By Joe Gulick
Halloween was a favorite Dirk West theme, and he did a cartoon related to trick-or-treating almost every season.
This cartoon was printed on Oct. 27, 1980, during the Rex Dockery’s third and final season as Texas Tech football coach. The Red Raiders had a 3-3 record and a 1-2 conference mark at the time.
SMU had just upset No. 2-ranked Texas 20-6 in Austin, and Dirk zinged UT head coach Fred Akers. The Longhorns were coming to Lubbock the next weekend, but Tech would jump to a 24-0 lead and hang on for a 24-20 victory.
Baylor won the Southwest Conference championship with undefeated conference play that year, and Baylor head football coach Grant Teaff sent Dirk a one-sentence letter typed in green (Baylor’s school color) saying simply, "I’m your biggest fan." Dirk clearly was flattered but laughed it off, saying, "It’s always easy to have a good sense of humor when you are winning."
Notice that Dirk drew the Baylor Bear here looking tougher than the bear usually looked - but he still included the signature tear coming out of the bear’s eye.
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