Saturday, December 15, 2007
Seriously, could it be a better time right now?
Well, not THE BEST time, I mean the Rose Bowl years and even last March were proably more special, but I have been a lover of potential.
First off, even though no one on the east coast knows it yet, the #6 Cougs are among the class in the country. I've been watching College Ball for a long time and It's been awahile since I've seen such a dfensive juggernaut, and after watching us be horrible for a long time it is soooo great to see us at the level we are at.
Then we turn to Football, after yet another dissapointing season, I finally got the Christmas present I'd been asking for, a new coach.
And it's the coach I have wanted for three years, Paul Wulff.
Seriously He's young, Hungry, A former Coug, and He's done great things at Eastern:
Two Conference Championships and Three Playoff appearences in the last Four Years.
Good times indeed.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
More importantly The Cougars gave out thier Team awards last night.
Heres the Results:
Laurie Niemi Award (Cougar Attitude) Chris Baltzer
Frank Butler Award (Cougar Spirit) Michael Bumpus
Fred Bohler Award (Cougar Inspiration) Jed Collins
Leon Bender Award (Defensive Lineman of the Year) Ropati Pitoitua
Mike Utley Award (Offensive Lineman of the Year) Bobby Byrd
Tim Petek Award (Strongest Man Award) Greg Trent and Matt Mullennix
Ozzie Dire Award (Scout Team Player of the Year) Michael Willis
Offensive Most Valuable Player Alex Brink
Defensive Most Valuable Player Husain Abdullah
SPECIAL TEAMS AWARDS
Hammer Xavier Hicks
And I am not the only one that thinks so.
ESPN.com columnist Andy Katz has a great article up about Wednesday nights game, and the evolution of the program, here
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
OK, so with my soul successfully purged over DoucheBag McDrinkypants winning Coach of the year, (see previous post) I figure we chould breakdown the rest of this years winners.
PAC-10 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR- Dennis Dixon, QB, Oregon
Really can't argue with this one. He was obviously all that Oregon had going for it in 2007, lets just hope he heals up enough for the pros.
PAT TILLMAN PAC-10 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR- Sedrick Ellis, NT, USC
Again, extremely hard to argue with this one, USC's defense was unstoppable and you could have pretty much picked anyone from that side of the ball for the Trojans.
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR- Jake Locker, QB, Washington
The hetero-man love continues for Locker. Somewhere Barry Tompkins is lying next to Locker in bed, stroking his hair and whispering "I'm proud of you, my little man"
ALL CONFERENCE TEAMS
Not gonna map them all out but:
1st team Offense:
2nd team Offense:
No Defensive or Special Teams players to speak of, shocked? Me neither.
Pac 10 awards came out yesterday and Dennis Erickson was named Coach of the Year.
Seriously, why do people continue to drink the Kool-aid (or whatever they may be drinking) with this guy.
Erickson has never put together a team of his own, he has only succeeded with teams he inherited.
Lets take a look at asswipe's career:
While there, he promised the fans of Wyoming a long tenure, then immediately accepted the head coaching job at Washington State. He left immediately in the middle of the night, not informing his players, and leaving thousands of angry fans who still hate him to this day.
(sound familiar Idaho fan?)
Hated in Laramie
WASHINGTON STATE 1987-1988
Inherited Jim Walden's recruits
Went 9-3 in the 1988 season and leading the Cougars to a win in the Aloha Bowl.
Immediately left for Miami.
Hated in Pullman.
Inherited Jimmy Johnson's team.
Won two national titles.
Wheels fell off in 93 and 94Erickson bolts, team put on probation for numerous violations.
Hated in Miami
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1994-1998
No players to inherit.
Does nothing of note.
Fired to bring in Mike Holgren.
Seattle is indifferent.
OREGON STATE 1999-2002
Inherits Mike Riley's Recruits (see a pattern here?)
Team goes to 2001 Fiesta Bowl
Wheels fall off the next season
Bolts for NFL.
His early departure left many OSU fans angry with him for betraying his contract. (again...pattern?)
Hated in Corvallis
San Francisco 49ers 2003-2004Inherit's shitty team
They get even Shittier
Erickson is fired.
San Francisco Doesn't Notice
Inherits even shittier team
Promises to rebuild troubled program.
Bolts after one year (sound familiar Wyoming?)
REALLY hated in Moscow.
