By Joe Gulick
Even the biggest fans of Dirk West’s character Moss may have forgotten he ran for president 28 years ago.
Moss never revealed his true face, and the Boo Bird probably should have added that to the list of his qualifications for being a politician.
Dirk used the election theme to get in some pretty good one-liners in this Oct. 17, 1980, cartoon. The line about shipping a load of lettuce by rabbit was one he used in several cartoons over the years.
This is a busy cartoon, featuring all but one of the Southwest Conference characters (SMU was the omission) plus the Boo Bird and Moss.
Texas Tech was 2-3 and preparing to play at Rice the next day. As the Red Raider noted, Tech needed a victory against the Owls and got it — by a score of 10-3.
Tech finished with a 5-6 record in 1980 — Rex Dockery’s final season as the Raiders’ head coach. Dockery, who had compiled a 15-16-2 record in three years at Tech, left to become the head coach at the University of Memphis.
The Houston Cougar’s comment referred to a 17-13 Houston victory over Texas A&M the previous Saturday — and Sunday — in the Astrodome. The game was delayed because of a Major League Baseball playoff game between the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies.
The baseball game ended at 7:24 p.m. with a 5-3 Phillies win, but crews had to change the Astrodome’s configuration from baseball to football. The opening kickoff was at 11:33 p.m. on Oct. 11, 1980, and the game concluded at 2:41 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12.
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