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TommyCoug Dec. 5, 2016, 1:32 p.m.

Basketball Energy....YAWN!!


TommyCoug Nov. 28, 2016, 6:09 p.m.

I watched this basketball game on TV and it has to be one of the worst exhibitions of effort and complete incompetency in any WSU sport I have ever witnessed! And yes, in person or on TV I have seen a lot of Cougar contests in various sports. It will be another long, long year for WSU in the PAC-12 Basketball season!!


TommyCoug Nov. 24, 2016, 10:06 a.m.

So, I have been travelling and my computer decided to go funky. Did not see a "transcript" for the Colorado game and few write ups of any significance recently. Little or no comments post Colorado game?

So, my comments are that I didn't know until post Colorado that Hansler and Dotson were not available on defense for that game and that Coach Joe S. was not even in attendance. Couple that will the loss of River Cracraft and things began to fall into focus. Colorado is a "good" football team...however, I don't think great! I knew that their QB would run several times OT left or right and straight up the middle. He's done it all year!!

And he DID! Add that to what looked like lack luster effort...poor tackling by the defense and dropped balls by the replacement receivers...and an extra route runner in the wrong place on the dropped pass by Marks...and the picture was ripe for a defeat. And it was!! Overall effort was like that against EWU and Bozo (I mean) Boise State earlier in the year. Another preparation and attitude like that and we won't be as close to the Huskies! Let's leave all that crap in the locker room!!

Regardless of the outcome...I hope to see 4 full quarters of the type of Cougar football that resulted in the 8 game winning streak. Then, win or lose, I can be extra proud of my Wazzzu Cougs!!

I will be watching on TV with fellow Coug family and friends.



RonWatson Nov. 21, 2016, 8:43 a.m.

Paper this morning said 2016 WSU has never won a game the week after a loss. Cougs beat Idaho week after Boise loss, then the bye week came?
Both teams get ready for Apple Cup on short week. Cougs had a 4 hour head start?


2lineshigh Nov. 18, 2016, 8:53 a.m.

Congrats to the Cougars for getting a recruit away from the 3 Universities mentioned, this young man must be very accomplished to have been recruited by Florida,Oklahoma and Texas AM, not to mention the California schools who certainly were interested.


HDCoug Oct. 27, 2016, 9:49 a.m.

Yikes, your opening remarks scared me, VG. You're still a staple for me each morning. Hope it's easy to find your column tomorrow.

Also, if CML disfavors the Cubs, guess I'll have to get back on their bandwagon. I started following them in the mid-1950's, as their home day games were always the first to be reported on tv and in the evening papers. In the 90's, when the owners locked out the players and cancelled the World Series, I soured on MLB in general, and my enthusiasm for the Cubbies waned as well. Now, it feels right to get back on board, but, not because they're winning......just because. The Cubs being in the series against the Indians, another team that has been woeful for many decades, tempers my enthusiasm, as I am inherently an underdog "nut".

Go Cougs, go Cubs, go Indians.......hmmm, time to restock the fridge, eh?

Hillyard Hellraiser

Hillyard Hellraiser Oct. 25, 2016, 12:05 p.m.

I fought for Kapernik's right to protest, and I would die fighting for his right to protest. I just feel the venue is wrong and it offends a lot of people who have lost loved ones fighting for this country. In that respect, he's actually creating division rather than bringing to light this important subject.


SWPullman Oct. 24, 2016, 7:49 p.m.

Excuse my ignorance, but I didn't realize the Huskies and Cougs were the only PAC-12 teams undefeated in conference play. I'm no fan of the Huskies but that is kind of neat.
Go Cougs!


TommyCoug Oct. 23, 2016, 4:23 p.m.

The Cougs started slow in the 1st quarter and got slower in the 4th quarter. Same scenario as last weeks game with UCLA. Oregon State is coming up and they are banged up and not considered a big problem either. We are going to need to develop a killer instinct if we want to remain a top member of the PAC-12 football rankings and to get a nod in the national polls plus a plum bowl appearance. Fellas got to play with more intensity and consistency throughout the the one they delivered in Stanford Stadium...otherwise one of our next foes, not named the University of Washington Huskies, is going to sneak in and dump us. We say that happen twice already this year against EWU and Boise State...two teams we could have and should have defeated!

The Leach/Graham thing is unfortunate...however, I expect it happens more often than we think (disagreements) concerning one tactic or running up the score, etc. So, I suggest we let it go and concentrate on defeating the next opponent. As a side note however: Interesting how sensitive "that technology" is at gaining the conversation and maybe video from any location...could it be used for other things? NAW!!!



Northern_kid Oct. 21, 2016, 8:38 a.m.

