If Jim isn’t going to write about it, then I will! The results of this game are a touchy subject, so I’ll focus more on the weekend as a whole. To those unfamiliar with the Longhorns, one of our oldest and most passionate rivalries is with the University of Oklahoma. Yes, our rivalry with the Aggies is also huge, but the Red River Shootout against OU is the game of all games. Since I grew up with Longhorn parents, I’ve been watching this game my whole life. However, this is the first year that I have gone to Dallas for OU weekend as a student at the University of Texas.
Here’s how it goes, all students get the opportunity to purchase a ticket to the OU game separate from your season tickets. In my opinion, this is a must. All of the MBAs with tickets organized carpools to Dallas and drove up on Friday with burnt orange in tow. We had a fun get-together in Uptown Dallas that night organized by our amazing social chairs. We then woke up bright and early on Saturday to hop on the dart rail to head to the State Fair.
Hanging with some of my MBA girl friends before the game!
Now, we all came here to cheer on our beloved Longhorns, but yes, the State Fair is going on before, during, and after the game. In the same location. Feel free to wander back and forth from game to fair as you please, just incase the score of the game becomes too much for you to take. Ride the ferris wheel, eat a corndog, eat fried… anything. Literally. You’ll see signs for things like “fried queso” and “fried butter” and wonder how is that even possible?! The Texas State Fair makes it possible.
My classmate David enjoying a corn dog at the fair!
Desperately holding on...
Now, let’s say that hypothetically the body language shown above is a reflection of the score of the football game. Normally, a hardcore Longhorns fan might go home and cry themselves to sleep. This year, I think we did a great job of keeping our spirits up, despite the outcome of the game, and having a great time throughout the rest of the weekend. This trip was a perfect bonding opportunity for our class and has easily been the most fun weekend of the year. So, no matter how good or bad the team is, I would encourage all students to participate in this experience!