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Trouble on the Llano Estacado

I live in Lubbock, TX. I’m not fully aware of how I came to identify myself with this wind swept plain, but alas here I am. For those of you living under a rock somewhere, we are the home to Texas Tech University. My problem is that I was born, raised, and married in the Sooner State. This weekend is THE game. THE game is the one with an undefeated Texas Tech team playing in Norman, OK against the University of Oklahoma. If you live in Lubbock, then you are inundated with news regarding THE game; and it is to easy to get caught up in the hype. While I’m an Oklahoma fan, I’m also a Lubbock fan. (This may have to do with the exorbitant property taxes I pay yearly…)

Things I’ve seen in and around Lubbock this week:

  • I passed a mobile billboard this morning attached to a semi-truck. It was red with black letters, and said, “Go Tech! Beat OU!” Is it really necessary to advertise who you are rooting for?
  • I think every store front in Lubbock says something to the effect of “BEAT OU!” And yes…we even have our regards on the electronic sign in front of the church.
  • Thousands of cars in town have GO TECH flags dangling from somewhere…or painted on the windows!
  • Who ever sells those full-size Tech flags is making a killing! There are so many homes with Red Raider flags flying, it’s creepy.
  • My boys are picking up on the enthusiasm, and I’m not sure how to handle it. Last Sunday my 5 year old Dylan walks into the living room as I’m watching the Dallas Cowboy game; and starts jumping up and down at the sight of football while yelling, “Go Tech! Guns Up Baby!” I’d like to apologize to all my family for this, but I honestly didn’t teach him this at home.
  • And the best of all appeared on my television screen last Saturday Night. I’m watching a college football game, and the local ABC affiliate pops with this a tag-liner that simply read…“ONLY 168 hours until game time!” It has been counting down for days now. Tonight I expect it to be somewhere around 72 hours.

So as I gather with some Oklahoma-friendly friends on Saturday Night I will be publicly pulling for my Sooners…but somewhere inside of me I’m beginning to pull for my hometown team. I can’t help it. I need therapy. God. Help. Me.

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.