Monday, November 24, 2008

Now What?


It's Monday morning, and I think the fans are STILL ON THE FIELD.

As we bask in the glow of another Apple Cup triumph (now four out of the last five), even in this worst-ever season, it never gets old to win your rivalry game. The beer tastes better, food tastes better, hell, the mundane like going to work or school gives you a little pep in your step.

Now, sure, no crowd has probably ever stormed the field after beating an 0-11 team.....at least I doubt it has ever happened.....but does it even matter? Look, if you are a Coug, you have suffered this year. You have been there debating on message boards and leaving comments about what is wrong today, how difficult this change has been on the players and coaches, and maybe even more so, you have dissected when and how it all went wrong. We all have our theories or sources or whatever. It has been that kind of year.

But all that frustration of 2008 came rushing out late Saturday afternoon. After all the hard work, all the embarrassing blowouts, all the local and national talk of WSU looking like one of the worst BCS teams of all time? That all went away - at least for a while - when Grasu calmly drilled his third and final field goal of the day.

Quick side note....what did I tell you about taking the underdog in a rivalry game?? Especially when the teams are relatively even in terms of record, etc. Said underdog has now covered the spread in seven of the last eight Apple Cups. It's no fluke. But I also have to raise my hand to say that yes, I called UW to win this thing, 17-16. ON a field goal by UW! Whoops. Never, ever been so happy to be so wrong.

Speaking of predictions. Brinkhater and I were talking, and decided to actually tally up our picks from 2008 Football Friday on Thursday, and how we stood up to the experts. And who better to compare ourselves against? How about the top local guy and national guy who do these things on a weekly basis, in the people's choice, Vince Grippi, and ESPN's Ted Miller?

Even if you aren't curious, here are the updated numbers, through Saturday's games (note that these are NOT against the spread, only winners/losers):

Ted Miller: 54-15
Vince Grippi: 53-16
Brinkhater: 52-19
Sedihawk: 51-20
Longball: 22-9

Note that we've picked more games than they have, as we usually make a national game pick outside of the Pac-10. But still, not bad for a few hacks in blogger-ville.

But seriously, now what? There is, after all, a game this Saturday night over on the island. Will coach Wulff get them excited to do more than hang out at the beach? It's pretty clear, at least what Wulff said yesterday in his Sunday presser, that he has his work cut out for him.

"It can be (difficult) if we don't handle it right," said Wulff, the WSU coach. "The other thing is, you come off a big, emotional game, then you go to a place that's historically challenging to play at for anybody.

"So yeah, this is going to be a tough, tough test for our psyche."

Maybe that's at least part of the reason they are a 28-point underdog to a 6-5 WAC team?? However, WSU has now covered the last three games, so we've got that going for us....but let's face it, college football is one of the most emotional sports on the planet. As Keith Jackson has famously said, trying to predict what 18-22 year olds are going to do on a weekly basis will drive you crazy.


That said, maybe, just maybe, this Apple Cup win, a game they pulled out in the face of adversity, will be a turning point? A game in which the team had so many chances to just give up, when it looked like UW was going to salt this thing away, yet someone kept stepping up to keep it close? Maybe, just maybe, some of these guys are starting to believe?

We'll take a closer look at Hawaii later this week, in our usual way. And the Wulff radio show will air TONIGHT, so we'll have our usual recap up tomorrow morning. As always, ENJOY YOUR MONDAY, and GO COUGS!

10 comments:

Stiffmiester said...

Hpoefully this hardfought win will have the boys listening to CPW a little more. I look forward to seeing JT get some playing time. Lopina showed incredible perseverence but one good pass in the entire game? I'm just going to enjoy this week by rubbing it in to all the big brothers from the bad side of the state.

Brinkhater said...

Great post, Hawk. Man, besides our great game, I sure whiffed last week--going 1-3 and looking traditionally and historically bad doing it.

The picture at the bottom is my favorite. We have to identify the coach with the black fanny pack and 31 inch vertical. Nice.

I also love how excited the linesman is holding the chains. Classic.

Finally: great comparison in the Go 2 Guys column today liking Wulff's celebration at the end of the game to Tommy Lasorda white guy mumbo.

It still feels great. It still feels great!

CougFan2003 said...

Even if WSU goes down as the worst team in the history of college football (in terms of points allowed), Saturday's game proved one thing: Even WSU's worst is better than UW.

Life is good.

GO COUGS.

Hooty McBoob said...

Dear Geoff Meinken,

How do you like me now?

Luv,

Wazzu

Coug X said...

I remember watching the 1982 Apple Cup on TV and deciding that although the Cougs were not having a great year - that inexplicable win made me want to attend WSU and nowhere else. By the way do you guys know if video exists online of the crowd taking down the goal posts and then, as legend has it, tossing it into the Palouse river?

That win set the stage for the highly underrated 7-4 1983 team that spanked the Huskies after punter Glenn Harper's family jewel destroying tackle of Danny Green saved a touchdown.

Go Cougs!

AznIrshCoug said...

Congratulations on the keeping the streak alive BH! I continue to be impressed.

Anonymous said...

The Brinkhater streak was the one thing that kept me watching. I kept saying to myself "Brinkhater said that we are going to win so something magical has to happen" First, Long-Gone Mitz. Then, Lopina Lightning to Karstetter (I still can't believe that one) Then Money Grasu with 3 nail biters. Can you tell I'm still floating on Cloud 9?

I'm wishing this weeks game was on TV in Washington. I can't wait to see how they react.

Cougswv

OklahomaCougar said...

I'm speechless. I have been speechless since Saturday...

I'm speechless

Anonymous said...

Hey you wouldn't happen to have a large resolution copy of that stadium picture above that is filled with fans? I absolutely love it and I was wondering if you would be willing to send me a large version. If so, send to; gr1ffin2@hotmail.com

Go Cougs!

Sedihawk said...

Griffin2, no, that pic was just taken from the Seattle Times. They have a huge photo gallery up on their site and I just got it from there. I think that pic is as good as it gets.

I have to give another hat-tip to Brinkhater. He's only one win back of Grippi and two back of Ted Miller! There's still a chance to catch them. :) But the WSU streak is beyond impressive. The last miss was the 2006 Apple Cup. But he was also money on WSU hoops last year. He literally missed on one or two games I believe, and that's it. After the hoops season last year, he was something like 38-2 in his last 40 WSU football/hoops games. Amazing.