Lonestar showdown more than a game, it's a Thanksgiving tradition

POSTED: Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 3:59pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

COLLEGE STATION -- It's one of the biggest college football match-ups of the year.

So today, more than 87,000 loyal A&M and UT fans headed to Kyle Field to watch the Aggies and Longhorns face off for one final time before A&M heads to the SEC.

Fox 28's, Lauren Holman, was on campus earlier today and spoke to some fans who say they're sad to see their Thanksgiving tradition come to an end.

For the Johnson/Brooks family, the Lonestar Showdown, is more than just a football game. It's how they celebrate Thanksgiving.

"It's kind of like we have a traditional Thanksgiving meal in a non-traditional setting but it's true Aggie spirit to be out here with everybody else and celebrating the day," said Barbara Johnson.

They aren't alone. For the last 30 years the Cahill's, a family divided, has planned their Thanksgiving feast around this rivalry game and now they're unsure what they'll do next year when the two teams stop playing each other.

"It's going to be a little different not having the big family get togethers around the football game. I think Texas will continue to play on this day and I'm not sure what A&M will do," said Longhorn, Patrick Cahill.

And former A&M cornerback Trey Brooks says it's a shame to see this 100-year plus rivalry end.

"It meant so much to me and meant a lot to me as a kid to watch and then as a player so it's just tough thinking that guys aren't going to get to be involved in it and I hope they make the most of it today, both sides, and realize what they're getting to be apart of," Brooks said.

And even though the Aggies and Longhorns don't always get along, they do agree on one thing today.

"This has been what the third longest running tradition and rivalry? And I just wish the adults would act as adults and let the state of Texas come together one time a year to have this tradition continue," said Ken Kalinsoki, an Aggie and Longhorn parent.

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