Horned Frogs and Rangers fans face a dilemma

Many students have a tough decision to make on Saturday.

Two of Texas’ top-ranked sports teams will start their games at the same time. The Horned Frogs football team takes on BYU at the annual Frogs for the Cure game at 3 p.m., and the Texas Rangers baseball team will make its first ever American League Championship Series appearance at the same time in Arlington against the New York Yankees.

While the decision is a tough one, some students who are Rangers fans, like Toby Teakell and Shawn Redd, had the decision made for them.

Teakell, an athletic marketing intern for the university, said that as part of his internship, he will work at the football game. Teakell said he was upset with the timing of the two games and the fact that he had no choice in the matter.

“Don’t get me wrong, I like my internship and I love the Frogs, but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said.

Teakell, a sophomore marketing major, said he would keep up with the score of the Rangers game through phone updates.

Redd is also an intern for the university in the athletics department and will also work at the football game. He said that although the Rangers making the playoffs was a dream come true, he has an obligation to the football game.

“Either way, you cannot go wrong with Frog football and Rangers baseball,” Redd, a communication research graduate student, said.

Junior nursing major Bradleigh Lowry said she also was torn between two of her favorite teams. Lowry calls herself a Horned Frog at heart and a Rangers fanatic.

She and her family traveled to Boston this summer to watch the Rangers play at Fenway Park.

“This is going to be a tough decision because it’s the first time in 11 years that the Rangers have made it in the playoffs,” Lowry said. “But I’ve also waited all semester for the Pink Out game.”

The university is expecting to bring in many fans with its Frogs for the Cure game, despite the scheduling conflict with the Rangers game. Events include a survivor tailgate party in Frog Alley from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and special recognition of survivors at halftime.

Proceeds from Saturday’s game will benefit breast cancer research. Five dollars of every ticket purchased online goes to the local Komen Greater Fort Worth and $3 from every “Frogs for the Cure” T-shirt goes to the national Komen for the Cure.