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What's wrong with "t-shirt fans"?

Over the last few years, as UT's dominance in football all sports has grown exponentially, so has our popularity and thus an increase in sales of all merchandise that is burnt orange. With the increase in popularity and legitimacy of all our sports, specifically football, it appears there are more UT fans than ever. This really seems to irritate many fans of other schools, such as atm(no not the cash machine, but the university) and I even heard a Tech fan say, "after the loss at the national championship, all the t-shirt fans can jump off the bandwagon." And he had more...


He then went on to say that people should support their alma mater and if they didn't go there, apparently they aren't a true fan. His sentiments were mirrored by a buddy of mine that went to atm(and was in the corps, no, not the marine corps), who told me the story about a dude that was decked out in UT clothing, driving a Kia and apparently made fun of my buddy at Taco Bueno. The fact this was at Taco Bueno makes the story even funnier to me. Of course, since he was driving this lower-end car, my buddy was sure he wasn't an alumni and thus had no reason to make fun. I personally found it hilarious that he came to this conclusion about the guy all based on the car he was driving. Had he been driving a Lexus, had a Texas Exes sticker, he could've made fun of my friend and of course, been a true fan apparently.....

So what makes a true fan? I have a buddy that has always gone to TX/ou games, Big XII championships, national championships with me ever since I was in school at UT and went with his dad growin' up(who is a Texas Ex). He knows more about the history of the school and the programs than anybody else I know, but didn't go to UT. So is he not a true fan? Is he just a "t-shirt fan" if you will?

What about my dad and mom(she went to Tech, but supports UT)? They helped pay for my brother and I to go to UT, but are they not true fans either? What about my little sister whose 2 older brothers went to UT? She was smart enough, but chose a small, private school and has been told numerous times by aggies that she shouldn't have the Longhorn sticker on her car.

So all the TRUE LONGHORN FANS out there, please let me know what it is to be something more than just "a t-shirt fan." I think I just saw a tear or two come to my bulldog's eyes when I told him I was going to need to take back his Colt McCoy jersey I bought him for Christmas until he had a degree from UT and was a true fan. It sure was hard, but I know in the end, it's whats best for everybody involved. Beergut would've been proud.....but watch out, my bulldog's not very happy with you.

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