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This week's Dirk West Cartoon



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Cartoon shows SWC family

By Joe Gulick
Avalanche-Journal



It was rare for Dirk West to include all nine Southwest Conference mascots in one cartoon, but he did in this one, which originally was printed on Nov. 25, 1980 - two days before Thanksgiving.

Baylor had finished conference play with a perfect 8-0 record, so the Bear was depicted by Dirk as the host of the Thanksgiving feast.

Texas Tech was 5-5 and on its way to its second consecutive losing season. The Red Raiders would lose to the Razorbacks 22-16 at Arkansas in their final game.

The Hogs also were 5-5 and had accepted an invitation to the Hall of Fame Classic in Birmingham, Ala. Meanwhile, TCU had finished the season with a 1-10 record.

The Longhorn's bandage reflected a 16-0 loss to Baylor three days earlier. Texas had lost to SMU and Texas Tech earlier in the season and would lose its season finale against Texas A&M.

The Aggies were 3-7 when the cartoon ran, which accounts for the Aggie's comment, but A&M fans four days later would have the joy of beating Texas.

Tech coach Rex Dockery, finishing his third season, would resign to go to the University of Memphis. The Red Raider referred to Tech athletic director John Conley.

Moss offered a humorous take about the opening episode of the 1980-81 "Dallas" TV season, which was aired four days earlier and answered the question about who shot J.R. Ewing, played by Larry Hagman, in the previous season's cliffhanger ending.


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