endzone, so things there are a mess. For some reason, our group of fourteen has 13 seats in one section, and one in the north endzone. Not that the unlucky winner actually has to sit there, but that gives you an idea of about how well-organized the ticket office is these days. Anyway, our seats are good, right up against the edge of the now much smaller north endzone, and pretty far down. We're on the new concrete, but still on the east side, meaning we have new benches to stand on, but still good seats. The people in front of us are obnoxious, but everyone else seems cool.
I wish the same could be said for the Longhorns. Law, it's going to be a long season if they keep playing as poorly as they did last night. I was concerned about the secondary going in, but they were even worse than I expected. Colt had a rhythm early on, but he lost his confidence or something after the first few drives, and the offense missed opportunity after opportunity to drive the ball in. Thank goodness it wasn't on television, so most poll voters didn't see how close the Horns were to being upset. You know it's bad when the team is ahead 14-3 and everyone's acting like they're losing. TCU's going to be an upleasant wake-up call if the Longhorns don't get it together next week.
We left after the game ended to watch the end of Tennessee-Cal (sorry I jinxed it, Emily) and Auburn-K-State (sigh). All in all it was a great day of football, even if the best plays didn't come from the Horns. It's September, and therefore we're happy.
*The last photo credit goes to 23, who wasn't happy with the Tower-at-sunset pictures I took. Hope he's happy.