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Backyard Brawl: Inside the Blood Feud Between Texas and Texas A&M

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  60 ratings  ·  9 reviews
It happens once a year, creating a seismic divide throughout the country. It pits brother against brother. It breaks up business deals. It ruins relationships. And once it’s finished, all both sides want is for another year to pass by so they can do it again. It is the Texas/Texas A& M football game. And in the football-obsessed state that is Texas, no single game reso ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Crown (first published September 3rd 2002)
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Terri White
"I have been living in Texas for almost 20 years, and I already know that football is a religion in this state. We are just 15 miles from the University of Texas campus, and we have learned to love college football in general,and the Longhorns, in particular. This book is a wonderful history of the University of Texas rivalry with Texas A&M University. Many of the traditions that confused this poor transplant, have now been explained.

But the book is also a history of the two programs, plus
Andrew Fox
This was the worst sports book I ever read. For starters, "Backyard Brawl" is the moniker that Pitt and West Virginia use(d) for their annual rivalry. Beyond that relatively minor-yet-irritating point, Stratton's poor writing is bested only by his poorer research, which is illustrated best by his presenting apocryphal stories ("Bevo" originating from A&M students branding a steer with the score of an early game) as fact. I was also quite enthralled by his anecdote about eating BBQ in Taylor, ...more
Andy Phillips
This book is pretty much what is says in the title. It's a historical account of the rivalry between the college American football teams of the University of Texas and Texas A&M. It achieves what is sets out to do and it does it in an interesting and entertaining way, describing all the major events and people involved over the past century or so. The book is long enough to provide a decent description of the highlights, but doesn't go into tedious detailed accounts of games, which is someth ...more
Kyle Pennekamp
Got this as a gift from my bro for Christmas. A decent, quick read. It's always great to read about Texas football, even when, in this case, it's written by an Oklahoman who attended a non-football school then moved to Austin in his forties. Because of that, he doesn't really capture the passion of the rivalry or the traditions, even though that's what he's covering. I guess I would say his writing itself just wasn't passionate. There were moments in his following of the 2001 season for both sch ...more
This was a good book but I was on an off about it. What am I meaning? Well W.K. Stratton did a great job describing the atmosphere of a College Football game. The tailgates, the fans, the food, and of course, the game. He describes the game the best. The hits, the runs, the huge plays, etc. I could not stop reading when he talked about these topics. It was like I was there or even near it. I got off track whenever he talked about his friends and people he met and his life and what places he went ...more
If you have grown up in a family of Aggies, love the Longhorns or football anywhere in the State of Texas then this is a must read. Laughed, cried & enjoyed it to the end. So glad my daughter gave me this one for Christmas!
A very enjoyable read. My daughter wants to go to UT, or t.u. if your an Aggie fan. Enjoyed discussing the traditions with my daughter. If your a fan of either school you'll enjoy this book.
I enjoy TX history. Thought this would be more historical than, "Rah! Rah! I love college ball!" My fault, book was not a good fit for me.
Great story about the UT/A&M rivalry.
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