Another Apple Cup for
is Officer Lee
Groinman, That’s Right, Washington’s Most Relieved Cop…
I’m not talking Rolaids, Alka Seltzer,
or the Pepto Dismal either, I’m talking about those pesky Warshington
State cougs. Oh them cougs played well enough, they probably put up
their best effort in years, as they should have, the little smucks had
about a month to get ready. But the truth is, we took it easy on them
this year, after all it was just after the Thanksgiving Holiday, and us
Huskies have been thankful for Paul Wullf, coug coach for two
years now, and counting!
This moral coug victory just
saved Wullf’s carcass, and in the true Holiday Spirit of this Joyous
Bowl Season, that just works fine for me…and I’ll be receiving no
Christmas card from Aunt Bertha the coug this year, yup, works just fine
Holy Crapes, what’d we do? Leave about
30 points on the field? Nearly as many as we scored anyway, heck that
openin’ drive itself went for nearly 200 yards, must be some kind of
record somewhere, somebody must know, some smart feller.
We did suffer some casualties, dang,
hated to see Cody Bruns and Semisi Tokolahi both go down, how painful.
At least Bruns was able to walk off the field, I’m betting most of the
coug faithful didn’t even know he was hurt, as I recall not one ice ball
was thrown his way. Bruns would be an easy target as it’d be hard to
throw anything back with a broken collar bone, those cougs missed a
golden opportunity. Not so Mr. Tokolahi, with his mangled lower leg and
sittin’ like a duck in that cart, why he was just too good a target for
those cougs to pass up. Fowl season was off this year in the Palouse, or
so I’ve been told…
So Godspeed to Bruns and Tokolahi, good
luck guys, and I’m sure you’ll be able to enjoy the Holiday Bowl, if
only from the sidelines, so sorry. But heal up quick! YOU HEAR ME!
You know, I gotta tell ya’ this. I was
at the ’02 Apple Cup in Pullman, and oh sure, after our victory, yours
truly was down on the frozen field of Martin Stadium, yukkin’ it up and
having a good time. But hey, the way Groinman here has got it figured,
as long as you’re not doing any damage like tearin’ down goal posts or
munchin’ on field turf, hey, there’s no harm. As long as you’re not
giving ‘one finger congrats’ to those left in their seats, all is good.
And yes the thrown objects came down
onto the field in ’02 as well. Not as much as we saw this last go
‘round, but hey, back in ’02 it was still a fairly new ‘coug’ tradition.
I didn’t see as many ‘yellow’ bombs this past year, maybe some smart
feller oughta look into that.
The next day I read in one of the
Eastern Washington rags about the event; Said something about snow balls
being thrown and how it ‘nearly got out of control’. Just nearly…
It’s just the different semantics
between Eastern Warshington and Western Washington. That’s all, nuthin’
to get excited about…
Heck, I nearly lost control at my
house, had a casualty and a thrown object too. Seems my remote control
lost control and slammed into the wall just a second after that second
TD was called back. The wall is still undefeated at my house It’s a log…
You know I wrote in my last story about
how I felt the UW might benefit from some 'home cookin' from the
officials in the Apple Cup. My thought was that the Pac needed UW to win
to get the bowl payout. Besides they say that the ‘bad’ calls even out,
well it was time for the Apple Cup, and more than about time that the
calls evened out. But no, hell no, the calls may have gotten
worse. This kinda stuff is really getting out of hand. If that Ladies
Tennis guy, that Larry Snott fella, if he wants to 'fix' the Pac
conference, he oughta start with cleaning house with the entire
officiating crew. I don't know if they are all bad, or only the ones
that call Husky games. These guys gotta go.
Some years ago I worked with a bunch of
guys as an official, officiating football games at the junior and senior
high level. Okay, they mostly had me in the Pop Warner division, but
hey, I went to all the meetings...But I'll tell ya' this. There was more
integrity and honesty in that group of men than in any other group I
have EVER been involved with. Well that one Saturday morning
Church Breakfast Club had some good guys too, and one was an official...