Well.. there's always the WSU Women's Volleyball team or Gonzaga BB to watch!.....


Northern_kid Oct. 20, 2016, 10:11 a.m.

Watched the Women's V-ball team against ASU last night on the Pac-12 network. They started slowly but got better as the match went on. 6-3 in the Pac-12 doesn't mean much right now as there are bunch of teams in the 6-3/5-4 range. They still need to make a trip to Palo Alto and Berkeley so real tests are still ahead. Go COUGS!


LTown23 Oct. 19, 2016, 6:57 p.m.

Sorry, it didn't post where I wanted---that was in agreement to OaktownCoug's comment.


LTown23 Oct. 19, 2016, 6:55 p.m.

Attend the game where the majority of the fans attending are watching....and that's not in the suites section


HDCoug Oct. 19, 2016, 2:33 p.m.

Brilliant idea, Oaktown !


ECoug01 Oct. 19, 2016, 12:29 p.m.

Thorpe will a little backhand to the cougs! A win is a win baby.
SC at 2 is too high. They shouldn't be ahead of Utah which beat them and has a better conference record.


OaktownCoug Oct. 18, 2016, 11:54 a.m.

At least none of the games are on Thursdays. I can see games in Arizona being night games due to the heat. But Pullman after dark in the late fall is COLD! They should make the Pac12 commissioner attend all games that start after 7:00.


HDCoug Oct. 18, 2016, 10:23 a.m.

Night games: there really should be a limit on them, say, no consecutive night games at home, or, no more than 3 night games per season. We dropped our season tickets over this issue.

ESPN: feels like piling on when they schedule a night game, then delay the broadcast so the earlier game can conclude, regardless of the score. Why not move the meaningless final moments of the "early" game to another channel ? Or, why not schedule these game times so the issue is avoided (except, perhaps for overtime games) ?

Clearly, ESPN, and, probably the Pac12, couldn't care less about fans, regardless of their rhetoric.


Northern_kid Oct. 18, 2016, 9:18 a.m.

H-A-T-E the late starts. 11am fine. 12pm fine. 1pm fine. 2pm fine. 7pm+ --> HATE it. And I seem to remember reading that the Pac-12 Commissioner 'heard' the complaints and was going to do something about it. SCHEDULING MORE of them is NOT what the fans want!.....


TommyCoug Oct. 17, 2016, 11:14 p.m.

Talk about a slump...Cougar Women's Volleyball in particular looks absolutely out of sync the last 2 does the Cougar Women's Soccer team...hope the ladies can pull it together and get back on track for some more wins. I enjoy watching them on the days/nights that they are on TV.


TommyCoug Oct. 17, 2016, 11:02 p.m.

Vince, I listened to your radio show until the early hours of Sunday morning while driving and I concur with your assessment that at least one individual was "snockered" and the other one tough to get focused on what he was trying to make a point of.

Also, we won the game, however...if we can run against Idaho, Oregon and Stanford we can run the ball against UCLA or anyone else. Yes, we got 100+ yards before Luke took the final knee. However, we consistently (Leach or Luke) tried to prove we could pass the ball in the weather "almost" all the time...and that almost cost us a game that it seemed like we (and UCLA) were almost waiting for us to take over and drub 'em!! I know UCLA was considered a pretty good defensive team...but...

Also, not having a good day were the officials on the field. It looks like there are a number of new faces on the field this year or at least doing Cougar games. And this group was about as bad as I have seen including the Oregon game 2 years ago at home. I have also noticed some poor officiating watching other PAC-12 games on TV. I also thought there were a couple of new groups of officials in 2015. So, the turn over must be great in the officiating area? I hope it doesn't cost us a game!

Go Cougs...End the drought in the desert...dump the Devils!!


SWPullman Oct. 16, 2016, 1:11 p.m.

Are the Cougs this good? Wow! Oregon, Stanford, UCLA...?!
It just doesn't get any better than this.
I'm so glad the Cougs don't play Utah and USC this year.
Go Cougs!


BarryCoug Oct. 16, 2016, 12:13 p.m.

I hope those two inebriated callers were not driving.


rufus Oct. 16, 2016, 11:24 a.m.

as a lifelong cougar fan...I keep waiting for "the sky " to fall... maybe not this year if they keep the QB standing.


rufus Oct. 11, 2016, 11:55 a.m.

The entire incident happened in June... guess the police have nothing else to do.
The last case was thrown out...


Patrick Oct. 11, 2016, 9:20 a.m.

Here we go again.

