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APhoto Of The Weekend — 1.8-9-11

Vice President Joe Biden watches the National Championship game between his Delaware alma mater and Eastern Washington University in Frisco, Texas, Friday night. You write the cutline. (SR photo: Chris Anderson)

Top Cutlines (this is the weekend contest; i'll post winners under this morning's cutline contest in the morning slot):

  • 1. Bloggy.
  • 2. Overheard from his secret service guy…”Your right Mr Vice President we all should have worn your team colors to remain inconspicuous. But your team is called The Blue Hens and I think Eagles eat Blue Hens for breakfast lunch and dinner…as a last resort at least we can always blame Bush” — KeithinCDA.
  • 3. SS: No, the Eagles are from Cheney. VP: How can the Eagles be from Cheney? Everybody knows they're Democrats. Heck, they even have concerts for us — WillyPeter.
  • HM: Gary D. Rhodes

Blanchette: Eagles Never Blinked

EWU wide receiver Brandon Kaufman stretches out in a full dive to get across the goal line and score on a two yard pass from quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell. The play earned EWU their first touchdown enroute to a 20-19 win in the National Championship game against Delaware in Frisco, Texas on Friday. (SR photo: Christopher Anderson)

“This game wouldn’t be right if this didn’t happen,” said quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, “if we didn’t go down 19-0 and have to make a comeback.” Not just 19-0, but 19-0 with less than 19 minutes to play and no indication that the Eagles would ever get anything going. At that point – with three minutes left in the third quarter – they still had fewer than 100 yards of offense. Delaware had gashed EWU’s defense at will. There was no spark, no tempo, no pulse. So rosy were things for the Blue Hens that spectator Joe Biden, undistinguished as a Delaware undergrad but now our vice president, could probably even envision re-election in two years/John Blanchette, SR. More here. And: Eagles are national champs/Steve Bergum. And: 39 photos of the game/SR photos.

Question: Did you really think the Eagles were going to come back from their 19-0 deficit with 19 minutes to go?

Walters Bros. Follow EWU To Texas

All day long, the anticipation weighed on us. Would we be ready? Were we up to the challenge? Not the big game. That's tomorrow, when our beloved alma mater, Eastern Washington University plays the University of Delaware in the Football Championship Subdivision title game. No, what we were nervous about was the big burger. It's called El Jefe Grande, and it's the pride of Kenny's Burger Joint here in Frisco. It weighs in at a full seven pounds (roughly the size of EWU's superstar linebacker J.C. Sherritt.) The El Jefe is 7000 calories and features three pounds of beef, a half-pound of bacon, french fries, jalapenos, onions, and other fixings all slammed between two mattress-sized slabs of Texas toast/Jess & Ralph Walter, SR. More here.

DFO: Dunno if you've been following the musings of Jess (“The Financial Lives of Poets”) and Ralph Walter en route to Frisco, Texas, for tonight's national championship I-AA football game between EWU & Delaware. But you should if you want to laugh. Twitter feed here.

Question: Wes Aamodt of the old Shady Lady bar in Wardner once made a 10-pound burger for columnist Doug Clark and me. We ate about a pound of it between us. I once ate a 42-ounce steak at Wolf Lodge Inn, too. Can you top that for over-eating a burger or steak?

Root-Toot-Tooting For Home Team

After a four-decade absence, I was tooting my trumpet once again at an Eastern Washington University football game. Well, whaddya know. Guess you can go back. Pity my lip didn’t join me Friday night. No surprises there, of course. Nixon was still corrupting the White House the last time I logged any serious practice time. But I wasn’t about to let a little thing like a case of the flubber chops stop me. With most of the student musicians gone for winter break, my alma mater was in a desperate fix to fill the band for its nationally televised playoff game against Villanova/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: Did you ever play in a school band? Or pep band? Which instrument? What do you think of the experience?

EWU Axes Marching Band

Item: Eastern silences Eagles marching band/Jody Lawrence-Turner, SR

More Info: When the Eagles fight song rings out at EWU football games this fall, it’ll come from loudspeakers or maybe hired musicians – not the student marching band. The Eastern Washington University band, made up of 100-plus students, is a casualty of the poor economy. “This was an agonizing decision on our part,” said Patrick Winters, music department chairman. “A school like ours, in Division 1 sports, should have a marching band. It’s part of the atmosphere.” The university will save about $30,000, officials said.

Question: Did EWU make the right decision to save $30K by axing the marching band? (BTW, did you ever play in the school band? Which instrument?

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