Saturday, November 22, 2008

What a Day!

My CFS (Cougar Football Saturday), started at about 8AM with an omlette and a few Bud Lights. It's now 10:30 PM and that means I have exactly 1 hour and 27 minutes left (I'm a really slow typer) in the best day I've had in a long time! Seriously you guys...this day is in my top 5...

#1 is the day I married the beautiful (and incredibly patient) Mrs. McBoob.
#2t is the day my best buddy in the entire universe - Mini McBoob was born.
#2t is the day my little ray of sunshine (with scattered thunderstorms) - Girl McBoob was born.
#4 is today.
#5 was the '91 Apple Cup when I broke the nose of the asshole husky fan (you know who you are) who kept spitting on my friend's future wife while "woofing" in her ear, as we sat in those wooden bleachers in the East endzone of husky stadium. Stay classy, montlake.

You know who thought it was pretty cool that her 21 year-old, beer-bonging, frat dick, apple of her eye, broke the nose of that asshole husky fan? My Mom. That's who.

You know who just reached her goal of going to the Apple Cup to cheer on her Cougs - only 3 months removed from surgery to remove most of a malignant brain tumor; and just a few weeks removed from more than one month of daily radiation treatments? You guessed it...my Mom!

Here's Ma McBoob, the critters and I in front of the new statue after the game.


Even better, here's Ma McBoob on the field before the game (thanks to one of the best friends in the world) with Coach Tony.

Here she is cooling down after meeting Coach Tony.


Here she is with one of her Cougar heroes, Mike Utley

Before she met Mike, she got to see this. Note to apathetic Cougs around the planet: If you can't get fired up for Apple Cup - even in a year like this one - you need to turn in your badges...


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There are very few good excuses for missing an Apple Cup in our own stadium - because moments like this one are worth every ounce of abuse we get from our husky “friends” every other day on the calendar...

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This “meaningless” football game turned out to be HUGE - for both programs.

If you don’t believe me, you need to watch (or maybe re-watch) the clips, sound bites and interviews from after the game. On the good-guys' side you have Wulff running onto the field like a maniac, fans pouring onto the field and Greg Trent making sweet, sweet love to the Apple Cup trophy. Wulff said it himself as he ran off the field: this kind of game, in a season like this makes kids finally BELIEVE in what they’re doing. All of a sudden, young guys like Louis Bland, Logwone Mitz, Toby Turpin and Romeo Pellum look less like stop-gaps and more like building blocks for the future of the program.

On the bad-guys' side, you have hundreds of annoying Husky fans going from chanting “Who’s house? dawg’s house!” - to just whining about being really, really cold, within a span of about 10 minutes; and then you have Ronnie Fouch who when interviewed after the game, looked and sounded as if he had just run over his own dog as he backed out of the driveway.

Both of our programs have nowhere to go but up and I’m looking forward to the day when we’re playing with bowl games on the line instead of pride. For now, we’ll take it: One monumental victory in an otherwise dismal season.

While the fight on the field is more pillow than prize, the fight in the fans is still intense and actually, a little stupid. After the game, everyone apparently had the same idea and rushed to the new statue for some snapshots. As I took one, I caught this husky jagoff (you know who you are) jumping up on the statue...

As you saw from the other picture, I was there with my family. When I realized what was happening, an angel dressed in white appeared on my shoulder, warning me not to do anything stupid in front of the kids - but in an instant, another devil dressed in Crimson appeared on my other shoulder and I guess I liked what I heard. It all happened in a split-second but I did what everyone else should have done - and ran up and knocked his ass into the garden behind the statue. Not wanting to ruin my chances for Dad of the Year, I later turned this into a lesson of respect for my children. Never disrespect others or other people's property - especially if you're a douchebag dressed in purple.

Truth be told, I'm more teddy bear than timebomb but something about obnoxious husky fans just brings out the worst in me - though I don't usually act unprovoked. A few years back in husky stadium, I was dressed as Santa Coug (a tradition I put on hold this year because the kids came with us) and some punk came up behind me and knocked off my hat. I bent down to pick up the hat and as I came up, I saw three guys laughing at their hijinks. I had no idea which one did it so I approached the tallest one and open-hand slapped him across the face. I then put my hat back on, turned and walked away, waiting to get jumped. Note: If you really don't like someone and would like to bitch-slap them in public without them fighting back, get a Santa suit.

Today my wife and I both had to walk through the gaggle of huskies in the endzone bleachers a couple times. One little lush had a smartass comment for me, so I politely told him to go fornicate himself. I accidentally caught another one in the stomach with my elbow. My wife had to go through them once by herself and she said they were giving her a ration of shit too.

I suppose I could have said "excuse me" instead of elbowing that guy, but otherwise, I don't think I owe any apologies...

If you need another prime example of husky smugness, check out the FSN postgame show and watch Angie Mentink, who even in defeat was able to get under Jason Gesser's skin. I guaran-damn-tee you that he would have loved to tell her to go fornicate herself after that final kick sailed through the uprights - but he apparently has more composure than I.

