11. The Texas / Texas A&M Rivalry
For many years, Thanksgiving for a lot of Texans meant watching one of the fiercest rivalry games ever. It was a time honored tradition filled with rituals for both teams. After Texas A&M left the Big 12 and Texas’ athletic director refused to schedule a non-conference game with them, it pretty much sealed the fate of this long lasting rivalry. The overwhelming negative feelings each school has for one another may not completely subside, but at least for the foreseeable future, the youth of today won’t truly understand what watching the burnt orange and maroon duke it out on Thanksgiving weekend meant to this great state.
We’ve had a good bit of rain here recently, but if the last 5 or 6 years are any indication, kids of today won’t know what it means to have full lakes and rivers for a long time. The ample rain we had growing up meant plenty of water to tube and boat on. If this drought holds out for as long as forecasters are saying it is, the kids of today had better get used to scraping their behind’s on the rocks of Texas rivers.
13. The Cowboys Having A Great Coach
Let’s be honest. The coaching of America’s Team has been a little lackluster as of late. Remember when the Cowboys were an innovative team, just like their innovative coach? Yeah I know. It’s been a while, but it’s not hard to look back fondly on the Landry and Switzer years. America’s team is struggling these days and for a lot of children, it’s the only Cowboy’s team that they know.
14. Dublin Dr Pepper
Dublin Dr Pepper was the sweeter nectar of Texas for the years after Dr Pepper’s major bottlers switched to high fructose corn syrup. After a long legal dispute between the Dr Pepper corporation and the small bottler in Dublin, the corporation came out on top and forced the bottler to cease production. It was a sad day in Texas for everyone, but especially the kiddos who will never understand what we had enjoyed for years.