Hello, Cougs. Hump Day. Normally I would say, "Happy Hump Day", but nobody in Cougar Nation is happy. This would typically be the Puppy Dogs and Ice Cream portion of the week where I try to put a positive spin on things and talk about how it's just one game, but I just don't have it right now. After a week where the discussion largely centered on firing our head coach (at least the public discussion was partially driven by our very own Adam and his Evergreen column), I was ready to move on. Then this happened. That's right, folks. Our starting quarterback might be out for the year following a bout with compartment syndrome, a condition with which we are all fall too familiar after it almost cost James Montgomery his leg a couple years ago. It's a condition, by the way, that I have never heard of happening to anyone else. At this point, it's just piling on and as Lily Von Schtupp once said, "I'm tired". She was tired of playing the game, which was a fwiggin' shame. I'll tell you why I'm tired. After the jump.
I'm tired of no-shows. I can handle losing. I can't handle getting completely dismantled. What happened on Saturday was an embarrassing effort.
I'm tired of it seeming to be OK with he coaching staff. I know that effort is not a tangible thing and there is no way we can measure it, but the quotes from Paul Wulff this week made it seem like this loss was no big deal and that OSU essentially happened to play the perfect game. Look, I don't know what's being said behind closed doors and it probably wouldn't be productive to say, "We were terrible." For the love of Lone Star Dietz, though, stop sounding like things are just going to be OK.
I'm tired of having a coach on the hot seat. The situation is what it is and there is no real way to avoid it the way college football is these days, but it sucks to have every loss or even every bad moment in a win lead to questions about the head coach's job status. I'm not saying it's wrong to question Coach Wulff or even his future, but it's just tiresome.
I'm tired of Fox's breakout hit "New Girl" being on hiatus because of the World Series. Uhhhh...yeah. Read the next one!
I'm tired of this team being "young". Most of the guys we count on to make plays have started somewhere around a dozen times. Youth is no longer an excuse for people running wide open through the secondary.
I'm tired of our blitz looking like a crash test car slamming into a wall.
I'm tired because I'm not very smart and sleep on my couch too much, not affording myself enough good nights of sleep.
I'm tired of Skip Bayless. I never watch him, but still.
I'm tired of the Husky resurgence talk, although Stanford 65 UW 21 did make me feel better about that.
I'm tired of getting stuffed on fourth and short.
I'm tired of NFL commentators' insistence on referring to Ben Roethlisberger as "Ben". I'm tired of the Steelers in general.
I'm tired of getting verbal commitments from kids with no other Pac 12 offers.
I'm tired of people belittling off the field efforts because things are going badly off the field. This week became an indictment on The Seattle Game and the waving flags campaign, which are both things people would have loved had the scoreline been reversed.
I'm tired of the kids that live near me who think that the most appropriate place to play is in the street. I'm especially tired of the chubby one who thinks it's hilarious to make it look like he's not going to get out of the way or even walk directly in front of my car.
I'm tired of every loss having to be a program ruining catastrophe. Saturday sucked and represented a lot of what is wrong currently. It did not end the season.
Most of all, I'm tired of thinking that the bad days of Cougar Football are over and feeling like I can openly talk about things getting better, only to be snapped back to harsh reality by a week like this one.
Let's get in and out of Autzen without major incident, then regroup for a hopefully much less tiresome stretch run.
I'm tired of hearing the "fire paul wulff and bring in mike leach" chant. Or some other coach. Why not go get Woody Hayes for heavens sake (is he still alive?). Anyhoo, I'm tired, your tired...the team is tired I'm sure, and Lily VonTrapp is always tired. But, at some point the players have to go out and make plays, and I bet there tired of hearing that too. I agree with CougnCali..lets just go and kick some duck ass. Go Cougs.
Alright, time to move on and kick some Duck ass! If we play this weekend the way we did in the first half of the Stanford game great things may happen. Their is no doubt in my mind the Ducks are already looking ahead to there game at Washington. Just cause our team didn't show up last weekend doesn't mean that they aren't going to show this weekend.
"I'm tired of getting verbal commitments from kids with no other Pac 12 offers."
This is why I hate internet recruiting so much. The Cougs won 30 games in 3 years with players that had no other Pac-12 offers. Travis Long is a Pac-12 player. CJ Mizell is a Pac-12 player. Sekope Kaufusi is a Pac-12 player. Deone Buchanan is a Pac-12 player. Brandon Rankin is a Pac-12 player (out of position, but a Pac-12 player). Jeff Tuel is a Pac-12 player. Rickey Galvin is a Pac-12 player. Jared Karstetter is a Pac-12 player. Marquess Wilson is a Pac-12 player. I could go on and on... (well, maybe not THAT much further) but the point is... there is more Pac-12 talent on the field right now for CPW, than there was when our previous coach was recruiting (not counting Price's guys, of course).
Sure, we lost on Saturday. And I'm beginning to wonder about CPW, and whether or not he can coach on a Pac-12 level. But to say we don't have Pac-12 talent is insulting to the guys that are putting their asses on the line out there on Saturday's.
Good post. What happened to our understanding as to where this football team has been the past three years? The whole "fire Wulff" talk has really tired me out. Are we willing to throw away what has been built up, with talent and kids for the long term, for short term instant gratification with a new, stepping stone coach? The truth of the matter is this team IS young, and is STILL learning how to win football games. It was only a short while ago (LAST SEASON) this team was still getting their heads pounded in due to lack of experience. Whether we like it or not young teams are going to have days where they just don't show up. Period. They're going to have plays that we see as bad play calling yet the 19 year olds just failed to execute. I'm a senior and I live and die with this football team having been at every home game since my freshman year (2008). Who spent what little money I have as a college student to fly to Colorado this year. If anybody, I should have zero interest in this team because of our former lack of ability to compete. But I do. I see the players that are on campus and the character and capability this team has and their search to uncover their talent. I see a coaching staff who would give their right arm for this team, community, and university. This team is going to explode at some point, and if our head coach is not there to reap the benefits, it will be a very sad day for Washington State athletics.
