By W.K. Stratton
Every yr in the course of the Thanksgiving vacation trips, the 2 groups meet for whatever that has turn into even more than simply a video game. It’s a blood feud that represents a massive cultural divide within the nation. It’s urban opposed to nation, a rural agricultural college opposed to an city college. And but either side come from an analogous family members, warring cousins who roll up their sleeves annually within the yard to settle the query of who’s quantity one—at least for the time being.
In Backyard Brawl, W. okay. Stratton takes you thru this competition and its heritage, protecting the years while the sport was once postponed as the fanatics have been simply too violent, the branding of UT’s liked steer, Bevo, via a renegade Aggie, the abduction of A&M’s loved Reveille through 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 whilst celebrating UT lovers rushed A&M’s approximately sacred Kyle box after Texas received the last-ever Southwest convention identify at the Aggies’ domestic turf.
Stratton additionally relates the more severe aspect of the contention, relatively 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 while 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 best as much as the massive conflict in university Station. Taking you inside of a well known Aggie Yell perform and introducing you to fervid but usually zany orange-blooded Texas fanatics via their tricky tailgating rituals, he creates revealing graphics 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 status.
Backyard Brawl is a desirable exam of the best conflict in collage soccer, destined to turn into a vintage for college students of the game.
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