RTI Videos

RTI Videos

The RTI Story Videos

Watch more videos about the RTI and exclusive shorts from The Fabulous RIYO Company. Like and share on our YouTube Channel!

The Turkey Bowl Feast

The 1979 Invitation had an extremely creative Thanksgiving dinner theme. Feast your eyes on the game hen!
 

Decades At-A-Glance

See how the Turkey Bowl advanced to reach their Golden Anniversary. And buy the book to find out how it all played out!

Available Editions

You can read The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story in three formats. Choose one or try all three! Readers who purchase the paperback edition will enjoy our free supplemental Reading Guide.

Print Edition

Our print-on-demand book with 180 images is available through Amazon and ships quickly! Free Reading Guide PDF.

Price: $18.99
6x9 Paperback: 400 pages
(October 2019)

PDF Edition

This interactive version for desktop, tables and smartphones includes hundreds of reference links.

Price: $9.99
PDF Download: 414 pages
(October 2019)

Kindle Edition

For e-reader fans, our book is available for Kindle devices. Take The RTI Story with you wherever you go!

Price: $9.99
Kindle: 414 pages
(October 2019)

RTI Videos

Watch more videos about the RTI and exclusive shorts from The Fabulous RIYO Company. Like and share on our YouTube Channel!

Meet the Players

An invitation to join a robust touch football pickup game was a high honor in the 1960s for boys growing up in Dallas.

Reference Links

In e-versions of The RTI Story, we include embedded reference links that will take you to web pages and videos that provide you with more information. You can access them here, too.

Glossary

The Glossary contains words and terminology you may not be familiar with; some we have created, some we redefined.

Meet the Players

Meet the Players

Meet the Players

An invitation to join a robust touch football pickup game was a high honor in the 1960s for boys growing up in Dallas.

Brent Parrott

Co-Author

Brent Hranicky

Major Contributor

Eddie Stallings

Contributor

Jim Guy

Contributor

Steve Howard

Contributor

Bryan Renfro

Co-Author

Bruce Stensrud

Contributor

Hal Boggan

Contributor

Jon Clifford

Contributor

Tommy York

Contributor

Freddie Lambert

Major Contributor

Bubba Farley

Contributor

Harry Walker

Contributor

Mark Tunstall

Contributor

Turkey Muse

Inspiration 

Richard Parker

Major Contributor

Chris Frederiksen

Contributor

Jerry Harris

Contributor

Ronny Rhoades

Contributor

Bobby Bassett

Major Contributor

Danny Dillon

Contributor

Jim Galbraith

Contributor

Sonny Buchanan

Contributor

2009 Player Action

Now in their early 60s, these old friends will get together at least one more time for the 50th Anniversary of the game fondly known as the Turkey Bowl.
 

Player Cards

One of the worst in the series, the 1970 Invitation was a poor effort on the Commissioner’s part to draw and write clever poetic snapshots of the participants. See all the Invitations in the book!

Available Editions

You can read The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story in three formats. Choose one or try all three! Readers who purchase the paperback edition will enjoy our free supplemental Reading Guide.

Print Edition

Our print-on-demand book with 180 images is available through Amazon and ships quickly! Free Reading Guide PDF.

Price: $18.99
6x9 Paperback: 400 pages
(October 2019)

PDF Edition

This interactive version for desktop, tables and smartphones includes hundreds of reference links.

Price: $9.99
PDF Download: 414 pages
(October 2019)

Kindle Edition

For e-reader fans, our book is available for Kindle devices. Take The RTI Story with you wherever you go!

Price: $9.99
Kindle: 414 pages
(October 2019)

RTI Videos

Watch more videos about the RTI and exclusive shorts from The Fabulous RIYO Company. Like and share on our YouTube Channel!

Meet the Players

An invitation to join a robust touch football pickup game was a high honor in the 1960s for boys growing up in Dallas.

Reference Links

In e-versions of The RTI Story, we include embedded reference links that will take you to web pages and videos that provide you with more information. You can access them here, too.

Glossary

The Glossary contains words and terminology you may not be familiar with; some we have created, some we redefined.

