Recently I was invited to a mini-reunion of the 1970 Longhorn football recruiting class. After the event, I wrote to all participants the following :

Thanks for your gracious hospitality and for including an "outsider"  into the fellowship reunion of the 1970 recruiting class.    You and your teammates  managed  to take my little  piece of  the  puzzle  from  the 1967 recruiting class and for a short time weave it into the  1970 puzzle.    As the "Odd piece out" I got great joy in listening to all the  stories and watching the interactions and dynamics of men who during  4 short years of their lives   formed special friendships  that have  lasted a lifetime. 

The Rest of the Story Follows

 Lometa Open Horseshoe National Championship double elimination tournament 

Lometa Open Horseshoe National Championship double elimination tournament 

This sport was chosen because most of us  can still play, compete, and not get hurt in this tournament.  Well- unless you are Dan Adams who popped a blood blister throwing a horseshoe.  You can't make this up!!! 


Spanky was needed for this "serious" injury. 


Dick Baird wrote an article in 2003 that adds  clarity to why a teammate  bonds survives a lifetime.   Dick’s full article can be found on Google, but for the purpose of this  article  I have focused on his comments related to  bonding. 



The bonds of sport can last a lifetime

Sun | Sports

Dick BairdOct 23rd, 2003

Nothing like a win to cure all your problems. Washington coach Keith Gilbertson and the Huskies finally put one together, and it was oh, so sweet. Lots of excitement, energy and emotion rolled into a big victory. That's what it's all about.

Or is it?

Years from now, that win will be forgotten. Years from now, all those people in the UW program will realize the experience was really what it was all about -- sort of like it's not the destination, but the journey. Along the way, a mutual investment in emotion will create bonds that last a lifetime.





Dick says "Just last week, I got a chance to spend the day with a couple of old teammates. Lots of stories retold and lots of heart involved. Friends forever, held together in the bond of football brotherhood. College roommates as well as survivors of a "Junction Boys"-type football experience."






It happens in all sports. Teammates are for life.

Tongue in cheek Dick says "Obviously, we all are better players now then we were then. That's part of aging; you get to embellish as the years go by."

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"Football has an incredible bonding aspect to it. It absolutely demands an emotional investment. This is what makes it such a powerful force in character development as well as sacrifice. You never question anything about each other. It's an understood respect. This is my teammate. We will always be on the same team."

"Sure it was only in our college days, but for us, and a lot of other men, those days will last forever. In our last season together, we only won two games. But those wins came against Idaho and Washington, and they were the last two games of the season. A season from hell ended with a taste of victory and lives on today."

"A bond is created by all team sports. And what's really cool is that nowadays women get to experience the same feelings. When I was in high school, there were hardly any women's sports."

"It's funny that our educational system considers athletics "extra-curricular," when in fact it's one of the greatest learning experiences there is."

"Every time I go to a reunion, it is my teammates that I'm most anxious to see. It's a bond that lasts forever, and it is why I'll always be honored to be called Coach."

End of  Dick Barids Article

Running unopposed Dan Adams wins the All Sports Award for best all-round athlete 

The Road to Mark’s hunting Ranch  

Team bonds add clarity to a life journey that is filled with complicated roads we must navigate to reach our career destination.   As in all Longhorn recruiting classes college ends and careers and families begin.  Everyone grows up and all drive on different roads to reach their destiny.  It is not an easy journey for most of us.  Symbolically our career paths mirror the road to Marks Hunting Ranch. This road is full of  one lane bottlenecks that slow our career path.   Dirt roads full of  bumps, rocks, and crevices  that must be crossed carefully to maintain career momentum, and creeks that flood at the untimeliest moment to stop all progress. 

For many reasons many of us are unable to navigate this road and our chosen destination is changed by destiny.   I can only think of Dennis Ladd  when I think of someone who left  U.T with great dreams to only to be held captive by many health issues. Some, but not all, were caused by football injuries.   On his road many of his teammates pooled funds to financially help him. Money helped reduce his worries about losing his home, but it did  not cure his problem- nothing will. There is only so much a  teammate bond can do. Dennis knows that he  must travel the remainder of his road alone. He has replaced his dream with  a personal war to survive.   Horns up for Dennis!


However, If you make it past all of these obstacles, you will find  for a moment in time a  safe haven.  A ranch house where all who enter can for a moment forget the obstacles of  the present and celebrate the past.  

