Sunday, March 29, 2009
Greetings, fellow Cougies.
I've emerged from my winter slumber to find a fresh layer of snow on the ground, here in Spokane. At this rate, I won't start losing my thick winter coat of back hair until June. We don't dye our kids' Easter eggs anymore, we just scatter hard-boiled eggs around the shady spots in the yard that still have snow. This is not what I signed up for when I moved here from beautiful Renton, WA...
The deadline for season ticket renewals was Friday. Raise your hand if you didn't renew. I myself, did not. Now, I'm not throwing in the towel or anything - I'll still be there when I'm able. I just don't want to pay for five games and only be able to go to three, as the case has been the last two years with Mini McBoob playing Pop Warner. I'm not going to miss the Family Section and I'm pretty sure the Family Section won't miss me.
Unfortunately, this means one of the prizes we planned on giving away for our little photo contest (4 tickets to a 2009 game) is no longer available, so we'll have to find a substitute.
Speaking of the contest, thank you to those of you who submitted photos (and shame on you to those that did not!). While the number of submissions was not overwhelming, it was a fun way to get you guys more involved with the blog. We'll keep the photo gallery alive on the site so if you ever feel like contributing, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now, some of the photos in the gallery belong to Hawk and I and we're not eligible to win. If we were, I think I would have won with this one:
I took this one from the sideline before the USC game in 2006. Ah, Pirate Girl. And yes, referee-guy, I'm staring at your girlfriend's boobs...
There were several good submissions and it was actually quite difficult to pick the finalists. Before I get to those, here's our runners-up...
This one just barely missed the cut. It's WSUFootballBlog frequent flyer and ZZU CRU founder, Michelle, with Coach Dreamy. NOTE - PER SPECIAL REQUEST, THIS PHOTO HAS BEEN REMOVED!
From pretty, to ugly. This guy lost points for drinking Mike's Hard Lemonade. If that were a Schmidt's tallboy, I'd have voted you on to the finals.
I just thought this one was pretty cool. It's taken from far enough away that you can't tell that this is the new Butch who just got back from the eye doctor and his pupils are still fully-dilated.
I've seen this picture way too many times to believe that the guy who submitted it is the actual photographer - but it's always good for a laugh. The only thing more embarrassing that a grown man wearing purple, is a grown man pissing in his pants while wearing purple.
...and now, the Finalists! The winner will be decided by YOUR votes, Loyal Readers - so please make your voice heard!
The best photo will be part of a new blog header we will unveil before the '09 season gets started. Actually a few of your photos might make it in, but the winner will for sure be a part of it.
But that's not all - the winner will receive first choice from Uncle Hooty's prize bag:
* Mark Rypien autographed football
* 2003 Holiday Bowl DVD featuring the ESPN, WSU and Texas radio broadcasts
* Marcus Trufant Autographed Rookie Card
* Mark Fields Autographed Rookie Card
* One pitcher of beer at your Pullman bar of choice - as long as it's The Sports Page or The Coug - with the WSUfootballblog gang (Here's a tip: I get very generous when I drink, so one pitcher will likely wind up being eight...).
So, first place gets their pick of one of those five prizes. 2nd place gets their pick of what's left, and so on. 5th place gets stuck with whatever is left.
And now....in no particular order.....here are your 2009 WSUfootballblog Photo Contest Finalists:
These two Cougs swallowed their pride and donned purple and gold on Halloween, looking like two huskies after Stiffmeister and I met them in a dark alley.
"Bone the Dogs"
I haven't seen one of these shirts in a long time. Seeing two of them next to each other on the field after an Apple Cup victory is more of a rare occurrence than a Tyrone Willingham smile.
The beauty of this pic is not the three studs in the foreground; it's Devard Darling puking into a garbage can on the sideline right below them. Awesome.
Gotta love this one of rising Cougar Head-Knocker Mike Ledgerwood and his proud Mama after the Apple Cup victory. If nothing else, "Mama Sledge" wins the award for coolest nickname for a Mom.
This pic is of blog regular Stiffmeister and his crew, prior to the Apple Cup. I'm not exactly sure what the guy in front is doing but it looks to me like like he's sufficiently liquored-up to enjoy the game. Good for you!
Couldn't resist the "Cute Factor" so we wind up with SIX finalists and only five prizes. These little Cougs are cute - but will they be losers? You decide.
There you have it. Voting will be open on the poll in the right-hand column of the blog from now through the end of April (April 30th to be exact).
Thanks again for all the submissions!