Bleeding Orange and Red

Shropshire chronicles the Red River Shootout

For much of the time I attended the University of Texas, corn dogs made me sick to my stomach (and I love corn dogs). You see, the bitter taste of defeat can ruin even the most perfectly designed of State Fair delicacies—and defeat was just the dish the Oklahoma Sooners served my beloved Texas Longhorns for five agonizing years in a row. As most of you know, last year’s win finally ended the drought, vindicating Mack Brown, setting the stage for the Longhorns' already legendary Rose Bowl victory and giving me a reason to enjoy corn dogs again. This year's match-up might not be as epic, with both the Longhorns and the Sooners most likely out of the Championship hunt, but I'm still excited (not to mention confident; there's no way a quarterback named Colt McCoy can lose in a Red River Shootout). No matter what side sports writer Mike "Shrop" Shropshire roots for (It's gotta be Texas; after all, the man can read and write), I'm sure he understands the strong feelings I have about the rivalry. After all, he wrote a whole book about it—Runnin' With the Big Dogs: The True, Unvarnished Story of the Texas-Oklahoma Football Wars—which he'll sign 2 p.m. Friday at the Stoneleigh P, 2926 Maple Ave. Call 214-871-2346.
Fri., Oct. 6, 2 p.m.

 
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