I certainly am not going to be doing any bragging about this game because I'm acutely aware that it could have very easily been another loss. But a football team is only as good as it's worst player and for today anyway, the worst player on the field was the husky kicker. That's not to take anything away from our Cougs though. They battled hard and never gave up - even as many fans had either left or had an eye on the exit for a quick departure. I myself, readied the family for such an escape two times: first on the play before the long pass to Karstetter and again when the huskies had the ball in the first OT. Instead we stayed inside and celebrated an incredibly satisfying Cougar victory.

The new regime has it's first signature victory and we can officially lay to rest the Mike Price/Bill Doba era. Of course one of the signature moments of that era was the 1998 Rose Bowl where the final two second mysteriously slipped off the clock and we were left wo wonder "what if?" Today in Martin Stadium, we got those two seconds back at the end of the 4th quarter when Kevin Lopina spiked the ball, making way for Nico Grasu's game-tying field goal with two ticks left on the clock. The Cougar world is back in balance.

Go Mom! Go Cougs!

Butch in the tunnel before the game

I actually liked the all-crimson lookSome good-looking Cougs in the student section


I knew it...

See you on Sundays, Brandon.

22 comments:

OK Coug 2 said...

Great post...I was so happy yesterday; I had forgotten how good an Apple Cup win feels (even though we've been great over the past few years). This win really took the edge off the season. A loss here would have pushed me over the cliff...

retiredcoug said...

Thanks for slapping a few huskies for me.

Brian C. Setzler, CPA said...

Great post. It brought tears to my eyes watching the videos. What an awesome day and I'm so glad the good guys won.

Brinkhater said...

Cheers to Hooty, Momma McBoob, and all the Coug Nation.

364 days more to celebrate.

And congrats again to the seniors and the coaching staff--especially Ball and Sears for motivating the crap out of those kids. After watching the replay, the D is obviously the ONLY reason why we were in a position to steal it at the end.

Brinkhater said...

I also want to second a comment on a previous post about Bland's play yesterday.

He really should be a nominee for defensive player of the week in the CRAP-10.

Again, great post Hoot.

Peace and Love said...

GET ON THE FIELD! GET OUT THERE! Classic.

Hooty McBoob said...

I used to be the one ON the field. Now in my golden years, I can only urge the youngsters to make memories like I have - snow angels in the endzone in '92 is one of my favorites. But this one is tops.

Joe Sampson said...

Man, I got goosebumps watching that video of the kick and I can't get rid of them! The whole rotten season has been salvaged, and I would have paid any money to have been able to be there for that kick!!!!

Anonymous said...

Great Job!!! Can you post some more videos please? like pre-game and post-game stuff. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Ditto to the previous anonymous. I'm not ready to stop basking yet.

Hooty McBoob said...

Sorry gang - I didn't get anymore video from the game so you'll just have to keep watching that kick over and over. I'm certainly not bored of it yet...

Anonymous said...

Here's the FSN highlight reel, if anyone is interested, including postgame comments from the field by CPW.
http://msn.foxsports.com/video/CFB

It's on the second page, #16

Anonymous said...

hey hooty give brinkhater some shit for waiting till second quarter to drink

Stiffmiester said...

What a great day! Drinkin Micros at 7am on the bus over. Mrs. Stiffy got to go to her first Apple Cup. Getting my picture with King Cougar in front of the huskie Coffin. Showing up just in time to give a bunch of shit to the Mushpuppies as they ran over to the Stadium and Finally four out of five with a FANTASTIC doulbe overtime win!
GO COUGS!

Hooty McBoob said...

Dude. Not cool. BH is a recovering alcoholic and sugar addict. I once saw him do eight lines of ground up pop rocks chased by a half gallon of peach schnapps. Lets just hope this doesn't send him into a full-on relapse. He struggled through Halloween but he made it without a single sweet tart. Let's help prop him up and get him back on the road to recovery.

Anonymous said...

Youtube has a ton of apple cup 2008 videos to get you excited again. If Hooty's isn't on their already it should be.

Sedihawk said...

It's up on Youtube now:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiY3zBhiZSE


NICE!

Anonymous said...

This one is my favorite. (sorry, Hooty)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln4T-Gp817Q

Really brings me back.

CougX said...

I am in Hawaii on business and watched the game with some Cougs whom just happened to be at the same sports bar. Ironically at the same time there was a UW Alumni (do they actually graduate?) function so we Cougs added to their enjoyment I am sure.

We Cougs introduced ourselves and the Huskies were polite but as the tension increased towards the end of the game it was reminiscent of Martin Stadium during the two other OT losses I was at and sure did not want to witness the same outcome.

After the our triumph we chose not to rub it in to our rivals misery however our continued exuberant celebration the only way Cougs know how was enough - Longboard Ale is a great victory drink!

There were other rivalry games on the various TV's at this place but the biggest representation by far was for fans of both Apple Cup teams. Who said this is not one of the great college rivalries?

There were a noticeable number of WSU fans in Honolulu wearing their colors today.

Go Cougs!

Jenkins said...

Great post. I'm so glad you knocked that Husky jagoff on his ass -- that made my night.

Anonymous said...

All the best to your mom. She's a hero in my book. Go Cougs!

retiredcoug said...

Great Blog! Keep up the good work.