Reference Links

Reference Links

RTI Reference links

Links, links, and more links! Enjoy this snap-shot of The RTI Story… and there will be a quiz!

In these links, you will find a treasure-trove of information about the many people, places, and things we refer to in The RTI Story. We also start the decades with lines from songs that capture the feelings we’ve tried to convey. Enjoy!

Opening Song Lyrics

Chapter Three:
Lean on me, when you’re not strong, I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on… “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers; from the 1972 album, Still Bill.

Chapter Four:
You say you want a revolution… “Revolution” by the Beatles; from the 1968 White Album.

Chapter Five:
I get by with a little help from my friends… “With a Little Help from My Friends,” Joe Cocker version; from the 1969 album, Joe Cocker.

Chapter Six:
Glory days, well, they pass you by… “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen; from the single recorded in 1982.

Chapter Seven:
Exit light, enter night, take my hand, we’re off to never-never land… “Enter Sandman” by Metallica; from the 1991 album, Metallica.

Chapter Eight:
We’ve been doing this longer than you’ve been alive, propelled by some mysterious drive… “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive” by Old 97’s; from the 2014 album, Most Messed Up.

Chapter Nine:
And admit that the waters around you have grown… “The Times They Are a-Changin’” by Bob Dylan; from the 1964 album of the same name.

Chapter Ten:
If heaven was a town, it would be my town… “If Heaven,” Andy Griggs version; from the 2004 album, This I Gotta See.

Chapter Eleven:
You get your chance to try in the twinkling of an eye… “Free Four” by Pink Floyd; from the 1972 album, Obscured by Clouds.

Chapter Twelve:
There are places I’ll remember, all my life, though some have changed… “In My Life” by the Beatles; from the 1965 album, Rubber Soul.

Mentioned in Chapter Two

45 RPM single record, Wikipedia.

Cars from the 50s and 60s with fins, Google search results.

Glovolium, YouTube.

Brylcreem, YouTube.

Brown vs. Board of Education, ThoughtCo.

Disneyland opens in California, ThoughtCo.

McDonald’s, ThoughtCo.

Rosa Parks, ThoughtCo.

Elvis Presley Gyrates on Ed Sullivan’s Show, ThoughtCo.

Sputnik 1, ThoughtCo.

Cat in the Hat, Wikipedia.

Lego, Wikipedia.

“Davey Crockett,” YouTube.

Adlai Stephenson, Wikipedia.

“Hound Dog,” YouTube.

“Peyton Place,” YouTube.

“The Three Stooges,” YouTube.

“Laurel and Hardy,” Wikipedia.

The Marx Brothers, Wikipedia. “Abbott and Costello,” YouTube.

“Little Rascals/Our Gang,” Wikipedia.

Frankenstein, YouTube.

Dracula, YouTube.

Wolfman, YouTube.

The Mummy, YouTube.

“Tom and Jerry,” Wikipedia.

“Crusader Rabbit,” YouTube.

“Rocky and Bullwinkle,” YouTube.

“Dudley Do-Right,” YouTube.

“Peabody’s Improbable History,” YouTube.

“George of the Jungle,” YouTube.

“Lawman,” YouTube.

“Sugarfoot,” YouTube.

“Wanted Dead or Alive,” YouTube.

“Have Gun Will Travel,” YouTube.

Tex Ritter, Wikipedia.

Gene Autry, Wikipedia.

“Roy Rogers,” YouTube.

“Sky King,” YouTube.

“Howdy Doody,” YouTube.

“Pinky Lee,” YouTube.

“Ding-Dong School,” YouTube.

“Captain Kangaroo,” YouTube.

“Mickey Mouse Club,” YouTube.

“Andy’s Gang,” YouTube.

“Soupy Sales,” YouTube.

“Winky-Dink and You,” YouTube.

“Icky Twerp and Slam Bang Theater,” YouTube.

“Gunsmoke,” YouTube.

“Ed Sullivan,” YouTube.

“I Love Lucy,” YouTube.

“The Honeymooners,” YouTube.

“Disney’s Wonderful World of Color,” YouTube.

“The Donna Reed Show,” YouTube.

“The Jack Benny Show,” Wikipedia.

