first_imgTom Herman doing the "Hook 'Em Horns" while singing Texas' school song.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns sings The Eyes of Texas following a loss to the Maryland Terrapins at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Oklahoma football suffered a pretty serious recruiting loss on Tuesday. Jacoby Jones, the No. 1 JuCo defensive end in the country, decommitted from the Sooners.Jones had committed to Lincoln Riley’s club back on Sept. 16, a few weeks after his official visit. The Missouri native currently stars at Butler Community College in Kansas.He made the big announcement via— Coby (@CobyOnTop) November 13, 2018Jacoby Jones’ Oklahoma decommitment is good news for Texas football on a few fronts.First, Tom Herman’s staff is after Jones as a recruit. He is set to visit Austin this weekend.He previously visited NC State over the summer, and also holds offers from Colorado, Oklahoma State, Oregon, TCU, Texas Tech, UCF, Washington State, and others.Given the timing though, it definitely seems like Texas is the main factor right now.The decommitment also bumps Texas right past Oklahoma in the 247Sports composite recruiting rankings. After his decision, Texas is No. 7 in the country, and No. 1 in the Big 12, exactly one spot ahead of the Sooners on both lists.Due to a recent decommit for the 2019 class for the Oklahoma Sooners, the Texas Longhorns are now the No. 1 ranked team in the Big 12 for the 2019 recruiting cycle! #HookEm— Hook’em Headlines (@HookemHeadlines) November 14, 2018Jones is the No. 25 JuCo recruit in the country, and tops at his position. The crystal ball now has 50-percent of voters choosing him to end up at Texas, and that should continue to get even more lopsided.last_img read more

first_imgFor millennia, cultures around the world have recognized the end of October into early November as a time to memorialize, honor, pay tribute to, and generally get freaky about the dead. From the Celts to the Aztecs to the pagans, it’s a tradition that seems to cross all boundaries. For contemporary Halloweeners, it usually culminates in lots of drinking, lewd behavior, and outlandish costumes. Here are three destinations that boast the world’s best Halloween festivals.The Village, New York CityImage courtesy of New York City Halloween Parade/Facebook New York City Halloween Parade/FacebookNowhere in New York City knows how to party like the Village, so it’s no surprise the neighborhood is purportedly home to the largest Halloween celebration on the planet. The annual event sees more than 2 million attendees descend on the area in and around Sixth Avenue. The people-watching is second to none with revelers and performers decked out in all manner of shock-inducing costumes (or next to nothing at all). Every year brings a new and creative theme to the parade. For 2017, it’s “Cabinet of Curiosities: An Imaginary Menagerie,” which is inspired by cryptozoology, hybrid beasts of mythology, and P.T. Barnum-esque curiosities. If you fancy joining the parade, be sure to line up by 6 pm and remember that a costume is mandatory — the weirder the better.New Orleans, LouisianaImage courtesy of Krewe of Boo/Facebook Krewe of Boo/FacebookFrom the city that combines a love of voodoo — a culturally ingrained fixation on the dead (it’s popularly called “the most haunted city in America”) — and the out-of-this-world debauchery of Mardi Gras, it’s no surprise New Orleans knows how to party. The city’s multi-day Halloween spectacular begins on the days leading up to October 31 with nonstop parades, live music, street parties, and ungodly amounts of drinking. It’s like a sideways version of Mardi Gras, but with a darker, “black magic-esque” slant. The celebrations cling to some semblance of “family-friendly” during the day. But, once the sun goes down, every night is a boozy, bead-laden bacchanal where almost anything goes. If you need a do-good reason to go, it’s worth noting that 100 percent of the proceeds from Halloween New Orleans go to supporting Project Lazarus, a grassroots initiative that helps provide housing to people living with HIV/AIDS.Oaxaca, MexicoImage courtesy of VisitMexico/Facebook VisitMexico/FacebookMexico’s world-famous Diá de los Muertos celebrations take place throughout the country every November 1-2 (All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day respectively). The cultural capital of Oaxaca is ground zero for Day of the Dead, especially for foreigners seeking the most authentic version of the holiday. The city comes alive with brilliant markets, street parties, musical parades, and macabre costumes. On the surface, the Aztec-inspired holiday may seem grim, but there’s an ever-present optimism as families gather to commiserate and honor deceased friends and family. Head to a panadería (bakery) for traditional Day of the Dead treats like pan de muerto (bread of the dead) and sugar-spun coffins.Feature image courtesy of Krewe of Boo/Facebook. Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team Editors’ Recommendations Is This Modern-Day Lumberjack Competition the Coolest Sport in the World? The Lampuga Air Inflatable Jetboard Is a Go-Anywhere Aqua Thrill Ride 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploring 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S.last_img read more