Apparently, Logan Tago is being charged. There has to be more to the story then is being reported in the press.
The facts as reported in the press:
1. A drunk young many reported that he had been robbed of a case of beer. Apparently, he also was injured in some manner. There are two key words here: "young" and "drunk".
2. At first the young man could not identify his assailant(s) but later did so from some pictures. He stated that there were a group but he identified only one. Isn't that interesting? Only one. Why?
3. The young man stated that he had tried out for WSU football but is no longer with the program. Cut? Is he angry? Motivation?
4. The police questioned Logan Tago. From the press reports, it appeared that Tago was confused and scared. Anybody would be. What did he actually admit to? Relevant?

There doesn't appear to be any clear cut evidence; simply a complaint made by a young man who was drunk at the time. Did the incident actually happen or, if it did, did it happen as remembered by a young drunk man? So, why are charges being laid? Doesn't make sense!

Let's extrapolate that to the party at which a young man was apparently hurt. The police stated that they were getting reports from over 60 people who were at the party. Let me state firmly that those are 60+ very young people (many under aged) who were drunk at the time. Even if they claim that they weren't drunk, they cannot prove that.

So, there are two problems with all this:
1. There is a drinking problem in Pullman that seems to continue year after year!
2. These young athletes need to avoid problems before they find themselves implicated (rightly or wrongly).

The solution:
1. Focus on the drinking and the reasons for the drinking!


rufus Oct. 11, 2016, 8:52 a.m.

As usual...LA Dodgers... make the playoffs and fold.


SWPullman Oct. 9, 2016, 2:30 p.m.

Weren't the Cougs a heavy underdog to Stanford(7 1/2 points)? That beatdown was amazing. Are the Cougs that good?Everytime I saw Stanford lineup on offense and the Cougs on defense I knew Stanford wouldn't go anywhere.Wow! Wow! Wow!
Go Cougs!


Northern_kid Oct. 8, 2016, 4:58 p.m.

Happy Birthday Vince..... and many more..... I'm going to try to watch the WSU-Stanford game but given the late start.... I'll probably end up looking at the final score in the AM.

All..... WSU women's V-ball team is ranked #10...... make to catch them on the Pac-12 channel!


rufus Oct. 8, 2016, 11:20 a.m.

These 7.30 > 7.40 kickoffs with the 4 hour Air Raid Offense are "killing me" is on so late than one watch the Formula 1 Grand Prix live from

Happy Birthday, Vince.


HDCoug Oct. 7, 2016, 9:06 a.m.

Or, they could move football back two or three weeks and basketball ahead two or three weeks to gain the desired separation of schedules. Starting football earlier? Who would object (much)?

Hillyard Hellraiser

Hillyard Hellraiser Oct. 6, 2016, 10:16 a.m.

Other great Cougar RB's, Micheal Black, and Shaumbe Wright-Fair


HDCoug Oct. 6, 2016, 8:53 a.m.

Quacks' defense continues to be a dumpster fire, so they're going to solve this by inserting a freshman QB? Good luck with that !


rufus Oct. 6, 2016, 8:34 a.m.

Doug Baldwin>>>
Black community has bigger problems than the police
6000 black on black killings in 2015
72% of all black kids born out of wedlock since the 1960s...
Murder rate in large Urban cities like Chicago ...3205 shooting ytd (574 murders ytd)
If you work for an organization... one must obey their rules ... or
Once respect for authority /tradition/family /fatih goes... Lord of the flies time.
BLM gets $70 million from G Soros... this is an election year... getting the vote out.
I was walking thru the rice fields of Vietnam with my platoon ... when no one cared.
I take exception to disrespecting the al.
These players are still getting paid, living in gated communities... what hardship ?


rufus Oct. 5, 2016, 8:38 a.m.

If Dodgers get to the World Series... rumor mill has it that Vin Scully coming back for a few games?


BobEly Oct. 3, 2016, 10:46 a.m.

I think you'll find the Mariners were 5 games over .500, not 10. 81-81 is .500.

john Barr

john Barr Oct. 2, 2016, 5:59 p.m.

When Leach finally got a running game at TTU and a decent offensive line with an average defense, he got the Red Raiders up into the top ten. Course that may have been his last year or next to the final one. But in a program like this, where you have to develop raw talent rather than draft it ready made-it takes more years to collect a somewhat balanced regiment of developed skill. This may be what is brewing this season. And it also sure seems that the Pac 12 is an open door this season. All this makes beating Washington all the more sweet in a few weeks. At this point, I see six wins or more total and a good bowl. Go Cougs!


rufus Oct. 2, 2016, 11:13 a.m.

Time for WSU to check out the kickers on the women's soccer!
Always good to win and beat the ducks.


SWPullman Oct. 2, 2016, 9:28 a.m.

