On game day, some Longhorns fans stick with the friend who has the 58in plasma, but those who either don't have or can't stand that friend often end up at Posse East, a campus bar older than most (but not all) of its patrons. It's a place where old-school and new-school Austin mingle with a decidedly mixed bag of old-timers, undergrads, alumni, faculty, and unaffiliated folks just out for the drink specials...
Here are some notable characters you might (nay, will) run into on game day, in no particular order.
1. The Retirees In Performance Fishing Gear
These guys also occasionally throw some Tommy Bahama into the mix. One of them will almost always be a dead ringer for Wilford Brimley.
2. The Girl Eating Nachos With A Fork
Crown and Anchor was too crowded, so her group ended up here -- she's complaining about the greasy food and legitimately surprised and upset that the only wine they have is Beringer white zin. Her purse cost more than your first car. It contains a wallet that ALSO cost more than said car.
3. The Played For UT "Before The Injury" Guy
When he talks you can't help but think of Uncle Rico. Claims to be blood brothers with Steve "Mongo" McMichael. Do not encourage him with follow-up questions.
4. The Secretly Not-Into-Sports Guy
He's just here for the cheap beer, a patty melt, and to get out of the apartment. He's careful to cheer when everyone else does and terrified someone might ask him a question about the game.
5. The Grad Student Bro Brigade
V-neck shirts, khaki shorts, flip flops… and overwhelmingly strong odds that at least one among them is also a #4.
6. The Fixture
Same table. Same beer. Same shirt? Every night. For thirty years.
7. The Just-One-Of-The-Guys Girl
Don't be fooled by her small build and belly button ring, she can drink you under the table AND burp the Longhorns Fight Song. Not to be confused with Joyce Hyser from the '80s film classic, but if she happens to be there too, awesome.
8. The Burnt-Orange Fashionista
Tight burnt-orange dress? Check. Longhorns-themed fake nails? Check. Bedazzled Longhorns purse? Check. Self-tanner that's unintentionally on-theme? Check.
9. The A&M Fan
Ugh. Enough said.
10. The Obsessed Family
License plate, bumper sticker, email address, computer background, entire wardrobe, clocks, dishware…the entire theme of this family's existence IS UT Austin. Even Mawmaw's scooter is representin'. May or may not have applied to legally change family name to "The Longhorns".
11. The Incognito A&M Guy With The Longhorn Girl
These two are a modern day Romeo and Juliet -- only without the gunfights (hopefully) and John Leguizamo.