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Really, who cares about the preseason polls? To be honest, I always get nervous when the Cougs are picked to finish high. Even in the first Rose Bowl season, we were picked by the experts to be bottom feeders. It is far better to exceed expectations.
1 year, 12 months ago on Least But NOT Last
I'm still scratching my head about the radio broadcast changes. Not too bothered that Walden won't be there, as his act was getting a little tiresome and he certainly let loose with some major broadsides at WSU administration about the Wulff firing. However, it is very odd that WSU is doing all it can to be big time (new $2m coach, new facilities, new branding, major donation push, KIRO as flagship station, etc), but appears to be going very minor league with the broadcast replacements. There should have been a national search for the best radio talent we could reasonably afford. Instead, they lateral Nameck over (who, in my opinion, does a decent job of WSU hoops broadcasts, but just decent) and bring in McWashington who has absolutely no broadcast experience. I do like Jessamyn McIntryre on KJR--at least she knows sports and has experience reporting and producing. This whole thing is, for a long-time Coug like me, very puzzling and un-Mooslike. Maybe there is more to the story--such as this being an interim change while the permanent broadcast team is being recruited. Hope so........
2 years, 2 months ago on Walden Speaks, Plus More
Agree completely. Moos is right on target---the first priority is to get the south addition done in time for the first game of the 2013 season. Once the team creates excitement and an expectation for top half of the Pac 12 finishes, we can start thinking about other phases to add seats. A second deck on the north side would be extremely cool, but only if we can sell those seats. Ticket demand has got to be there. The football operations building (which will almost certainly be on track to start construction after the 2013 season) will help a great deal in recruiting and continuing the cycle of success Moos and Leach are building. And we'll never be in a position to have facilities rivaling Oregon, Cal, SC, etc. What we can do is have excellent facilities that help us recruit the kids we need to be successful and continue to make WSU the top gameday experience in Eastern Washington so we can draw strongly from Tri Cities, Spokane, Idaho, etc. and encourage even more Seattle area Cougs to drive over.
2 years, 2 months ago on Pac-12 Stadium Arms Race: Where Does WSU Fit?
I've always been high on Kafusi. Dude hits like a pipe. I really hope his career doesn't go up in smoke.
2 years, 3 months ago on Wazzu Spring Game Ramblings
Charlie was driving me nuts tonight. Two things in particular:
1) he sets just about the softest screen I've ever seen
2) he does not demand the ball in the low block. Just kind of stands down there and puts a half-hearted hand up like "you can pass me the ball if you want to but I really don't want it." Come on, Charlie! Establish your base, get wide, get strong position. You've only got one game left. Play like it......
2 years, 3 months ago on Sorry Charlie
@Amieable @OmegaCoug @Sutra
I am one who doesn't spark a fattie. However, I do believe it should be legalized and regulated like alcohol. Having said that, Leach set clear rules from day one and the players have the choice: abide by them or leave. Those who want to continue to light up are free to head to Montana, BSJC or Central and stay as high as they'd like. One caveat: it would seem like a good idea to have some sort of "earn your way" back avenue available, but only if it included the player agreeing to random drug testing (although I'm sure the civil liberties crowd would have all sorts of fun this this one), keeping grades to at least the team average and strict adherance to all team rules. That way, the player who earned his way back could be a mentor to the younger players to encourage them to stay on track.
2 years, 4 months ago on Zero Tolerance for “Zero Tolerance” Policies
@Huddy @LucasNurmi @Sutra
Can one of you guys see if the rumblings about Kafusi are true?
2 years, 4 months ago on Spring Game Advent Calendar - Eight Weeks
And I'm real concerned that Sua has grade problems based on some things I read last week. Man! If he's not eligible, things could get ugly in a hurry!
As a long time season ticket holder, I was really pulling for Wulff to get the program back to the upper tier and was looking forward to scrambling to find travel arrangements for bowls. I strongly believe that would have been the case next season and wish he would have been retained. However, business is business, and I understand Moos' concern that the specter of another season of small crowd sizes, unsold club seats, donor apathy, etc. was something the program couldn't tolerate (especially with the looming need to get donors to pony up very soon for the $80m football operations building----and in a worst case scenario, the team craps the bed again next year and ends up with another losing record, no bowl and more excuses---yikes!!). Plus, to keep Wulff next season would really have meant that Moos would have had to extend his contract for at least one more year since recruiting as a lame duck coach wouldn't work. In any event, I feel vaguely sick to my stomach today about this whole thing and really hope Moos can pull a rabbit out of his hat to get the Cougar Nation unified and energized again.
2 years, 7 months ago on Hump Day With Huddy - Cougpocalypse Edition
@JollyCoug @ragtopman Agree. In the politically-correct 80s, the powers that be decided we should stop having a live cougar on display. When the last real Butch died they replaced him with the fake one. I think it would be very cool to have both (bring the live Butch out during pregame, then have the fake one take over). To avoid offending the nature lovers, it would be best to have a live cougar that was orphaned so the school could maintain the animal would certainly have died unless we graciously took him in to care for. Then, house him in a very nice enclosure (heated, lots of room, plenty of good food to eat, etc).
If this is done properly, it would do two things: restore a long-time tradition at WSU that is unique to the school and appeal to the pride of Washington residents in one of the most revered wild animals remaining in the state.
3 years, 2 months ago on Livefyre conversation - http://wsufootballblog.com/2011-articles/may/martin-stadium-entrance-song.html
Only one thing to say: if LSU can have a live tiger on the field for pregame (and the Buffs can have an adult buffalo on the field), it's high time we bring back a live Butch like we used to have back in the day. How cool would that be? The heck with the tree huggers/ASPCA types!
I think this is somewhat of a pie in the sky thing. Ken Griffey Jr. came across has having one of the most "I'm entitlred" attitudes I've seen in sports figures in a long time. Was handsomely rewarded with huge contracts, a mansion in Florida, a private leather recliner in the clubhouse (great for sleeping in during games), etc. Frankly, if Tre's offers come down to FIU, FAU, WSU and Oregon, I just can't imagine him jumping on our offer. He'll either stay in Florida where the weather is great and where he's close to the comforts of home or go to Oregon where Uncle Phil has set up the "entitlement" environment KG III is used to........
3 years, 2 months ago on JUNIOR junior
This is a total drag. Loved Bland's play as a frosh and was really looking forward to seeing him again this year. We still may. Hard to say what all the facts are yet. Whatever the circumstances, hitting/choking a woman is inexcusable and I hope she's ok.
3 years, 4 months ago on WSU's Louis Bland Arrested for Assault
Wow. This team is------I guess frustrating is the best word. Wildly inconsistent is another term that comes to mind. Without full effort, it's clear there just isn't enough physical talent on this team to get Ws. Also, it's very clear the team absolutely needs another quality big man. We can't just rely on Casto to carry the full load every game. I really like Charlie, but he's not the answer to contribute significant minutes at the 5. Motum is more of a finesse player and really doesn't bang down low. Abe is more of a wing player than a 4. Who's left. Bjornstad? He's been virtually invisible this year (has fewer than 5 game minutes all season, I believe) and may never be healthy enough to contribute. The dude from England? He has blisters from riding the pine. I REALLY hope Bone can dredge up a quality JC big man for next season to either a) spell Casto or b) push him for the starting spot. Otherwise, I fear we're in for more of the same.
3 years, 5 months ago on Stanford At-The-Half: Is the End Near?