Friday, October 09, 2009

I'm A Horny Toad

You probably read that title and said, "say whaaaaa?" Don't be deceived, I surely am. In the mid-nineties I graduated from high school and packed my things for an adventure to Texas...TCU specifically!

Growing up, I was a dancer and read Dance Magazine all the time. My junior year, I saw a pic for a gorgeous collegiate dance studio and then ordered brochures, etc. My parents indulged me, because at the time, we thought TCU, Texas Christian University, was a conservative religious school, so we went and visited and absolutely fell in love with the people and the campus.

Flash forward a year later, and I was moving into my very first dorm and learning to don purple and white and yell the school chant, which legend has it is the oldest collegiate cheer! Ready to learn it???

Riff, Ram, Bah Zoo
Lickety, Lickety, Zoo, Zoo
Who, Wah, Wah, Who
Give 'em Hell, TCU

Ya, I agree, it's totally silly! But you know what??? Those southerners really know how to tailgate! In school, my sorority sisters and I would get all dressed up, then go to the stadium for some pre-game fun. We were all preppy and sassy and ready for a good time. Now I hear that the girls tailgate in skimpy purple dresses and bedazzled cowboy boots. How times have changed! I mean look at this dress. Helloooooo, who are you trying to impress, girls?!

When I was in school, the football team wasn't all that great. Really, the games were more about the tailgates than the football. But naturally, the year after I graduated they started to get really good and even made it to the 1998 Sun Bowl in El Paso. And guess who they played?! Yep, that's right USC. And GUESS WHO WON! Yep, that's right, my Horned Frogs (28-19)!!! That year, my dad decided there was no choice but for the whole family to fly to El Paso for the game. It was painful, but also very fun to watch the victory!!!

SEVERAL years later, we were in Denver for Thanksgiving and TCU played Colorado State, so once again, the whole family had to drive up there for the game. My sister-in-law was preggers at the time, so she actually got to stay home, but the rest of us donned our purple and went to the game. It was fun and made for a fun family memory. Photos below are from that experience. (Hmmmm, I really like my hair that color.)


All in all, I'm no major football fan, but I do enjoy the opportunity to hang out with friends and watch my team go on to victory! Thanks to Kelly from Kelly's Korner for hosting this fun blog carnival!


9 comments:

Angry Julie Monday said...

Great pictures!!! Sigh, I went to a school with no football team, CSULB, so my post was about USC..

Heather said...

Such great pics!! Fun times!

on the Rhoads of life said...

Glad to see a TCU person represent! My Hubby went there (and I went to SWT), so we go to a game or two a year! Cute Blog!

Krista D. said...

I went to TCU in the late 80's and my soroity sold the game programs, it was always so much fun, but I never really went to many games, had more fun outside the stadium!

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

Great pictures AND stories! I'm from Maryland and when I moved to the South (Alabama) I had no idea how much of a religion football can be here. That being said there is a HUGE difference between Southern Belles going to games and Northern Girls. Now don't get me wrong I haven't watched a Maryland game in a while but I know most of my friends reserve team colors and comfy sweats and tshirts for football - NOT their best team color sundresses and shoes! I think it's adorable but I'm going to stick w/ my warm clothing and team color tshirts! :)

Jenelyn said...

Love the post! Give 'em hell TCU! Go Frogs! Great story that triggered many great memories. Thank you for sharing with us!

Tamara McDonald said...

Go Frogs! I haven't been to a game in years. I thought for sure I would go more when we moved back, but haven't!

Amy @ Living Locurto said...

I'm cracking up! I just had my reunion at OSU (Oklahoma State) and that's the exact same thing they are wearing there. Mainly they were men's t-shirts with the arms cut off and elastic sewn around to be strapless dresses. Very short! Then the cowboy boots .... pretty much EVERYONE was wearing cowboy boots with those dresses or shorty shorts (because we're the Cowboys). But what I couldn't figure out was the bows in their hair?? What is up with that? My 3 year old can get away with it, but on a 20 year old it's just dumb.

Alpha Chi's were the wild girls on our campus. hee! They were some of my great friends. ha! I was a KD.

Kelly said...

I can't believe I'm admitting this, but while I was a cheerleader, football games were anything but about football. Social time and cheer time. In fact, half the time, I wasn't even following the game and merely cheered when the crowd cheered. Yikes....quite the stereo typical cheerleader, huh?