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                                                   Mark's Safe Haven

                                                  Mark's Safe Haven

Psychologist for decades have tried to quantify how team bonds can create these safe havens.  The answer will never be  determined by empirical data.   The safe haven team bond is a complicated formula that includes trust, honesty, sacrifice, collaboration, cohesion, communication, and synergy.   All of these elements  were present at the reunion of the 1970 Longhorn football recruiting class. 

The guest list  included doctors, lawyers, businessmen, home builders, Ranch owners, accountants, tour directors, restaurant owners,  oil men, and retirees. As professionals, all of these men have made this world a better place. For the last 47 years  these men have built  bridges to the future   to make it easier for others to cross. 

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Above is world class doctor Mark Akins whose professional speciality preempted medical  assistance to anyone invited to this event. 


But on this outing all professional titles were left at  home and teammates celebrated the construction of a bridge made of special memories to the past. It was a  time for all invitees to savor the years 1970 thru 1974.

All told great stories,  but one story captured the narrative needed to understand  how team bonds begin.   Eric Sorensen a Jesuit scholar tells a story about directing a difficult canoeing trip.  He said  “It would rain for days , everything would be wet, your gear wet, your clothes and” nothing would dry and everyone was miserable. It was not a fun trip.    Sorenson said that what he wanted to accomplish on this trip was a sense of deep connection between the paddlers. He accomplished his goal.

Dan Adams and Bob Tresch  lived this same type of adventure on a three day canoeing trip down the Guadalupe. For some reason Dan and Bob forgot that canoeing the Guadalupe during rainy season was not a good idea. It was a miserable trip. The story told around the campfire that night was hilarious.  I was laughing so hard my stomach hurt.

For me this story captures the reasons teammate bonds last a lifetime.   Dan and Bob shared a struggle, survived the  adversity,  and in the process learned more about each other. This is the essence of how all team bonds begin.  

Team sports require what Dan and Bob experienced but with many more complicated levels to create a lifetime team bond.  

The teammate bond is complete when the respect of a team member is earned. 

Teammates  share victories, losses, workouts, fellowship, sorrow, pain, and joy together. These interactions create  the bond that  last a lifetime. Respect for each other remains years after the glory days in sports have ended.  47 years later on March 10, 2018 at Mark’s Hunting Ranch  I witnessed a bond that will last a lifetime.   


Billy Dale







Update on Charlie Tanner

Bio from 

Born in Austin, Texas ... earned a degree in corporate communications in the spring and began work on a another degree in adverstising ... a three-time Academic All-Big 12 selection ... a three-time member of UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll ... a prep honor roll student who was tabbed academic all-district three times ... active in UT's community service program ... participated in "A Brush with Kindness" helping to repair low-income homes ... is part of a group of Longhorns that regularly visits patients at the Dell Children's Medical Center ... helped with kids ministry at his church from junior high school through high school ... made two mission trips to Mexico during spring break of his freshman and sophomore years ... enjoys video games and music ... both of his parents received graduate degrees in business administration from UT.

SENIOR (2009)
Started 14 games at left guard ... tabbed second-team All-Big 12 by The Associated Press and honorable mention All-Big 12 by the league's coaches ... twice named UT's Boss Hawg Award winner as the team's most productive offensive lineman ... helped Texas average 39.3 points (third NCAA), 421.2 total yards (29th NCAA) and 273.6 passing yards (22nd NCAA) ... cleared the way for 562 total yards, including 363 passing, against ULM ... blocked for 544 yards of total offense, including 353 passing, against Wyoming ... helped UT post 216 yards and 24 points in the second half against Texas Tech in a 34-24 victory ... cleared the way for the sixth-highest total offense tally in school history with 639 yards versus UTEP ... it marked just the second time in school hisotry that UT posted over 300 yards rushing and passing in the same game ... helped Texas put up 38 points and 313 yards against Colorado ... opened holes for UT's rushing attack to gain 142 yards, including 102 in the second half, on an Oklahoma defense that was ranked third nationally in rush defense (53.6 ypg) at the time ... cleared the way for 285 yards and 35 points in the first half and 400 yards for the game at Missouri ... posted 275 yards on just 56 plays at Oklahoma State ... helped UT gain 537 total yards, including the second-highest passing total (470) in school history, versus UCF ... helped UT post 317 yards and three TDs en route to a 40-0 halftime lead at Baylor ... paved the way for UT to post 51 points and 537 total yards versus Kansas ... cleared the way for 597 total yards, including 304 passing and 293 rushing, at Texas A&M.


THE PROPOSAL by Charlie Tanner 2018- SHE SAID YES!!!