8 straight losses before the last 2 seasons against the Ducks. Revenge is so sweet!
A beat down this time.
Go Cougs!


rufus Oct. 1, 2016, 9:22 a.m.

UW may be playing for a PAC12 championship and is in the National Championship picture.
Cougrars are once again trying to just win just 6 games. ( I guess the new locker rooms did not help)
Things are back to "normal "in the state of WA football world...

The junior college team I played (1960's) on (New Mexico Military In. ) is ranked 8th nationally.
At the Trinity Valley CC game today... they will be honoring Roger Staubach who played at NMMI prior to going
the Naval Academy. He was eleced to the NJCAA Hall of Fame...played at NMMI 1960 to 1961.


Patrick Sept. 30, 2016, 10:09 a.m.

Yet another WSU football commit has backed out. (I could not get the spelling checker to accept "decommitted".) Jacob Thorpe postulated that it has more to do with a 1-2 record than the Pullman Police drama. However, that does not take into account the negative recruiting that takes place. Other football programs actually give recruits copies of the negative newspaper articles as well as the negative commentaries on the internet, much of which can actually be traced back to those opposing football programs and their supporters.
Bill Doba once commented that it is impossible to recruit against other coaches as well as the internet. Consequently, the negative campaign to fire Bill Doba set back WSU football recruiting at least 5 years.
This Pullman Police fiasco will also hurt. It is up to the coaches, of course, and the entire Cougar Community to step forward and support the program. One of the best ways to do that is to pack Martin Stadium.


BobEly Sept. 29, 2016, 10:33 a.m.

Had the same thing happen Monday night with one of our dogs: up at 12:30 to clean up puke, up at 1:30 for same thing, and up at 2:30 when she decided she needed to go outside. I fell for ya, Grippi.


stitch Sept. 28, 2016, 3:27 p.m.

I thought they should have insisted on keeping him out for the Rams game following his week 1 ankle injury. He should have NEVER been allowed to re-enter the game following his knee injury against the 49er's as the game was well in hand. He should NOT be on the field against the Jets. He needs these next 2+ weeks to heal..

I Love you Russell, but You're Not Superman. Someone needs to step up and see that common sense prevails. Pete?? Anyone? The Hawks can recover from a 2-2 start. They'll unlikely recover from a season ending injury to the single most important player on the team.


TommyCoug Sept. 27, 2016, 10:40 p.m.

Gee, the S-R is awfully quite today. No front page or sports front page items on PPD/WSU come? Where's Blanchette, Sokol, Clouse, Thrope...Opinion Editor, columnist "want to be" Vestal? All the tweeters, blog posters and letter to the editor folks? This Luani item sure died quickly with out a whimper...probably a good thing. Makes a person wonder a little bit about the 3+ month ago alleged stolen beer caper...and even the "house party" deal? I support our law enforcement men and women...yes, PPD too. However, even with 2 more situations to go, they need to be better at their tasks than these incidents are looking like they are playing out.

Now let's get back to supporting our football team...women's volleyball & soccer plus pending M & W basketball.



HDCoug Sept. 27, 2016, 10:36 a.m.

Pullman police. Sheesh! Thank goodness there is an honest DA in Colfax.

Really, PPD, must this crap go on forever? Embarrassing.


HDCoug Sept. 26, 2016, 9:47 a.m.

Do it, VG, before the flurries close out this opportunity.


rufus Sept. 25, 2016, 5:03 p.m.

Just watched/listened tip Vin Scully's last LA game with a walk off HR bottom of 10th.. Win game and west. Fitting end to his 67 years in the"booth".
He will be missed..


TommyCoug Sept. 25, 2016, 2:09 p.m.

Congrats, Vince, on having your item posted here, concerning "things" going on around WSU athletics and football in particular, at the end of last week getting published inside on the S-R sports pages this Sunday. Let's see if any of the Lettter To Editor folks, those also texting, tweeting and whatever to the S-R based on the other grand expose comments by other writers and put that into their thinking cap...if they have one?

Most of the PAC-12 games were quite good compared to other areas this weekend. For awhile, I thought even Oregon State would come back. Why do I have the feeling that some of the Oregon boys will be back for Saturday night in Pullman? By the way those Oregon uniforms were almost shoes, spats, face masks and all! Will they dare to bring 'em to Pullman? I doubt it...that was a play for the Eugene fans only.



SWPullman Sept. 25, 2016, 11:02 a.m.

Grippi, you got it right. Is there anything better than College Football(OK College Basketball)? All the PAC-12 games this weekend were super exciting. I wore out my TV remote switching back and forth between the games while listening to the Idaho Vandals game on the radio(OT win).
No wonder we are addicted to college sports.
Go Cougs!