This one official, a younger guy, but
he'd been officiating for some years, he'd get up and give his speech
before every new season, a speech he made for everybody, the newbies as
well as the seasoned vets. In his speech he tells the story of how he
blew a touchdown call that cost a high school team a win and a trip to
the State Championship in the Tacoma Dome. He blew the call, was flat
out wrong, and he knew it. His voice gets shaky every year when he
relives his mistake in front of his group of peers. He annually tortures
himself. He believes this may save someone else from making such a
mistake, a mistake which could cost a team the game of a lifetime. The
memories for a lifetime…
These Clowns, these smucks
we have callin' games in the Pac conference couldn't give a rats
knuckles about any such thing as the above mentioned integrity and
honesty. Give me those guys I worked with any day, junior high or not...
If that was 'holding' on Jake Locker's
80 yard touchdown run on that openin' drive, well if that was holdin' we
may as well stop playing football. Ridiculous, his hands were in front
of his body and Jake was already gone, trust me I've watched it
five times. I know you can virtually call holding on nearly any
down, as the cougs held all night worse than that and were never
called. That Collier touchdown called back, the 'illegal formation'? You
tell me what was illegal about that? Far as I could tell there were 7
men on the line of scrimmage but I haven't watched that one five times.
A call like that, the ref should 'splain the call, they may not be
capable, Lord knows they got alot of 'splainin' to do...
Bitchin' at the officials has long been
a time honored part of the game, but these pranksters parading around
the Pac Ten have taken it to an entire new level, it's more than time an
upgrade was made.
And now the leaque is expandin' to 12
teams, that means the Pac Ten talent pool of officials is gonna
get stretched a bit thinner, give me a call Larry, I know a few good
You hear me Larry!
You know they always say that the bad
calls will balance themselves out in the end. Well I'm still waitin'.
I'd just as soon we got the right call more often than not. Just
something to think about, uh Larry...
Speaking of Jake Locker. The end of an
era is at hand. The first quarterback I’d ever seen live was Sonny
Sixkiller, there’s been a lot of them. But none like Jake, no Sir. That
much is for certain. I hope Jake goes out in a blaze of glory, 3 TD
passes, 150 yards rushing, another rushing TD, you got it. That bein’
said, I’m a bit relieved to see the end now. I’m looking forward to the
Keith Price, or the Nick Montana show. These quarterbacks may not have
the pizzazz that a Jake has, but I believe they won’t have the other
side to it either. Jake is kinda like a high maintenance woman or
performance car, it’s either 180 mph or you’re in the tank, or in the
ditch, in the case of the woman, you’re in the outhouse.
Maybe I’m getting to old for all the
drama, looking forward to the accurate short pass, the timely little run
for first down. Just move the chains kid, keep movin’ the chains…
So now we’re packing for San Diego and
the Holiday Bowl. Looks like a pricey little trip this time around. As
my luck would have it I plugged in my computer the other day and sparks
flew out her butt, the end of an era indeed. New laptops not cheap,
especially the ones the wife Gloria likes. Women, all high maintenance
if ya asks me…Well San Diego or bust, looks like Rocky’s burgers and
Wahoo’s fish tacos! Could be Lutefisk tacos this Holiday time of year.
Ya’ sure ya’ betcha’!
Ya’ know on a side note, I saw this
fella on the message boards the other day, sayin’ how he was gonna root
for the ducks in the Championship game against Auburn. Another feller
felt obliged to post that he thought that Sark could be a candidate for
the Florida job. Ya’ know, don’t ya’ think that if you had thoughts like
these, wouldn’t you just want to keep them thoughts to yourselfs? Like
these guys who post their ‘bad feelings about this one’. Thanks for
Hmmm, Lutefisk tacos…
The eight year Bowl drought is over! After the false start we had at
BYU, and the three week pummeling streak, a Bowl game in San Diego is
story book stuff. And guess who gets to write the last chapter? And
these guys deserve it! This won’t be the same Washington team that
Nebraska saw in September. I’d even lay money on it if Tokolahi was
around, might anyway. Hey, didn’t I tell ya’ the Dawgs would cover in
the Apple Cup? I know, I said double digits, but who’s counting? We left
points on the field, and points in the refs pocket,
But now it’s time for our
featured Dawg of the week;
how ‘bout this guy, and what a better name for the Holiday Bowl!
Ace had a bit of bad luck here recently
as his former home was burned. His family went with other family
members, and Ace went to the kennel. Ace is a handsome fella, good with
other animals, was protective of his sister.
Ace misses his sister, a German Sheppard who went with the Sheppard
rescue. Ace and his pals can be seen at
Ready for adoption now! And so is Nila, she’s still waiting!