Arizona State 2007-????Inherits Dick Koetter's Team
Wins Pac-10 Coach of the year????
Seriously, has no one figured it out yet?
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
The Cougars travel to Waco, Texas tonight for thier first major test of the year against Baylor.
The problem is ESPN is pulling the NFL Network card on us.
Tonights game, and Wednesday's potentially huge match-up between The Cougs and #19 Gonzaga, will be broadcast in ESPNU.
Thats right ESPNU, a channel that isn't carried by most major cable providers (ie Comcast), therefore, most folks wont have the option of watching these games at all.
It's all a ploy to try and strong arm said providers into adding the channel by showing more than just Lacrosse or whatever other mundance college sports they usually carry.
It's puzzling to me that a network who has bashed the NFL for thier exclusive games would effectively pull the same lame trick on us. (And this isn't just sour grapes, some major games throughout the country are getting the same treatment.)
And the shittiest part of it is, I'm totally gonna drink the Kool-Aid! I will be running out to find a bar with "The U" on Wednesday to watch the Cougs crush the Zag's. So in effect I am helping the problem.
DAMN YOU ESPN, PUT THE GOOD GAMES ON THE REAL CHANNEL AND SHOW SOME STINKING BOWLING TOURNAMENT ON THE U!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The first time I ever saw a Cougar basketball game in person, Tony was on the floor.
It was an amazing team in 1994, heading to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 11 years.
Thats when I started to live and breathe Cougars Basketball.
I won't get into any of the trashy speculation surrounding Tony's death.
I just want to pay tribute to a man who helped get me into College Basketball, which is now one of my top sports to watch.
My thoughts are with the Harris family
Alex Brink was named the Pac-10 offensive
player of the week yesterday.
This comes after his 399-yard, five-touchdown passing performance in the Cougars' come-from-behind 42-35 win at Husky Stadium in Seattle on Saturday.
What a great way to finish it out for Brink, he had his troubles at times but I was always kind of inclined to root for the guy.
All time QB stats leader at the school, first with 3 Apple Cup wins, and this honor to end his career.
Can't help but tip my cap to that.
Monday, November 26, 2007
The Cougs move up from 9th after three impressive victories over the weekend.
It is their highest ever ranking in either poll.
Heres the top Tens from Both:
North Carolina (13)
Division I Polls
Division I Polls
AP Top 25
North Carolina (28)
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Matt Nicholls passed for 434 yards and Dale Morris ran for four touchdowns as Eastern Washington handed second-seeded McNeese State its first defeat of the year, 44-15, in a first-round playoff game Saturday.
Next up for EWU is Appalachian State (Yes that Appalachian State!).
Ap State is the two-time defending national champ and of course holds a special place in every Cougs heart after making the Wolverines sob uncontrollably into thier bowl of bitch flakes to start the year.
And with Montana getting shocked by Wofford yesterday, The Eagles are the only Big Sky team left in the running.
HUGE UPSET No.2!
Central Washington rallied for 13 points in the final 3 minutes to stun the University of Nebraska at Omaha 20-17 in the NCAA Division II football playoffs on Saturday.
Central Washington's comeback sends the Wildcats (10-2) into the quarterfinals against two-time defending champion Grand Valley State.
Grand Valley State has no recent wins of major note but I am fairly sure they could beat Michigan as well.
This from the Seattle Times this morning:
Sterk said an announcement could come Monday, but said it might amount to a statement that the situation is still under review.
And so it goes,
Again quite possibly the best Apple Cup ever has come to pass, with the Cougars winning number 100.
Alex Brink was again the quiet star. Throwing for 399 yards and Five TDs to become the first Cougar QB to win three Cups.
Of course yesterday's other breakout stars had to be Frishknecht and Gibson.
Freek-a-Leek wowed everybody in the 1st half and then Gibson brought it home when it counted. Thank god we'll have them both next year (well maybe, more on that in a moment).
JAKE LOCKER MAN-LOVE NOT LOST ON COUGARS
Look I agree the guy is amazing, but it's getting a little ridiculous, especially after listening to Tompkins and Papadakis fellate him for four quarters yesterday.
But now the Cougs are chiming in.
linebacker Cory Evans: "He's bigger than I thought. He's faster than I thought. He's an athlete. To me, he could play any position on the field. I think he could throw it to himself and catch it if they'd let him."
