When the Chips are Burnt, They’re Burnt Orange.

7 Jan

A few years ago, on an ordinary July afternoon, our family was having a routine lunch at Jason’s Deli, when the most amazing not-ordinary thing happened.

We got a divine prediction: If  not from heaven, then at least from Austin.

As my husband was eating his chips, he suddenly stopped, A solitary ray of light shot through the window and illuminated one of the chips. A ray of burnt-orange light.

And he said,”I think the burn spot on this chip looks like Bevo.”

Yes, that Bevo. The beloved mascot of the University of Texas.

I wanted to laugh, but I could hear a trumpet playing “The Eyes of Texas” somewhere faintly in the distance. So, I looked.

Sure enough, the Lay’s ruffled chip had the Longhorn logo on it.

Now, I know it’s not a perfect image. Faith requires a measure of mystery. If you’re an Aggie, I’m sure you don’t see it.

 But you say poh-tay-toe chip, we said, “It’s a sign a national championship is coming. Shrine it off.”

THe chip was spared. We carefully brought it home and wrapped it in plastic. As the 2005 college football season began, the chip had a place of honor. Laugh if you like, but week after week, its oracle was verified.

Then, with 4th down and five yards to go on the final play of Rose Bowl, Vince Young impossibly scrambled into the end zone. And the Longhorns became national champions.

The University of Texas plays for the national title again tonight. The chip is long since gone. But we did make a pilgrimage to Austin this year for the first game of the season. And they haven’t lost since.

So after they win tonight? Mack Brown, you better call us with tickets for next year.

Hook ’em.

8 Responses to “When the Chips are Burnt, They’re Burnt Orange.”

  1. themaggers January 7, 2010 at 12:16 pm #

    Love love love! Hook’em!

  2. Elle January 7, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    That’s a potato miracle if I’ve ever seen one! And if it helps your football team win, then that’s all the better.

    Good luck to them tonight!!

  3. Lee Dunkelberg January 7, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    It only counts if it is on a tortilla.

    • lettergirl January 7, 2010 at 12:35 pm #

      Oh no Lee, that ruling only applies to Virgen de Guadalupe images. Bevo can transcend mediums. Just like you can see Jesus on a grilled cheese sandwhich.

  4. KatFrench January 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    You know, living in the land where college basketball is the state religion (Kentucky/Indiana), I somehow really enjoy reading OTHER regions’ tales of sports-related craziness.

    It somehow makes the UK shrine my cousin has in her basement seem oddly normal…

  5. Beth January 7, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    I think it’s absolutely hilarious that you saved that chip and kept it in a place of honor. Love it! What a great story. Cheers!

  6. Doug January 8, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    I’m thinkin’ Bama ate your chip

  7. Todd January 12, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    Ohhh, probably shoulda held on to that chip.

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