Not to strike a cavalier tone regarding animal cruelty, but let’s face the facts : UT hasn’t played a football game since Thanksgiving. The Ice Bats and Toros are both on the road this weekend, as is the Longhorns men’s basketball team (currently trailing Michigan State, 64-54 with 6 minutes remaining). Can restless Austinites really be blamed for trying to organize some DIY competition? From the Austin American-Statesman’s Claire Osborn :

Roosters were still wandering around crowing Friday in the front yard of a house where Travis County sheriff’s deputies Thursday night arrested 16 people suspected of involvement in a cockfighting operation.

Deputies received a call about 5 p.m. Thursday about the operation off Blake-Manor Road at a house at 20800 Galilee Court. They found numerous people jumping over fences and fleeing the scene when they arrived, said Capt. Phyllis Clair, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.

Hale said that in his 21 years with the sheriff’s office, he’s received one call about dogfighting but no other animal cruelty calls that involved fighting.

Some neighbors said Friday that they never suspected cockfighting was taking place.

“All we heard were roosters crowing and normal chicken sounds,” Vonda Sparks said.

It could be worse. You could live next door to this band’s practice space.