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Down and Dirty

18 Sep

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Texas 56, San Jose State 0

Sept. 9, 2017 • DKR

I was fresh out of ideas. What could we use to represent the Spartans? I walked through convenience store snack aisles, and nothing jumped out at me. If only I had some Jose Cuervo—but then again, I probably would’ve drunk it all after that Maryland game.

Then Brett suggested I make a spartan spelling, drawing on this definition of “spartan”:

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Voila! This time I would spell Texas in the most frugal manner possible. No candy, no flowers, no toys—I would spell Texas with NOTHING.

Turns out, NOTHING is what the Spartans scored. Some might call an eight touchdown blowout boring. I call it DELICIOUS.

 

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What the Shell

18 Sep

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Maryland 51, Texas 41

Sept. 2, 2017 • DKR

It’s a brand-new season! We have a brand-new coach! We have a brand-new attitude! Here we goooooo!

Or not. Our D could not stop Maryland, not even when their QB was hurt and freshman came in to take the snaps. Our O couldn’t give Buechele much time in the pocket. And the play-calling? Same ol, same ol.

I spelled Texas with chocolate turtles for the Terrapins, but much like this game, this one ended up looking more like poop.

 

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A Brief History of Hook ’Ems

27 Jun

When Harley Clark, the creator of the “Hook ’Em, Horns” hand sign, died in October 2014, I posted a Facebook album in tribute.

To archive those photos (plus a few more favorites), I’m posting them here, too. Presenting, a brief history of “hook ’ems” in our family photos.

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My UT graduation, May 1990

1994-wedding

Our wedding, June 1994

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Football picnic, 1999

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At home, 1998

2001_fbpicnic

Football picnic at Memaw’s apartment, 2001

2001-mack

Meeting Coach Mack Brown, 2001

2003-katie

In DKR with Katie, 2003

2004_foamhorns

At home, 2004

2005-big12

Big XII championship pregame at Reliant, 2005

2005-sec1

Section 1 crew, 2005

2006-champ-after

Heading home after the Best Day Ever, Jan. 5, 2006

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Best Day Ever, Jan. 4, 2006

2006-pregame

At Dana and Kelley’s the night before the Best Day Ever, Jan. 3, 2006

2006-score

Best Day Ever, Jan. 4, 2006

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Best Day Ever, Jan. 4, 2006

2008-greg-dana

DKR, 2008

2008-sec1-2

DKR, 2008

2008-stands

DKR, 2008

2009-davey

With the Davey O’Brien trophy, 2009

2009-fiesta

Pregaming before the 2009 Fiesta Bowl

2009-tailgate

Tailgate, 2009

2010-bevo

With Bevo XIV at the tailgate, 2010

2012-bevo

With Bevo XIV at the Fort Worth University Co-op, 2012

2012-ou

Texas-ou, 2012

2012-spring-game

Spring game with the Laughlins, 2012

2012-tot

Tower of Terror at Disney Hollywood Studios, 2012

2013-donut

At Austin’s Donut Taco Palace, 2013

2014-classroom

Reppin’ the colors in my classroom, 2014

2014-ncaa

With the NCAA men’s basketball trophy, 2014

2015_tower

At Ryan’s UT orientation, 2015

2015-halftime

Halftime with LHB and LHAB, 2015

2015-k-st-rain

Soaking wet at the K State game, 2015

2015-ou-after

Celebrating an improbable win over ou, 2015

2015-ou

With Ryan at his first Texas-ou game, 2015

2015-space

Space Mountain at Disneyland, 2015

2015-splash-2

Splash Mountain at Disneyland, 2015

2015-splash

Splash Mountain at Disneyland, 2015

2015-tot-2

Tower of Terror at California Adventure, 2015

2015-tot

Tower of Terror at California Adventure, 2015

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At Kerbey Lane with Ryan, 2015

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Splash Mountain at Disneyland, 2016

Painting with Parents

26 Dec

Born in Austin, I’ve been a Texas fan for as long as I can remember, and that only intensified when I attended UT. But this year, I added a new level to my allegiance: Now I’m also a Texas parent.

One of the great comforts during this, our first year with a kid away at college, has been the Texas Parents Association, especially the group’s Facebook page. It’s been a great help to see what other parents (and their students, of course) are going through. It’s always good to know you’re not alone with your hopes and fears. It’s also great to have a source for advice when dealing with issues that can come up on the Forty Acres.

