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Crips

The blue bandannas worn by most Crip gangs. The purple bandanas worn by grape street Crip gangs. The black bandanas worn by shotgun Crip and other Crip gangs.

The Crips, originating in Los Angeles, California, are one of the oldest and most notorious African American gangs in the United States. They are involved in murders, robberies and drug dealing in the Los Angeles area. The Crips are mostly identified by the blue color worn by their members. What was once a single gang is now a loose network of "franchises" around the United States and Canada. The gang is largely composed of African Americans, but is multiracial in many cities (i.e. New York) where "satellite" Crip gangs are present. The gang has an intense rivalry with the Bloods. They are also known to feud with Chicano gangs.

History of the Crips

The Crips were founded by Raymond Washington and Stanley Williams. Williams argued that this was after the two became fed up with random violence in their neighborhood. Law enforcement officials dispute this, pointing to the incredible amount of violent crimes the gang members participated in, even in the early years.

The original name of the gang founded by Raymond Washington in 1969 at the age of 15 was the Baby Avenues, derived from a gang of older boys in the 1960s, named the Avenue Boys with their turf on Central Avenue in East Los Angeles. This evolved to Avenue Cribs and then Cribs as nicknames for the age of the members. The name Crips was first introduced in the Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper in a description by crime victims of young men with canes, as if they were crippled (though there is some discussion that it may have initially been a simple spelling mistake). The name stuck.

Stanley "Tookie" Williams co-founded the gang in 1971, and started his own gang called the Westside Crips. The Crips became popular throughout southern Los Angeles as more and more youth gangs joined it; at one point they outnumbered non-Crip gangs by 3 to 1. In response, some of the besieged smaller gangs formed an alliance that later became the Bloods.

Contrary to popular misconception, Crip sets do not feud solely with Bloods, but also other Crip sets — for example, the Rollin' 60s and 83rd Street Gangster Crips ("Eight-Trey") have been rivals since 1979, and their rivalry is currently the largest in L.A.

Expansion

In the 1980s, Crips moved into crack sales, a cheaper form of the drug cocaine. It was invented by deriving a cheaper process to extract the stimulant from the coca plant. Previously the only available form was an expensive powder; leading to the traditional use of cocaine as a status symbol for the wealthy hedonist. Now cheap, the Crips could market the highly addictive recreational substance to lower income brackets.

The Crips made enormous profits from selling crack and gathered the capital to advance themselves in the illicit markets. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s the Crips developed intricate networks and a respected reputation with other gangs across America and neighboring countries.

To stem violence between the Crips and Bloods, a peace treaty was recently negotiated, most notably in Watts, the treaty being largely based upon the ideals laid forth by original Crip co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams in his "Tookie Protocol For Peace". Though violence levels have been reduced somewhat after the conclusion of this peace treaty, gangland killings and warfare persist in heavily gang-controlled areas.

Gang identification

For many years, Crips were characterized by their tendency to wear blue in order to easily identify each other. One suggested origin of the selected color is traced to the school colors of Washington High School in South L.A. A particular set of Crips, the Grape Street Crips, have been known to wear purple in addition to blue. The SGCs are seperated into three sub-sets, the nine;139th street, the Foe;134th street, and the deuce;132nd street in the city of Gardena, California and have been known to wear dark-green, the city color of Gardena, in addition to blue to show that the Shotgun Crips are from Gardena. Crips also wear blue bandanas and British Knights sport shoes (using the company moniker BK, which the Crips use as a backronym meaning "Blood Killas"). They usually refer derisively to their rival, the Bloods, as "slobs."

In more recent years, however, the Crips have begun to cease the use of colors as a means of identification, since it is likely to draw attention from police. Methods such as the use of college sport team jerseys and hats are sometimes used, but in general, what set a certain gang member claims can be determined solely by their tattoos.

