Greetings Cougs, and a happy Tuesday to y'all. I don't know about you, but this whole spring forward stuff is ROUGH on the early risers. And is it just me, or is the Tuesday morning after the spring forward even harder than the Monday morning?? I know we'll all get used to it here shortly, but still. I guess I feel like complaining, that's all.
Nice shot of the WSU practice fields. I found that earlier this morning as I had heard a rumor that Bill Moos mentioned that Martin Stadium was.....get ready for it....GETTING CRIMSON END ZONES for this fall! As the headline says, be still my crimson heart! I have been pining for crimson end zones since we first got field turf in 2000, and I wanted to try and find a link or something about it just to be sure. In the past, whenever I had asked those in the know, I was told that they researched it and found that the cost was too high. Too high as in somewhere in the neighborhood of $500 GRAND, something like that? That it was special paint that was needed, and it was just too damn expensive.
But then the crimson end zones popped up on the practice fields a couple of years ago, and I was all "WTF"??? Seriously, why can we have the beautiful crimson on our practice fields, even with the new logo rebranding, and not have it, you know, INSIDE the stadium!?!
But as I looked for confirmation, it was hard to find. At first there was no luck, no link to any stories or anything. But then I was told that it was mentioned on one of the podcasts from Moos, and to try and track that down. Still, no luck. But then my good friend Google tipped me off to a chat that Moos had at the end of 2011, where he slipped in this little nugget:
Cougar Lance (Olympia): Hi Bill - any plans to replace the football field turf with crimson end zones and add new decor around the lower bowl of the stadium?
|Bill Moos: Cougar Lance, yes to both, which will be in place for our home opener next season.|
So forgive me for being a little too excited about crimson-effing-endzones, OK?? It's March, what do you want? A full-blown breakdown of the CBI!?! You won't find that here, although the Cougs do have a hoops game tonight vs. the mighty Dons of San Francisco. The Dons might be better than WSU this year, but the Cougs historically OWN San Fran, per the WSU release on this game!
WSU AGAINST SAN FRANCISCO:
• The Cougars and the Dons have met just once with WSU holding a 1-0 advantage in the all-time series.
• Washington State won the lone meeting, 53-45, Dec. 23, 1950.
That's right - OWNED.
And while the 2011-12 season was pretty much a bummer with the sub-500 record and all those painful losses, at least tonight we get to see Brock Motum and Marcus Capers one last time, plus some other youngsters get a chance to play another game. And looking ahead a bit, the news is that it sounds like Motum is leaning towards returning for another season next year, and that's a good thing when you can bring back a skilled big man like that. But this will be the end of the road for Marcus Capers, and for that, WSU Football Blog tips our hat his direction.
A long, lean leaper, Capers was always a potential highlight waiting to happen. And by all accounts, Capers is a class act on and off the floor. He's seen a lot in his years at WSU, and while he never did make the NCAA tourney, this will be his third postseason appearance out of four years. While he never really developed into a high octane scorer, he's always played hard and was a good example for WSU hoops. He will be missed.
Meanwhile, the football team went out and got a JC linebacker yesterday, signing Justin Sagote out of the College of San Mateo. Per Cougfan, Sagote is 6-2, 225 and runs a 4.6, with experience at both inside LB and outside LB in the 3-4. Sagote was offered by Purdue and San Diego State, and had interest in Nevada as well before committing to WSU. He will be headed for Pullman after graduating from the JC in May, and obviously has a real shot at contributing immediately after recent developments at the linebacker spot. Sagote definitely fills a need, as has been painfully pointed out already with Sekope Kaufusi and CJ Mizell are "pursuing other opportunities". Oh, and Sagote fits the Hair Raid defense to a T, as Huddy pointed out yesterday. So there's that.....?
Speaking of linebackers, there's a great read on incoming WSU linebacker Jeremiah Allison in the LA Times. Allison's mother was struck down by a heart attack, and suffered brain damage as a result. Powerful stuff in that article, and a good dose of perspective in your own world when you see what young Allison has been dealing with in his young life.
