Monday, December 31, 2007

Alex Brink's Final Chapter

Ok, so, Alex won't win any popularity contests. Not here, and probably not anywhere else. But we'll always have the Apple Cup wins with #10. And since it's New Year's Eve, why not look back at the biggest drive of 2007?

Happy New Year, Cougar Nation!



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14 comments:

kaddy said...

Brink is a great Coug. He played his butt off for 5 years for WSU, and he deserves a lot of credit for that.

Σ (FormerlyKnownAsBrinkHater) said...

I have two goals for 2008:

1) To have a nice cuddle with Glenn_STLouis sometime during the year.

2) To leave Alex Brink and his legacy of losing where it belongs. In the past.

Granted, his victories over the Puppies were something to cherish. But lets not forget that those wins came against the WORST Washington teams in the history of ever.

Onward to 08 and a new start.

Sedihawk said...

Breathe easy, old friend. This should be the end of all things Brink. At least from me it's over. That said, he deserved some mention as the year came to a close though, and hey, it's always nice to relive the AC victory!

Can't wait for Wulff and '08!

Anonymous said...

I have a couple of comments on this great video.

The first is that it seems like whenever there was a penalty on the O-line, it was Vaughn Lesuma. Always. I'd just see a penalty near the holding penalty area and I could mimick the ref. "Holding, number 55 on the offense, 10 yard penalty, repeat _ down". Works for false starts too.

My other statement is more of a question. Was Brink really that great in Apple Cups? He didn't suddenly develop super stats and he was facing incredibly weak Husky teams. The real miracle is that he didn't shrivel up and die when he saw the Huskiy purple which is really what we should expect from our players. No intimidation and play to the best of your capabilities. Have the Huskies really been better than us to the tune of 64 wins to 30? We have always played terribly or they've played harder but either way, there's no way they've been that much better than us. We should expect Alex Brink performances from our players not because he suddenly became super-human but because he played hard and truly cared. That's what we must expect.

Anonymous said...

Remember who he had in the backfield for two of those years. One of our most talented running backs in the last 30 years.
Ptowncoug

E said...

Good point Ptown. You can't hang the entire success of those victories on Brink. The Ghost definitely did his part.

I thought it might add some color to this conversation to dig up Brink's actual stats for the four apple cups he played in.

2007: 27/40 399 yds, 5 td, 0 int
2006: 32/54 328 yds, 2 td, 0 int (1 fumble)
2005: 21/35 283 yds, 2 td, 0 int
2004: 15/24 240 yds, 2 td, 0 int (+1 TD rushing, 1 fumble)

Total: 95/153 (62%), 1250 yds, 11 td, 0 int, 1 td rushing, 2 fumbles

So, to answer the question above ... Yes, he was really great in AC games. That's a pretty dang impressive stat line. Most notably, he threw for NO INTERCEPTIONS in four games against the Dawgs. Even though his career was marred by untimely turnovers in lots of other games, he ultimately took care of the ball against the purples.

Anonymous said...

let me get this straight.....we had an opportunity to go bowling in 2006 and if we had won the Apple Cup, we could have..we were at home....the Huskees stunk....and we lost....

where was our steady leader when it was really on the line?....no where to be found, apparently....but gee, the nothing games, we win...

Sedihawk said...

Brink had strong stats and won 3 of 4 Apple Cup games. And as easy as it is to say "well he had Jerome Harrison", well, he also had some terrible defenses and horrible special teams. It cuts both ways.

But enough of the Brink bashing/debate/etc. The skeptics will downplay it now, but at the time those Apple Cup games were pretty important. But it is over now and as Brinkhater says, it's 2008 and time to look forward.

AtlantaCoug said...

Thanks for posting that link to the 'Drive'. The only play I remember from watching it live was the pass to Gibson. The rest of that drive was pretty good too. Especially the 18 yarder to Bumpus. And it was nice to see that we had 2 time outs saved for that drive. It could have been the shots of Jager that has my memory fuzzy. For that, I blame Kaddy.

kaddy said...

Hate to break it to you, but you brought the hard stuff, and it was After Shock, not Jager.

longball said...

I think a lot of us Coug fans can relate to the conversation between atlantacoug and kaddy, and it makes me wonder... while we may have lost our respectability on the football field the last few years, i am pretty sure in return, we have regained our rightful place as the BCS drinking Champions. I have personally witnessed Ptowncoug drink his weight in beer pregame at Auburn, then proceed to not only make it into the game, but provide precise, in depth analysis throughout. quite a feat.

Anonymous said...

Not much of feat because when it is that humid you sweat off the alcohol!
I concur that the AB's stats in the AC were great. AB was one of those guys who needed his RB to have a good game. No bash on AB, I think Wazzu fans just got used to seeing our QBs carrying us no matter what anyone else did.
Thanks AB for those great AC wins. I wish it would have been 4-4 as we would have cut severely into the doggies' pride.
Ptowncoug

81coug said...

I for one don't understand the comment, "Alex won't win any popularity contests. Not here, and probably not anywhere else." What did he do that was so terrible? Does he kick dogs, other than purple ones?

Sedihawk said...

Hey 81coug, it's just the way it is with the guy. He didn't do anything terrible and every account is that he's a real strong character guy. It's just that he's been grilled since his freshman year for his shortcomings on the field and/or lack of the signature win to get us to a bowl game. You know the drill. It's not just here, but everywhere. Fair or not, he's taken the brunt of the blame for anything that's gone wrong. It is what it is.