The Apple Cup is almost here! Kickoff is set for 12pm TOMORROW!
I guess it's about time to share my favorite Apple Cup moment (and I encourage you to do the same...just leave a comment below). It will probably help explain why I love the rivalry game so much and why I can't wait for game day (even though the teams are terrible).
Here's my story:
I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (lived there for five years), moved to Maryland (was there for about two years), then wound up in Seattle.
I was young and naive, so I started rooting for the Huskies. I remember going to games as a kid all dressed up in purple and gold. I even had an autographed football from Napoleon Kauffman. I loved the Dawgs!
That all changed in 1992...
My sister (seven years older than me) decided that she wanted to go to Washington State. We would visit her there every once in a while (I thought the place was awesome...even though I was only 12 years old) and I started to pay attention to the Cougars.
Then came the Apple Cup...
I was at home in the Seattle-area watching the game, but it was dumping snow at Martin Stadium. For the first time in my life I was caught in the middle of the rivalry. Who do I root for? As the game started to unfold I felt my allegiance turning towards to Cougs (I always liked and still like rooting for the underdog).
In the third quarter, Drew Bledsoe connected with Philip Bobo on a 44 yard touchdown pass. Bobo went crashing into a snow bank...and my commitment to UW went crashing with him. I suddenly fell in love with the Cougars and nothing has changed since.
It never will!
There are a couple of injury notes to pass along before I give you some links. Paul Wulff told Howie Stalwick of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that Dwight Tardy is "probably playing at 80 to 90 percent" on his sore knee (the same one he had surgery on). Stalwick also reports that Logwone Mitz, who missed last week's game against Arizona State, is set to play against Washington.
Bob Condotta and Bud Withers of The Seattle Times combined on another article. This one is about how the weak economy might affect the Huskies and Cougars fundraising efforts for field renovations.
Stalwick wrote a feature on Washington State freshman linebacker Louis Bland.
Greg Johns of the P-I has an article about three Husky freshmen that provide hope for the future.
Brandon Scheller of The Seattle Times has a feature on Tony Thompson.
Jerry Brewer, a columnist for the Times, says, "If the Huskies have quit, we'll see on Saturday."
Check out some pictures of the Cougar Pride monument that will be unveiled before the Apple Cup.
You can also vote on KREM.com if you will watch the rivalry game.
I've already said it once and I'll say it again...I can't wait for tomorrow!
I'll have a wrap-up right here after the game.
The same can be said for tonight's basketball game against Sacramento State (tip-off is scheduled for 6pm at Friel Court). I'll have a postgame blog, so check back later.