Maybe we ought to be changing this dateline.
Like changing it to Austin’s Annex, W.Va., or maybe we should have interviewed the Morgantown rheumatologist Dr. Brian D. Houston for this story.
Considering the way things have been going around here these past few months, it seems that anything Texas is in and all else is out.
See, ever since Oliver Luck came in as athletic director, it seems the stars are bright, big and bright, deep in the heart of West Virginia.
He’s moved almost everything from Texas to Morgantown but the Alamo, and while he probably couldn’t get away with taking that historic landmark from Texas, don’t bet the new baseball stadium doesn’t wind up being called “Alamo Park.”
Any day now it’s expected that they will discover “Texas Tea,” or “black gold” as they also call it down in the Texas oil fields and on “The Beverly Hillbillies”, starts running out of the drinking fountains at the Coliseum.
It’s only a matter of time before the Texas Roadhouse restaurant on Jerry West Boulevard is named a historic landmark itself and Texas toast becomes the official state food of West Virginia, unless they want to hijack the Texas recipe for chili or barbeque, which are two of the favorite foods down on the Pecos.
Now Texas is a shade too big to be imported to our little state intact, although we both have our own panhandles, so we’re being selective in who we bring to West Virginia.
With Dana Holgorsen, who spent enough time at Texas Tech and Houston to be an adopted Texan, at the least, and his staff which well might be simply named the Texas Rangers, the first to invade, and with baseball coach Randy Mazey from Texas Christian University the last, the population of displaced Texans has swelled so much that you’d expect George W. Bush to be elected the next governor.
Certainly it isn’t a particularly an unwise move to bring athletes like Dustin Garrison and Paul Millard and Jordan Thompson up from Texas, for they have plenty to spare … and we’re talking athletes.
Recently, a list of the top Texas athletes was put together and included on the list were Bobby Layne, Doak Walker, Kyle Rote, Ernie Banks, Davey O'Brien, Vince Young, Don Meredith, Raymond Berry, Eric Dickerson, Donny Anderson, Sheryl Swoops, Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson, A.J. Foyt, Clyde Drexler, Elvin Hayes, Darrell Green, Tommy Nobis, Mike Singletary, John David Crow, Lance Berkman and Craig James.
And that was just the honorable mentions.
The Top 10 is mind-boggling:
1. Ben Hogan, golf; 2. Lance Armstrong, cycling; 3. Byron Nelson, golf; 4. Babe Didrikson Zaharias, basketball, track and field and golf; 5. Sammy Baugh, football; 6. Tris Speaker, baseball; 7. Nolan Ryan, baseball; 8. George Foreman, boxing; 9. Earl Campbell, football; 10. Bob Lilly, football.
And as long we’re taking the Texas athletes, might as well dip into the entertainment world for anthem singers to join our own Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.
After all, all Texas has produced is the likes of Buddy Holly, Willie Nelson, Janis Joplin and Tex Ritter.
Truth is, we can’t get far away from Texas in any area, even when we lay claim to our own top movie star in Jennifer Garner.
Did you know she was born in Houston, Texas, too.
Texas is all over the entertainment world. Fittingly, the TV show “Dallas” just came back on television years after it created one of the greatest stirs in the medium’s history with “Who Shot J.R. Ewing.”
J.R. Ewing, by the way, is Larry Hagman, born in Fort Worth and the son of Mary Martin, who immortalized Peter Pan on Broadway.
It’s possible, too, that we here in West Virginia could benefit more from this than just athletically.
We’re known as a poor state, but Texas is another story what with the late Howard Hughes, H. Ross Perot and T. Boone Pickens being among the world’s richest men.
Certainly, with us giving homes and opportunities to so many Texans, they might want to chip in to help our economy, just as long as they keep two of the most famous Texas, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrows, out of our banks.
Email Bob Hertzel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow on Twitter @bhertzel.
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