To say this has not been a good week for Texas Football would be an understatement.
But on Friday afternoon, an iconic symbol of the Texas State Fair caught fire and melted into a heap of metal and, well, broken dreams. In less than an hour, we got the perfect metaphor for Texas Football this season, and we also got a new term for something even worse than a dumpster fire.
Now we have a Big Tex fire.
Here’s the difference. Tennessee’s football team is a dumpster fire, but Kentucky’s football team is a Big Tex fire. At least the Volunteers are capable of beating Georgia State. I don’t know if the Wildcats could.
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Sixty years ago, Big Tex was born at the Texas State Fair — a welcoming sign for football fans and lovers of fried butter balls alike. It was an iconic image for the Red River Shootout, which was later deemed offensive and re-named “The Game Between Texas and Oklahoma.”
In the 60 years Big Tex reigned over the game, Texas and Oklahoma were — get this — 29-29-3 each. Dead-even. Big Tex might have been the God of Parity.
It hasn’t been easy sledding for Texas recently; In the new century, the Longhorns had a 4-8 record against the Sooners at the Cotton Bowl. But few of those losses compared to the 55-17 drubbing they took last weekend. In fact, after starting the season with high hopes, Texas had a rude awakening with consecutive losses to West Virginia and Oklahoma.
Big Tex was burning long before this afternoon. This was just a symbolic showing of where Texas Football stands these days.