If you're anything like me, you're fat, bald and hoping that 2009 will be an official do-over for what was an agonizingly painful year in sports.
Of course there were a couple bright spots in 2008, including the Cougar basketball team's Sweet 16 appearance and the Apple Cup victory but let's face it, when you get this excited over beating an 0-10 team, you're pretty much lying face-down in the gutter of the sports world.
As a fitting finale/kick in the stomach to all Washington state sports fans, this year's Super Bowl will feature the Steelers and Cardinals. The Steelers of course beat the 'Hawks in their only Super Bowl appearance; and what can you say about the Cardinals? It's hard to call them a division rival because they've been SO bad for SO long - but here in Bizarro world 2008, they've won the NFC West and now nothing would surprise me less than to see them do what the Seahawks could not.
The mere thought of Kurt Warner hoisting up the Lombardi Trophy after beating the Steelers is more than I can take.
Now a pessimist would say that the Seahawks will soon trade their #4 overall pick to take a kicker of impeccable character; the Mariners will fail to win as many games as Carlos Silva's waist-size (approximately 53)...
...and Desmond Trufant will sign with the huskies... Oh Dear God, it's already starting to happen!!!
Clearly the only thing that will set the Washington sports world right again would be if Casey Locker started at one goal line and Desmond Trufant at the other; and they sprinted toward the 50 yard line where they collide in a spectacular explosion of crimson and purple. Please - in the holy name of Bob Robertson, someone make this happen!
Like most of you, I want to start feeling good about my teams again but my optimism is tempered by reality. Rather than trying to look ahead to what might be, I'd like to invite YOU, Loyal Reader, to help us take a look back at past glories. With a cloudy future ahead of us in 2009, let's take a moment to reflect on better times. I'd like my next post to be a collection of YOUR photos from your favorite moments in Cougar sports history.
Was that you running past me as I made snow angels in the endzone after the '92 Apple Cup Victory?
Were you at the Copper Bowl in 1992?
Do you remember seeing the late Bill "The Beerman" Scott in Martin Stadium?
Awww...Here's Little Hawk and Mini McBoob at the first Coug game at Qwest Field.
If you'd like to help create a WSU Football Blog scrapbook, please submit photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a brief description so we know what we're looking at.
As you can see above, we've created a photo album of Cougar Sports history through the eyes of the fans. We will accept entries until February 28th. Then we'll ask you to vote on the best of the best...and this isn't just for fun - there WILL be PRIZES!
1st Prize - Tickets to a to be determined 2009 home football game. Maybe 2, maybe 4. I won't know until fall.
2nd Prize - This Marcus Trufant Autographed Rookie Card.
3rd Prize - One pitcher of beer at your Pullman bar of choice during the 2009 football season.
4th Prize - A 2003 Holiday Bowl DVD, complete with the ESPN broadcast, the WSU radio broadcast, and the Texas Longhorns radio broadcast.
Of course, we have no lawyers to make this an official contest but if you submit the photos, I'll dish out the prizes. Honest Injun.
Get those scanners humming, Cougs!