Christmas Champions: Ho, Ho Happy!

By Patti Parish-Kaminski, Publisher

Neither rain nor snow or change in location will keep me from The University of Texas football – hook ‘em!

December has only just begun, and the joy of Christmas is already well underway!  I’ve heard a lot from my friends about their Christmas wishes – time with family and friends, a new household appliance (I question that), a break from the daily grind (I get that), youth (I REALLY get that!).  But not this girl.  I got what I want for Christmas – at least until January 1st.

For the first time since 2009 – 14 years because math is hard – my beloved University of Texas Longhorns have won the Big 12 Championship!  It’s a thing; it’s a huge thing!  The 2009 game was quarterbacked by Colt McCoy, and we watched it in Colorado Springs, Colorado while there for Thanksgiving.  It was a beauty to behold.

This year Quinn Ewers is at the helm with a baby Manning on the bench, growing him up, and it is definitely a year to remember.  Now I don’t miss the Longhorns on the grid iron, and that has proven challenging for Mr. Kaminski over the years as we tend to travel in the fall and during the holidays.  I won’t stay at a hotel if they don’t have the Longhorn network or the appropriate sports channel where the game will be televised.  If we are traveling, and on the road, I have my Xfinity account up on my laptop for three plus hours.  Mr. Kaminski does not love that, but he made his choice, so I can’t help him on that one.  We have literally changed our travel plans on numerous occasions to accommodate the boys in burnt orange.  I have no regrets.  Loyalty is important.

It’s not like winning the Big 12, or a national championship for that matter, is unchartered territory for Texas’ team.  We’ve won three national championships, but it’s been a minute.  The best things in life are worth waiting for after all.

But this year, our final one in the Big 12, we go out on top – as Number One.  It’s definitely making the season merry and bright for me.  On New Year’s Day, we take the next step and defeat Washington kicking off 2024 on a winning note.  I’m nothing if not positive.

And next year as we join the SEC, we will once again face our rivals Texas A & M Thanksgiving 2024 in College Station.  The last time we met on the field in 2011, we beat the Aggies – in case you’re keeping score.  Then they left the Big 12 for the SEC, escaping our wrath.  But on November 30, 2024 – we’re back, so get the burgundy boys ready!

My Christmas message for my Texas friends and beloved boys in burnt orange is simple:  Hook ‘em forever, and ho, ho hugs!  See y’all next week – on the porch!

Patti Parish-Kaminski

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