HDCoug Sept. 25, 2016, 10:36 a.m.

Kudos to Colorado, a program now on the rise. May be bad timing for the Cougs, though, as the quacks will probably be hopping mad. Hope their defense is as generous with us as they were to the Buffs. I suspect another shootout is in the offing, which probably means it will be a defensive struggle. Go Cougs!


rufus Sept. 25, 2016, 8:12 a.m.

Vin did the TV LA game last night...great. (last of the great ones!)
Lived in LA during the Tommy L years...was at the playoff game when Kirk Gibson hit the HR.

Do not look now but the UW is making a run...


SWPullman Sept. 24, 2016, 9:13 a.m.

Sitting in the chilly lower soccer field last night and seeing the Cougs lose in a freak to the Buffs was heartbreaking.
By the way, how about the volleyball team winning on the road against two top 10 PAC-12 teams, UCLA and the Huskies! Are the Cougs for real? Whoa! Sweet!
PS Grippi, did you ever see the creepy movie "Soul Survivor"? It's about ghost crew members from a crashed WWII bomber in the Libyan desert. One of the ghosts makes the comment while listening, years later, to a Vin Scully radio Dodger broadcast, "Somehow Brooklyn has moved to Los Angeles".
Go Cougs!


OaktownCoug Sept. 23, 2016, 10:54 a.m.

Re: Steve Clevenger What happened to free speech? The posts were crude and probably did make some snowflake unhappy. But so what!! Are only leftists given the right to say what they want?


TommyCoug Sept. 22, 2016, 3:01 p.m.

Well, Vince I was wondering if you were going to weigh in on this WSU athletes potential criminal action and the PPD issue. You were the only one that hadn't...although, several I have not read before have!

The news around Spokane and Pullman has to be pretty slow because, the front pages of the news , sports section along with social commentary and editorials have been splattered with columns concerning the alleged, but not proven in court, recent football issues in particular along with the alleged inaction by the university administration, coach Leach and AD Bill Moos.

Chad Sokol, in combination with input from Jacob Thorpe (who is also solo in the sports section) and Thomas Clouse, have repeated the same material over and over with BIG HEADLINES! The Editorial/Opinion item I will have to attribute to Gary Crooks as the Opinion Editor. Plus, a very useless comment from Shawn Vestal on page A5, Wednesday, 09/21/16! All I learned from Vestal was his personal political beliefs, great job guy!

Apparently, the Mayor Condon issue and the Spokane Police Department issues have gone somewhat stale for the writers/reporters. Or else, there are too many employees, with not enough dirt to dig up elsewhere, than need to be associated with the S-R.

Daily papers are having trouble selling...we are all aware of sensational items, as determined by the mindset of the columnists, appear to have no end. There are so many bigger problems in this nation and in the Spokane area than beating the WSU situation to death.

Now, I am a Cougar alum, a Cougar Athletic Fund Member and a season football ticket holder. The situation for any arrest or events that adversely affect the university in general or sports in particular bothers me. However, I have faith in university adminstration, the athletic administration and the head coaches along with the legal system, as methodical as it can be, to get the facts and make the correct decisions.

WSU will overcome these situations and move on. We have before and no doubt will have to do the same in the future. I will not editorialize on why.

Final thought....GO COUGS!!...WHACK THE DUCKS!!


Patrick Sept. 22, 2016, 12:21 p.m.

I urge everyone to read AZCoug's comment.
Well thought out. Well written.

And thanks, HDCoug, for your comment as well.


HDCoug Sept. 22, 2016, 12:01 p.m.

Coach Price used to advocate for second chances for kids (not just athletes). I'd like that philosophy incorporated into whatever procedures WSU adopts going forward. Personally, my wife and I have chosen to contribute to the CAF not to promote athletics, per se, but to help bring folks to WSU who might not otherwise be able to attend college. Once in college, I'd like to see the Athletics Department and the University do what they can to get and keep these kids back on track, regardless of whether they're permitted to participate in their sports while that process is under way.

Kudos to AZCoug for his well written comment.


AZCoug Sept. 22, 2016, 11 a.m.

