Football Friday on Thursday: Will the real WSU/Oregon/CAL please stand up?

Hello Followers.  Hope you are doing great! As for me, time is really, really short today.  So, I’m going to get straight to the “analysis” of our upcoming game against Oregon. First, as the title of the post suggests, this game represents the last of the big “sorting” contests for me.  I mean, if Oregon wins on Saturday and wins handily, we will know that (a) Oregon...
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Great Expectations

Hello Followers.  Hope you are doing great. Yesterday, my good buddy Jeff Nusser at Cougcenter penned an absolutely fantastic article about the current state of Washington State Football (and his frustration with it).  At the heart of the piece was an important question for the Cougar faithful: What kind of football program do you want WSU to be? In response to this question,...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Football Friday on a Thursday Week 5

Happy Football Friday on a Thursday, Followers.  Hope you’re having a terrific week. As for me, well, things couldn’t be more busy. But outside of the fact that I have no time to writing anything about the Cougs, I wanted to take a few minutes to write down a few thoughts because, frankly, I am pretty darn excited about this week’s game against Sonny and Cher.. And the reason...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington State Begins Pac-12 Conference Play With Third Least Expensive Game Against Cal

Mike Leach and the Washington State air-raid offense got off to a rocky start this season, losing to Portland State at home in the season opener, but have reeled off back-to-back wins against Rutgers and Wyoming to be 2-1 heading into the Pac-12 regular season schedule. Luke Falk threw the ball 45 times last weekend for 303 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, en route to a...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Football Friday on Thursday, Week 3 of 2015

Happy Football Friday on Thursday Cougs, and we hope things are great with you and yours.  I don’t know about you, but I have to say that my week has been better compared to last week, when we were coming off a downer loss to PSU.  After all the hype and all that, well, that result had yours truly fading back into the shrubs, feeling pretty much done…. But sometimes the beauty...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Football Friday on Thursday, Week 2 of 2015

Not. Happy. Greetings Cougs, and a happy (?) Football Friday on Thursday to you and yours. So, I’m sure some of you will find yourself in the same place I’ve been since Saturday afternoon, and that it’s been kind of a rough week.  All that excitement and buildup, the positive hopes that the program was finally looking like it was going to take that big step we have all been...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Leach versus Willingham

Hello Followers.  Hope you’re having a great week. Well, today is Humpday. And while its taken me several days to get over last week’s loss, I’m now back to feeling optimistic about our chances this weekend.   And that means that I am also feeling a bit better about Mike Leach and his ability to help us turn this season around. But before we do that, I wanted to follow-up...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Over-Promising and Under-Delivering Part Deux

I was 11-2 once Hello Followers.  Hope you are doing great. Today, I wanted to take a few moments to take you through a litany of thoughts that have been flowing in and out of my brain since last Saturday’s stunning defeat to the Mighty Vikings from Portland State University. To begin, I wanted to provide a bit of a qualifier to my call for Mike Leach’s head on Saturday night...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s Time

Hello Followers. And so it actually happened. Today, our Washington State Cougars got completely outclassed by a second tier FCS school–and at home no less. In so doing, Mike Leach became 0-4 in his career in WSU season openers, and the possibility of going to a second bowl in three years suddenly went from possible to absolutely non-existent. So, where do we go from here? Well...
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September 05, 2015  |  Discuss

What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Cougar Victory

Remember Gabe Marks? Good evening and happy Thursday, Cougar nation! I’m snuggled up in my new comfy WSU sweatpants enjoying the fact that today there was real, honest-to-goodness football going on. I committed to myself that I would go a little more in depth on a prediction post for game one against the Viks (Their word not mine). My prognostication skills are already in midseason...
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September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Football Friday on a Thursday: Week 1 2015

Hello Followers.  Hope you all are doing great! So, tonight marks the start of the 2015 College Football Season!  And so we thought it timely to post our predictions about this weekend’s games. Because time is a bit short on my end, I’ll make this brief. First, everyone and their mother knows that the Cougs are going to win this weekend. The question is “by how much?”...
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September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Start Your Engines

Hello Followers.  Hope you’re game week is off to a terrific start. Many early September moons ago (2001 to be exact) I got an email from my good friend and colleague Hooty McBoob.  The topic of that email thread was the Seattle Mariners, who at the time, were well on their way to their historic 116 win season. And let me tell you, me and Sedihawk were beside ourselves with...
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September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Oh Hey, It’s Football Season