I guess that's it for now. Enjoy your Tuesday, and as always, GO COUGS!
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I read the Allison article. A great read. I kept thinking that there is got to be a way to have mom transferred up to a nursing home in Pullman. Obviously you have the interplay of Medi-Cal and WA's Medicaid and the cost shifting of caring for a CA citizen over to the dwindling resources of WA's Medicaid. But Allison if you are reading this, do some digging because if the quality of care is the same, then bring her to Pullman, she will love it!
Hawk, great to see you are back I saw your other post but just haven't had the time to comment.
I am just a little worked up about Few's shot at the Pac. His statement was that BYU, Zags, and St. Marys would beat everyone in the Pac. I hate it when coaches from another conference take shot at another conference. Hey Few, why were your Zags in the NCAA tourney last yr after our Cougs took your team behind the woodshed?!!! Shouldn't Bone have made the same statement last yr about your little WCC? It is called respect, and when you start spewing garbage statements like that you make yourself a target. Shut up and win your conference or your tourney, or maybe you are just setting yourself up to jump ship because the cycle has started including the downward spiral of your program? Last yr (ask Longball) I predicted you wouldn't win your league or your tourney this yr, and was right. Next yr your a bubble team at best. (I recognize this isn't really for Coug fans consumption, but I don't have my own blog and I am hoping that happens to have one of his staffers do random google searches that attack his image).
I'm definitely a huge Allison fan already. I think he'll just love being part of the Cougar Family. He loved the campus when he visited and committed soon after.
I live amongst Zag fans and have found that some can be vey irritating. Previous to Few's comments, I just took it out on the fansbase, but now he's jumping on board too. The Cougar fanbase is so different in that most fans have either a direct connection to the university or at least a "once removed" connection. The Zag fanbase is largely based on proximity. Much of the fanbase couldn't dream of attending the university and has no connection besides living in the same city. What did it for me was a few years ago when the Cougs played the Zags at the MAC and some Zag students were burning a Cougar Flag on the campus. The news was showing this footage in a "gee these students are some really die-hard fans" kind of way. I was thinking that the students were very unclassy, considering that entire countries go to war over things like that. I get it that they have had success and sell out their arena...but seriously, it has less than 4000 seats if I'm not mistaken. Why would the Zags choose to build a smaller arena when they could probably sell out a place twice as big? Are they planning for when times are not so good?
Maybe I am weird, but I like the current end zone scheme. Not to say that an all crimson look won't be cool, I just hope it doesn't turn out fire engine red like the ones on the practice field. Perhaps they should have gone with gray end zones with crimson writing?
@GeoffONeil You are weird if you like the current ones. However, I'm down with the grey zones idea with crimson lettering. Either way, BE DONE WITH GREEN END ZONES!!!!
@GeoffONeil Grey with crimson might look pretty cool, actually.
@Soze @GeoffONeil Any color that would have shown Wilson putting the rock over the goal line against Utah would have worked well for me. So, if we're thinking about November, maybe crimson is the way to go?
The good news is that EWU we will never be, but I am looking for anything and/or everything to make Martin Stadium POP when we are on the Tee-Vee.
Great write up, Hawk. So great to have you back.
The write-up on Allison is a real gem, albeit one that is filled with tragedy.
I honestly can't remember a kid that deserves more instant fan support than Jeremiah. Potential valedictorian who shows amazing resilience in all aspects of life.
Here's to hoping that he has a fantastic career both on the field and off it. He deserves it.
@Sutra Completely agree on Allison. What a great "get", and quite frankly even if he doesn't play a down of football we are lucky to have him. Definitely a fan! And man, do I want those crimson end zones (did I make that clear??). You take Martin Stadium and the renovations, right in the middle of campus? Update the branding and the end zones and all that other extra stuff on the side and yet all that it can do to make it a special setting? Can't WAIT for September already!
Totally agee, that kid is already one of my favorite Cougs. I hope he gets all the support he needs once he is in Pullman, the kid is just amazingly mature for his age and a helluva person.
And the Crimson End Zones are going to be sweet!