Thanks Vince for taking the time to research and put into perspective what probably many of us have suspected but had not made the effort to prove about and the WSU situation. This whole thing has brought out mixed emotions. On one hand, the problems need to be cleaned up. On the other hand, I am disappointed in the SR as they seemed to make this bigger than it should be. When I read the original feature, I honestly didn't learn anything more than had already been published before. It read more like an editorial than a news story (including the "Dark Days" headline). Was that really "news" that warranted front page coverage? It sure seemed rushed and just piling on when the follow-up columns and editorials were added (and even misspelled Kirk Schulz's name). People are quick to condemn the coach, AD and president in the comments, but not much mention of the player suspensions and dismissals that have been made (often quietly) over the years when it was warranted. I also respect the president's choice to not make knee jerk reactions (but others are criticizing this as not being accountable). He is new and this needs to be assessed and done right. A small town like Pullman is a glass house and I do believe there is merit to some over-zealousness by law authorities. I think back to the Deangelo Casto situation and recall how retired judge Wally Friel (a man I had as a business law professor and highly respect) had to step in to protect civil rights. So with all of that, I come back to cleaning things up. Athletes, coaches and administrators need to have a serving of humble pie, lead responsibly in representing their university, and remain accountable. Let's start there. Those are things WSU can control.



thatBruceguy Sept. 21, 2016, 9:04 a.m.

They lost me after Randy Johnson.


rufus Sept. 21, 2016, 8:49 a.m.


Turned in: M's 2 BlueJays 0 (4th) (Great)
came back to the game later : M's 2 BlueJays 8...then 10
What !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


PassinThru Sept. 21, 2016, 8:46 a.m.

Woody Woodward was the worst at trading away Mariner all-stars for bums, even with the presence of Sweet Lou.


Northern_kid Sept. 21, 2016, 8:22 a.m.

Previous Mariner GM's have been vilified for bad trades but one also has to wonder about the coaching staff when players end up killing it elsewhere. It can't all be a simple 'change of environment' that got them going.


Patrick Sept. 20, 2016, 1:01 p.m.

"TV time for Oregon at WSU on six-day hold"
Of course, this uncertainty is a disaster for Sports Tourism and is particularly harmful for small market teams who rely on fans that must travel great distances to be at games.


Patrick Sept. 20, 2016, 12:03 p.m.

Vince; I was amused by your comments about Canadian fans at the Mariner games. Yes, there are a LOT of them at all games. In fact, please be aware that both the Mariners and the Seahawks heavily promote themselves north of the border. It is estimated that over 10% of the fans at EVERY Seahawk home game are Canadians. The Mariners promote Toronto Bluejay games in Seattle heavily in the Vancouver area - lots of special deals. After all, it is a business. The UW also promotes itself to alumni north of the border but WSU not so much so. Nevertheless, I am aware of lots of Canadians with football season tickets for both schools.
As well, all the US professional sports franchises (Minneapolis, Detroit and Buffalo especially) heavily promote themselves to Canadians. And, during the winter months especially, southern US franchises constantly offer vacation deals to Canadians.
The reverse is also true: Lots of US residents flow north to watch NHL hockey in Canada where the sport is taken very seriously.
Finally, many North Americans plan their vacations to follow their favorite European Soccer teams. Lots of TV coverage but it is a wonderful experience being there.
The marketing people know all that.


HDCoug Sept. 20, 2016, 10:34 a.m.

Good for Sonny Dykes, for the team rule change. I saw that play and couldn't believe the officials gave the ball back to Cal.

And, good for Pres. Schulz for stating his plans for addressing the legal issues plaguing Cougar football.

And, good for Coach Walden for providing his perspective on the PPD and those legal issues. It still looks to me like the profiling which seemed so prevalent back in the Ken Bone basketball era, is still alive and well, and possibly dates back to the Walden years, perhaps beyond.

Let's hope that President Schulz and the Pullman police chief can work together to bring the community back (?) together.



coug73 Sept. 17, 2016, 8 a.m.

Your understanding of body language is remarkable. Chief Jenkins and AD Bill Moos called the press conference to clear the air and to show a serious adult response to a thoughtless rant by Coach Mike Leach.


fortboise Sept. 16, 2016, 7:38 p.m.

Oh, I get it, "WSU" is like a FOOTBALL team. Here, I thought it was a university. Huh.


Patrick Sept. 16, 2016, 4:45 p.m.

I watched much of the video and I suggest that you do as well.
Look at the body language of Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins and W.S.U. Athletic Director Bill Moos: Gary Jenkins seems to be nervous (perhaps scared) while Bill Moos is very angry.
So, what now? I suggest that, if any of this goes to trial, some sharp defense attorneys will most definitely point their wrath at the Pullman Police Department, some would say justifiably.
It is interesting that the police are focusing on some specific issues, to the exclusion of others that are just as important. Punches are reactions but the police are not addressing the actions that caused them, such as the drinking, much of which was under-aged drinking. The party hosts are responsible. They should be charged.
At the pizza restaurant, there were actions that resulted in the punches. What was said? Who said it? Why are those people not being charged?

