Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Nobody Likes a Skinny Santa

"Eat Papa, eat. Nobody likes a skinny Santa."
- Mrs. Claus, 1964, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.

We've all heard the line, right? Some of you youngsters might not get it, but those of you who used to stay up late for that ONE shot every December at seeing the archaic stop-motion puppets do their magic, well, you follow me. Remember the line? When Mrs. Claus is trying to fatten up Santa before the big night out? For what it's worth, that line is now OUT OF THE SHOW. No kidding. The new exchange goes like this:

Mrs. Claus: Eat, Poppa, eat.
Santa Claus: How can I eat? That silly elf song is driving me crazy.
Mrs. Claus: You're gonna disappoint the children. They expect a fat Santa.

Turns out that enough politically-correct folks decided the "nobody likes a skinny santa" was offensive? Something in regards to promoting bulimia? Really?? Very weird.

Anyway, why even bring this up? Because Cougfan has a good read today on the bulking up of the football team as they head into spring ball (and the article is free btw). WSU has released the first official roster of the spring, and it's eye-opening:
Comparing last year's roster to the spring, an eye-popping 33 players have packed on 10 pounds or more. And in some cases, considerably more.
Remember Tyson Pencer, the hulking giant straight outta BC? He showed up at 6-7, 230 a couple of years ago. Today? Try 6-7, 297! I know they've been banging pots and pans about getting these guys to belly up at the training table, several trays filled with food, but wow, thanks for participating Tyson. Other big names include Xavier Hicks from 196 to 211, Bernard Wolfgramm from 264 (that seems pretty light?) to 288 (that's more like it!), and even James Montgomery went from 192 to 202. Check out that link from Cougfan for more, because there are a whole list of names who are definitely larger than last year. And given where these guys were in 2008, this is very, very, VERY welcome news!

Also some position changes here and there, but the big/obvious one is Andy Mattingly is officially a linebacker again! HOORAY position switches! And Andy Mattingly is right where he belongs.

Let's hope to Mr. Mattingly, 2008's position switch is a distant memory. Get back to chasing QB's, drilling running backs, and flattening WR's who decide to venture into #45's area. Most of all, MAKE THE MOST OF THAT SENIOR YEAR! He still has a chance to turn it all around!

Also, the WSU Official site will post the first depth chart of 2009, sometime today. Be sure to check it out, as there are likely to be a few surprises (there always are a few?).

Some other things floating around as well on the eve of spring camp....

Paul Wulff will be in a chat today at Check out the details here. I know some of you have participated in these things in the past, and to be honest, they were a little dry/boring? However this one should be pretty interesting as we are likely to get a ton of updates on various key players for the hopes of 2009.

There's a new PAC-10 commissioner, and his name is Larry Scott, former head of the Women's Tennis Association(WTA). OK. Not much reaction here. I guess he did a good job with women's tennis.

Let's hope the PAC-10 search committee did their homework, and most of all, that he's worlds better than Tom Hansen. Here's to better bowls, better TV deals, better EVERYTHING with Larry Scott!

Finally, Cougfan (again) has a good read on the UW stadium tax grab bonanza. Greg Witter does it again. I can't do it justice, so please, give it a look. It's pretty amazing what is going on there, and clearly there is concern among WSU nation that this thing might sneak through.

That's it for a busy Wednesday. ENJOY YOUR DAY, and GO COUGS!


Anonymous said...

Now they changed the lyrics to Santa! Damn liberals. Nothing is sacred any longer. Lol.

Where will Pencer play. What a monster. Another Rein Long?

Selahcoug said...

Pencer is on the OL, so hopefully more like another Mike Utley.

Chris '04 said...

This is GREAT news! I'm glad to see that Wulff has delivered on his promise to bulk up our guys. But, bulk does not always equal performance. Keep in mind that the Fuskies had the heaviest OLine in the Pac10 last year. Look where that got them. But I trust Wulff 100% that he is not adding bulk at the expense of strength and quickness.

Hey, I've got a somewhat off-topic question. Since you guys cover the practices and stuff, do you ever get hassled by staff for taking pictures? I was gonna take some for another site but didn't know if a special "blog/media" permit was required. Thanks.

sedihawk said...

You are right Chris, fat isn't better. But those UW linemen were fat from the moment they signed on. Wulff has waxed on since last fall that they are preaching the "right" kind of weight, and in recruiting the right kind of body types. So I don't think they are all going to sport beer bellies and muffin least we HOPE NOT??

As far as the pics it is fair game. The only thing they don't want to see are photos of formations or describing trick plays, stuff like that. We got dinged last year for having a photo of a formation before the snap. Some shots of guys practicing is fine as long as you aren't sharing things that you shouldn't, you know?
Who are you taking pics for anyway? Please feel free to share here if you would like? We would love to see some of that stuff.

Chris '04 said...

It's more of a message board with a small community of folks that don't live in Pullman. They asked that I get some pics of spring practice and post them. I don't usually do any type of sports photography, so it would be something new for me.

sedihawk said...

Well, we aren't pros around here either, so if you get some good shots, feel free to share. We can put them in the photo gallery or even do a full post with your takes.

I am shooting for being at Wednesday's 4/1 practice, at least for a little while, wife and kids in tow. Say hello if you are out there.

kaddy said...

Looks like the logo will be the choice going forward, packaged with the new Nike unis.

the drub club said...

LOL at Santa, my daughter watched about 2 minutes of it this year before begging me to flip itto spongebob. These kids today have no clue what it used to be like. Rudolph was cutting-FING-edge in the good days. And forget about on demand or dvds. You missed the broadcast, dude, it was gone until next year. Same with peanuts. Poor Charlie brown. They kids were horrid to him. Sorry for the off topic but I had a few at lunch. Ready for bedy freddy.

AtlantaCoug said...

Hey drub club, have your kids watch Tom and Jerry on the boomerang channel. It will blow their freaking minds. My girls want to watch every day now. It is a little more riske than Dora.

Chris '04 said...

Anyone know what happened with Romeo Pellum? says he is suspended indefinitely for a "violation of team rules".

Anonymous said...

Wow, that "banging pots and pans" comment can be taken literally with Andy Mattingly.