“The life I love is makin music with my friends, and I can’t wait to get on the road again.”
After stops in Provo, Las Vegas and Seattle, the WSU Football Blog Road Warriors roll into Corvallis for a Pac-12 North Division clash with the Beavers of Oregon State. The North Division is where you’ll find the Pac-12’s few traditional “college towns” and Corvallis is certainly one of them. The Beavers are our closest cousins in the conference, if you will. We have a lot in common besides carrying the “State” moniker in our title. Our campuses reside in small towns and historically take a back seat to our cross state rivals, both academically and athletically. As a result, both fan bases are known for their self-deprecating humor and thick skins born from suffering decades of abuse from their snobby in-state rivals. Of course, once the ball is on the tee all these familial things will give way to 60 minutes of mortal combat, but up to that point, and I suspect after the final whistle, things will be downright friendly between our two fan bases. If we didn’t have a game at Provo on the schedule, I would recommend this as our #1 family friendly road trip. Wanna know what else a guy who has never been to Corvallis has to say about Corvallis? Find out after the jump...
This is what a "sun break" looks like in Corvallis.
I may have never been to Corvallis, but I do know this about the place. It rains there. In fact it is the rainiest place in the world. I know this because every time I have ever seen Corvallis on the TV, it is raining, or at least cloudy. It also looks like my kinda town. There are a couple things about Corvallis that, from the perspective of a person living in Utah, make it the most perfect place ever. First of all they are a mere 50 miles from the Ocean. I don’t even remember what an ocean is, let alone what it smells or looks or feels like. I imagine its awesome. Also, Corvallis has real bars and this brewery that looks like HEAVEN…
I bet their beers are more than 4%.
Despite all our similarities, there are some noticeable differences between the Coug and Beav crowds. For one, while we Cougs are usually farmers, the Beaver fans are mostly lumberjacks. At the end of the day, this just means we are both dirty and like to drink. Also, while Corvallis is a small town, it is still twice the size of Pullman, so you may get a bit overwhelmed by all the people (and you may even encounter a real life homeless person. Try not to take pictures). Beaver fans also have a couple things we Cougs are not familiar with:
- A “revenue sport” with a winning tradition - The Beaver basketball program, despite its current malaise, has a proud tradition that ranks in the top 15 all time for wins.
- A national championship that did not occur in the 19teens - The Beavs won back to back national championships in baseball in 2006 and 2007.
- A Heisman trophy winner - That’s right, Beaver quarterback Terry Baker won the Heisman in 1962!
Its unlikely, BUT, if some Beaver fans start to rub your nose in all their past glories, just remind them that while those are impressive accomplishments, we have Grizzly bears. That oughta shut them up.
This is what qualifies as an uppity beaver fan.
My recommendations to all you road warriors are:
- Bring your rain gear and be prepared for some blue tarp tailgating.
- Drink local. Oregon is home to a plethora of great breweries, distillieries and wineries.
- Definitely tailgate here. These will be some of the most fun and hospitable fans you’ll encounter on the road. They also have very lax public consumption laws. (A great take on the tailgating at Reser can be found here)
- Make the short trip to the Oregon coast. Sure, its October and sun bathing would be dangerous, but there is all kinds of kooky stuff like Ripley's Believe it or Not, GIANT sand dune buggies, and more salt water taffy than you can wave a Coug flag at.
The finest in Northwest tailgate attire.
Now you are armed with MORE than enough information to make your road trip to Corvallis a success. Am I right? Next week we'll head on down to Palo Alto and a date with the Stanford Cardinal. Until then, GO COUGS!
We are die hard coug fans that live in Corvallis and the beav fans really aren't bad at all. They commiserate alot with the coug fans and they all hate the huskies too which is a bonus. As for breweries, we have 3 in town, a distillery and a cider house. Not bad for a small college town. I would strongly recommend coming down for a game, while it might be wet it's always a good time!
@meganc This is good to hear! Hopefully we'll send lots of reinforcements your way for this game. My experience with Beav fans in Pullman has always been great, but that Ooooooo, Ssssssssss, Uuuuuuuuu cheer does get a little annoying after a while.
It's funny, I have been to Corvallis four times in the last ten years, twice for ball games, and not once have I stayed the night or experienced anything other than the immediate campus. Will be making a day trip this season, so probably won't see much more than the parking lots.