Origin of the name "Crips"

There have been many different explanations for the origin of the name of the gang:

  • The most well-known theories tie the current name with "crib" or "crib street" (alluding to an actual street or the young age of the members at the time of the gang's founding).
  • Crip or crib originates from the carrying of a cane or stick — Los Angeles Times 14 April 1992: "Word spread about the tough-looking young men, who some said carried canes and walked with a limp — cripples, or crips, they were called for short."
  • Mis-pronounciation of "The Crypts."
  • Some alleged backronyms for the name include:

Crips, hip-hop, and C-walk

Many popular rappers, in particular West Coast rappers, have close ties to Crips gangs in L.A. County. Snoop Dogg is a former member of the Rollin' 20 Crips in Long Beach (as are Warren G, Nate Dogg, and Goldie Loc), while WC has an affiliation with the 111 Neighborhood Crips in South Central Los Angeles. The late N.W.A member Eazy-E reportedly had ties to the Kelly Park Compton Crips. Recently signed G-Unit rapper Spider Loc is a member of the 97th Street East Coast Crips. However, there are also many rappers who are not members of Crips sets, yet take on traits of the Crip image and behavior because they hope to self-promote and sell records by doing so. Ice Cube has at times claimed to be a member of the Rollin' 100s Nhood Crips, even though he has no proven ties to this gang (aside from the fact that he is from the same area), and Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy has also claimed to be a Crip in some songs (also without any proof).

It is said that the popular hip-hop dance, the C-walk (Crip-walk), is meant to spell out one's set as an insult to rival gangs. On WC's song "The Streets" from his Ghetto Heisman album, he and Snoop Dogg rap about the C-walk's popularity in the mainstream, warning suburban teenagers and other non-gang members that it is a dance for Crips only.

Entertainers with Crip affiliations

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  • Brotha Lynch Hung (Garden Blocc 24th Street Crips) [citation needed]
  • Daz Dillinger (Rollin' 20 Crips) [citation needed]
  • Eazy-E (Kelly Park Compton Crips) [citation needed]
  • Jayo Felony (NHC 47 Blocc Crips) [citation needed]
  • MC Eiht (Tragniew Park Compton Crips) [citation needed]
  • Nate Dogg (Rollin 20 Crips) [citation needed]
  • Snoop Dogg (Rollin' 20 Crips) [citation needed]
  • Spider Loc (97th Street East Coast Crips) [citation needed]
  • Tray Deee (Insane Crips) [citation needed]
  • Warren G (Rollin' 20 Crips) [citation needed]
  • WC (111 Neighborhood Crips) [citation needed]

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On WC's song "The Streets" from his Ghetto Heisman album, he and Snoop Dogg rap about the C-walk's popularity in the mainstream, warning suburban teenagers and other non-gang members that it is a dance for Crips only. Some UT traditions include:. It is said that the popular hip-hop dance, the C-walk (Crip-walk), is meant to spell out one's set as an insult to rival gangs. Texas is a tradition-rich school, and many of those traditions are associated with athletics events, especially football. Ice Cube has at times claimed to be a member of the Rollin' 100s Nhood Crips, even though he has no proven ties to this gang (aside from the fact that he is from the same area), and Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy has also claimed to be a Crip in some songs (also without any proof). In addition, the University of Texas has numerous practice, training, and intramural facilities. However, there are also many rappers who are not members of Crips sets, yet take on traits of the Crip image and behavior because they hope to self-promote and sell records by doing so. Major sporting facilities and their main use include:.

Recently signed G-Unit rapper Spider Loc is a member of the 97th Street East Coast Crips. Texas is also the biggest rival of the University of Arkansas which perhaps may be attributed to their long tenure as the two eponymous state schools of the former Southwest Conference, or to the 1969 game between the two, which decided the national championship in favor of the Longhorns. The late N.W.A member Eazy-E reportedly had ties to the Kelly Park Compton Crips. This list includes most other colleges in Texas, but especially Baylor (located just up Interstate 35 from UT), Texas Tech, and Houston. Snoop Dogg is a former member of the Rollin' 20 Crips in Long Beach (as are Warren G, Nate Dogg, and Goldie Loc), while WC has an affiliation with the 111 Neighborhood Crips in South Central Los Angeles. Perhaps due to the Longhorns' enduring athletic success, many other schools consider UT among their biggest rivals. County. Aspects of the rivalry include:.

