Well I must admit that I love University of Texas football even more than finding new and improved ways of making fun of Democrats. This weekend the matchup between these two Southwest Conference Rivals will finally take place. Originally scheduled during Hurricane Ike, the Razorbacks will travel to Austin to face their old rival. This game should be a blowout for Texas, who is riding a three game string of blowouts on Colt McCoy’s incredibly efficient passing game. He has thrown 11 touchdowns and only 1 interception through 3 games against teams that were certainly unevenly matched.
This game unfortunately will not be close to the greatest game between these two teams of all time–the 1969 “Game of the Century.” For true Longhorn fans–take a look:
Is the clarinet player actually crying? Probably because most of the Texas Fight songs don’t really feature the clarinet. Or maybe because she had a bet on Arkansas. Either way–ABC choosing to focus on the emotional band player shows that programing has not really changed much in 39 years.
“President Richard Nixon attended the game along with several members of his staff and U.S. Representatives George H.W. Bush of Texas and John Paul Hammerschmidt of Arkansas, having announced that he would give a plaque to the winner, proclaiming it to be the National Champion — to the chagrin of observers who thought it premature to do so before the New Year’s Day bowl games, and of fans of Penn State, which would also end the season undefeated. Texas came from behind to win, 15-14, and accepted Nixon’s plaque. Texas beat Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl, and removed any doubt as to whether it deserved consideration as National Champion, although Penn State fans still insist that their team, also undefeated and winner of the Orange Bowl, was better. However, it is worth noting that the Cotton Bowl first invited Penn State to play the Southwest Conference champions. The Nittany Lions declined the invitation, preferring to spend New Year’s Day in warm Miami, where they defeated Big 8 champion Missouri. The 1969 Texas-Penn State conflict, never settled on the field, has been one of the major arguments in favor of a Division I-A playoff. Arkansas lost the Sugar Bowl to Archie Manning-led Ole Miss (ironically, Arkansas ended up joining the SEC in 1992). The entire Texas-Penn State debate and Nixon’s involvement led to a quote from Penn State coach Joe Paterno, a conservative Republican, during a commencement speech at Penn State in 1974 about Nixon, “How could Nixon know so much about college football in 1969 and so little about Watergate in 1973?””
“This game has been nicknamed “Dixie’s Last Stand,” since it was the last major American sporting event played between two all-white teams, although two schools in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), LSU and Ole Miss, did not integrate their varsity football squads until 1972.”
But my favorite “fact” from the game is:
“With the Vietnam War still raging and Nixon in attendance, protestors came to the game, and one of them got into a tree overlooking the stadium and held up an antiwar sign. An urban legend grew up around this game, claiming that this protestor was Arkansas native and future President Bill Clinton. Clinton, however, was not at the game, as he was then a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford in England, and was listening to the game on a shortwave radio with some American friends.”
It would have been awesome though if he really was at the game with an anti-war sign–my sources say that in fact it was John Kerry that was there protesting, fresh from throwing his medals over the fence at the White House…but I digress.
It is important to note however, that Mack Brown’s success against the Hogs has been, well, limited.
January 1, 2000: Cotton Bowl: 14th Ranked Texas vs. 24th Ranked Arkansas: Texas favored to win by 6, RESULT? Arkansas 27 Texas 6
September 13, 2003: UT Stadium: 6th Ranked Texas vs. Unranked Arkansas: Texas favored to win by 13, RESULT? Arkansas 38 Texas 28
September 11, 2004: Razorback Stadium: 7th Ranked Texas vs. Unranked Arkansas: Texas favored to win by 11, RESULT? Texas 22 Arkansas 20.
But how can we really be scared? Arkansas has shown little ability to win this year and after all check out this tradition–quoted directly from their athletic department website:
“The words to the Hog call are simple:
“Woooooooooo, Pig! Sooie!
“Woooooooooo, Pig! Sooie!
“Woooooooooo, Pig! Sooie! Razorbacks!”
But correctly calling the Hogs takes some practice. It starts with both hands raised high into the air, fingers waving as the volume increases during the word Woooooooooo. The arms pump down on the word Pig and then back into the air on the word Sooie. Give it a try.”
“Give it a try???” I think not.
Here it is in case YOU want to “give it a try:”
If you go to the game this week, I think you will see a UT victory. I predict UT 35, Arkansas 17. Just pray you don’t run in to this guy:
I’m a pretty serious fan, but there is serious, and then there is unstable.