Just finished "Runnin With the Big Dogs" by Mike Shropshire. It's "the true, unvarnished story of the Texas-Oklahoma football wars"
It's a quick read that gets you almost as pumped for this weekend as a twelver of Oklahoma Suks beer.
Here's an excerpt from the glorious introduction:
"Thousands upon thousands of football fans from two states, their brains united into a single altered state, arrive annually at the Cotton Bowl stadium, bellowing exhortations for the spillage of blood. ... You'll find audiences more genteel and reserved at cocfights. This game encourages the forces of overindulgence and leaves behind an eventual trail of not only tears but shattered cocktail glasses and memories of fornication gone awry."
Shropshire starts the book at the MNC game last year. So of course, any Texas fan is immediately hooked. He then reflects on how out of control Dallas got on Friday night before the game. He's got great stories of theft and vandalism.
The rest of the book follows the swings in the series from one side to the other.
It's a good book to read this week. It's 11:38 and OU still sucks.