If there is one thing that I have in common with Washington State football fans it is my understanding of what makes them mad. Nothing sets off a Cougar fan like The Color Purple.
So let me tell you something indeed. It’s hard to write snarky things about a team that dislikes purple as much as I dislike purple. Most of the year I want to go have drinks with Cougar fans and talk about mange, flea dips and worming medicine . . . and maybe popcorn.
But that doesn’t mean I have taken my eyes completely off the prize. The Ducks need to give the Cougars a sound beating and send them back to The Papoose . . . or whatever they call that part of Washington that isn’t green . . . or pretty . . . or anything besides West Idaho for that matter.
Oh settle down, Cougs. I know it’s called “The Palouse.” And furthermore, I know the origin. Palouse comes from the Nez Perce word “Poor louse” used to describe the people who were deeded land there in 1853. This was the beginning of the expression “We was jobbed!”
But none of this means that there aren’t fun facts about Washington State University. In fact, the crack staff of Fishduck.com/didyouseethoseHuskyfansscurryaway that are housed, fed and bathed at the main office in International Falls, Minnesota uncovered some good ones.
1. While WSU’s main campus is in Pullman, there are satellite campuses in Vancouver, Spokane and Tri-Cities: The students at these campuses are known variously as “The Lucky Ones” and “The Escapees.”
2. Martin Stadium was said to be named after a former governor of the state. But it has since been revealed that it was named after the world’s finest dramatic actor as voted so by the WSU drama department.
3. 19,123 students are enrolled and attending classes on the main campus in Pullman: This young man just realized where he had chosen to attend college.
4. Ryan Leaf was asked to be a Commencement Speaker for WSU: He politely declined.
This Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. (or what Cougar fans like to call “Almost milkin’ time”) the Ducks and Cougs will square off at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, OR. If past games are any indication Cougar fans will do that silly shark clap, then shout “Go Cougs!” and “Come on, Cougs!” and “I wish that I lived here!”
Kim Hastings is a 1984 graduate of Northwest Christian College. He cut his journalistic teeth as sports editor of a paper in his home town of Fortuna, CA, and, later as a columnist for the Longview Daily News in Longview, WA.
He saw his first Oregon game in 1977 and never missed a home game from 1981 until a bout with pneumonia cut his streak short in 1997. He was one of the proud 3200 on a bitterly cold night in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1989 for the Independence Bowl, and continues to be big supporter of Oregon sports. He is an active participant on the various Oregon Ducks messageboards as “TacomaDuck.”
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