Saturday, January 9, 2010

A Burnt Orange Culture

Other titles considered “For the Love of Austin” and “Keep Austin Orange”

As most of you know, I live in Austin, TX. I am a sports nut. My boyfriend goes to UT Law School (the reason we moved here). I am a Longhorn fan. We have season tickets. Other than my Alma Mater (Arizona State) – the Texas Longhorns are MY team. Also, we were at the National Championship game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Arriving to Pasadena, there was no doubt in my mind that my boys, my team, MY Texas Longhorns were going to win this game. We had one of the best defenses in the country, and arguably, the best offense. Colt McCoy (Texas’ quarterback) is the winningest quarterback in College Football history…ever…seriously. In fact, he may very well keep that record until the NCAA adds more games to the seasons.

Being at the Rose Bowl was like nothing I’ve ever experienced. I tried comparing it to past events: walking up THE Brickyard in Indianapolis for a Formula 1 US Grand Prix, game 7 of the Suns v Lakers playoff game, but nothing can compare to being at the Grand Daddy of Them All to watch YOUR team play for the National Championship Title!

I grew up in southern California and being back there was awesome. When we arrived to Pasadena, I stated “It’s been nearly 10 years since I moved from California, but every time I’m back it’s as if I never left. From San Diego to Oaktown, I love California.”

If you watched the game, you know the outcome was not good. Our quarterback was injured the second play of the game. He didn’t return. Our second string (freshman) quarterback brought us within 3 points, but in the end, it didn’t happen.

Being at this game seriously opened my eyes.

Texas is not a team.

Texas is not a school.

Texas is a culture; a burnt orange culture.

The fans are the most loyal of any fans I’ve ever come across. Did they leave early? – no! They stayed the entire game. It’s Texas tradition to sing “The Eyes of Texas " at the end of every game.

Home or away.

Win or lose.

The band leads the team and fans into the song after every single game. This game was no different. I stood there with 50,000 other Texas fans, my horns up, a tear rolling down my cheek, singing “The Eyes of Texas”.

Texas had lost, but as you can see, none of the Longhorns fans left. We all stayed, with our horns up, singing "The Eyes of Texas"

I’m not sure where we will be in 5, 10, 20 years, but I do know we will also come back to Austin to watch our Longhorns play! This town loves their Horns; the Texas tradition unlike anything I’ve ever experience. I’ve only lived here 3 years, but I will always be a Longhorns fan!

They play with passion.

They play with dignity.

They play with strength.

They are the Texas Longhorns and they will always have a place in my heart!

Thank you, Longhorns for an amazing year!


  1. I was so pulling for your Longhorns! I love my Hubs (who is a Bama grad) but I just couldn't do it. I love that he's happy, but Bama showed their true colors in that game.... they could have taken a knee and didn't, they ran up the score. When Nick Satan, I mean Saban, was at LSU, Bama fans hated and despised him, now they worship him. I guess Bama has proven, money can make you happy...... at least, until Satan moves along to the next school who chooses to throw money his way. Hook 'em!

  2. "Texas is a culture; a burnt orange culture"

    So true and so love you for that!

  3. Love it! I'm a Longorn and as we left work on Thursday, I sang Texas Fight and then The Eyes of Texas for our whole floor to hear. Love 'em!!!

  4. Meh. I find your story sketchy. Anyone who grew up in Southern California would be a USC fan! Ha ha!


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