Carter Jake

Carter Jake Sept. 16, 2016, 2:25 p.m.

Seems like the whole Spokane area is in the dumps lately. Coug's, downtown Spokane ripped up, no police chief, past chief fired, assistant chief fired, major lawsuits coming (Goodspeed) (Straub), city staff quitting, Mayor recall and on and on.


Rambler Sept. 16, 2016, 1:28 p.m.

in a span of 14 days went from a possible ESPN Game Day appearance to blowing up on ESPN's Outside the Lines. New Pres Schulz can't be happy with the Moos & Leach sh#t show so far!!


coug73 Sept. 16, 2016, 11:46 a.m.

Didn't know The Great Pumpkin coached the Vandals, remember his OSU days.


HDCoug Sept. 16, 2016, 9:55 a.m.

VG, I bow to your superior instincts. The M's are back in the race, and I admit I was premature and immature in mocking you for covering them during "football" season.

I continue to read you every day, and continue to enjoy your posts and links.

Now, if only the Cougs could get their act together.........

To my Vandal brethren: My days of watching the Vandals (while at grad school in Pullman) date back to 1966, a time when Idaho, under Dee Andros, dominated my Cougs. I've been a closet Vandal fan ever since, though my blood still runs crimson.

So, for me, tomorrow will be a (rare) day when my teams will draw, regardless of the outcome.

Go Cougs, Go Vandals


rufus Sept. 15, 2016, 8:08 a.m.

WSU Football ... it would be nice just to have a winning season... w/out all the noise and attention.
Leach is correct in what he said... did wsu have these problems last couple of years?
Wonder the new President response to all this ?.. comes in with the athletic budget in the red and now this?
In the old days , when the team was losing, no one cared.

meanwhile the M's are getting close to the playoffs. (who would have thought!)


Patrick Sept. 13, 2016, 10:29 p.m.

A punch is not an action. It is reaction. Always. What was done or said to cause the reaction? That is important!
It is a double standard. This is a college campus. Drunken fights happen regularly. They are seldom reported. The combatants move on. But, if public figures are involved, there is an opportunity for publicity, a chance to get in the "spot light". And, the only thing that human egos can cause is further pain and suffering, certainly not gratification, certainly not truth. In fact, it is truth that suffers.


foulkeyu Sept. 13, 2016, 9:05 p.m.

Glad to see him standing up for his players. Sitting out Luani due to his indictment in the court of public opinion (or due to his injuries suffered in that incident at the pizza place; it's unclear) already cost the Cougs a game.


TommyCoug Sept. 13, 2016, 6:31 p.m.

Concerning the four most recent adverse events involving the arrest of WSU football players. The first being a DUI and the last 3 having the add on action of altercations/physical contact with what appear to be other (non-athletic) WSU students. So, the common element seems to be several or all underage participants. Certainly, no correlation here I guess?

Then a football team that has started the 2016 schedule by going 0-2. Losing to 2 opponents that are certainly good or above average in their divisions, however also 2 that we had good reason we could defeat.

Third, the coach, deciding that "the toughness" is not apparent as an element in this team in general. Well, it sounds like they are plenty tough in the bars...and taking on fellow students. Maybe, Bill Moos and Mike Leach can schedule some games with the student body or at least the "intramural flag football" winner...and let the fists fly!

Fish bowl town or not...I am really tired of hearing and reading about the bad actions of those few (so far) on the football team. Also, bloggers seem to want to dismiss a lot of it...make light of it...excuse it...and say nothing has been proved or anyone convicted yet?!

There's too much smoke here not to be smoldering and ready to break to the surface. Leach, your internal keep it quiet approach appears suspect. Your blaming the players for attitudes and not playing tough is suspect. My continued support of WSU athletics and football in particular is also SUSPECT!!

Enough is enough...time to clean it up Prez. S., AD Bill Moos and Coach Mike Leach!!


Coug79 Sept. 13, 2016, 2:18 p.m.

This all really kills my enthusiasm to go watch this team in person on Saturday.


coug73 Sept. 13, 2016, 10:57 a.m.

I personally think it was difficult to get arrested in Pullman 69-74. I lived in Pullman during those years.

The amount of aggression shown by some WSU football players off the field is alarming.


HDCoug Sept. 13, 2016, 10:21 a.m.

From JT's article on Tago:

San Jose Mercury News reporter Mike Rosenberg published a report in August saying that WSU’s football team had 31 players arrested over the previous five years, seven more than any other FBS school.

For me, very disturbing.


rufus Sept. 12, 2016, 8:02 a.m.

