While for most people, Saturdays game is just the start of Big 12 conference play, for me it’s something more. It’s my favorite game of the year every year.
If you know me at all, you know I have a really close relationship with my older brother. We’re two peas in a pod. When he went off to college I cried.
He’s a University of Texas graduate. Yes, I know and I still love him despite his horrible taste in shades of orange. Naturally when I chose to go to Oklahoma State his first words to me were “Yes! We can hate OU together!” And that we do. However what I didn’t realize was how much fun it would be to go to a school in the same conference as the school your older sibling graduated from.
My freshman year, my entire family came to Stillwater to tailgate and go to the game. This would turn into a tradition unlike any other. From that day forward, my brother and I decided no matter where we were, we would watch this game together every year. We’ve only missed one so far in five — going on six — years. (Don’t have fall weddings kids.) And it continues to be one of my favorite games of the year.
There’s just something about it. Our passions for burnt and bright orange collide and it’s just so much fun. It has something for me no other Big 12 game has. It has that aspect of not being able to lose.
Don’t get me wrong I want OSU to win on the scoreboard always. But on the other hand, if they don’t, well my brother’s team won one (finally) and that’s awesome. It’s a fantastic feeling to lose a football game and still be able to be happy. Yeah it might impact OSU’s rankings and hurt their chances at the Big 12 title. But you know what? Every year my family has a blast.
This game is something that brings my brother and I together. Which is something that doesn’t happen quite as often as it used to these days living in different states. And I think that’s what makes it so special. I love that me and my family have built traditions off this game. We’re able to take a break from our busy lives and come together, which in my opinion is what college football is all about.
So on Saturday our tailgate will have an OSU and UT flag hanging proudly and I wouldn’t have it any other way. If you wanna find the Allens, that’s how.
We’ll probably be the only one’s in the parking lot with both.
*funny story about the pic for this story: We have a sibling bet that whoever loses the game has to wear the opposing team’s shirt to the game. This pic was the only year I would’ve had to do this (2015) and I conveniently “didn’t bring” a UT shirt. So I’ve never had do it hahaha.