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1/5/05-Longview

Longhorn Merchandise Flying Off Longview Shelves

       Fans still haven't come down from the high of U-T's national championship win last night, and that excitement is turning into dollar signs for stores in Longview. It looked like a Christmas shopping frenzy, but this was U-T football fans looking to get a piece of history.

     "Burnt orange" merchandise was flying off the shelves early this morning. Places like Academy sports and outdoors opened at 6 a-m for the rush.

      "6 o'clock this morning we had doors, lined up outside with people waiting to get in , everybody was excited that we won, it was a close game" said Longview Academy manager Angela Fielden.

      Official longhorns rose bowl championship merchandise, including the official locker room cap were already in stock with retailers anticipating a U-T victory. They went on sale this morning, and fans couldn't get enough.

     "I watched everything till about 2 o'clock this morning, so I'm working on about 4 hours of sleep, this will all be gone by the time i get off work" said longhorn fan Wayne Fudge.

     Many who bought the keepsakes this morning were still re-living a game they'll never forget.

    "It was a great game the best game I've ever seen in my life" said U-T Fan Joyce Kendrell.

     The first college football championship for Texas in over 35 years will have these fans saying "hook'em horns" for a long time to come. Retailers expect to have much more "longhorn" merchandise in by the next two days.

Bob Hallmark reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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