            Hello? Is this thing on? Is there anybody out there? It’s been a while since my last post (One year and four days, if you’d like to be specific). The particularly astute among you will realized that I posted in the preseason of last year, but a depressing 3-9 later kept me away from the keyboard. It did keep me close to the bottle, though, so at least there...
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August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Pre-Season Ballot

Hello Followers.  Hope you all are doing great. Well, its been a long time since I have graced the pages of this hallowed and now fallowed blog.   And while I have been away, things have been quite busy on my end.  The biggest news on my end is that me and the brood now live in Patrick Porter’s hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  And so beyond my work related responsibilities...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Washington State Cougars Finally Look To Maul Their Way Up Standings In ’15

The Washington State Cougars haven’t exactly been a powerhouse in the Pac-12 conference or college football, in general. That isn’t about to change suddenly in 2015, but there is plenty of reason for Cougars fans to hope for a positive step forward this season, as new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch shakes up the team’s base 3-4 defense to include an extra defensive back...
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July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Washington State’s Most Expensive Games Are All On The Road

Mike Leach and his air-raid offense will represent the Washington State football program for a fourth season after a disappointing 2014 that resulted in a 3-9 overall record (2-7 Pac-12 North). It can only go up from last season, which ended abruptly for senior quarterback Connor Halliday, who was leading the FBS in passing yards before a leg injury against USC abruptly ended his...
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June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Can We Score?

Hello Followers.  Hope you’re doing great! As of this minute, it is an hour and a half  from the start of today’s game against the USC Trojans.   And even though I’ve lost the time I need to put up a decent post, I did want to pass along a few thoughts. To begin, I think that there’s a really good chance that we’re going to win this game today.  And the reason for...
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November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Fundamental Football Facts

Hello Followers. On Saturday night, our Washington State Cougars bowed down to the suddenly mighty Arizona Wildcats by the score of 59-37.  And as a result of the loss, we lost all hope of returning to the post-season for a second consecutive year. And while last night’s loss was certainly disappointing, the fact of the matter is that there was virtually nothing that was surprising...
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October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

No Defending This Season

Hello Followers.  Hope you all are doing great! As this past week or so has indicated, the bye week has all-but mirrored a “goodbye” week for me and the blog.  And the reason for my absence has been simple: Work has been taking a toll.  So much so that it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to find the 30-40 minutes needed to put together a post. But, since I haven...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Tough loss, tougher season

#457031800 / Well, another tough loss for our Cougs.  Things started off slowly, then they kind of got settled and even cut it to a 7-point game early in the 4th quarter.  But for most of the night, I think all of you who watched it can probably come away with a similar feeling – the Cougs hung tough, but for the most part were manhandled up front on both...
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October 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington St. football tickets averaging just $18 for matchup with Stanford

The Stanford Cardinal (3-2), who rank No. 25 in the most recent AP Poll, will look to bounce back after a devastating, last-second defeat to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. With just 1:01 remaining in the fourth quarter, Stanford’s stout defense, which is allowing just 8.6 points per game, allowed a 24-yard touchdown pass to give the Fighting Irish the win. Stanford’s top playmakers...
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October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Hogan’s Heroes

Hello Followers.  Hope you are doing great. Tonight our young Cougars take on the three time defending conference champions—and on the road no less.  And while this game represents a near certain “must win” for our bowl hopes, this one is equally critical for the Cardinal.  Simply put, with a loss tonight, Stanford will fall to 3-3 on the year and 1-2 in league.  Not good...
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October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

First or Worst?

Hello Followers.  Hope you’ve had a fantastic week! As you can probably tell from my absence, this week has been crazy for me. And with a host of deadlines looming, this post is going to be unusually short. Anyhow, while I wasn’t able to watch the second half of the Arizona-Oregon game, the outcome of that contest was shocking.  For me, the most shocking result wasn’t the...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Well that was fun!

  Our own Longball was at the stadium in Salt Lake on Saturday night.  Here is his “at the scene” recap: First off, I got to watch the replay on TV last night and I gotta tell ya, the TV does not do justice to the weather situation. Some of the most clutch drives of the night were right into the face of stiff winds. I saw more than one hat leave the stadium on a gust of wind...
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September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Shoot the Moon

Hello Followers. Four score and forty years ago, I was a pretty big fan of the Washington Huskies (FYI, there are quite a few Cougar Bloggers out there who also started their lives on the dark side).  And the reason for my Husky fandom was simple: As a child, my dad was an Assistant Professor at UW doing what Assistant Professors do:  Working really hard and make absolutely zero...
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September 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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