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Enjoying a game on enemy turf

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, September 6th, 2012

It’s been quite a while—I figure maybe 10 to 15 years, since I went to a football game in an opposing stadium, unless you count high school or a Chadron State game. That was until last Saturday.
A couple of weeks ago, a friend called me to gauge my interest in flying to Austin, Texas to watch the University of Wyoming take on the Texas Longhorns. I told him I wasn’t really interested, since it was such short notice, and tickets for a flight would be astronomical and securing a hotel room nearly impossible. He offered to use his airline points and hotel points to get me both for free. How could I say no to that?
So, out I flew last Friday, headed to Texas. The first thing I noticed when I got to Austin, and continued to notice all weekend, is the heat. Well, not so much the heat as the humidity. Having traveled to Arizona frequently, I was used to searing heat. But the temperature, combined with the humidity, was borderline unbearable. You sweated just standing around if you were outside.
I didn’t really know what to expect from Texas fans, but I must say, they were as cordial and pleasant of an opposing fan base as I have ever come across. No less than three of them went out of their way to say they hoped we were having a great time. 

It’s been quite a while—I figure maybe 10 to 15 years, since I went to a football game in an opposing stadium, unless you count high school or a Chadron State game. That was until last Saturday.

A couple of weeks ago, a friend called me to gauge my interest in flying to Austin, Texas to watch the University of Wyoming take on the Texas Longhorns. I told him I wasn’t really interested, since it was such short notice, and tickets for a flight would be astronomical and securing a hotel room nearly impossible. He offered to use his airline points and hotel points to get me both for free. How could I say no to that?

So, out I flew last Friday, headed to Texas. The first thing I noticed when I got to Austin, and continued to notice all weekend, is the heat. Well, not so much the heat as the humidity. Having traveled to Arizona frequently, I was used to searing heat. But the temperature, combined with the humidity, was borderline unbearable. You sweated just standing around if you were outside.

I didn’t really know what to expect from Texas fans, but I must say, they were as cordial and pleasant of an opposing fan base as I have ever come across. No less than three of them went out of their way to say they hoped we were having a great time.

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