The sports world first felt the pangs of birth associated with the coming of Texas Tech football in the autumn of 1925 and since this historic moment the valiant warriors clad in Scarlett and Black have captured 519 victories, suffered 398 defeats and participated in 32 draws.
Texas Tech’s first season opener occurred some 86 years ago when the McMurry Indians visited Lubbock only to leave the South Plains with a zero to zero tie, the date was October 17, 1925 and this occasion marks the very hour that a burning desire for victory was born in the hearts of a people who would become the Red Raider nation.
Zooming ahead over three quarters of a century later the modern version of the Texas Tech citizenry, the blessed recipients of a well preserved but ever glowing victorious torch, begins to prepare itself for a new football campaign.
The 2011 season presents the worthy Tech fan with a plethora of reason for contemplation and concern yet still offers the gallant enthusiast a worthy motive for optimism and celebration.
True, our new coach is unproven and the great gash in our ranks has not yet healed…yes, our team is young and inexperienced and right and noble is the constituent that bellows, “Where are our leaders? Where is our hope for a glorious campaign? What lies ahead but angst, dread and an unsettled stomach?”
Yes, we are unranked, we are unheralded and we are under-appreciated (even among our own sacred ranks) but let us remember that this is still another blessed season of Texas Tech football.
Our boys (our gritty young men) will take the field on the third day of September, clad in our school colors, embossed with the sacred Double T, branded with honor, perseverance and determined to find victory wherever it may lie.
Regardless of the circumstances, aside from any other issues, discussions or reasons, this is our team to support and we are the chosen ones who are charged to carry out the mission of the football fanatic; to defend totally, to prop-up eternally, to cheer wildly and to endorse completely.
And when we, hand in hand, combine with one another in this spirit of purpose, in mass we represent the one and only Red Raider Nation, a people blessedly burdened to carry out the work of our forefathers; to support Texas Tech University.
The following video slideshow highlights 12 of the finest moments in Red Raider gridiron history (that we could find a video for); it has been carefully prepared to serve as a call to arms, a reawakening of a pigskin nation, the re kindling of an undying spirit and a reminder that absolutely anything can happen during a Tech football campaign.
Fight Raiders, Fight! Onwards to the 2011 season and beyond…this is our team, this is our school and this is our season!