Pigskin Pursuit

An eight year odyssey across the backroads of America during the ultimate College Football roadtrip.

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Get your guns up!!!

My stomach topped and finally appeased after a formidable meal from Spanky’s, we began our waddle down the sidewalk in search of game tickets, as kickoff was scheduled in another hour or so.

Among the unique Tech traditions that we stumbled across was the wrapping of the “Into the Sunset Statue” of Will Rogers and his trusty steed Soapsuds.The statue is wrapped in red crepe paper before every home game by the Saddle Tramps (a TT all male spirit organization).I’ll also give you one guess as to which certain Texas school the “Southeast” END of this “Northwest” bound horse is facing.

Scrounging for tickets at Texas Tech was almost too easy to be of any real sport.One of the scalpers gruffly proclaiming “things out here are tough today, there just aren’t a lot of extras for this game” was almost too comical to laugh.Unfortunately for him, the statement rang a bit hollow after I had already witnessed a half dozen or so people waving tickets around in a quick 5 minute walk.We even had a guy offer us a FREE single ticket, just so someone would use it.We quickly made our way to the Southwest corner of the stadium and were greeted by a sea of tickets thrust into the air for auction.

After perusing a handful of upper tier options, we quickly snatched up 2 two tickets in the 19th row of the lower bowl for 20 bucks a pop.Concerned that we had settled too soon, however, Mindy shortly found an older fellow pawning off some of his own boxed seats on the 50 yard line.We snapped those up as well, again for 20 bucks apiece ($39 face value each).Now with two sets of tickets in hand, I faced the dilemma being a seller in a market full of sellers.A quick walk down the concourse (and away from the throngs of people assuming the Statue of Liberty pose) with tickets above my head made quick work of the extras, however, as an eager young Texas Tech fan was thrilled to get them for the exact price I paid for them (20 bucks – We just wanted to sell them quickly and get into the game).

The game itself was a bit odd for a Tech game.Tech could usually be considered one of the most exciting and dynamic offenses in College Football.Typically, watching a Mike Leach offense is comparable to watching a red bull addled 13 year old rattling away on Madden 2009: jittery and lots of flailing.Saturday, however, was anything but, with a rather limp halftime score of 14-7 that left my eyelids getting a little heavy.The Red Raiders picked it up after halftime, however, on the strength of a QB substitution and marched to impressive 48-28 victory.

Overall, the stadium atmosphere was fair.Perhaps the function of a down year for Tech, an uninspiring opponent in New Mexico, and rainy drizzly weather, the 52,909 bodies at Jones AT&T Stadium never really came to life.The fans seemed flat, and unless their seat was on fire, standing was a reluctant rarity.Even the student section appeared uninspired and rather disjointed in sporadic bouts of cheering.On the whole, however, the fans were incredibly nice, polite and classy all the way around.It’s a gratifying pleasure to sit next to the family that you bought your tickets from (rather than a faceless scalper).Don and his wife Tammy were both gracious and knowledgeable hosts, and they treated us like their own for the entire game.

Final Score: Texas Tech 48New Mexico 28

And of course, no post about Texas Tech would be complete without mentioning the infamous bell ringer.I caught a picture of him, but I’ll leave the linked video to do the remainder of explaining….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I-4XS3XtZQ

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Texas Tech Weekend Invitation

Below is the email that was sent out to friends interested in coming to the Texas Tech weekend.

Esteemed colleagues and friends,

If you are reading this, it’s because you have either expressed direct interest, been reluctantly volunteered by a friend, mistakenly thought you signed up for a ballroom dancing class, or your passive aggressive half interest has caught my eye and I added you anyway. Regardless, you have found yourself on the distribution list for the great College Football Tour of 2009. If you want off this list, kindly drop me an email, and I will be sure to ridicule you in future communications. If you want to add people or forward this along, let me know and I will add them to the elite ranks of this distinguished roster.

We have already had two stops thus far this year, to arguably the two greatest college towns in the nation: Austin, Texas and Madison, Wisconsin. And I might add that to date the CFB Tour is 2-0. My liver still remains winless.

This week, our tour of the capital cities ends, however, as we venture to the panhandle paradise of Lubbock, Texas home to the world famous Buddy Holly Museum.

http://www.buddyhollycenter.org/

This Saturday (Oct 3rd) at 2:30pm the Red Raiders of Texas Tech will be taking on the formidable Lobos of the University of New Mexico. But that’s only one piece of the trip.

Before that, on Friday night, we will be venturing to Odessa, Texas. You might say there is no godly reason why anybody would ever want to go to Odessa, Texas – and you would probably be right.

Unless, however, you wanted to see one of the most infamous high school football teams in the country. The Permian Panthers will be taking on their cross-town rival Odessa High Bronchos (no that is not a typo – evidently there is an “H” in Bronchos) in a quintessential “Friday Night Lights” spectacle in front of nearly 19,500 people. For those of you unaware, Permian was the high school for which the book, then made movie, then made TV show”Friday Night Lights” was based off. Ratliff Stadium is one of the biggest high school stadiums in the state, and you can check out exactly what “Mojo” means to Permian football below.

http://www.mojoland.net/

Of course the centerpiece of the trip will be the Texas Tech game against New Mexico, which starts at 2:30PM. Saturday morning we will promptly head up to Texas Tech to check out the greater Lubbock area, campus, and perhaps a few dining/drinking establishments before heading into the game for kickoff at 2:30.

If you were wondering about tickets, no I don’t have them yet because Stubhub is for chumps. I like to get my tickets the old fashioned way, haggling on the street like a Turkish carpet trader. Or man-crying on the sidewalk until someone takes pity on me.

As far as dining is concerned, as you know, I am rather partial to two things: epic BBQ served without utensils, or belt busting gut bombs that would make Kobayashi cringe.

In this case it looks like Spanky’s in Lubbock would fit the bill, and I already have my lustful eyes on this little treat: The “He-Man Woman Hater Burger” which according to the website is “What we’re famous for: a colossal, double-meat, bacon cheeseburger served with about 3/4 pound of fries”. Skeletor doesn’t stand a chance.

http://www.spankys.com/Media/menu.pdf

For those of you that thumb your nose at such proletarian tastes, not to worry there is some culture on this trip as well. As I’m sure you were already aware, there is a rather famous architectural landmark in Lubbock known as the “Steel House” by the late sculptor/artist Robert Bruno. This is a house fabricated from steel plates that he personally constructed for nearly 30 years of his life, and represents a lifetime of expertise in steel construction, fabrication and welding (not to mention purportedly tips the scales at a hefty 110 tons). While you may find the shape of the dwelling rather odd (and it is), it is nevertheless a rather remarkable structure, and quite striking against the backdrop of rugged Ransom Canyon.

http://www.robertbruno.com/

http://www.artificialowl.net/2008/05/robert-bruno-steel-house-ransom-canyon_15.html

http://www.dallasartsrevue.com/ArtSpaces/archiTEXAS/BJ-RB-110/Robert-Bruno.shtml

Here is the tentative game plan for those of you looking for a spontaneous trip through West Texas this weekend.

Friday

1pm – Leave Jamin’s House

6:30pm – Arrive in Odessa, TX

7:30pm – Permian vs. Odessa High School Football Game

10:30pm – Explore the wild nightlife of Midland, TX. (We will be staying in Midland).

Saturday

9AM – Depart from Midland

11AM – Arrive in Lubbock

2:30PM – Texas Tech vs. New Mexico

6PM – Depart from Lubbock

12AM – Arrive back in Dallas

 

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