“The Red Skelton Show,” Wikipedia.

“Father Knows Best,” YouTube.

“Leave It to Beaver,” YouTube.

“Rawhide,” YouTube.

“Superman,” YouTube.

“Lawrence Welk,” YouTube.

“Sing Along with Mitch,” Wikipedia.

Chuck Berry, YouTube.

Kingston Trio, YouTube.

Harry Bellefonte, YouTube.

Jerry Lee Lewis, YouTube.

“In the Mood,” YouTube.

“Raunchy,” YouTube.

White Rock Lake, Dallas Parks and Recreation website.

Mentioned in Chapter Four

The Grateful Dead: “What a long strange trip,” YouTube.

John F. Kennedy Elected President, History.com.

The Beatles: “Revolution,” YouTube.

Astronaut Neil Armstrong sets foot on the moon, YouTube.

Draft Lottery, Wikipedia.

1963 Chevy Corvair Spyder, Google search results.

BBC News: Jack Ruby shot and Killed Lee Harvey Oswald, YouTube.

Monte Carlo, Google search results.

Hacienda Casino, Google search results.

Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, YouTube.

Santa Anita Race Track, Santa Anita website.

Braniff, Wikipedia.

“The Lone Ranger,” YouTube.

Astroturf toe, WebMD website.

Flash Gordon, Wikipedia.

Doak Walker, Wikipedia.

Bogey, Wikipedia.

Mentioned in Chapter Six

Rubik ’s Cube, Wikipedia.

Prince Charles marries Lady Diana

Spencer, Wikipedia.

Viet Nam War Memorial, Google search results.

“Thriller,” YouTube.

Ben Hogan golf cap, Google search results.

Howard Cosell, Don Meredith, Frank Gifford, Sports Illustrated website.

Vince Lombardi, Wikipedia.

Billy Kilmer, IMDB website.

Sonny and Cher: “I Got You Babe,” YouTube.

Harvey Martin, Wikipedia.

Theme from Rocky, YouTube.

“The Life of Riley,” YouTube.

Tom and Foolery, Merriam-Webster website.

Ray Charles Anthology, Wikipedia.

The Great Escape, YouTube.

7 Samurai, YouTube.

Body Heat, YouTube.

Casablanca, YouTube.

Shane, YouTube.

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, YouTube.

Apocalypse Now, YouTube.

Deer Hunter, YouTube.

Maltese Falcon, YouTube.

Manhattan, YouTube.

Red River, Google search results.

Oklahoma, YouTube.

Gone with the Wind, YouTube.

David Graham, Golf Hall of Fame website.

Lee Trevino, Wikipedia.

Breaking Away, YouTube.

Top Gun. Google search results.

Ross Perot, Wikipedia.

Plan 9 from Outer Space, YouTube.

Bonnie Raitt, Wikipedia.

Willy Deville, Willy Deville Music website.

Chuck Berry: “Nadine,” YouTube.

Sam the Sham, YouTube.

The Five Satins: “In the Still of the Night,” YouTube.

Charcos, Google search results.

Keller’s Drive-in, Google search results.

Kips, Google search results.

Carpetbaggers, Wikipedia.

Mentioned in Chapter Seven

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, Wikipedia.

Columbine High School, Wikipedia.

Nosara, Wikipedia.

Harry “the Hat” Walker, Wikipedia.

J.P. Donleavy, Wikipedia.

Random Harvest, YouTube

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Google search results.

Lightnin’ Hopkins, Wikipedia.

Leon Redbone, Wikipedia.

Early BeeGees, BeeGees website.

Zombies, The Zombies Music website.

Jimmy Rogers, Wikipedia.

Woody Guthrie, Wikipedia.

Phil Ochs, Wikipedia.

Rayfield Wright, Wikipedia.

Risk, Wikipedia.

John Lee Hooker, Wikipedia.

Freddie King, Wikipedia.

Michael Bloomfield, Wikipedia.

Elvin Bishop, Wikipedia.

Paul Butterfield, Wikipedia.

Eckerd’s, Wikipedia.

Mill Valley, Wikipedia.

“Hit the Road Jack,” Google search results.