Many popular rappers, in particular West Coast rappers, have close ties to Crips gangs in L.A. The football game between University of Texas and Oklahoma is known as the "Red River Shootout" (the official name of the event was changed to "Red River Rivalry", most likely due to political correctness) and is held annually in Dallas, Texas at the Cotton Bowl. There have been many different explanations for the origin of the name of the gang:. In recent years, this rivalry has taken on added significance, since both football programs have been highly ranked and compete in the same division of the Big 12 conference. Methods such as the use of college sport team jerseys and hats are sometimes used, but in general, what set a certain gang member claims can be determined solely by their tattoos. There is also a long-standing rivalry with the University of Oklahoma. In more recent years, however, the Crips have begun to cease the use of colors as a means of identification, since it is likely to draw attention from police. Aspects of the rivalry include:.

They usually refer derisively to their rival, the Bloods, as "slobs.". At the end of the year, the school with the most points wins the series and will receive a trophy. Crips also wear blue bandanas and British Knights sport shoes (using the company moniker BK, which the Crips use as a backronym meaning "Blood Killas"). Essentially, each time the two schools meet in a sport, the winner of the matchup gets a point. The SGCs are seperated into three sub-sets, the nine;139th street, the Foe;134th street, and the deuce;132nd street in the city of Gardena, California and have been known to wear dark-green, the city color of Gardena, in addition to blue to show that the Shotgun Crips are from Gardena. In an attempt to generate more attention for the rivalry in sports other than football, in 2004 the two schools started the Lone Star Showdown, a trial two-year program. A particular set of Crips, the Grape Street Crips, have been known to wear purple in addition to blue. The annual football game with Texas A&M takes place the day after Thanksgiving each year.

One suggested origin of the selected color is traced to the school colors of Washington High School in South L.A. The Texas/Texas A&M rivalry has given rise to several stereotypes on both sides: Aggies are generally portrayed as ignorant and dumb farmers, while Longhorns are portrayed as highbrow and arrogant city-slickers. For many years, Crips were characterized by their tendency to wear blue in order to easily identify each other. Texas has other important rivalries as well. Though violence levels have been reduced somewhat after the conclusion of this peace treaty, gangland killings and warfare persist in heavily gang-controlled areas. The University's biggest rival is Texas A&M University, although UT considers the Oklahoma Sooners to also be important rivals in football, especially in recent years due to the prominence of both programs. To stem violence between the Crips and Bloods, a peace treaty was recently negotiated, most notably in Watts, the treaty being largely based upon the ideals laid forth by original Crip co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams in his "Tookie Protocol For Peace". The women's volleyball club won National Championship honors at the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Collegiate Volleyball Sport Club Championships April 14 - April 16, 2005 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s the Crips developed intricate networks and a respected reputation with other gangs across America and neighboring countries. Some of these teams compete with other university clubs. The Crips made enormous profits from selling crack and gathered the capital to advance themselves in the illicit markets. UT offers a large number of intramural sports opportunities. Now cheap, the Crips could market the highly addictive recreational substance to lower income brackets. The table at right shows Longhorn medals won in the Summer Olympics. Previously the only available form was an expensive powder; leading to the traditional use of cocaine as a status symbol for the wealthy hedonist. Several Longhorn athletes have had success at the Olympics over the years.

It was invented by deriving a cheaper process to extract the stimulant from the coca plant. Volleyball achieved titles in 1981 and 1988. In the 1980s, Crips moved into crack sales, a cheaper form of the drug cocaine. Women's track and field achieved national indoor titles in 1986, 1988, 1990, 1998-99, and outdoor titles in 1982, 1986, 1998-99, 2005. Contrary to popular misconception, Crip sets do not feud solely with Bloods, but also other Crip sets — for example, the Rollin' 60s and 83rd Street Gangster Crips ("Eight-Trey") have been rivals since 1979, and their rivalry is currently the largest in L.A. Women's tennis claimed the title in 1993 and 1995. In response, some of the besieged smaller gangs formed an alliance that later became the Bloods. Texas women's cross country won a National Title in 1986.

