Masses of Oklahoma fans poured into McLane Stadium looking for the No. 3 Sooners to manhandle a young, winless Baylor team that had shown few signs that it could compete with a national power.
Someday, a rain storm like none in the Waco area’s recorded history could push Lake Waco to the top of its floodgates, engulf Waco Regional Airport, cascade down to the Brazos River and imperil East Waco and Baylor University with a surge of floodwater.
Like most Wacoans, I have family and friends who have been significantly impacted by Hurricane Harvey. My uncle Robert Hanson from Bevil Oaks — just west of Beaumont — had 6 feet of water in his Piney Woods home. He lost everything. The families of my Beaumont cousins — Ross, Cathleen, Colleen and Ron — are still displaced, some living with relatives and others in trailers.
I’m from a town that has had a terrible national reputation marked by disaster and scandal, yet is now enjoying a rebirth. I don’t mean Waco, though — I’m originally from Detroit. And I suspect that Waco could borrow at least one great idea from the Motor City.