Shortly after Bevo XIV died, a DFW mom suggested a Bevo painting party for Metroplex Texas parents. I jumped at the chance to memorialize my favorite steer and meet some fellow parents to boot.

When I arrived at the Lover’s Lane Painting with a Twist location, I soon knew I was among “my people”:

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After many reminders that we were not creating “fine art” but “fun art,” we were underway. We sketched Bevo first:

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Then the artists-in-residence led us through the process to create our masterpieces. I was again reminded why I write and don’t draw, but I was still pleased that if you blur your eyes, you can at least tell what my subject was:

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It was fun getting to meet the other parents, and it was cool to see how our paintings varied so much, even though we all followed the same steps and instructions.

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We had a great turnout for this event.

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I hope we can do something similar later this year or next.

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Uncanny resemblance, huh?

Good Kitty

6 Nov

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Texas 23, Kansas State 9

Oct. 24, 2015 • DKR

KitKats are the fallback spelling medium whenever we face the Wildcats, and for this game, we had to keep it simple. The 100% chance of rain in the forecast all week turned out to be 100% accurate, so the kitty litter I’d planned to bring to the tailgate stayed in our (dry) home. Fortunately, unlike many of the times we’ve faced K State, we were spared from shouting, “GIMME A BREAK!”

Even in the rain, our guys, especially J Gray, racked up the yards, and the Horns came through with a big ol’ W. Coming after the upset over ou, this win made our losses to Cal and Okie State even more painful to recall, but whatcha gonna do?

Because this was our first game after Bevo XIV’s passing, the stadium’s mood seemed a little somber at times. But the rain, instead of exacerbating the gloom, actually helped alleviate it. The fans who endured the precip were having a blast. What’s a little water among friends? Besides, a little rain is all you need to distinguish between the true fans and the fair weather ones.

Some pics from the day:

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Why I DON’T like 11 a.m. kickoffs.

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Longhorn faithful

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Bevo’s ranch family and Silver Spurs during pregame

04_halter

Bevo’s halter and the Golden Hat

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The sad, empty corner

05e_delorean

Back to the Future halftime: DeLorean

05d_td-swoopes

Touchdown, Texas! SWOOOOOOPES!

05c_drenched

Rain? WHAT rain?

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Rain-soaked crazies

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Horns up. Sing The Eyes.

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Always in our hearts, Big Guy.

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Sunday morning brunch at Kerbey

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Kerbey Queso: The real deal

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In Memory of Bevo XIV

18 Oct

Even though it’s been 11 years, I can still remember XIV’s introduction to the Longhorn faithful. It was historic, after all. Two Bevos presiding over the same game? Unheard of. Pretty darn cute, too, to see the elder statesman Bevo XIII beside the 2-year-old upstart. You know, if giant steers can be “cute.”

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Sept. 4, 2004: Bevo XIII passes the torch to XIV. (photo found on Pinterest)

On that day in September 2004, we never could’ve dreamed of the great games Bevo XIV would see: the dramatic win over Michigan in the 2005 Rose Bowl, the heart-pounding, thrilling national championship the next year, that close call against Nebraska at Jerry World, the wins over arch-rivals Oklahoma and A&M.

We also never dreamed his reign would end so soon.

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Aug. 30, 2008: As the south endzone stands evolved, so did Bevo’s corner.

I know it’s silly to get weepy about an animal I don’t even know. Thing is, I feel like I do. He sat just 52 rows below my seat in section 1, so he was a constant part of my DKR experience for more than a decade. I’ve seen him in his trailer, I’ve spotted him at bowl games, I’ve “met” him at special events, and I’ve taken bunches of pictures of him. So yeah, I feel a little attached.

When we got the word that he’d be missing this year’s Red River Shootout Rivalry Showdown, we knew it had to be bad. Rumors of the “C word” circulated, and dire prognoses were predicted. Then news of his retirement came. Still, I was stunned to hear he’d passed so quickly.

I’m dreading that empty corner in the south endzone this Saturday and for the rest of this season. I hate that our gentle giant won’t be chomping on his birthday hay at the Thanksgiving game this year (the 99th anniversary of our Bevo tradition). And I especially hurt for the Silver Spurs and the Bakers, his real family, as they mourn their loss.

