By W.K. Stratton
Every yr throughout the Thanksgiving vacation trips, the 2 groups meet for anything that has turn into even more than simply a online game. It’s a blood feud that represents an enormous cultural divide within the kingdom. It’s urban opposed to state, a rural agricultural institution opposed to an city collage. And but either side come from an analogous relations, warring cousins who roll up their sleeves every year within the yard to settle the query of who’s quantity one—at least for the time being.
In Backyard Brawl, W. ok. Stratton takes you thru this competition and its background, masking the years whilst the sport was once postponed as the lovers have been simply too violent, the branding of UT’s loved steer, Bevo, through a renegade Aggie, the abduction of A&M’s liked Reveille via boisterous UT scholars, the robbery of UT’s cannon, previous Smokey, and its unceremonious dumping into the murky waters of Austin’s city Lake, and the fistfights that broke out while celebrating UT lovers rushed A&M’s approximately sacred Kyle box after Texas gained the last-ever Southwest convention name at the Aggies’ domestic turf.
Stratton additionally relates the more severe aspect of the competition, quite the best way either colleges got here jointly after culture grew to become to tragedy in 1999, whilst the A&M bonfire cave in killed twelve scholars. And in a touching epilogue, he captures the angst that hit the school Station campus whilst officers made up our minds to cancel the go back of the bonfire in 2002.
Stratton drew a bead at the 2001 season and either groups via their schedules top as much as the large conflict in collage Station. Taking you inside of a popular Aggie Yell perform and introducing you to fervid but frequently zany orange-blooded Texas fanatics via their tricky tailgating rituals, he creates revealing pix of the 2 groups, together with head coaches R. C. Slocum and Mack Brown, either one of whom are legends of their personal time, destined for the corridor of popularity.
Backyard Brawl is a desirable exam of the best warfare in collage soccer, destined to turn into a vintage for college students of the game.
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