The Crips became popular throughout southern Los Angeles as more and more youth gangs joined it; at one point they outnumbered non-Crip gangs by 3 to 1. In addition, Texas has won nine National Titles in men's swimming and diving (1981, 1988-1991, 1996, 2000-2002) and nine in Women's Swimming and Diving (1981-82, 1984-88, 1990-91). Stanley "Tookie" Williams co-founded the gang in 1971, and started his own gang called the Westside Crips. Two longstanding traditions exist in which the fans interact with the team and each other; when Texas makes a stuff block, the players yell "Whose House?" and the fans respond with "Horns' House!" In addition, whenever a point is made by Texas, the announcer will say "Point Texas!" and the fans respond with "Point Texas!". The name stuck. The team plays home games in Gregory Gymnasium. The name Crips was first introduced in the Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper in a description by crime victims of young men with canes, as if they were crippled (though there is some discussion that it may have initially been a simple spelling mistake). It also sent Demetria Sance to the 2000 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

This evolved to Avenue Cribs and then Cribs as nicknames for the age of the members. Texas won the national championship in 1981 and 1988 and was runner-up to Nebraska in 1995. The original name of the gang founded by Raymond Washington in 1969 at the age of 15 was the Baby Avenues, derived from a gang of older boys in the 1960s, named the Avenue Boys with their turf on Central Avenue in East Los Angeles. Texas has a strong women's volleyball tradition, with its teams finishing in the top 25 in the nation 19 out of the last 23 years, as well as two #2 finishes. Law enforcement officials dispute this, pointing to the incredible amount of violent crimes the gang members participated in, even in the early years. The women's gymnastics team won a national title on April 16, 2005 at the Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs competition, and the men's team finished second, missing out on the national title by seven-tenths of a point to Penn State. Williams argued that this was after the two became fed up with random violence in their neighborhood. However, the University is home to two club gymnastics teams.

The Crips were founded by Raymond Washington and Stanley Williams. The University of Texas does not field a varsity gymnastics squad. . Legendary golf instructor Harvey Penick was a long-time Texas coach. They are also known to feud with Chicano gangs. Several former Longhorn players have gone on to success on the PGA Tour including: Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw, Phil Blackmar, Mark Brooks, Bob Estes, and Justin Leonard. The gang has an intense rivalry with the Bloods. Texas has a strong golf tradition, winning National Titles in 1971 and 1972 and finishing runner-up four other times.

New York) where "satellite" Crip gangs are present. The team plays home games on Disch-Falk Field. The gang is largely composed of African Americans, but is multiracial in many cities (i.e. In January of 2006, Texas is listed at number 1 in both major pre-season polls. What was once a single gang is now a loose network of "franchises" around the United States and Canada. Former Longhorns who went on to success in the pros include Roger Clemens, Calvin Schiraldi, Burt Hooton, Keith Moreland, Spike Owen, Greg Swindell, and many more. The Crips are mostly identified by the blue color worn by their members. The team was runner-up 5 other times: 1953, 1984, 1985, 1989, and 2004.

They are involved in murders, robberies and drug dealing in the Los Angeles area. Texas has won the College World Series 6 times: 1949, 1950, 1970, 1983, 2002 and 2005. The Crips, originating in Los Angeles, California, are one of the oldest and most notorious African American gangs in the United States. Texas has also won more individual games in the CWS than any other school, though they do not have the most championships. WC (111 Neighborhood Crips) [citation needed]. The University's baseball team is considered one of the best in the nation with more trips to the College World Series than any other school, extending their record in 2005 to 32 appearances. Warren G (Rollin' 20 Crips) [citation needed]. As of January 15th, Texas is 13-2 and ranked eighth after beating third-ranked Villanova.

Tray Deee (Insane Crips) [citation needed]. This year (2005-2006) they went into the season ranked #2 in the nation until they were beat by the #1 Duke Blue Devils in East Rutherford, New Jersey and the Tennessee Volunteers. Spider Loc (97th Street East Coast Crips) [citation needed]. Both teams play home games in the Frank Erwin Special Events Center. Snoop Dogg (Rollin' 20 Crips) [citation needed]. The women's basketball team has long been a national power, especially during the late 1980s (winning a National Title in 1986) and through the 1990s. Nate Dogg (Rollin 20 Crips) [citation needed]. In 2003, the basketball team advanced to the NCAA Tournament Final Four round, and in 2004 advanced to the Sweet Sixteen round.

MC Eiht (Tragniew Park Compton Crips) [citation needed]. In recent years, the men's basketball team has gained prominence. Jayo Felony (NHC 47 Blocc Crips) [citation needed]. * Rankings are from the Associated Press poll released prior to each game.
† First national championship since 1970 (BCS, AP). Eazy-E (Kelly Park Compton Crips) [citation needed]. Texas and USC ended up winning out their seasons and faced each other in the National Championship, which Texas won 41-38. Daz Dillinger (Rollin' 20 Crips) [citation needed]. However, USC remained atop both human polls and was able to reclaim the top overall ranking.