Sure, we’ll be welcoming Bevo XV into our stadium as well as our hearts next fall, but I’ll miss this giant puppy dog of a steer. I delighted in the stories from his ranch home, of how he loved to have his belly rubbed and would come to the door when called. And I loved the oddly gentle look he’d give passersby. The dude could kill you with one swipe of those massive horns, but he had such a docile, endearing demeanor that was downright adorable. But he was all things Texas, too. Pride. Strength. Majesty.

Rest in peace, old friend, and hook ’em forever.

9/4/2004: Bevo XIV makes his debut alongside his predecessor, Bevo XIII. This was the first time two Bevos had ever appeared together. (photo via statesman.com)

9/4/2004: Bevo XIV makes his debut alongside his predecessor, Bevo XIII. This was the first time two Bevos had ever appeared together. (photo via statesman.com)

10/8/2005: Texas-ou game, Cotton Bowl, Dallas

10/8/2005: Texas-ou game, Cotton Bowl, Dallas

12/3/2005: After the Big XII championship game over Colorado (that confirmed the Horns were going to the national championship), Reliant Stadium, Houston

12/3/2005: After the Big XII championship game over Colorado (that confirmed the Horns were going to the national championship), Reliant Stadium, Houston

9/1/2007: In his new corner by the south endzone stands, DKR

9/1/2007: In his new corner by the south endzone stands, DKR

Sometime in 2007: Ryan and Katie pose with the Big Guy, DKR

Sometime in 2007: Ryan and Katie pose with the Big Guy, DKR

8/30/2008: Bevo's spot evolves as the south grandstands change

8/30/2008: Bevo’s spot evolves as the south grandstands change

9/27/2008: Bill Murray (dark shirt, light hat) pays a visit

9/27/2008: Bill Murray (dark shirt, light hat) pays a visit

9/26/2009: The rock star arrives (as spotted on the Drag)

9/26/2009: The rock star arrives (as spotted on the Drag)

12/6/2009: On the big screen at Jerry World for the Big 12 championship game against Nebraska, Cowboys Stadium, Arlington

12/6/2009: On the big screen at Jerry World for the Big 12 championship game against Nebraska, Cowboys Stadium, Arlington

1/7/2010: On the Rose Bowl grounds before the 2009 BCS championship game, Pasadena

1/7/2010: On the Rose Bowl grounds before the 2009 BCS championship game, Pasadena

9/26/2010: In his trailer before the UCLA game, DKR

9/26/2010: In his trailer before the UCLA game, DKR

11/26/2010: Posing for our tailgate crew before the aggy game, DKR

11/26/2010: Posing for our tailgate crew before the aggy game, DKR

3/11/2011: Resting beneath the Tower during Explore Texas, UT campus

3/11/2011: Resting beneath the Tower during Explore Texas, UT campus

5/7/2011: Waiting for fans at the Fort Worth Co-op

5/7/2011: Waiting for fans at the Fort Worth Co-op

5/7/2011: Showing off those puppy-dog eyes at the Fort Worth Co-op

5/7/2011: Showing off those puppy-dog eyes at the Fort Worth Co-op

5/7/2011: Waiting for fans at the Fort Worth Co-op

5/7/2011: Waiting for fans at the Fort Worth Co-op

5/7/2011: Posing with fans at the Fort Worth Co-op

5/7/2011: Posing with fans at the Fort Worth Co-op

5/7/2011: Posing for fans at the Fort Worth Co-op

5/7/2011: Posing for fans at the Fort Worth Co-op

9/3/2011: Chillin' with his personal Chill Zone at the home opener versus Rice, DKR

9/3/2011: Chillin’ with his personal Chill Zone at the home opener versus Rice, DKR

11/19/2011: Stretching his legs at the K State game, DKR

11/19/2011: Stretching his legs at the K State game, DKR

11/22/2012: Celebrating Bevo's 96th anniversary at the Thanksgiving game, DKR

11/22/2012: Celebrating Bevo’s 96th anniversary at the Thanksgiving game, DKR

11/22/2012: Celebrating Bevo's 96th anniversary at the Thanksgiving game, DKR

11/22/2012: Celebrating Bevo’s 96th anniversary at the Thanksgiving game, DKR

11/22/2012: Celebrating Bevo's 96th anniversary at the Thanksgiving game, DKR

11/22/2012: Celebrating Bevo’s 96th anniversary at the Thanksgiving game, DKR

12/29/2012: Greeting

12/29/2012: Greeting “his people” at the Alamo Bowl versus Oregon State, San Antonio