I LOVE HUMPDAYS WITH HUDDY! Great stuff as always, Huddy. Personally, I felt a bit more cheery after reading that funny content. I especially liked the picture of Madeline Kahn's character in Blazing Saddles. Cougla swears that he was married to her, but I just can't bring myself to believe him.
Also, here is some interesting perspective on the Cougs from some unbiased outsiders http://washingtonstate.scout.com/2/1121341.html
Here is some unicorns and rainbows information. Betty White was just made an honorary WSU Alumna http://tinyurl.com/3kgjyc8
@Soze Clap clap.
@Soze I disagree, strongly. I was there Saturday. I saw a team that somehow gave up 550 yards to a lousy OSU team that has had many injuries and managed to lose at home to Sac. State. We have no pass rush, poor tackling, an OL that can't run block and gave up a bunch more sacks (and got Tuel injured), a secondary totally out of position, and in general gave a half-hearted effort in a crucial game. We have an OC with inexplicable play-calling.
If we have all this Pac12 talent (which I don't agree with)., , how did we manage to lose to OSU, UCLA, and needed a miracle to beat Colorado? I can't decide if it's lack of talent, poor coaching, or some combination of both, but it's time to start winning games, period.
@Soze The only thing Soze is that times have changed dramatically in the recruiting game since we had our mini-glory run of 10 wins in three straight years. Scout.com, Rivals, all that was just really getting off the ground in recruiting, but it flat-out exploded in the last 10 or so years. Price was a master at turning over the rocks and finding Rien Long, Marcus Trufant, Erik Coleman, etc, and his staff could turn those kids into real players. But it's just harder now, because there is so much more information out there on players compared to today. It's harder and harder to find these diamonds in the rough! Now you recruit a kid and you instantly know who he's interested in, who's offered, etc. That info just wasn't available back in the day.
I agree on your list of players, and there is no doubt that they are an uptick in talent compared to the train wreck that was Bill Doba. But you know what else about your list strikes me? Out of Long, Mizell, Kaufusi, Buchanan, Rankin, Tuel, Galvin, Wilson and Karstetter, only TWO OF THEM are seniors! The rest are all still with another year or two of growth. The real, true core of this team is young, in fact Condotta's latest blog post today shows we have the youngest defense in the conference from top to bottom in terms of starters. Just one starter is a senior, the rest of them will be back next year.
It's easy to lose sight of the progress, God knows I have totally lost it after these recent losses. But it's also important to remember that just one year ago, we were a two-win team that looked better, sure, but took some big losses as well. Maybe we thought with the OSU win late in the year, hanging with UW for 59 minutes, and the quick start this year that we somehow turned the corner. That is obviously not the case now, I mean clearly they haven't "arrived". But you can see that there is promise and that we are, yes, STILL YOUNG (even though that line is getting "TIRED" Timmy!).
Huddlestix... don't take this as a complaint on your post. I liked it. I just wanted to point out, once again, that the Cougs have always won with "non-Pac-12 recruits."
@Grimminal11 Tyrone WIllingham built a nice foundation and cleaned up a program in shambles off the field/academically, but couldn't get it done in the win column. Dick Bennett did a helluva job building the WSU program back to respectability, but never had a winning season. It's highly possible Wulff is our transition coach. I've backed the guy for 3 seasons and six weeks, but now find myself on the fence. At some point, winning has to be part of the gig.
@Sutra I cheered up one guy and compelled another to consider jumping off a cliff. My work here is done.
@YakiCoug Please don't. Then I'll have to add, "I'm tired of getting blamed for YakiCoug jumping off a cliff."
@bpcoug54 I was also there on Saturday -- and I was there for Idaho State, UNLV, Colorado and Stanford -- and I was also there for every home game in 2010 and 2009 (ok, I think I missed a game or 2 in 2009) -- and most definitely I have seen an improvement in talent from 2009 to 2011. I cannot wait until our freshmen and sophomores (listed above) are juniors and seniors, with bench guys (also listed above, just younger with less experience) coming off the bench to spell our vets instead of getting thrown into the fire. I mean, seriously... do you remember when you were a senior (or in my case, a 6th-year) and how young the incoming freshmen looked? Those tiny incoming freshmen and playing against Vontaze Burfict for christ's sake.
@bpcoug54 Because they are young. If you are like a lot of the CPW haters out there, I know you probably don't agree with that being a reason. But can you find me a team in the nation that starts as many freshman and sophomores that we do, that is also winning a bunch of games? I'm being serious, let me know if you find one.
@SeanHawkins I totally agree with you... but I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum. Those site are garbage in my mind and only provide fuel to the idiot fire. Its "fans" that read that garbage that cost guys like Bobby Bowden and Mark Richt their jobs. I guess I just need to get with the times and expect whoever is coaching the Cougs should automatically shine the turd and win a national title immediately, or get fired within 2-3 years.
@Soze I'm with you. That line was more of a frustration than anything. I agree that we have plenty of guys who clearly belong at this level, but I also think that our recruiting, even when we have good years, has proven to not be sustainable for consistently being competitive.
@Soze@SeanHawkins Just because someone is dissattisified with 8-35 doesn't mean they "hate" Wulff. I am getting very tired of his dismissive attitude to the fans. He got worked up on his coaches' show on Tuesday; called the people who post on the internet "grumpy," said he can't understand how fans post critical posts anonymously, and tells his players not to read the internet sites. I think the coaches and players should read the posts. Might light a fire under them.