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Sat., Nov. 18, 2006, 2:53 p.m.

UW at WSU: Pregame III


It's confession time.

This is the first Apple Cup I've watched in person.

Over the past 20-plus years, I haven't missed a televised Cup, but in person … sorry, I've never made the trip.

So far it hasn't been what I expected.

The Husky fans walked around campus have been treated respectively. Unlike what happens to the visitors at UCLA-USC games, the only Pac-10 rivalry game I've ever attended.

Both times I went to Coliseum for that game, I saw: fistfights, a car window broken, and water tossed on a baby-blue wearing fan.

But as I walked around the campus prior to entering the stadium, I was impressed by the etiquette shown by Cougar fans toward their purple-attired counterparts. Being ignored is not a bad thing when you are a Husky in Cougar country.

I'm sure the behavior changes as the game nears completion and night descends. The fans of the winners will gloat, the losers sulk and the intersection of the two might not be as civil.

We'll see.

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