“Gilligan’s Island,” You Tube.

“Margaritaville,” YouTube.

Citizen Kane, YouTube.

To Kill a Mockingbird, YouTube.

Ben Hur, YouTube.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, YouTube.

The Creature From the Black Lagoon, YouTube.

“Lonesome Dove,” Bing search results.

Elvin Hayes, Wikipedia.

Blackie Sherrod, Wikipedia.

Dan Jenkins, Wikipedia.

Larry McMurtry, Wikipedia.

The Beach Boys, YouTube.

Frank Deford, Wikipedia.

Tom Landry, Wikipedia.

Ghandi, Wikipedia.

Joni Mitchell, Wikipedia.

Sharon Stone, Wikipedia.

Robin Williams, Wikipedia.

Joan Baez, Wikipedia.

The Barber of Seville, YouTube.

Giaochino Rossini, YouTube.

Peter Grimes Benjamin Britten, YouTube.

“How I Became Human Again” by John Anders, D Magazine.

Mentioned in Chapter Eight

2000 presidential election, Infoplease.

Terrorists attack United States, Infoplease.

Anthrax, Infoplease.

North Korea, Infoplease.

George Walker Bush, Infoplease.

Colin Powell, Infoplease.

American troops capture Saddam Hussein, Infoplease.

California governor Gray Davis, Infoplease.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Infoplease.

Columbia Astronauts, Infoplease.

2004 Summer Olympics, Infoplease.

Chechen terrorists, Infoplease.

Gay marriages, Infoplease.

John Kerry, Infoplease.

Pope John Paul II, Infoplease.

Benedict XVI, Infoplease.

Barack Obama, Infoplease.

Unemployment, Infoplease.

Bernard Madoff, Infoplease.

Ponzi scheme, Infoplease.

Michael Jackson, Infoplease.

Rod McKuen, Wikipedia.

Cool Hand Luke, YouTube.

The Pad and How to Use It, YouTube.

“Gloria” by Them (and my version), YouTube.

“Come Go with Me” by the Dell Vikings, YouTube.

Bonnie and Clyde, YouTube.

Pulp Fiction, YouTube.

Shawshank Redemption, YouTube.

The African Queen, YouTube.

Doyle Bramhall, YouTube.

Lou Ann Barton, YouTube.

Renee Fleming, YouTube.

Eddie LeBaron, Wikipedia.

James Earl Jones, Wikipedia.

Ronny “Stradivarius” Neal, YouTube.

The Magnificent Seven, YouTube.

The Wild Bunch, YouTube.

A Shot in the Dark, YouTube.

Giant, YouTube.

Gladiator, YouTube.

My Dinner with Andre, YouTube.

Mark Twain, Wikipedia.

Jules Verne, Wikipedia.

Mentioned in Chapter Nine

“Old man syndrome,” WebMD.

Obama “JV team,” Rocket News.

Obergefell vs. Hodges, Wikipedia.

Amazon Music, Wikipedia.

Bluetooth, Wikipedia.

Sonos, Wikipedia.

The Loving Spoonfull, YouTube.

The Turtles, YouTube.

Buffalo Springfield, YouTube.

Sam Cooke, YouTube.

Jackie Wilson, YouTube.

Marvin Gaye, YouTube.

James Brown, YouTube.

Four Tops, YouTube.

Temptations, YouTube.

John Prine, YouTube.

Pink Floyd, YouTube.

Jerry Rafferty, YouTube.

Bill Withers, YouTube.

Bruce Springsteen, YouTube.

The Talking Heads, YouTube.

Sade, YouTube.

Natalie Merchant, YouTube.

Robert Earl Keene, YouTube.

Jerry Jeff Walker, YouTube.

Mickey Newberry, YouTube.

Counting Crows, YouTube.

Roxy Music, YouTube.

Old 97’s, YouTube.

Wilco/Jeff Tweedy, YouTube.

Jason Isabel, YouTube.

Ryan Adams, YouTube.

Sturgill Simpson, YouTube.

White Buffalo, YouTube.

The Mavericks, YouTube.

Cody Jinks, YouTube.

Brandi Carlile, YouTube.

