Friendly Rivalry Runs Deep at Red River Showdown – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



The Red River Showdown and the State Fair of Texas drew an estimated 200,000 people through the gates on Saturday.

With such a large crowd, it’s easy to get lost in the crowd of fans who flock around the Cotton Bowl. Not if you’re Nick Rucinski and John Alden. The pair are best friends who met in the Navy.

“Nick has a girlfriend who does tattoos here in Dallas. So he tied it last night. We got the score nine to four, that’s how the game is since we’ve been watching together,” OU fan John Alden said.

Rucinski is a Texan and Alden is a northern New Yorker with roots in Oklahoma.

It’s the first time they’ve seen the match in person, after 13 years of watching it together on TV.

At the Highland Park Soda Fountain, owner Michelle Edwards hasn’t lost a Showdown in 15 years.

“It’s our anniversary. This is our 23rd anniversary. So it’s really cool,” said Michelle Edwards, who runs the Highland Park Soda Fountain.

The hut has a greater purpose than feeding the hungry.

“This cabin helps fund our daughter’s college. So it’s a good time,” said Edwards.

His daughter is a senior at UT.

Fans of both teams cheered loudly for their teams. Some wore them proudly on t-shirts and others on personal markers.

“After today, we’re going to add another fact to our tattoos — Oklahoma or Texas,” UT fan Nick Rucinski said.

The Showdown is a double win for Michelle Edwards and her business.

She caught the game with her daughter and her husband, and said game day sales this weekend should be strong.

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