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WSU fashionably late to Phoenix


Now that the Washington State football team has made it to Arizona – we have more on the link – we feel ready to put up an evening post. Read on.


• Fog in Pullman. Well, low clouds. If anyone asks, that’s why the WSU football team arrived in Phoenix around 7 p.m. The low visibility made it impossible for the charter to land in Pullman, so the entire entourage bused to Spokane and flew from there. Luckily, the day-before-the-game walk through had been scheduled for Pullman this week, so that was done before the buses rolled. … As for stories to read, we have our advance for tomorrow’s paper, featuring a look at the idea that, after the Long March of the past three weeks, Arizona State is a little – put quotes around little – easier opponent. … By the way, the hotel I’m staying at is perfect. There’s an In-N-Out within walking distance. Is this heaven? With the heat, I know it’s not Iowa. … Bud Withers – as I look at the link, it says Bob Withers on the bottom, which is an appalling lack of respect for an elder statesman of Washington journalism – put together his matchup box on the Cougar game. …’s Ted Miller has some facts he wonders if you knew. … Finally, I was doing a piece for our basketball preview section and I almost wrote, for the Kansas State game, it would be the final WSU contest in the Pac-10/Big 12 Hardwood Series, but I couldn’t get anyone to confirm what I had heard. It’s been confirmed.


• That’s all for now. I’m going for a walk. And yes, I “might” end up at In-N-Out. We’ll be back in the morning with our usual post. Until then …

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