Brotha Lynch Hung (Garden Blocc 24th Street Crips) [citation needed]. With the October 31st BCS rankings, Texas remained first in the computer rankings, with Virginia Tech actually pulling even with USC for number 2 in the computer rankings. Some alleged backronyms for the name include:. The stay at the top was short-lived. Mis-pronounciation of "The Crypts.". [3] The 0.0007 percent margin separating Texas from USC was the slimmest margin between the top two teams since the inception of BCS rankings.[4]. Crip or crib originates from the carrying of a cane or stick — Los Angeles Times 14 April 1992: "Word spread about the tough-looking young men, who some said carried canes and walked with a limp — cripples, or crips, they were called for short.". The first place ranking was the first ever for UT in the BCS era, and the first top ranking in any major football poll since October 8th, 1984, when they were atop both the Associated Press and Coaches polls.

The most well-known theories tie the current name with "crib" or "crib street" (alluding to an actual street or the young age of the members at the time of the gang's founding). On October 24, Texas passed USC in the Bowl Championship Series rankings due to a strong showing in the computer rankings, which favored the Longhorns because of the overall strength of their opponents as well as the previous week's win over previously unbeaten Texas Tech. They maintained those rankings throughout the entire 2005 - 2006 season. Texas was given a pre-season #2 ranking (behind defending National Champions University of Southern California) by Sports Illustrated magazine, and was also ranked second in the AP and USA Today coaches pre-season polls. With the exception of Cedric Benson, Derrick Johnson, and Bo Scaife, Texas returned most of their key players from 2004 - 2005, including red-shirt Junior Quarterback Vince Young.

Brown, who was often lauded for his recruiting while being criticized for failing to win championships, followed up a strong 2004 season on the field with an extremely successful 2005 recruiting season by securing the top-ranked recruiting class (the 2005 recruiting season is for players entering the University in Fall 2006). The Longhorns are currently coached by Mack Brown and led on the field by quarterback Vince Young. Three ex-Longhorns from the 2005 Rose Bowl team, Cedric Benson, Derrick Johnson, and Bo Scaife, were selected in the 2005 NFL Draft. The Longhorns defeated the Wolverines 38-37 thanks to a successful field goal kick by Dusty Mangum as time expired off the clock.

The game was the first meeting between the two storied teams and the Longhorns' first trip to the Rose Bowl for a BCS game. Under the current bowl system, the Longhorns played their first Bowl Championship Series game in 2005 at the Rose Bowl against the University of Michigan. The improvements are scheduled to be completed before the 2006-2007 football season.[2]. The stadium is undergoing renovations scheduled to start November 14, 2005, two days following UT's last home football game of the season.

Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium which has a seating capacity of 80,082. The team currently plays home games in Darrell K. During the late 1980s and 1990s, the team was somewhat less successful, but has recently returned to prominence, finishing in the top ten in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005. Only two programs, Notre Dame and the University of Michigan, have won more games than Texas.

The Longhorns have a long tradition of winning football games. Other former Longhorn greats include: Scott Appleton, Tommy Nobis, Bobby Layne, Tom Landry, Jerry Sisemore, Brad Shearer, Kenneth Sims, Tony Degrate, Doug English, Jerry Gray, Eric Metcalf, Tony Brackens, Priest Holmes, and many more. Two Texas Longhorn running backs have won college football's highest honor, the Heisman Trophy: Earl Campbell (1977) and Ricky Williams (1998). The team experienced its greatest success when it was coached by Darrell Royal, under Royal winning three National Championships — 1963, 1969 and 1970.

From 1936 to 2004, the team finished the season in the top ten 23 times, or one-third of the time, according to the Associated Press. The University of Texas has traditionally been considered a college football powerhouse, with four national titles to their credit, including the 2005-2006 season. The mascot is a Texas longhorn named Bevo. The school's colors are burnt orange and white, and its alma mater is The Eyes of Texas.[1] At football games, students frequently sing Texas Fight, the University's fight song.