My Morning Jacket, YouTube.

Whiskey Myers, YouTube.

Savannah Conley, YouTube.

The National, YouTube.

The War on Drugs, YouTube.

Michael Connelly, Michael Connelly website.

Mitch Rapp Books, Vince Flynn website.

Thomas Berger, Wikipedia.

David McCullough, Simon and Schuster Publishing.

Catcher in the Rye, Wikipedia.

Little Big Man, Wikipedia.

A Confederacy of Dunces, Wikipedia.

Great Expectations, Wikipedia.

Truman, Wikipedia.

John Adams, Wikipedia.

All six Thin Man movies, YouTube.

Night at the Opera, YouTube.

Old Yeller, YouTube.

The Graduate, YouTube.

Godfather I & II, YouTube.

Little Big Man, YouTube.

Saving Private Ryan, YouTube.

The Searcher, YouTube.

Red River, YouTube.

For a Few Dollars More, YouTube.

No Country for Old Men, YouTube.

Goldfinger, YouTube.

Casino Royale, YouTube.

Forest Gump, YouTube.

The Wire, YouTube.

The Sopranos, YouTube.

“The Way I Heard It,” Mike Row podcast.

Dan Bongino, Dan Bongino podcast.

Music that Matters, KEXP website.

Movies, Films and Flix, Movies, Films and Flix website.

Mark Levin, Mark Levin audio-rewind.

Have Gun Will Travel

Richard Boone as Paladin is one of our favorite TV westerns. The half-hour show, with six seasons and 225 episodes, was broadcast from 1957 through 1963, and had a radio version, too.

Reference Map

These are the three schools we attended growing up in North East Dallas. Click on the map to navigate on MapFling. Buy the book to read about our experiences!

Available Editions

You can read The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story in three formats. Choose one or try all three! Readers who purchase the paperback edition will enjoy our free supplemental Reading Guide.

Print Edition

Our print-on-demand book with 180 images is available through Amazon and ships quickly! Free Reading Guide PDF.

Price: $18.99
6x9 Paperback: 400 pages
(October 2019)

PDF Edition

This interactive version for desktop, tables and smartphones includes hundreds of reference links.

Price: $9.99
PDF Download: 414 pages
(October 2019)

Kindle Edition

For e-reader fans, our book is available for Kindle devices. Take The RTI Story with you wherever you go!

Price: $9.99
Kindle: 414 pages
(October 2019)

Meet the Players

An invitation to join a robust touch football pickup game was a high honor in the 1960s for boys growing up in Dallas.

Reference Links

In e-versions of The RTI Story, we include embedded reference links that will take you to web pages and videos that provide you with more information. You can access them here, too.

Glossary

The Glossary contains words and terminology you may not be familiar with; some we have created, some we redefined.

Glossary

Glossary

The RTI Glossary

The Glossary contains words and terminology you may not be familiar with; some we have created, some we redefined.

Blitz
A defensive term meaning to rush the passer. In our early days, the safety blitz, three-man blitz, and the all-out blitz (where everyone on defense rushes the passer, usually called when the offense is expected to throw farther than 5 yards) were strategically part of our game but once we stopped running passes more than 5 yards, the blitz was in limited use. We eventually required defensive rushers to count to three, eliminating the blitz all together.

The Comeback
A football play where the center snaps the ball to the quarterback who then laterals to one of his teammates who is either flanked out to the right or left; usually right for right-handed quarterback and left for the left-hander. The flanker will fake moving forward to get the defender to back up, and then “come back” to receive the lateral pass. We usually designed the play for the quarterback to be the receiving target, running down field as the defense is focused on the flanker. This works about 70 percent of the time.

Entertain Your Man
On offensive plays when the playmaker says, “entertain your man,” he’s telling you that you are not in the play, you are only to keep your defender out of the play. Usually, you go to the far side of the line of scrimmage and do nothing, which is really doing something.

Flanker
An offensive player lined up outside all teammates, left or right, either on the line of scrimmage or behind the line of scrimmage. Flanker is usually out wide as a decoy, with the purpose of tying up a defender. When you are asked to flank-out and entertain it means you’re really not in the play.