12/29/2012: Greeting

12/29/2012: Greeting “his people” at the Alamo Bowl versus Oregon State, San Antonio

4/21/2014: Posing with his fans at the Texas Strong Tour visit to Joe T's, Fort Worth

4/21/2014: Posing with his fans at the Texas Strong Tour visit to Joe T’s, Fort Worth

4/21/2014: Getting ready for his close-up at the Texas Strong Tour visit to Joe T's, Fort Worth

4/21/2014: Getting ready for his close-up at the Texas Strong Tour visit to Joe T’s, Fort Worth

4/21/2014: Posing with fans at the Texas Strong Tour visit to Joe T's, Fort Worth

4/21/2014: Posing with fans at the Texas Strong Tour visit to Joe T’s, Fort Worth

4/21/2014: Looking as handsome as ever at the Texas Strong Tour visit to Joe T's, Fort Worth

4/21/2014: Looking as handsome as ever at the Texas Strong Tour visit to Joe T’s, Fort Worth

4/21/2014: Posing with his fans at the Texas Strong Tour visit to Joe T's, Fort Worth

4/21/2014: Posing with his fans at the Texas Strong Tour visit to Joe T’s, Fort Worth

9/13/2014: Starring in his

9/13/2014: Starring in his “Get Your Game On” video during the UCLA game at AT&T Stadium, Arlington

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9/13/2014: “You are looking live” at Bevo XIV, UCLA game at Jerry World, Arlington

10/11/2014: Bevo's last Texas-ou game to attend, Cotton Bowl, Dallas

10/11/2014: Bevo’s last Texas-ou game to attend, Cotton Bowl, Dallas

11/27/2014: Celebrating Bevo's 98th anniversary during the Thanksgiving game against TCU, DKR

11/27/2014: Celebrating Bevo’s 98th anniversary during the Thanksgiving game against TCU, DKR

11/27/2014: Celebrating Bevo's 98th anniversary during the Thanksgiving game against TCU, DKR

11/27/2014: Celebrating Bevo’s 98th anniversary during the Thanksgiving game against TCU, DKR

11/27/2014: Celebrating Bevo's 98th anniversary during the Thanksgiving game against TCU, DKR (One of the great things about sitting 52 rows above him was getting to watch him work on those anniversary hay bales! Long after the cameras cut away, he'd still be chowing down.)

11/27/2014: Celebrating Bevo’s 98th anniversary during the Thanksgiving game against TCU, DKR (One of the great things about sitting 52 rows above him was getting to watch him work on those anniversary hay bales! Long after the cameras cut away, he’d still be chowing down.)

12/29/2014: Texas Bowl, NRG Stadium, Houston

12/29/2014: Texas Bowl, NRG Stadium, Houston

12/29/2014: Texas Bowl, NRG Stadium, Houston

12/29/2014: Texas Bowl, NRG Stadium, Houston

9/12/2015: Home opener versus Rice, DKR

9/12/2015: Home opener versus Rice, DKR

9/26/2015: My last pic of Bevo XIV, taken during the Oklahoma State game, DKR

9/26/2015: My last pic of Bevo XIV, taken during the Oklahoma State game, DKR

10/13/2015: We're so glad Bevo got to try on the Golden Hat one last time. (photo via UT Athletics

10/13/2015: We’re so glad Bevo got to try on the Golden Hat one last time. (photo via UT Athletics)

10/13/2015: Bevo's retirement was announced shortly after the Horns' 24-17 upset victory over ou. The Spurs brought the Golden Hat trophy to his ranch so Bevo could celebrate in style—with hay! (photo via UT Athletics)

10/13/2015: Bevo’s retirement was announced shortly after the Horns’ 24-17 upset victory over ou. The Spurs brought the Golden Hat trophy to his ranch so Bevo could celebrate in style—with hay! (photo via UT Athletics)

2015: RIP, Bevo XIV. (photo via UT Austin)

2015: RIP, Bevo XIV. (photo via UT Austin)

Turkeys, Turnovers and Time for Change

23 Nov

TCU 20, Texas 13

Nov. 22, 2012 • DKR

Two times. Dos. Just twice in my lifetime TCU has beaten my Horns in football. I was there for both losses, and as bad as that 1992 game was, this one was worse. Recent ou games may have been more painful because of that rivalry’s intensity, but this one was off-the-charts frustrating.

