Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Vince Grippi for US Senate?

Hello Followers. I trust that you are having another pleasant week—the last week in the month that precedes the hallowed start of Cougar Football!

That said, while I know that it is only July of 2009, I felt it important and timely to let you know that my channels have been strongly signaling that none other than Sir Vincent Grippi, the 2008 Washington State Sportswriter of the Year, is actively setting himself up to challenge Patty Murray, the two-term Democratic senator from the State of Washington in her re-election bid in 2010.

In case you haven’t noticed through the Cosmos or through your own secular points of communication, Grippi has been sending out numerous “feelers” to the political establishment by drastically changing his overall phraseology on his now world famous blog, Sportslink.

Apparently, Grippi’s sudden change in blogiconaclastic tone has created quite a stir for insiders operating both inside and (paradoxically) outside the beltway of Washington, DC. As David Gergen of Harvard University communicated to me recently: “One of the things we always look for at the early stages of the campaign is a switch in self-referral from the first person singular directly to the third person, a la Robert Dole.”

(Said Gergen some more)“But what is particularly interesting and fascinating about Grippi’s approach is that he appears to be trying to bridge the first and third person by referring to himself in the global collective (i.e., “we” or "us") as a way of bringing to light all activity that could be relevant to a broad-scale, grassroots campaign. I mean, have you seen Grippi's Twitter page recently? It's electric!”

While Grippi’s incessant use of the words "we" and "us" to describe ostensibly singular journalistic endeavors is peculiar (for recent examples, see here, here, and here), additional signals of a budding Grippi megalomania are becoming increasingly apparent. For instance, there have been numerous reports from my sources that Grippi has been photographed and videotaped on several occasions doing shirtless sit-ups in the Spokesman’s newsroom while shouting “Who’s the T-O of this town, suckas?” to interns and other staffers who pass by.

Meanwhile, other reports have linked Grippi to the increasingly puzzling, consistent, and irritating emergence of “Kick me if you want Vince to Run for Senate in 2010” signs that are frequently attached to the backside of fellow Spokesman reporter Greg Lee.

Needless to say, Sir Vincent, even though it’s a small state and an even smaller Cougar community, “WE” at the WSU Football Blog COMPLETELY endorse your run against Murray in 2010. For all that you do, Vince, here’s four Carma Chameleons for you, our brother........

And to the rest of the true and unbridled faithful, I bid a hearty “Coug-De-L’Amor” to all of you.

-Osho Rojo


Anonymous said...


If we elect you, Vince, does that mean that we get universal health care?

Anonymous said...

I think it would be great if Vince beat Patty whatever. She's horrible.

But he does such a great job at Spokesman that I'd hate to see him leave.

WSU91 said...

Hey, wait! Isn't this politics?

Stiffmiester said...

One question. If the grippmiester runs is contractually obligated to wear Nike as a Coug candidate? We all know the only way beat to beat a Soccer Mom in Tennis shoes is to have a seasoned citizen in Tennis shoes and the Nike backing could help with PAC contributions.

Portland Coug said...

What do you have against the local scribes Surta? Attack of the Condotta's Monday, now this. Who is next, Jeff Baker and his half-way buttoned silk shirts and gold chains?

The Coug-A-Sutra said...

Stiffy: Too Funny.

Portland Coug: Good call.

To the Rest: Look for our conference predictions tomorrow. And please be ready to share yours with us in the comments section starting tomorrow AM.

Lucas said...

Patty Murray was my pre-school teacher in Bothell before she became a politician back in the mid 80's.

Anonymous said...

Sutra - thanks for the indepth analysis of the 4-3 vs 3-4 look on the D front. And the piece on the up and coming tight ends that the program desperately needs was spot-on. And the plans for the secondary. . .

Oh, wait, you did another piece barely related to football.

My advice is talk more about wsu football (this is wsufootballblog right?). Or, in the words of the great Patrick Swayze "consider it severance pay and take the train."

Hugh G Rection said...

To the previous commenter, a big four letter word for you:


If you've been reading this blog for more than a few weeks you know that these guys write stuff like this every summer.

Personally, one of the things that I've liked about this blog over the past few years is that they have new material almost every day.
And unless you want to hear about the details Kooyman's summer vacation, then it seems like some stuff has to veer away from the pigskin.

Other people appear to get that. Why can't you?

Brian said...

I know this is off the topic of the blog, but after looking over the Pre-Fall Camp Depth Chart I notice that alot of our incoming Frosh are not listed on it (most notably WR Gino Simone, S Jamaal Atoafu (sp?), DE/TE Jake Long, CB Nolan Washington, MLB Darren Markle).

I've been hearing all off-season that these guys could see playing time so it seems odd to me that they aren't listed while other guys like Johnny Forzani is. Is it because they are true Frosh and not transfers, or is it cause they're headed towards redshirts afterall?

Longball said...

Hi Brian,

The guys you mentioned will be included in the depth chart for the regular season. They just havn't been in an official practice yet. Guys like Forzani enrolled in the spring. I expect Markle, Simone and Long to push the guys already listed.

Brian said...

Thanks Longball, I figured it was something like that but wanted to know for sure. Will be interesting to see how the final roster looks compared to that one and how many of the new faces can create a spot for themselves.

The Coug-A-Sutra said...

Brian: Never be afraid to be off-topic in comments--especially when we're off topic.

Ivan E. Rection said...

Hugh: You said it, cousin.

Anony: If tCaS (the Coug-a-Sutra) is still doing this in September, I'll be right there with you, but for now, I'll take it over nothing at all.

Blogfathers: Thanks for the hard work!