Happy Humpday Cougs, and a new month is upon us. And with June now here, the annual preview mags get closer and closer to showing up on store shelves across the country. I for one cannot WAIT for Phil Steele's latest-n-greatest, which should be shipping early next week! Hooray preview season!
Anyway, Athlon's has gone ahead and released all their Pac-12 covers for this year's edition (hat tip to "CrimsonDynamo" in comments yesterday). If you weren't familiar with the way Athlon's operates, usually they create a regional cover for the different schools, and that's great and all. I mean if you are living in Seattle, for example, are you more likely to pick up the Athlon's edition with a UW player on the cover, or would you instead grab the one off the shelf with the Arizona schools? It's a good idea and something that a lot of the major preview mags have done for a long time.
This is, of course, the first year we'll see the Pac-12 in these kinds of things, so that is cool. But what's interesting for this year? Athlon's has released six different regional covers this year for the Pac-12, all with a local flavor. And with that, ELEVEN different Pac-12 schools will see the cover.....that's right, ELEVEN, not 12. Any guess as to which Pac-12 school, uh, didn't make it?? Feel like getting your inferiority complex on?? Here's all six covers, so check 'em out yourself.....
First, the Arizona schools. Nicely done.
Bay area with Andrew Luck, cool.
Colorado with their own cover, makes sense as the only P-12 school in Colorado, with the explosive Stewart on the cover.
The LA schools with their cover. Nice.
The Utes with Jordan Wynn making their BCS conference debut, very cool.
Which leads us to, FINALLY, the NW schools! I wonder if they'll have Tuel on the cover? Or maybe Marquess Wilson....Either way, they can't go wrong?
The unfortunate thing is this is exactly the same situation as last year, with the 2010 NW cover.
Look, I know we're the most irrelevant program in the Pac-12. And the awful losing the last few years, combined with the far reaches of space and time that is Pullman, WA, make media attention hard to garner. But I guess it would be nice if they at least pretended WSU existed, outside of picking us last in the conference.....again?
Oh well. Hey, at least Taylor Rochestie made it to Athlon's cover, once upon a time!
I guess the moral of the story is if you win games, the general public will care and they can actually use your team/likeness to sell magazines. Until then, well, here we are.
Enjoy the rest of your Humpday, and as always, GO COUGS!
I'm sorry...but that is priceless!
And I just heard Gesser is leaving FSN!?! Sports fans everywhere rejoice!!!
Lucas, I can't follow the URL below. Don't know if it's my computer (entirely possible), or the address isn't quite correct.
Anyway, remember last year with the Coaches photo in NYC? Who was left out? This year with Athlon, again, who's left out. Until we win games, and games that matter, anyone who expects the national media to give us ANYTHING remotely close to attention needs to re-examine their thinking.
I'm looking forward to this fall for several reasons. First of all we should be a much better football team than in the past 3 years. Second, I really think CPW will prove himself, one way or the other. Personally I think he has what it takes to be a PAC-12 coach. Third, I firmly believe in Bill Moos's approach to the athletic department. He's a proven leader with an agenda and a plan. It's up to us as fans to buy into what he's selling and fully support Cougar athletics. (Read that, SEND IN THE DONATIONS FOLKS...TV REVENUE ALONE WON'T GET THE JOB DONE!!!!!!!!!!!)
Saw this interesting tidbit from Rivals, Wulff isn't in the top two for Pac 12 coaches on the Hotseat
I usually don't bother with Athlon anyway. They don't seem to be very well informed for teams in this area most years. I will hold out for some Phil Steele who has much better info.
this is something to be upset about? Do you realize that WSU is irrelevant in college football, and has been a laughingstock for 3 years? I've read the Athlon preview for 2011, and thought it was well done, as always. It amazes me the inability of WSU fans (like fans in general) to face up to reality, that this team sucks. I am not listening to anybody about having "turned the corner," or our talent, speed, recruiting have improved. I am looking at on-field performance, period. We need wins. I've been burned before by belieiving the happy Kool-Aid .
I'm pissed off that apprently the state of WA doesn't warrant it's own cover for Dawgs and Cougs, but CO and UT do for their ONE BCS team apiece. We've got the share a cover the the Ducks, you get stiffed entirely, and CO and UT get their own issues?
Welcome to the new Pac-12, everybody - the North Division: South Alaska's finest nobodies!
All you need to know about Athlon's preview issue this year is that they predicted the Pac-12's collective league record to be 28-26. In other words, don't bother.
Now if Angie Mentink would leave...
@Ambush184 If you look at the link, you'll notice that you need to delete some paragraph HTML at the end. The <,/p> doesn't belong there.
@LucasNurmi Yeah, but he's in the top 5 overall.
@bpcoug54 hey BP, relax man. We are irrelevant, nobody disputes that. Just sucks that we are one of 12, yet they skip us completely on the cover. But it isn't a big deal, we've been bad the last few years, so it isn't a surprise. Just a lighthearted look at it, that's all. Until we win these so-called "slights" will continue!
@Dawgma Utah is in the Pac 12, so they're a BCS Auto Qualifier now.
28-26? Interesting. Which team is going to be playing with itself?
Yeah, still shocked DE and Weasel are ahead of him @Soze
@SeanHawkins sorry. My anger and frustration is showing at 3 years of utter incompetence, and 4 years of lousy football prior to that. We are a pac12 football team. there is no reason we can't expect a competitive product on the field, with coaches who come up with a solid game plan, good clock management, and good halftime adjustments, and players who play like they mean to win.
I did say 'apiece'. It's just clear how the narrative is going to shape up already. Utah and Colorado really, really got a golden ticket out of this.