Texas Eyeing a Game in Mexico City

January 29, 2014 at 11:45a    by DJ Byrnes    
68 Comments
The Longhorns could be headed south

The Texas Longhorns already play in the most iconic neutral site game in college football: The Red River Rivalry. Yet, with Penn State kicking off their 2014 season in Ireland, the Longhorns could also be eyeing some help in their international branding. Mexico City is one spot the Longhorns could land.

Many are speculating BYU would be a natural fit for an opponent, but at this time, it's just the mere wish of the Texas AD.


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mh277907's picture

Not exactly the safest place but interesting nonetheless.

buckeyebobcat

Oyster's picture

Actually they had the choice between Detroit and Mexico.  Safety first I always say.

703Buckeye's picture

What about Sochi?

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Mexico City is no more dangerous than most large US cities.
 

Liening's picture

C'mon.  How much trouble could football players get into in Mexico?  

GLiening

toad1204's picture

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

PittBuckeye's picture

They could call Saul, but unfortunately he's currently hiding in Nebraska, in other words Pelini got him.

GrayDay's picture

How awesome would it be if they could get Pelini to do a cameo on Saul's new show. 

OSUStu's picture

Taking 'crutin international?

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

PittBuckeye's picture

The US soccer team hates playing there because you can't breath with all the polution. I can't imagine a bunch of guys in full pads and everything gasping for air and throwing up on the sidelines is a good look for Texas.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Don't forget the bags of urine! Viva Estadio Azteca!

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

BuckToAsT's picture

Bags of urine aside--which, by the way, are also present at some B1G stadiums (see Happy Valley)--Estadio Azteca is pretty awesome.  I've been to a few soccer matches there and the atmosphere is darn cool.  I believe it is one of the five largest stadiums in the world, and it has hosted many notable international events (Olympics, World Cups, etc.). 

Earle's picture

I'm really not sure I can very easily disregard something like that.

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PittBuckeye's picture

I was assuming they would leave those at home for a football game with likely 0 Mexican born players in it. But that is also one of the joys of the Azteca, they're almost too many to cover them all.
I would like to watch a game there some day, but not a football game, and not a game where the US is playing Mexico (I'm not that brave)

acBuckeye's picture

What does El Guapo have to say about this?

Hovenaut's picture

Will they be bringing a plethora of pinatas?

Hate Week runneth over

charles's picture

This just in....someone leaked the plans for the refs uniforms...

OSUBias's picture

Speaking of which, someone is embracing that as a ski uniform for a Mexican Olympian.

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BTBuckeye's picture

I signed in just to upvote that!!!

OSUBias's picture

What is the point? This seems like a spectacle just for the sake of spectacle. They are never going to start watching football down there, so this isn't helping them broaden their Longhorn Network footprint. The worst pollution in the world. Crazy levels of violence, tons of distractions for the players. I see only downside.
I am amused at the idea of reading all sorts of Gameday signs in Spanish, though. Might be the only thing that could get me to tune in to that show.

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BuckToAsT's picture

"[w]orst Pollution in the world."  Not so.  Mexico City has come a long way since the 90's.  It hasn't been one of the most polluted cities in the World for many years.  In fact, just last year, Mexico City won the Air Quality prize at the City Climate Leadership Awards in London for its program "ProAire," which has been largely responsible for undoing the City's past bad-pollution rep.  (just Google it.)  It is still polluted, but great progress is being made.
 
"Crazy levels of violencee."  Really?  I think you are confusing drug violence in Northern Mexico with Mexico City.  In fact, Detroit, New Orleans, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Oakland all have higher homicide rates than Mexico City.  Sure, it's a big city, and there is a lot of crime.  But that's true in a lot of places in the United States where football is played.
 