Not that it totally matters, but IIRC, last year's Princeton Review Top Public Universities, Wazzu ranked ahead of both Oregon State and Oregon. I believe Oregon was third of all three schools. So not totally sure about them being superior to OSU. FWIW.
Great write-up Brother LB!!
NICE job, LB. Solid old man chuckles from me throughout...
Corvallis is great, but the road from Corvallis to Albany is not. LOTS of police, so if you stay outside of town, better have a driver.
Albany also has a pretty good Skippers that's open pretty late. So, if you're staying there and have a honkering for a clam/shrimp basket n fries following a 26 hour bender, then Central Oregon is your best friend.
More importantly, maybe we can make it two straight down there this year--we need that win if we harbor ambitions of a good-to-great year.
I don't think any of you know this, but before I went to Wazzu, I had a previous college career at a small Quaker school in western Oregon. Often, I traversed to bigger libraries at Portland State and at Corvallis to do research.
For my birthday one year (1994?) I got several of my non-Coug friends (who were also non-Beav friends) to go with me to a game. To put it mildly, what I thought would be a good game and probably a win for us, turned into a laugher. We sucked! I was embarrassed to bring my friends to watch the Cougs I'd so bragged about.
Corvallis is so flat. I had no idea where the stadium was, but I thought I'd just wander about campus until I found it. I figured it'd stand out like Martin or Husky Stadium. NOPE. I didn't see anything that could be a stadium. I ended up over by the cow barns/dairy area. I saw a single large grandstand in the distance. It looked like a rodeo grandstand such as we have in Walla Walla, but bigger. I decided to go have a look. Sure enough, that was Reser (I don't think it was Parker Stadium anymore).
Back then Reser was a giant grandstand on one side with a low (and I mean REALLY low) ring of stands around the rest of the field. They'd just put in fancy boxes on the one endzone and there were plans to make it into the large stadium it is today with a full grandstand on the opposite side of the field.
My Sacto friend (not you Sutra) really loved how close we were to the field and the players even though we were in the cheap seats (maybe 10 rows from the field). And even though Reser was the smallest stadium in the PAC back then, it wasn't even close to full.
And no, no Beaver fans gave me any trouble for my Coug-wear. I think they pitied me.
@WallaCoug I remember that game all too well! That was the famous Palouse Posse defense and i believe it was like 24-14 Beavs, with almost all the Beavs points being scored against our offense on turnovers. We hadn't lost to them since the 70's and at school the next day I was hanging out in the hallway outside Spanish and French class with P-town and one of our classmates was actually crying about it. I STILL hate Chad Davis.
@Longball "I STILL hate Chad Davis."
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@WallaCoug Reser has been completely renovated since you were there last. At one point, it was smaller than Martin. It can now be seen from many vantage points on their campus. The west bleachers are actually surprisingly tall.
My girlfriend is a Beav, and I went down to Corvallis two years ago for the game. If you know someone down there who knows all the ins and outs of the local bars and restaurants, it is a blast, from what I can remember anyway ...:)
I fully intend on taking the new trailer down there this year, and trying to convince as many people as possible to head down there as well.
Doesn't hurt that the gf is a Beav, but my experience was that as long as you are nice to the Beav fans, they will share a beer with you without to much jeering.
The friendliness of Oregon State grads is incredibly overstated. Sure the old ones are nice, but the ones 35 and younger are cut from the same cloth as your average Lane CC Duck fan. None of them seem to remember anything prior to the year 2005.
That said, I've been to Corvallis several times. Worth it to go once just to check it off the list, but it is pretty boring overall. Similar to Pullman in the sense of "if you live here its fun, if you are visiting its not."
@GeoffONeil Sadly I think these types of fans are just everywhere now. Even the Cougs have a pretty good post 1997 following that asks "who the hell is that guy?" when you bring up a name like Mark Rypien. The Beavs definitely have expunged a lot from their collective memories, but 28 straight years of losing seasons will do that to you. It's kind of amazing they were still fielding a football team.
@Longball Yeah, that is certainly fair. To clarify a bit, it is not insufferable to go to Corvallis (nor is it to go to Eugene), I just was pointing out that its not all 100% nice people. Auburn is the only place I have been where I really experienced that level of niceness.