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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.

1990-ut-grad

My UT graduation, May 1990

1994-wedding

Our wedding, June 1994

1999_fbpicnic

Football picnic, 1999

1999_sweatshookem

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

2006-champ

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

2006-scoreboard

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

2105-kerbey

At Kerbey Lane with Ryan, 2015

dis-splash

Splash Mountain at Disneyland, 2016

Why My Mind Wandered During the Sermon

21 Jan

Seven years and 17 days ago, the Texas Longhorns dethroned the mighty USC Trojans to win college football’s national championship. Amid all the hoopla that followed, one interesting photo surfaced:

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It was the picture of an SC Song Girl cheering at a most inopportune time, right after Texas had gone up by 3 with 19 seconds to play. (This was actually after the 2-point conversion that followed VY’s incredible 4th-and-5 run for the lead and into Longhorn history.)

Our associate preacher mentioned this famous “reaction shot” in his sermon yesterday, and it took me back to that unforgettable night in Pasadena. I could see the pandemonium inside the Rose Bowl. I could feel my heart pound as I watched Vince tuck the ball and run to his right. I could hear the confetti cannons pop-pop-popping as time expired, the delirious “I don’t know you but I love you” confessions from fans-turned-brothers in the seats near ours. Any mention of that game brings back a flood of emotions, and I’m never reluctant to relive those glorious hours.

But by mentioning that Song Girl, our preacher also reminded me of the Hornfans message board thread that appeared in the days soon after the game: “USC Cheerleader Travels.”

In those heady days of January 2006, that Song Girl was photoshopped into all kinds of tragic events. Tacky? Absolutely! Funny? You be the judge:

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Cheerleader-Lincoln

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OK, so maybe those are more tasteless than funny. What IS funny is that the preacher’s comment about an inappropriate reaction (in an excellent sermon available here) led to my inappropriate reminiscing!

Yep, I think it’s safe to say that with this post, Spell Texas has officially jumped the shark.

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