A charter member of the Southwest Conference until its dissolution in 1996, Texas now competes in the Big 12 Conference (South Division) of the NCAA's Division I-A. . Due to the breadth of sports offered and the quality of the programs, Texas was selected as "America's Best Sports College" in a 2002 analysis performed by Sports Illustrated. The University of Texas offers a wide variety of varsity and intramural sports programs.

The women's teams are sometimes called the Lady Longhorns, but generally both the men's and women's teams are referred to as the Longhorns. The University of Texas at Austin (often referred to as simply the University of Texas, Texas, or the abbreviation UT) is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. These teams are referred to as the Texas Longhorns, taking their name from the Longhorn cattle that were an important part of the development of Texas. Texas Longhorn Athletics programs include the extramural and intramural sports teams of The University of Texas.

1 in BCS ahead of USC October 25, 2005 The San Diego Union-Tribune. ^  Harmonson, Todd Texas ascends to No. ^  Veyhl, Jake Longhorns Number 1 for First Time in BCS Rankings October 25, 2005 The Daily Texan. ^  Young, Meghan Regents approve stadium upgrades November 10, 2005 The Daily Texan.

"Eyes of Texas" Handbook of Texas Online. ^  Berry, Margaret C. Texas coach Darrell Royal replied, "We're ready." and the Longhorns went on to win the game. At the time, the prevailing custom was for the final polls to come out in advance of the bowl game, meaning Texas had already been crowned the National Champions.

Wayne Hardin, coach of the US Naval Academy, ranked #2 prior to the 1963 Cotton Bowl, hoping to pull off an upset of #1 Texas. "When the challenger meets the champion and the challenger wins, there is a new champion."

    . Kennedy, referring to the general skill gap between Texas and Rice University, from a speech given at Rice Stadium, September 12, 1962. John F.

    why, some say the Moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why - 35 years ago - why fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas? We choose to go to the Moon, we choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard ..."

      . ".. Read the rest - Students from Texas A&M University usually taunt Texas students by threatening to "saw off" the horns of Bevo, citing the Bible verse Psalm 75:10; "I shall cut off the horns of the wicked." As it turns out, that's not the entire verse however, and as a response, Texas students tell Aggies to "read the rest." The rest of the verse is "but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up." This appears on shirts, usually with "Hook 'Em" written underneath. Lighting the UT Tower (also known as the Main Building) in different colors for various types of sporting victories.

      Cheerleading by the Texas cheerleaders and Pom squads. The University of Texas Longhorn Band, nicknamed The Showband of the Southwest. Smokey the Cannon - fired in celebration on game day at the moment of kickoff and after UT scores. Script Texas - half-time routine by the Longhorn Band.

      Texas - Fight! cheer - one side of the stadium yells "Texas!" and then the other side yells "Fight" - this is usually repeated several times. Texas Fight - the school fight song. Hook 'em Horns - the school hand signal. The Eyes of Texas - the school song.

      Big Bertha - the world's largest drum. Bevo - the school mascot, a live Texas longhorn steer present for football games and other special events. Texas Rowing Center — rowing. Penick-Allison Tennis Center — tennis.

      Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center — swimming and diving. Gregory Gymnasium — volleyball. Red and Charline McCombs Field — softball. Myers Stadium — soccer.

      Mike A. Disch-Falk Field — baseball. Frank Erwin Special Events Center — basketball. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium — football.

      Darrell K. The University of Texas holds its annual Torchlight Parade during the week of the Red River Shootout. Though more than 50 game balls are used during the game, the first balls used by each side is the ball that is ran from their stadiums. Prior to the game, a ball is run from the 50 yard line of each school's football field to the cotton bowl by members of each school's ROTC.

      Images of upside-down Longhorn logos and Hook 'em hand signals on the part of OU as well as various chants deriding each team. The Red River Shootout being played on neutral turf in a stadium split with each team having an equal number of supporters on each side of the 50 yard line. In the past, mischief has preceded the annual game, such as "kidnapping" each other's mascots. Texas has a unique lighting scheme for the UT Tower after wins over Texas A&M.

      Each school has elaborate pre-game preparations for the annual football clash, including the Aggie Bonfire and the Hex Rally. The last regular season football game is reserved for their matchup. Each school mentions the other in their fight song.

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