High school football is a way of life in small towns across the country, but in Texas it is life. Stadiums seat 20,000 people, coaches get paid more than lawyers and playing varsity for your hometown high school is just as big as suiting up for a big-time college program. Maybe, just maybe high school football is better in Texas and being a longtime Texas resident, I think I know why--
1. Running Backs
Maybe it's something in the water. Maybe it's something in the air. Whatever it is, Texas knows how to grow stellar running backs. Consider just a few of the notables: LaDainian Tomlinson, Eric Dickerson, Thurman Thomas, and Earl Campbell. Every Friday night, the next generation of Hall of Famers takes the field and rushes towards the end zone. Speaking of the Hall of Fame, Texas has more inductees than any other state – a whopping 30!
2. Dr Pepper
This amazing soda was introduced in Waco, Texas way back in 1885, and there is no better complement to your Frito pie on a Friday night. I have traveled to New Hampshire and not one single establishment that we entered could serve us a Dr Pepper. No such worries in Texas! An important side note here is that Frito-Lay is also headquartered in Texas. Bring on halftime and the concession stand.
It's cliché, but everything is bigger in Texas. The mums outweigh the girls at some schools, featuring lights and cow bells. If you have ever watched Christopher Walken host "Saturday Night Live," you know that you "can always use a little more cowbell!" More is better with ribbons and trinkets too. The cheerleaders have a special routine that will blow you away at the pep rally, and the front yards of the football players are covered in banners featuring the school colors. Go Home Team!
4. The Drill Team
Covered by an infinite number of sequins, these lovely girls dazzle at the halftime show. Look for the knee high boots and cowgirl hats, and you will not see a better line of high kicks in all 50 states. The best of these high school girls will go on to college pom and drill teams, and some will even make it on the world famous Kilgore College Rangerettes.
5. The Fans
Texas fans know their football. When they argue with a ref's call, they don't just boo. They can tell you the exact rule and infraction and why their team has been wronged and abused. And it's not just the parents of the players, band and cheerleaders who show up. It's not just the high school kids. It's the whole town. The entire community supports the team. Shirts in school colors are a must, and as soon as the band starts playing, you can be sure that everyone knows all the words to the fight song. Fans in Texas bring their A game, and in the words of legendary University of Texas football coach Mack Brown, "Come early, be loud, stay late!"
Miley Cyrus' new album Younger Now promises to bring Miley Cyrus back to country music. In preparation for the album Miley has softened her image and bought a palatial country home in Nashville signaling that she truly desires to return to the music heritage of her youth. The first single off the album is the title track is a love letter written to country fans defending her past and laying out a hope for her future.
Taylor Swift's Web site is blank. Her Twitter profile exists, but there's no profile picture-- same goes for Facebook. Don't get me started on her Instagram-- she deleted all of the photos.
Just days ago Swift won her sexual assault case against a Denver DJ who groped her before a 2013 concert. Before that, we saw Swift in February during her only scheduled concert of the year. There was a brief commotion over the possibility of her being carried out of her New York City apartment in a suitcase and she supposedly has a new boyfriend, but really-- Swift has been totally off-the-grid.
Swift hasn't tweeted since May and her few Instagram posts this year were about new music from friends.
But, now a total blackout of her online existence? It can only mean one thing-- she's about to shut it down, only to bring it back to life like never before.
Forget everything you thought you knew about Swift because this is going to be epic.
Kelsea Ballerini knows what's up. Not only has she become a massive country music star in the last couple of years, she's also becoming known for her down-to-earth advice and very approachable vibe. A couple of years ago, people started comparing her legs to Carrie Underwood's-- a compliment for the ages, sure. But, when asked her workout routine she just said she walks her dog and tries to go easy on the chicken tenders every now and then. (Results definitely not guaranteed.)
When it comes to beauty advice, Kelsea's not trying to talk about some product you can only buy in France under a bridge from someone who once walked past Gwyneth Paltrow-- she's throwing out real helpful advice.
Kelsea told the Grand Ole Opry that it's all about washing your face-- simple, yet effective.
But, really, she started slinging knowledge when she shared some advice from her mom, "My mom told me when I was younger... you either play up the eyes or the lip, but you can't do both because you'd look crazy."
This is the type of advice that should hang on the walls of middle schools everywhere-- kind of like the "hang in there" cat poster.
Everywhere you turn these days there is excitement for the solar eclipse. I can't blame people either. A total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-generation event so unique that people take vacations and travel oversees to catch them. But with all the buzz about the solar event, a lot of us still don't know exactly what it is. So who better to educate us that 8 year-old genius and Global Science Ambassador Romanieo Golphin, Jr?
Kip Moore's Video for "The Bull" Is a Wild Ride That Will Remind You Life is About the Ups AND the Downs
Kip Moore doesn't usually record songs he didn't write. But once you hear "The Bull," you'll immediately understand why he chose to perform this outside song.
Jimmy Kimmel recently spoke out against white supremacy during a late night monologue and upset a lot of people. Our publishing of said monologue created the same effect. Instead of going at his detractors with bared teeth, Kimmel simply read their thoughts out loud on air while blurring out their names, noting where they were right, and where they erred. If there's one thing that can begin to heal our differences it's a rational, calm, conversation.