Football

Farmers Flight!

Oct 31, 2011 By Paul Burka

Texas A&M’s announcement that it was bolting the Big 12 for the SEC signaled the end of a passionate rivalry with the University of Texas that has defined the two schools for more than a century. But what does the end of Aggies versus Longhorns mean for the rest of us?

Cowboys 52, Texans 10

Oct 31, 2011 By Jason Cohen

After ten seasons as a major NFL franchise, the Houston Texans are picking up some fans, but the blood of Texas still pumps Cowboy blue.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Oct 31, 2011 By Jake Silverstein

Later this month, one of the great long-standing traditions in college athletics—the annual Thanksgiving game between the University of Texas and Texas A&M—will come to an end. The rivalry between these two schools has lasted so long, and fostered such ferocious passion on both sides, that most people…

Peter Gent, 1942-2011

Sep 30, 2011 By Texas Monthly

The author and former Cowboys wide receiver died in his hometown of Bangor, Michigan, on Friday at the age of 69. Our coverage of North Dallas Forty (both the novel and the movie) through the years.

20 Reasons to Love College Football

Aug 31, 2011 By Texas Monthly

How Gary Patterson turned TCU into a powerhouse—one shouting fit at a time. Why Mack Brown’s vaunted Longhorns faltered—and how he plans to bring them back. What it’s like to build a team from scratch—in San Antonio. Plus: game-day delicacies, mascots who kill, throwback jerseys, the greatest coaches ever, and thirteen other reasons we love, cherish, and wait impatiently all year for the return of college football. By Jeff Beckham, Jason Cohen, David Courtney, Skip Hollandsworth, Stacy Hollister, Jake Silverstein, Patrick Smith, Sonia Smith, and Brian D. Sweany

SECession?

Aug 31, 2011 By Jason Cohen

Texas A&M is fixin' to get out of the Big 12. Good news for Texas?

It’s Not About the Hike

Aug 31, 2011 By Jake Silverstein

You’re probably well aware that earlier this summer the television show Friday Night Lights came to an end. The network season finale, in mid-July, triggered a wave of epitaphs from critics and slews of tearful “texasforever”-hashtagged tweets from fans, more reminders of the powerful chord that the scrappy football drama…

The Rookie

Jul 31, 2011 By Joe Nick Patoski

Two and a half years ago, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum asked me to organize an exhibit about high school football. Did I mention I'm not a curator?

Rose to the Occasion

Jan 1, 2011 By Gary Cartwright

For longtime TCU fans, the Rose Bowl was a reminder of being snubbed in the school’s heyday. With the victory over Wisconsin, the Horned Frogs have shaken off the ghosts of the past—and taken their rightful place on the national stage.

Steer Pressure

Jan 1, 2011 By Jake Silverstein

A wise man once said, “Beware of football Bum Steers.” Baseball is fine, and so is basketball, since both of those seasons will have wrapped up by the time the January issue goes to press. But football is a different story. Just when you think a player or a coach…

Beating a Dead Horse

Dec 1, 2010 By Jeff Beckham

Nearly 25 years after SMU received the death penalty, the Mustangs are finally on the trail to success. But an ESPN documentary reminds us how far the team had fallen thanks to ego, greed, and the religion of football.

Snap Decisions

Sep 30, 2010 By Brian D. Sweany

Your unofficial playbook for watching college football in Texas during the weekend of October 16.

How to Tailgate

Aug 31, 2007 By Andrea Valdez

THE SPIRIT It’s the season to abandon reason, so make your fanaticism count. Don all that team paraphernalia, yes, but distinguish yourself from a couch potato with shows of true commitment: face decals, dye jobs, strategic shaving, and, of course, body paint. Also imperative are your ride’s trimmings (bumper stickers,…

Six-Man Super Saturday

Aug 31, 2007 By Jordan Breal

Football as religion is the gospel truth here in Texas, where players are gods and fields are hallowed ground. So the organizers of this month’s Six-Man Super Saturday can be forgiven if their slogans have been a bit holier-than-thou: “Not since Moses have believers traveled so far to the…

Perfect 10

Feb 1, 2006 By Gary Cartwright and Bud Shrake

The reviews of the Vince Young show are in—and, of course, they’re all raves. Gary Cartwright and Bud Shrake argue that the Texas quarterback is the best ever but wonder if his throwing motion is an obstacle to NFL greatness. Plus: Mack vs. “Delbert.”

