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Apple Cup Tailgaters Keep Their Cool In Cold

The truth about Cats and Dawgs is, they both freeze at 32 degrees.

And the temperature was around freezing during tailgate parties leading up to Saturday’s Washington-Washington State football game in Pullman.

Charcoal and propane grills provided a little heat, and many revelers among the snowbanks turned to liquid fortification against the cold.

For Tonya Carty of Spokane, the weather was no big deal. She was among more than 100,000 people who lost electricity when an ice storm ravaged Spokane on Tuesday.

“For four days now we’ve had no power,” Carty, a WSU booster, said as her husband placed charcoal on a grill.

Proving the weather makes for strange tailgate-fellows, they shared the heat of their grill with Wade Lord of Yelm, a rabid Huskies fan who didn’t let more than a foot of snow near his home stop him from crossing the state for the game.

Lord’s son Wes, however, had converted to a Cougar backer at their hotel when he got an autograph from WSU’s Adam Kietzer.

Wes explained that, like Kietzer, he also wore No. 80.

Tom Preguber of Issaquah was dishing out hamburger soup to stay warm. A WSU season-ticket holder, Preguber and wife Diane drove nine hours Thursday to make sure they got to the game.

They watched WSU club the Huskies in women’s volleyball Friday night, and looked forward to more of the same Saturday.

“We love the Cougars,” Diane said, undaunted by the prospect of spending the evening shivering in the cold of the top two rows of Martin Stadium.

As for her feelings on the Huskies: “You can’t print it.”

The weather was so overcast the stadium lights were on at midday, and the green of the artificial turf was startling against the white on the ground and on the seats.

Husky booster Dave Browning of Lake Oswego, Ore., took off from the Portland airport, had his flight to Spokane diverted to Pasco because of bad weather, then rented a car and drove three hours to Pullman in time for the game.

A week of foul weather also failed to frighten off Jim May of Bothell, a Husky booster.

“I’m from Eastern Washington and I thought the weather problems were overrated,” May said.