What is as traditional as turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie in Texas?
The annual football rivalry between the University of Texas (at Austin) Longhorns and Texas A&M University Aggies.
It's even more special today, as this 118 year rivalry ends. (Corpus Christi Caller Times).
Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal, Texas A&M Class of 1959, has attended nearly every game his alma mater has played against its bitter rival Texas since he was 10.
There was that time though as a young man when he missed it, but he had a good reason. He enlisted in the Army.
The game always has meant a lot to Neal, who will be at Kyle Field on Thursday night. But a rivalry that has spanned 118 years and a holiday tradition for millions of Texans is done, at least for the foreseeable future. Texas A&M is leaving the Big 12 for the SEC next year, and the game will be the last between the two teams until at least 2019.
"It's a shame to see the rivalry end like this," he said. "Hopefully, the two athletics departments can figure out a way to keep this one alive."
These photos below were taken by my sister, who was at the Yell Practice last night at Kyle Field in College Station, TX with my brother-in-law and future Aggie nephew.
My trip to Kyle Field in October 2010.
It's a toss up with me between the teams. Having spent my first five years from birth in Austin, there's a lot of Longhorn in me (my dad will tell the story of how he paraded me as a 1 year old in 1970 dressed in orange and white among weeping Oklahoma Sooners fans at the old Mueller Airport in Austin), but I also graduated from a college that is part of the Texas A&M system, so I have some "Maroon" in me as well (hence the maroon color of the blog).
So to prep you Longhorn and Aggie fans....here's the team music...