Embarrassment of Riches

Dec 1, 2005 By John Spong

At Westlake, even if your parents wouldn’t spring for Ralph Lauren, you could still work your way into the in crowd.

Flipping Out

Sep 30, 2005 By Pamela Colloff

The letter-sweater-wearing, pom-pom-shaking, pep-rally-leading girl next door has been a beloved Texas icon for generations. So why do so many people today— lawmakers and lawyers, preachers and feminists—think cheerleading is the root, root, root of all evil?

David Carr

Jul 31, 2004 By Evan Smith

“We’re a real NFL football team, and we can go out and make plays. We have talent. We can beat teams. It’s not a fluke if we beat the Cowboys.”

They Haven’t Got a Prayer

Nov 1, 2000 By Pamela Colloff

In the Gulf Coast town of Santa Fe, high school football games had always kicked off with a prayer, but in June the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the practice violated the separation of church and state. Now the issue—which has turned neighbor against neighbor and provoked some decidedly un-Christian behavior— has grown from a local controversy into a national one.

Grumpy Old Man

Nov 1, 1998 By Jason Cohen

Dan Jenkins has just published his eighth novel. It’s called Rude Behavior. Spend a few hours with him and you’ll know why.

Running Right

Sep 30, 1998 By Jason Cohen

Forget about the hair (and the tattoos). Ricky Williams has his head screwed on straight, which is why he’s still playing football at the University of Texas.

Mean Joe Greene

Jan 1, 1998 By Brian D. Sweany

I played linebacker at Dunbar High School in Temple. It was an all-black school, but that only bothered me in the sense that we didn’t have a chance to play against the white schools. After my senior year, I was interested in a couple of colleges: A&I, Prairie View, Houston.

Turn Out the Lights

Jul 31, 1997 By Gary Cartwright

The Dallas Cowboys old-timers reunion is over, but for one evening it was possible to remember when pro football was fun, players were loyal, and even a sportswriter could fall in love with his team.

Cowboy Family Values

Sep 30, 1996 By Gary Cartwright

Serious athlete. Devoted father and husband. Savvy businessman. On game day he may be Prime Time, but out of the spotlight, Deion Sanders is the squarest player on the Dallas Cowboys.

Darrell Royal

Aug 31, 1996 By Anne Dingus

What is Darrell Royal’s code name, and what does his middle initial stand for?

The Jones Gang

Mar 1, 1996 By Gary Cartwright

You know the real reason Texas Stadium has no roof? So Jerry Jones can get his head inside. (Or, how the Cowboys owner’s ego makes it hard to root for America’s Team.)

Spoils Sports

Jan 1, 1996 By Robert Draper

Oilers owner Bud Adams is hightailing it to Nashville; Drayton McLane may move the Astros too—or sell. In Houston and across the country, rooting for the home team is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

Powers Boothe

Jan 1, 1996 By Evan Smith

I played a few sports at Snyder High School, but my big thing was football. I played quarterback and defensive back until my senior year, when I quit to start acting in plays. You know what a big deal high school football is: When I quit, some of the coaches…

Twelve Yards and a Cloud of Dust

Nov 1, 1995 By Jan Reid

The Tiny town of Mullin adopted its high school football heroes in more ways than one. These foster children and native sons had the time of their lives playing in the Super Bowl of six-man football.

Getting His Kicks

Sep 30, 1995 By Helen Thompson

He scored big for UT and four NFL teams; now Raul Allegre is back in the game with his weekly Spanish-language football show.

Vain Glory

May 31, 1994 By Gary Cartwright

Jerry Jones may have the biggest ego in football, but don’t bet against him. Even without Jimmy Johnson, he still has the best team.