I can not begin to describe how tired I was when my alarm went off at 9:00am on New Year's Day in honor of my impending trip to Dallas to attend the first football game of 2011, the inaugural Ticket City Bowl. It is played at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Fair Park and was originally entitled the Dallas Football Classic.
After dragging myself out of bed and heading eastbound on I-30, I actually started to gain some excitement for the game. Texas Tech has a big DFW fan-base and truth be told, when I began my big dream of getting into the media world, Northwestern University was my dream school. Not to mention my first ever celebrity crush Cindy Crawford attended Northwestern. Needless to say, many of my buddies headed out to Lubbock for college and I opted for TCU rather than the harsh Chicago winters (that's my story and I'm sticking to it).
When I pulled into the parking lot near the historic Cotton Bowl, I did get chills that had nothing to do with the crisp air. I waded through the throng of Red Raiders fans that included plenty of hot girls that looked like they were still up from the previous evening's festivities. I even heard several fans refer to this game as "The Hangover Bowl,"while others moaned about the temperature being in the 30s.
Just when it appeared that the game got out of control as Texas Tech took a 31-7 lead, Northwestern roared back. I was actually sitting in the purple section of Northwestern fans clad in a TCU sweatshirt as they made this rally and the section of the stadium was rockin'. The Cotton Bowl felt sadly empty as it holds 90,100 and there was 40,121 on hand. But I am glad I ventured over to Big D as it was a perfect pre-game for the Rose Bowl game that afternoon. Alas I did not see Cindy Crawford in attendance and Texas Tech ended up holding on for an exciting 45-38 victory in the Ticket City Bowl.
If you are keeping score at home the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic is now in Arlington at Cowboys Stadium and it is set to be played in prime time on January 7 in a match-up between Texas A&M and LSU.
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