Texas and Oklahoma Cheerleaders Support Fans As They Pull an 83,000-Pound Jet

Michael HuckstepCorrespondent IOctober 1, 2010

Texas and Oklahoma Cheerleaders Support Fans As They Pull an 83,000-Pound Jet

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    On Sept. 30 (and for the eighth-straight year), cheerleaders from both Texas and Oklahoma teamed up with a local Texas airline in order to give fans of both teams a chance to wage the Red River Rivalry themselves.

    The premise is simple. Fans of both schools (who are also airline employees) team up to see who can pull an 83,000-pound Boeing 737-700 jet down a 50-yard "field" the fastest.

    As bitter as the rivalry has been on the gridiron, this is for fun...and quite the spectacle, too.

    Employees clad in crimson or burnt orange surround the battlefield, snapping pictures and filming videos, while a DJ from a local radio station oversees the event.

    This year, ice cream and energy drink vendors kept the graciously massive crowd cool with frozen treats and cold drinks.

    But the employees don't gather for the free refreshments or even the door prizes, which included tickets to Saturday's game itself. They gather for one reason (OK, maybe three).

    1. They get the chance to get away from their workstation for a couple of hours (unless, of course, they're flying a planeload of passengers, or another critical duty.)

    2. If they're lucky, they get to pose for a snapshot or two of the lovely cheerleaders of their favorite school (or sometimes both).

    3. And the third? Well, it's pride. It might not affect the score of the big game this weekend, but it provides those in attendance with an opportunity to shake loose their lungs as they urge their fellow employees on to victory over their biggest rival.

    When the competition first started, the winner of the "plane pull" accurately predicted the winner of the actual game for several seasons, but not so the last few years.

    So who will prevail in this year's challenge? And will it have any bearing on the outcome of the actual game?

    Flip through the slideshow to see the winners, and then watch the game to see if they managed to pull their team to victory.

    Oh, and enjoy the scenery...

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Signing Autographs

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    Signing Autographs

    The Texas cheerleaders came equipped with their own calendars. They are, after all, the second-most famous cheerleaders in the state of Texas.

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Eyes a Little Higher, Buddy.

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    The OU Squad made a strong entrance, undoubtedly with their game faces on...sorta.

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Just How Many Cheerleaders Can You Fit in The Inlet of a CFM56-7 Engine?

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    That guy in the middle might just be the luckiest guy in the world.

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Flying High

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    The Sooners' cheerleaders were quick to show off their skills early.

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OK, OK...

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    Nobody likes a show-off. Well, maybe this time it's acceptable.

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Demonstrating More than a Little Trust

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    Believe me, I know how hard that concrete below her really is...

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Scoring Update

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    At this point, it was clear that the Sooners had jumped out to an early lead...for cuteness.

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And There It Is...

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    The nemesis of BOTH teams.

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They're at The 20...

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    Dashing out to lend their team some much-needed support.

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I Know These Guys Take a Lot of Crap

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    But, I'd say they have a pretty good gig.

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Up, Up and Away!

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    Those Texas cheerleaders better get busy. OU's lead continues to grow.

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Running Up The Score

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    Are those Longhorn cheerleaders still signing autographs?

    Will they be able to recover and pull off the victory?

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Seriously, Is Texas Going to Make a Game of It?

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    They'd better hurry. So far, it's not even a contest.

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Well, It's Not Going to Be on This Slide

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    Hello? Longhorn Nation?

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It Might Be Too Late

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    The Sooners just keep on scoring and scoring.

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Finally!

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    Hook 'Em has had enough.

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And The Crowd Goes Wild...

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    ...as the Longhorns take the "field".

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Just Standing Around...

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    That's a good start, but it's not going to get it done, 'Horns.

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There!

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    That's more like it.

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I Hope They're Not Overconfident

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    Giving an interview to a "sideline reporter."

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Don't Let Their Beauty Deceive You

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    These girls can talk some smack.

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Waiting Patiently

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    The UT cheerleaders awaiting their "team" to charge out onto the ramp.

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Fortunately...

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    They had to wait a while longer.

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Just Where Are They?

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    Where are those UT "Plane Pullers?"

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Most Fans Would Agree

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    The score is starting to even out a bit.

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Is It Just Me?

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    Or did the conversation that the two girls are having in the foreground get the third cheerleader REALLY excited?

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There It Is!

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    There's that UT spirit!

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The Longhorns Refuse To Go Quietly

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    Here, they add a few more points to their score.

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And Still, The Game's Not Over Yet

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    Put a few more points on the board for Texas.

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Hook 'Em

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    Keeping a keen eye on things.

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A Quick Question

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    How many of you noticed that giant yellow pull strap in the picture?

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I Could Be Wrong

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    However, it looks as though Hook 'Em has become smitten with one of the girls on the end.

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Rising High

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    The OU Squad makes their presence known again.

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Let The Games Begin!

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    Once the teams ran out (which I could have shown, but would you rather see these guys running through paper signs or a couple extra shots of cheerleaders? You're welcome...), things got a bit heated.

    Notice the ref somewhere in the middle trying to restore order.

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Meanwhile...

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    The more reserved (and quite lovely) Texas cheerleaders kept their cool.

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I Think They Got The Yard Markers Wrong

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    If you subtract the dude and add up the five Sooner cheerleaders, the total should be 50.

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Warming Up The Equipment

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    I didn't know that Hook 'Em was qualified to drive a pushback. (Hey, wait a minute...)

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Oklahoma Won The Toss

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    As they prepared themselves to go first, the Sooner squad gave their patented "OU" cheer.

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Firing Up The Sooner Fans

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    The Oklahoma tug rider led her half of the crowd in a raucous cheer.

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And They're Off!

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    The Oklahoma team began their charge toward the goal line.

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A Close-Up of The Intense Action.

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    Notice the two OU cheerleaders chatting it up in the background.

    Would it spell defeat? Oklahoma's time: 37 seconds.

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Pumping Up The Longhorn Faithful Before Their Team's Turn

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    Making a final push to spur their team onto victory.

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Somehow, The Photographer Missed The UT Team's Run

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    But this picture is better anyway.

    Texas' time (wait for it): 30 seconds!

    They obliterated Oklahoma's time!

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I Just Can't Help It; I Love Those Cheerleaders' Chaps

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    OK, I promise, I'm done.

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The Longhorns' Victory Commences!

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    Apparently, that girl in the middle is especially proud.

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The Longhorns' Victory Continues!

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    And why shouldn't it?

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And Continues...

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    Again, why not?

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And Continues!!!

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    You get the idea.

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OK, So I Lied...

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    Do I need to explain further?

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Your Winners!

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    Congratulations, guys and gals!

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To The Victors Go The Spoils

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    And this very special shot that the UT cheerleaders were gracious enough to take.

    A heartfelt thanks to the beautiful (and sweet) girls from both teams.

    Good luck this weekend!

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