Also, your statement that "they are never going to start watching football down there" is plain wrong.  Sure, soccer is--and probably will always be--the Mexican national sport.  But that's true pretty much everywhere else in the world.  American Football has been growing rapidly in Mexico, with TV channels fighting for rights to air NFL games.  In fact, in 2005, Estadio Azteca held the first ever regular-season NFL game otuside the U.S. Guess what--104,000 fans attneded.  And yes, that is the regular-season NFL attendance record.
I don't mean this as a personal attack, just pointing out facts.
Sources:
http://content.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1661031_16610...
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-most-violent-cities-in-the-world-2013...

Citrus's picture

You keep your damn facts and sources to yourself. This is the internet! 

Sarcasm font unneeded? 

ATXbucknut's picture

I agree with Bucktoast on this one.  I've been to Mexico City many, many times and its air pollution isn't as bad as what I've experienced in Tokyo or even Seoul when the "yellow dust" from China blows over.  And nothing in the world is as bad as air pollution in many Indian and Chinese cities, where you can't even see across the street.
Anyone ever been to Harbin, China (the hugest, most polluted city you've never heard of)?
And Buck is spot on about violence being confined mostly in the north and select coastal areas. As long as you don't go to Mexico City wearing designer clothing/jewelry you'll have no problem.
Mexico has some decent semi-pro American football teams, particularly in Monterrey. We also used to play Mexican high school football teams when I was in high school in Texas.
Mexico also has a national team for American football that competes in International Federation of American Football (IFAF) competitions like the IFAF World Cup. They finished second in two IFAF World cups and fourth in another.
Speaking of the IFAF World Cup, one of the QBs for the US national team at the 2011 IFAF World Cup is now part of Buckeye Nation.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Ah yes, just a good debate about international air quality. Just another day here at 11W.

Good stuff, chaps. Good stuff.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Ethos's picture

LOL Harbin, i'm there this year actually...*sigh*
I say Harbin isn't as bad as Beijing.  We got stuck in Beijing for 2 days waiting for the pollution to clear before we could even fly to Harbin, which was also badly polluted when we landed.

"What do you need water for, Sunshine?!" - Coach Coombs, if you don't love this man, you have no soul.

ATXbucknut's picture

I feel for you, Ethos.  Wear a mask!

OSUBias's picture

I don't take anything said here as a personal attack, so don't worry about that.
You're right on the pollution, my information on that was outdated and from memory. That being said, it is still substantially worse than any other city where college kids are playing football in this country. That was mainly my point, I just phrased it in exaggerated fashion. In comparison to where Texas normally plays game, this seems like it has more downside than upside. That was what I was thinking when I posted.
Crazy levels of violence is based on personal experience; traveling there for work and having armed guards guiding us around. Could have been extra and unnecessary precautions, but that didn't happen in any city in the US. Again, comparing it to any other place that Texas would normally play football.
As to whether or not they're watching football or will start, I'd argue that packing a stadium for one game with 100k+ 9 years ago doesn't really scream that it is taking off. It says "we tried this once before, it was a sell out that day, then they/we went back to not caring." If it had worked better, this wouldn't be the second time in a decade that someone would try it.
I just don't see the benefits to the University of Texas. Maybe the NFL will take off in Meixco in the next 10 years. Maybe they'll get a national football league of their own like Canada. But neither or those things helps Texas, unless Mexico gets so football crazy they need their fix on Saturday from the Longhorn Network, as opposed to on Thursday, Sunday, and Monday from the NFL.
So you corrected some of the factually incorrect statements I made, but never really answered the question of what is the point? What do you think Texas gains from it? Exposure? TV money? I'm just not seeing the end game. I feel like young Bobby Fischer about to be yelled at by Ben Kingsley.

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BuckToAsT's picture

I think this is step one of UT eventually getting a TV deal in Mexico.  The interest is there.  I was in Mexico for the OSU @ Miami game a few years ago, and I didn't have to look hard for a bar showing the game.  Not only that, but locals there were discussing football with me intelligently.  Same happened last year, when I was in Mexico City for business during the OSU @ Northwestern game (i.e., the heart attack game!)  UT is posturing for a TV deal in the near future. 
So, I do think UT has something to gain.  And yes, it is Exposure and, eventually, TV money.  Also, playing games down there is a great way to keep the American Football trend going. 
Maybe it'll work out--maybe it won't.  But I see the promise.