I have never seen Texas so unprepared for a game. The defense struggled to slow down TCU’s rushing attack (no surprise there), but the Frogs had no trouble stopping our run. Our backfield is filthy with talent (see: J. Gray, Daje Johnson), but none of our guys managed to get into a rhythm. Our receivers dropped passes and ran wrong routes, and our QBs made some poor decisions under pressure. And the turnovers! Oh, the turnovers! TCU turned two of those turnovers into touchdowns. Thanks to those turnovers, our guys were behind all night, and in spite of a late TD drive led by Case McCoy, there was no Kansas-esque comeback this time.

Fortunately, that turkey of a game was not the day’s only turkey. In fact, at our tailgate, we feasted on FOUR fried turkeys and some ham! Everyone brought their family’s favorite dishes, and we chowed down in fine fashion. In honor of our fantastic Thanksgiving dinner, we spelled Texas with five of our foods: turkey, mashed potatoes, frog legs, stuffing and croissants.

It was perfect tailgating weather.

Of course, we had frog legs as an appetizer.

Steve takes a bite out of frog.

We even had a few guests from TCU try the frog legs!

Now that’s Texas hospitality. (I’m pretty sure the guy in the suit is the TCU version of PSY. Oppan Fort Worth style?)

We had our just desserts.

Carving time

We had more food than table space.

Our own Thanksgiving feast

Corn salad, broccoli-rice, pineapple casserole, cranberry relish, mashed potatoes, four different stuffings: DELISH.

Wow.

So many desserts, so little time.

During the off-season a few years ago, a tree appeared in the middle of our spot. By the first game, though, that tree was gone. So imagine our surprise when all this time later we discovered a tree smack dab in the middle of our spot! No worries: Now our tent home features a central “courtyard.” (No trees were harmed in the making of this tailgate.)

I don’t have many game pix this time; it’s hard to focus when you’re losing your ever-lovin’ mind after your QB throws for a 3-yard gain on 3rd and 7. In spite of the on-field ugliness, there were a few highlights:

LHB in the big T and the world’s largest Texas flag: Never gets old!

TCU band (under the direction of an old friend)

Senior Night

Here come the Horns!

Rare moment in the red zone

NOT a highlight: one of many incomplete passes.

Missed TCU field goal: Doesn’t look like we got a hand on it, but it was a miss all the same.

In honor of the 96th anniversary of UT having a longhorn mascot, Bevo XIV celebrated with a birthday haybale cake. He immediately pulled down a bale and started chowing down.

TCU Band halftime show

We are TEXAS.

The band plays on, and the steer keeps eating…

…and eating! Hook ’em, Bevo!

And so another home football season comes to a close. I’ll miss the time spent with our friends at the tailgate. I’ll miss the hoopla and fanfare, the songs and the cheers. I’ll miss the chance to really let loose with a good scream when we’re on defense. But I WON’T miss the frustration, the disappointment, the forehead-slapping WHY-WHY-WHY?! that comes with losing.

This is not the first time we’ve lost our last home game, but it is really tough to get used to this. Same goes for losing to TCU! So here’s the deal: How ’bout we don’t? Let’s NOT grow accustomed to losing to unranked teams, to seeing our team utterly unprepared to play, to watching our seniors lose their last game in DKR. Sure, we could be OK with mediocrity, find a way to accept that you win some, you lose some. But I don’t wanna.

Coach Brown has done wonders for our program. When I think of my days in the student section back in the late 1980s, I realize just how far we’ve come. We owe Mack tons, but you know what? We’ve PAID him tons. He’s earned plenty of respect. But that doesn’t mean he gets a free pass forever.

Like Coach Royal told him, “You’ve got to win all them damn games.”

Call us spoiled; call us “whiny.” Whatever. It’s a long time until our next game in DKR and even longer until we can avenge this loss. We want more. We want to win every damn game ’til Gabriel blows his horn.