Huge Life Events We Would Miss to See the Red River Shootout

Sean Frye@Sean_E_FryeFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2013

Huge Life Events We Would Miss to See the Red River Shootout

0 of 5

    The Red River Shootout between the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns is one of the most highly anticipated college football games every year. 

    It's played at the Cotton Bowl, a neutral site located 193 miles south of Norman, Okla. and 198 miles north of Austin, Texas. 

    Often times, the game has huge implications in the Big 12 standings as the Sooners and Longhorns have traditionally been two of the best teams in the conference. 

    Last season, the Sooners trumped the Longhorns 63-21, marking Oklahoma's third-straight win in the series. But the Longhorns still maintain a 59-43-5 overall series lead. 

    With this series being so intense and featuring some of college football's greatest teams in one of the best atmospheres, there are quite a few life events that you should be willing to miss should you find yourself with tickets to this game. 

    Here are just a few of them.

Wedding Anniversary

1 of 5

    While the wives and significant others of the world may not like this one, hear me out. 

    The Red River Shootout is a game that has an incredible atmosphere, and it happens a predetermined time just once a year. There's no flexibility at all with the game. 

    However, if you have a strong, loving marriage, you can always postpone a romantic date or anniversary celebration to a different time or day that doesn't conflict with the game. 

    I know it's a bad notion to put football over an anniversary. But if your significant other understands you well enough, they'll let you adjust your schedule accordingly to attend one of the greatest college football games. 

Job Interview

2 of 5

    There's no arguing that, especially in this economy, getting a job is more important than attending a football game. 

    In fact, if you don't have a job, you probably shouldn't be attending a football game with today's high ticket prices. 

    But if you do find yourself with tickets to this game and you're financially stable enough to attend, missing and/or rescheduling a job interview is totally worth attending this game. The game is high-level entertainment with tons of tradition and is great fun overall. 

    That's much better than thinking of three words to describe yourself. 

    Plus, one must ask the question: If an employer schedules a job interview during one of the greatest football games in football annually, is working there really in your best interests as a football fan? 

Children's Birthday Party

3 of 5

    What's more appealing, a high-profile college football game in Dallas, Texas or a bunch of ankle-biting rugrats annoying you to death? 

    Let's go with the football game. 

    Face it, unless you're a little kid attending the party, children's birthday parties are a drag. There's just a bunch of kids being loud and rambunctious for no apparent reason and they're destroying the house. 

    Maybe there's not much difference between that and the crowd at a football game, but at least it's not at your house. And at least you can enjoy the game. 

Medical Procedure

4 of 5

    A disclaimer: If you have an emergency, don't skip going to the hospital to attend the Red River Shootout.

    But if your procedure is elective in nature and can be delayed a few days, you should absolutely attend this game instead. The Red River Shootout is far more entertaining and fulfilling than any sort of medical procedure.

    You'll likely spend a few weeks or even months rehabilitating from a procedure. And it won't be fun. But the game is one of the best times you'll have in your life if you're a football fan.  

Baseball Playoff Game (Non-Deciding Games)

5 of 5

    This year, the Red River Shootout is on Oct. 12, just a few days after the MLB's regular season ends on Sep. 29. 

    So it's possible that the Texas Rangers could be playing the playoffs the same day as the Red River Shootout.

    If you're forced to choose between one or the other, choose the Red River Shootout. 

    While playoff baseball is certainly great, the Red River Shootout only happens once a year. The playoffs are played as a series, so you'll likely have other chances to attend a postseason baseball game. 


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.