Jesus, Did you buy him dinner first?
Bill "Prince of Poop Mountain" Doba: "Ever see him come around the corner?" "I'm not too sure I'd step in front of him. He's a big son of a gun."
Yeah bill, maybe if you'd got off your old ass and recruited, he'd be playing for us?
Wide receiver Brandon Gibson, who caught the tying and winning passes from Alex Brink, said he expects to be back for his senior season but will submit his name to the NFL draft. The NFL provides nonseniors with a projected round of where they would go in the draft.
OHHHH DEAR GOD NOOOOOOOO!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
So here comes the opening kickoff and…..
Rankin runs right into my soul on the opening kickoff.
Washington 7 - Washington State 0
I want to punch a child right now.
BTW, Did you know that Louis Rankin punches and kills cute little puppy dogs for fun?Just thought you should know.
end of 1st
So, we let a guy with a messed up neck run untouched into the endzone....shit.
That just happened!
The craziest play I've ever seen in an Apple Cup sets up a great touchdown run by Ivory.
Just before the touchdown, Jack "Throwin Samoan" Thompson was being interviewed on the sideline.He quipped that his favorite moment was sitting on the sideline with Levy at the '75 Cup and how they wanted to transfer to San Diego State.
Junior TE Frishknecht has 4 catches for 83 yards and 2 scores in the first half!I would name my first child after him if I could pronounce his name.
We got a ballgame!
21-20 lead at half.
Wheeeereee'd Whoooooo Gooooooo????
An absolutely gorgeous pass to Jeshua Anderson.
Who had him?
Reece burns the Cougar secondary worse than Paris Hilton "burns" anyone she's ever slept with.
End of the 3rd
A love story in the making
Tompkins just made a Dickensian reference in professing his love for Jake Locker.If Barry's head were any farther up Locker's ass he'd be calling plays for him.
Tompkins is buying a ring and Locker is picking out a china pattern.
Run Son Run
Gibson with possibly the greatest run after catch in Cup history!Washington State 35- Washington 35
Cougars have the ball back
Are chest pains and a numb left arm a bad thing?
Washington State 35 – Washington 35
At the Husky 35
Please just let me keep conciousness.
I HAVE JUST COMPLETED IN MY PANTS!
Wide open to Gibson and we got the lead
In a beating that resembled one of the better episodes of Cops.
The Cougs beat Mississippi Valley State 71-26 in Spokane at the Cougar Hispanic College Fund Classic.
I know you are not supposed to schedule anybody tough in your pre-season tourney, but this is friggin ridiculous!
Caleb Forrest scored a career high 13 points and Kyle Weaver added 13 of thier own.
It was Washington State's best defensive showing since holding Idaho to 23 points in 1948. The Cougars held MVSU to just nine points in the second half and 27.9 percent shooting.
I'll repeat that for you:
9 POINTS IN THE SECOND HALF!
Next up is Air Force tomorrow.
And it ain't over now. 'Cause when the goin' gets tough... the tough get goin'!
What the fuck happened to the Cougars I used to know? Where's the spirit? Where's the guts, huh? "Ooh, we're afraid to go with you Bluto, we might get in trouble." Well just kiss my ass from now on! Not me! I'm not gonna take this.
LET'S DOOOOOOOO IIIIIIIIIIIIIT!
Thats right folks, today is the day we end on a high note, stand up and shout it aloud.
Sure we've got an iffy quarterback, a swiss cheese defense and a coach who couldn't find a decent play if it were sitting on his face.
BUT TODAY WE FINISH UP STRONG, TODAY WE SHOW OUR LAST SPARK OF WHAT COULD'VE BEEN.
TODAY WE WIN THE APPLE CUP!
Other games to follow today:
#4 Missouri vs. #2 Kansas
You know how at the beginning of every year where we all get together, get REALLY drunk, raise our glasses and say THIS IS OUR YEAR, THIS IS WHEN EVERYONE FINDS OUT ABOUT US, THIS IS OUR CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON!
Students at the winner of this game will actually have some merit in those drunken ramblings.
(Personal Note: I am pulling for Mizzou simply beacuse Columbia is the coolest College Party Town this side of Pullman!)
Central Washington vs. Nebraska-Omaha
I'll try and update as frequently as I can. I'm looking to kick it off with a live blog of the Apple Cup today.