Footballdom
A made-up word, but an easy one to understand; football kingdom, football domain, football world, and so on.

Footscraper
This term is referenced nearly two dozen times in our book, but it has nothing to do with a footscraper. Most people know a footscraper is an engineered post to scrape mud and gunk off your shoes. Every school we attended had footscrapers near their entrances. Our footscraper is only a point of direction. It is in play and when referenced in a call you would hear the phrase “go to the footscraper.”

Freddie Lambert
A fictitious person we made up in high school.

“Galvinator” and “Doctor J”
Nicknames for Dr. Jim Galbraith.

Lateral
A lateral is a pass that cannot travel forward, it must be perpendicular or behind the passer. In our all pass games, someone uses the lateral to fake who the passer will be.

Lateral Center
The center, instead of centering the ball to the quarterback, laterals to another teammate, again, to fake the defense as to who is the passer. The quarterback is the usual receiver target. This works maybe 75 percent of the time.

Martha Turner Reilly or MTR
The namesake for the elementary school where the RTI was played. We searched but couldn’t find any information on Martha so, evidently, she wasn’t that important. Reilly was misspelled multiple times in our Invitations.

P for K
In our younger days, faced with a fourth-and-long situation, we would punt. In later years, we determined that hamstrings were very susceptible to painful pulls, so “Passing for Kicking” or “P for K” became the rule.

The Rain Kings
The Rain Kings were an improvisational band created by Richard in our high school years. The Rain Kings performed at Bryan Adams’ 1966 student assembly extravaganza, where Brent played the electric antlers. The Rain Kings recorded several tongue-in-cheek songs, such as “Gorilla” (a parody of the group Them’s hit song “Gloria”) and “Everybody out of the Pool,” that never had airplay, thank God.

RIYO Productions
Richard Parker’s production company for all the silly movies we made in the 60s and 70s.

RTI
Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational.

Sammy Banno and Gary Norton
Sammy and Gary were two Bryan Adams ’66 class bullies, and evidently Jim Galbraith was planning on using them as “muscle.”

“Tidler”
Nickname for Mark Tunstall.

Two Below
When we stopped playing tackle, finally realizing someone was going to get seriously injured, we went to “Two Below,” but this only lasted a few Thanksgivings. Two Below means the defender has placed both hands below the offensive player’s waist to indicate he has been “tackled.” After a few games playing with Two Below rules, we realized it was almost as bad as tackling; we had nothing but arguments. Can you imagine any of us not saying, “You didn’t get me with two hands!!” “You didn’t get me below the waist!!” “You only got me with one hand!!” We spent more time arguing than playing football. So, we went from Two Below to “Two Anywhere” (which was almost as bad), to “One Hand Anywhere.”

The Footscraper

60 years later, the footscraper is still in place at Marther T. Reilly Elementary School.

“Aging Pals” Article

The continuation of the article in the Dallas Morning News by Curtis Rist, November 1986. Buy the book to see the entire clipping!

Available Editions

You can read The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story in three formats. Choose one or try all three! Readers who purchase the paperback edition will enjoy our free supplemental Reading Guide.

Print Edition

Our print-on-demand book with 180 images is available through Amazon and ships quickly! Free Reading Guide PDF.

Price: $18.99
6x9 Paperback: 400 pages
(October 2019)

PDF Edition

This interactive version for desktop, tables and smartphones includes hundreds of reference links.

Price: $9.99
PDF Download: 414 pages
(October 2019)

Kindle Edition

For e-reader fans, our book is available for Kindle devices. Take The RTI Story with you wherever you go!

Price: $9.99
Kindle: 414 pages
(October 2019)

RTI Videos

Watch more videos about the RTI and exclusive shorts from The Fabulous RIYO Company. Like and share on our YouTube Channel!

Meet the Players

An invitation to join a robust touch football pickup game was a high honor in the 1960s for boys growing up in Dallas.

Reference Links

In e-versions of The RTI Story, we include embedded reference links that will take you to web pages and videos that provide you with more information. You can access them here, too.

Glossary

The Glossary contains words and terminology you may not be familiar with; some we have created, some we redefined.