Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Lone Star Showdown forced to return?
By David Ubben
Last season was the first in almost a century that rivals Texas and Texas A&M didn't meet on the football field.
If you said Thanksgiving night didn't quite seem the same without it, I'd be inclined to agree. So too, would state representative Ryan Guillen, a democrat from House District 31. He filed a bill this week that would require the two schools to meet each year.
From colleague Brett McMurphy's report:
"This game is as much a Texas tradition as cowboy boots and barbecue," Guillen said in a statement provided to ESPN. "The purpose of this bill is to put the 'eyes of Texas upon' our two greatest state universities to restore this sacred Texas tradition.
"I think the people of Texas want a game, and we're trying to get them one."
McMurphy notes that Guillen is, predictably, a Texas A&M grad. It'll be interesting to see how far this bill gets. On its face, it seems a little silly, but if you could prove the fiscal benefits of a game to the state economy in some ways, I could see it picking up some steam.
Not playing this game is silly and one of the saddest side effects of realignment. Games like this one, the Backyard Brawl between West Virginia and Pitt and the Border Showdown between Kansas and Missouri simply can't be replaced. Thanks to realignment, they're also over for the foreseeable future. Neither of them were in-state rivalries, though.
Could some political gymnastics save the Lone Star Showdown?