AngryWoody's picture

Der takin' our games!

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Earle's picture

Many are speculating BYU would be a natural fit for an opponent

My first thought regarding this statement was, "Because Mexico has such a large Mormon population?".
Well, it's because Mexico has such a large Mormon population.
#til

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Oyster's picture

How was your trip to Columbus?  Did we go broke at American Girl?

Earle's picture

The kids had fun (the girls especially), but an early retirement is now off the table. 

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Oyster's picture

I hope you found a close watering hole while they were destroying your retirement.  A cold beer helps take the sting away.

PittBuckeye's picture

Holy unexpected fact batman! I never would have guessed that.

bleedscarlet's picture

Huh... that ranks right up there with turtles breathing through their butt on the "no shit meter"

I'm too drunk to taste this chicken

BoFuquel's picture

I would think Colorado or Colorado State would be a little less taxing, and I'm sure they both have a huge fan base in The City. Still a game against a major to pad your ranking. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

hit_the_couch's picture

Mexico City is damn dirty and not to mention, much of it isn't safe. Dumb move on UT's part.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Ethos's picture

it's comments like these that upset me.  No population is more biased and uninformed about other countries then America.  

"What do you need water for, Sunshine?!" - Coach Coombs, if you don't love this man, you have no soul.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Hit_the_Couch's comment was a bit boorish, but then you go too far in the opposite direction. Compared to Austin, or Dallas, or NYC, Mexico City does have very serious sanitation problems.
Mexico City's violent crime rates are actually not that high, although maybe Hit_the_Couch got confused, with Mexican cities like Juarez, Acapulco, Torreon, Chihuahua, Durango, Culiacan, Mazatlan, Tepic, and Vera Cruz all being among the "top" 20 of world cities with the highest murder rates.
To say that no population is more biased and uninformed about other countries than America is absurd. Compared to the people of what other countries? Belgium or Norway? Why don't you take a backpack tour through the Middle East, Balkans, central Asia, etc. and report back to us on how much the peoples of various countries know about other cultures. 

FloridaBuck's picture

Exactly.  Comparing crime rates in Mexico City to Detroit is all well and good, but ask those same people where they would rather live, and I think the actual truth comes out. Make no mistakes, there are ignorant ass Americans, but the education is there for anyone who desires it. Let's compare that to North Korea, Somalia, Afghanistan, etc etc etc. 

hit_the_couch's picture

t's comments like these that upset me.  No population is more biased and uninformed about other countries then America.

When I say 'dirty' I mean polluted. It's no secret that there are a number of areas in MC that one should avoid. I am well traveled and very interested in other countries/ cultures. Much more interested in these things than my own homeland of America, thank you very much.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

fanfarris's picture

Have you been to some outhouses in w.Virginia? or some of the projects in NY. Chicago or God forbid Detroit?. just an hour drive from mexico city and you will see the great pyramids.

you
 

ATXbucknut's picture

+1 for "the great pyramids" part of your comment. I love it.  Teotihuacan ain't Giza, but the pyramids are still great!

seafus26's picture

Exciting. I'd much rather attend a game there than Detroit, Cleveland, Pitt or Indy.

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

SOF_Buckeye's picture

I'm totally not a fan of this playing games overseas. We don't need to deprive local and ardent fans the opportunity for a marketing gimmick. It doesn't benefit the fanbase; it's a week (+) distraction for the players and coaching staff. And, whether Europe, Mexico, etc., soccer is their sport. I don't prefer seeing it aired on my channels, and the majority there find it a curiosity at best long term.

