Yep, only in Texas. And at my old alma mater (Texas Tech) too! Ivy League and Tea Sipper folks have a hard time realizing that such as this is a relatively common occurrence. Ou rah! — jtl
(Thanks to my brother John Beal for this)This on-air interview is almost too good to be true. A few years ago, a couple cows got loose in Lubbock, Texas. They were running all around the highway and into the downtown area, causing traffic problems and pandemonium. One cow even stuck its head straight through a glass window into a law office.Enter: the five-time national championship-winning Texas Tech Ranch Horse team.As Sherrod Greeson explains, “Well, I was in class — a very important class, mind you, at that — yes. Oh, I’m sorry. In a very important class, and I get this phone call that says, ‘There’s two cows out on the highway,’ so I jump in the Toyota and run down there.”It wasn’t an easy job, though. The team’s horses were shod, meaning they have metal horse shoes on their hooves so they couldn’t take the horses onto pavement, or their feet would slip out from underneath them. Instead, they had to wait to lure the cows near the grass, while team members got ahold of the cows from all the angles they could. They were aided by policemen who shut down traffic.
“So how exciting was this for you?” asks the reporter. “On a scale of 1 to 10? 11,” says Greeson. “And how long have you been doing this?” she adds. “Well, I woke up today, so probably about 7 hours,” says Greeson. The reporter cracks up, adding, “I want to be all of your friends.”
Watch the whole hilarious interview above for more classic moments as the team recounts its adventures in roping cows in the middle of downtown Lubbock.
And just this past weekend during winter storm Goliath, a herd of cattle got out and started walking down a major street in town before the fire department corralled them to a little league field. Only in Texas.
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