Football season is in full swing and the Attic Birds are loving every minute! Our ideal Saturday involves a couple hours of estate sale-ing in the morning, hitting the tailgate, then cheering our respective (and the other’s) teams to victory (Gig em Aggies! for Lainey and Rah Rah TCU! for me). So it felt a little like divine intervention when our friend Kelly posted a couple of pictures on her Facebook, displaying a collection of vintage football program covers. It is all of our favorite fall things coming together!
We asked Kelly if she would be willing to tell us “the story” behind her programs, and-thankfully-she is an awesome friend and was happy to oblige! So, without further ado, here’s Kelly…(fair warning though – she is a die-hard UT fan…)
I’m a third-generation Longhorn, so I take a fair amount of pride in not only in “my” city of Austin, where I was born and raised, but also in the University of Texas – alma mater for my grandfather, my mother, and me. The history of the university is long and rich, with tragedy (one name – Charles Whitman) and success (2005 National Champions) mixed together in 40 acres of amazing collegiate beauty. Love ‘em or hate ‘em (which a lot of people do), The University of Texas is a respected name in education.
Christmas 2008, my mother-in-law gave me and my husband a calendar which featured vintage covers of game day programs from as early as 1894. It was really neat and all, but we were not sure what to do with it after 2009. Last month, while bringing out the box of burnt orange table runners, the autographed football that serves as the centerpiece on our table, and all the other fall décor for our home, my husband came across the calendar. So much has happened since 2009 – A&M is in the SEC and no longer playing Texas, TCU is back in the Big 12, and West Virginia is going to take over the world.
We looked through the calendar and saw that the pages were perforated and could be torn out. Thanks to Emily, Lainey and this blog which both my husband and I read religiously, he (yes he) got the idea to create a tiled display of each of the program covers, using silver and black frames. There are 12 covers, spanning over 100 years of football tradition. Below is the full display.
The games featured include (from top left to bottom right): California (UCLA), Arkansas, Missouri (which took place in Mexico. I have no idea why…), SMU, Florida, TCU, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Ole Miss, A&M, LSU, and Rice. I picked a few of my favorite covers and did some research on each game and the significance they played in UT’s football history.
Texas v. #17 TCU – November 16, 1957, Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX:
The final score: Texas 14, TCU 2
This was a big game against long-time rivals. The first recorded match-up of UT and TCU was in 1897, and of the 82 meetings between the schools Texas won 61. The poster indicates the Horned Frogs, recent Cotton Bowl Champs (a big deal in 1957), were coming in to Austin ranked #17 and ready to win.
It was a balmy 78 degrees, winds out of the southeast at 10 MPH. Total game attendance was 30,000. TCU had 186 rushing yards and 105 passing yards, but their only score came from a blocked punt (go get ‘em special teams!) resulting in a safety. Texas had 164 rushing yards, with 16 passing yards (yikes), and two touchdowns. On paper, TCU had more time with the ball, more yards, and a better team. As my mom always says – that’s why they play the game. I’m so excited to have one TCU Attic Bird with us as we watch this historic match-up again this year on Thanksgiving in Austin!
Texas v. A&M – Thanksgiving, 1924: This epic series began in 1894 (on my birthday!). The two teams have met 118 times with an overall record in Texas’ favor of 76-37-5. As the poster indicates, this 1924 game was the dedication of Memorial Stadium (now Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium) in memory of “the fighting Texans” who fought and died in WW I. We do not have the game info, like we do for TCU, other than the final – 7 – 0 Texas. The next year those Fighting Texas Aggies (insert Whoop here) would be SWC champs and beat the hell outta Texas 28 – 0. Gig ‘em Aggies. Whoop! Below is what the stadium looked like in 1924…
Texas v. #7 Ole Miss (Sugar Bowl) – New Year’s Day, 1958.
Unlike the other two, this is not a historic rivalry. These two teams have only gone head to head 6 times, three of which were post-season bowl games. The poster below represents the only year Texas lost to Ole Miss 7 – 39. Ouch. Hotty Toddy indeed. This past weekend, September 15, represented the 7th match-up, and the first time Texas played in Oxford. One important fact – that was Darrell Royal’s first season with the ‘Horns. His record? 6-4-1. I also think it’s note-worthy to point out that the #7 ranked team played an unranked, fairly awful Texas team in the Sugar Bowl. Times sure have changed!
We want to thank Kelly for putting all of this information together for us! In our social circle we have a lot of different grads and fans from a multitude of universities. Thankfully we have been able to share each school’s unique football traditions and game day experiences with each other. This has created many friendly rivalries and mutual respect for each other’s school.
The idea of framing pictures from an old calendar is a great way to extend the enjoyment of the calendar and becomes an inexpensive way to create a statement wall or focal point in a room. Choose a calendar with beautiful landscapes or black and white photographs if you want something that can stay up year round.
Happy football season! Here’s hoping your team wins (except if they are playing mine)!