"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." Woody Hayes

Jeeves's picture

Soccer will take over the American market before American football will take over international markets like Mexico or Ireland or the UK. But with fewer and fewer American kids playing American football maybe they are looking into future recruiting grounds?

Nappy's picture

I drank my first beer in Mexico City.  I was 15 and it was inside a strip club.  Fond memories...

Fan of bacon since 1981

Oyster's picture

And we have our winner for the best post of the day, and we are all jealous of where you had your beer too. 

Nappy's picture

Even better, it was a school trip.  A few of us were walking around our hotel one night and passed this building where all we hear is pulsating music.  The doorman invited the group of us in, about 10 total kids, all of us between 15 and 17.  We thought it was a dance club.  Next thing I know there are boobs everywhere and waitresses asking if we want cervezas.  Si. 

Fan of bacon since 1981

Oyster's picture

I thought you were going to say your dad took you.

Nappy's picture

No, but I did see my Spanish teachers boobs in Puerto Vallarta.  I should point out my Spanish teacher was hot.

Fan of bacon since 1981

Oyster's picture

Same trip?  Or do we have another story to tell?

ATXbucknut's picture

Your Spanish teacher was hot?  What was his name?
I kid, I kid.

fanfarris's picture

But did you get laid ??

you
 

fanfarris's picture

will the texas rangers be with ? if so we may have a great shoot out kinda game.

you
 

jedkat's picture

"I was tired of trying to work my way around the back, so I just ran him over"

~ Joey Bosa

Crimson's picture

Texas playing a game in Mexico City.  I haven't heard such a great idea since, wait.
You know you played Oregon Trail when you were a kid.

DJ Byrnes's picture

I regret I have but one upvote to give, sir.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

ScoobyKnows's picture

Very nicely done!  Love that game!  +1 Crimson

BTBuckeye's picture

El Longhorn Network

jedkat's picture

it's actually only going to be televised on ESPNDeportes

"I was tired of trying to work my way around the back, so I just ran him over"

~ Joey Bosa

40 Degrees North's picture

For the last 20 years, Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys have done a lot of marketing in Mexico and all of Latin America. This has had a lot of success for the Cowboys, particularly in Mexico. I think Texas is seeing what the Cowboys are doing and are wondering if they have to do it. It will be interesting to see how this goes.
On another note, I have wondered when the B1G was going to make a marketing push into Canada. 

-1 HS
RhTN's picture

Hey staph! ha, well I actually live in Mexico and I can see that many of you don't have an idea of how it's down here, I've been many times in Mexico city (most recently to a Foo Fighters concert in december) and it's an amazing city, there is a Football fan base in this country, I'd say the 2nd largest in the world, I know Canada has many fans, i'm talking about the sheer size of the country, Canada has 20 millions habitants, Mexico City itself has as many, they broadcast NFL and NCAA games here through Fox Sports, 1,2 and 3 and ESPN 1, 2 and 3 too, heck you can even watch the Woman Football League... The Estadio Azteca was packed for a so so game between SF and Arizona, in 2005 neither team was particularly good. They haven't returned because of economics, not lack of fans, to sell 100k 60 buck tickets to an average mexican is kinda expensive.
There is violence, but must of it takes place in the northern cities near the border, Mexico city too me seems as safe as any city in the world, it also has the most parks and museums in the world. 
Having said that I agree that there isn't much logic in bringing a game here, but mark my words, if it happens the stadium will be packed, perhaps not if they do it all the time, but for a single game I have no doubt. There are a couple of national college leagues throughout the country and many, many amateur leagues too Mexico city itself has no less than 15 football leagues. 

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

 A game that could literally turn into a shoot-out.

buckguyfan1's picture

Texas AD to the Mexican Official:  "How would you feel about a Texas Vs Wisconsin match up?"
Response:We don't need no stinking Badgers!

Silver Bullet 10's picture

I want to see Alabama vs. Miami in Antarctica. Would help establish some football fans among the penguin population.