It’s difficult to explain SMU spirit to those who have never formed their right hand’s index and middle finger into Pony Ears. It’s a familial feeling; a home for alums to return, a reunion with best friends, and a bond between those who lift their pony ears high. A flood of fans in Harvard Red and Yale Blue can be seen from Mockingbird past iconic Dallas Hall. SMU fans don Pony Up shirts and line the way for Peruna’s trot down Bishop to Ford Stadium. Cheerleaders ruffle their pompoms together and their red lipstick perfectly complements the Mustang temporary tattoos on their cheeks. SMU flags wave in the air, and the excitement of a touchdown makes boys in bodypaint go wild. Yeah, the spirit is contagious.