For years rivalry between schools has been in existence. This occurs in high schools, colleges and professional teams. These games are always exciting and no one ever knows the outcome of a rival game. It doesn’t matter team record or who is picked to win a rival game. The outcome can only be decided by playing the game. This holds true for the rivalry between two small Texas towns, Comfort and Blanco. As many have learned in 2007 and 2008, things have happened that have gone far beyond what rivals should do to one another including but not limited to placing dead animals on busses, boys meeting in a field and having a fist fights. Adults making statements like I hate people from Blanco or I hate people from Comfort. Two friends from these two towns hope to show what a healthy rivalry is all about.
Three years ago, renowned rodeo clown, Leon Coffee, a Blanco resident, made a bet with Brian Vaughan, a resident of Comfort for the last 8 years. Mr. Vaughan is a 21 year veteran police officer for the Department of Public Safety and very active in the athletic program of Comfort ISD. Leon Coffee and Brian Vaughan bet each other that their home team would take the victory in the 2006 football game. The bet was for the loser to walk around the winner’s town square holding a sign acknowledging the defeat. That year, Comfort beat Blanco, but Leon was not around for his payment. Brian Vaughan met up with Leon at the 2007 San Antonio Rodeo and payment was made. Leon was forced to wear Comfort paraphernalia and a sign with the score of the Comfort win. This started something that has become an ongoing bet between the two friends from rival towns.
In 2007, Blanco beat Comfort in the rival football game. This rodeo season, Leon sought out Brian and required that payment be made in full. Brian, being the good sport and holding rue to his word, had to hold a sign in Blanco’s town square and march around the square making statements such as “Blanco is better than Comfort in football”.
The two friends want everyone to know that healthy rivalries can be competitive and fun. There is no reason that rivalries should have to result in destruction of property, personal harm, or hatred. Both understand that good people live in both towns. Leon and Brian want the rivalry to continue but hope that everyone has fun with the rivalry, instead of resorting to hatred.