The Wedding

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Charlie Tanner from the 2005 Longhorn football recruiting class married Chelsy Hutchison at Laguna Gloria on January 20th, 2018.  Their honeymoon trip included Dubai, Thailand, and Tokyo. His groomsmen list was a whose who of Longhorn football players including  Ryan Bailey, Henry Melton, Trevor Gerland, and Daniel Orr. 








Still looking for names of all the Teapots and their images

I believe the origin of the Teapot tradition began in 1957 with David Kristynik.  Just guessing- but since the Longhorns were known as "teasips"  maybe the teapot tradition was a logical transition.   

The term tea-sip (also spelled teasip, t-sip, or t sip) was started by students of Texas A&M University (aka. Aggies) in the early 1900’s to belittle the well-to-do students of t.u. The University of Texas was traditionally the “rich” school which pumped out doctors, lawyers and the like. A&M was the blue collar school which traditionally taught Agriculture and Mechanics (engineering).



I am not sure if the early Teapots  were  "short and stout" ,but I do know that by 1966 stature was the primary qualifier for the  wearing the crown lid.  It was a harmless varsity hazing tradition  that required the freshman teapot to sing the teapot song before dinner each night at the dining hall at Moore Hill.  It was a tradition that brought a lot of smiles to many faces except maybe the designated teapot .  

Terry Collins was my roomate in 1967 and he won the "honor" as teapot.  Terry may not have liked the tradition in 1967, but he wears  his "lid" with pride in 2018.  







Wikipedia says "I'm a Little Teapot" is an American song describing the heating and pouring of a teapot or a whistling tea kettle. The song was originally written by George Harold Sanders and Clarence Z. Kelley and published in 1939.[1] By 1941, a Newsweek article referred to the song as "the next inane novelty song to sweep the country".[2]




The Longhorn Teapot Saga - wearing the "lid" with honor

So here are the names of the teapots so far.  If any of you teapots would like to make comments and send pictures please email me at    

1957- David Kristynik




1957- David Kristynik says   "Larry Stephens started it with me. Made me sing every day...either that or Bay City fight song or the teapot sont at every supper. Angleton was in our district. When David came he took my place. Coach Royal even called him teapot along with others....I became squatty body.














1958 - David Russell



David Russell from Amarillo,Tx. Class of '58  says "I know my Freshman year (1958) I sang this almost every night. . To this day most of the guys call me T-Pot and in fact, Coach Royal and other coaches called me this most of the time. It has been a fun name to have, and I do not know why they decided to make me the T-Pot. I was short but not sure that I was that stout. I could stand on the table occasionally and perform and they liked that.  To me this was one of the ways that upper class men and freshman could really have fun and bond in a non threatening way."

David Russell 1958-1962  









1959 ?

1960 ?

1961 ?

1962 ?

1963 ?

1964 - Bill McGuire from Colorado City, Tx. His son Clay coaches with  Leach at Washington State.

1965’s -  Craig Jolly (Jolley?) from Sweetwater



1966- Charlie Copeland





1967- Terry Collins from San Angelo . Teapot - Terry Collins singing the Teapot song at a  2009 reunion of the 1967 recruiting class. 


















1967- terry Collins






















1968- Jim Bertelsen



1970- Charlie Banno




1973- Johnny Mack Chappell

1974-  Jim Yarbrough 

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BBA, University of Texas, 1977, with majors in Finance, Accounting and Real Estate.


James D. Yarbrough served as the Galveston County Judge from January 1, 1995 until December 31, 2010. He was elected Mayor of the City of Galveston in May 2014 and will serve a two year term. He is a native of Galveston and graduate of Ball High School.

Jim attended the University of Texas at Austin on an athletic scholarship and captained the Longhorn Southwest Conference football championship team. He was also named to the All-Southwest Conference football team and the first player in the NCAA to play as a graduate student. 

Jim is married to the former Carol Urbani and they have two children: daughter Ashley, her husband Dustin Dusek, and a son Beau, a graduate of the University of Texas, and his wife Erin, and they are the proud grandparents of Luke and Blake Dusek.




  • Galveston County Daily New Citizen of the Year
  • Boy Scouts of America- Bay Area council distinguished Citizen
  • College of the Mainland Outstanding Services to Education Award
  • Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership’s QUASAR Award
  • Communities In Schools Starlight Award
  • State Friend of Extension Services
  • Prevent Blindness – Person of Vision
  • Charles A. Jacobson Award – Bay Area Transportation Partnership



1975-  Jeb Batts,

1976-  Sammy Smith, 

1977 - Ken Doan

1978- Kevin Burris