Leach needs to look into the mirror... going for 4th instead of FG, play calling &time mgt.
Last year Luke was an unknown... now times are defending against Luke
BSU had a good dfense game plan...against WSU offense. (coaching)
winning 6 games may be hard...

NFL sould adopt Australian Rugby Football rules....


Patrick Sept. 11, 2016, 2:50 p.m.

Officials can be intimidated by the home field crowd if it is particularly loud (and rowdy). In fact, the officials may be terrified and, consequently, unwittingly call plays (or not call plays) to protect themselves. That seems to be what happened on Saturday and, I believe, is why Boise State has such a great home field record. I see this over and over in college football, soccer and other sports where the officiating is not properly supervised. It is not pleasant, as an official, having things thrown at you and having to be protected by the police. Nevertheless, there is a need for integrity and professionalism. To be bluntly honest, college football officiating is awful!
Many leagues, throughout the world, have adopted solutions for this problem. For example, many have independent officiating crews at their league headquarters watching the television feeds of every game. They often intervene when there are problems, and there, most certainly, were problems in Boise on Saturday evening.


TommyCoug Sept. 11, 2016, 12:59 p.m.

OMG...2 games 2 loses...and both almost "mirror images" of the same problems (and I won't repeat them...the sports writers, blog posters and coaches already have,,,over and over). However, I do want to know why Luke Falk is the call with a QB sneak near the goal line rather than motion and hand off to a running back with more momentum and power for 4th and 1 yard?


HDCoug Sept. 11, 2016, noon

That was a pretty bone-headed question. Glad I didn't ask it.


coug73 Sept. 11, 2016, 10:44 a.m.

I liked Luke's answer to basically the same question.

Two winnable games in the loss column for WSU; a lack of boldness and leadership on both sides of the ball.


SWPullman Sept. 11, 2016, 9:59 a.m.

Coach Leach appears to be a bit grouchy in that video.
That poor beat writer who asked the wrong question.
Go Cougs!


coug73 Sept. 9, 2016, 9:24 p.m.

Yes, Pinky was the former Cascade HS, Everett head football coach. His son Dennis was the a starting QB at Everett HS.


coug73 Sept. 9, 2016, 9:21 p.m.

You are right, Buzz was a Pullman HS grad.


rufus Sept. 9, 2016, 7:14 p.m.

Pinky was the freshman football coach I turn 69 sept 17


SWPullman Sept. 9, 2016, 7:13 p.m.

I think I remember my Dad telling me that Buzz Brazzeau was a Pullman High graduate(A local kid makes good thing) I could be wrong. It's a little fuzzy memory.
Go Cougs!


coug73 Sept. 9, 2016, 6:01 p.m.

True for Wallace. Buzz (not sure a JC) and Wallace were OL varsity. Moos played OL guard on the FR team and later varsity. senior OL tackle, All PAC 8. Ty Paine was the QB and varsity QB for 3 years. The FR team went undefeated with the OSU game the only game close. Mike Hill was center and played varsity for 3 years and Craig Craighead played varsity DL. I played scout team my sophomore year and don't remember any D stand out players, check the varsity record. SS named Thomas was good. Memory not clicking for other players. Bernard Jackson was a stud at running back. Lots of other stuff comes to mind.


Patrick Sept. 9, 2016, 5:11 p.m.

Sorry again. Wallace and Buzz were both junior college transfers. So much for my memory.


Patrick Sept. 9, 2016, 5:02 p.m.

Oh, I'm sorry. That team also included Bill Moos on the offensive line with Wallace (who I think recently retired as a school principle in Spokane) and Buzz. Really good middle linebacker - what was his name? Tom Poe!!! (Did I spell that right?) Sorry to those that I left out. This was all spontaneously done from memory.


Patrick Sept. 9, 2016, 4:57 p.m.

That 1969 Cougar Freshman team went undefeated. Team included Ty Paine, Wallace Williams, Buzz Bruzzeau (excuse my spelling). Coach was Pinky Ericson (father of Dennis). Now, a little calculation - you turn 65 this year - Congratulations!


rufus Sept. 9, 2016, 2:52 p.m.

I am glad I am still above ground... Went back to WSU in 73... Got another degree and used my GI Bill
1973 was a good year... Beat the huskies and I remember WSU beating Oregon in a driving snowstorm


coug73 Sept. 9, 2016, 1:09 p.m.

I played freshman football also, there was this character named Bill Moos on the team.


TommyCoug Sept. 9, 2016, 12:49 p.m.

Sooooo....old is NOT beautiful?! Sounds like you both might be close...

I have not had much use for the NFL and the things going on there for at least a couple of decades. I still watch a little from time to time and around play off games and the championship. Very disappointed in the antics going on there and in society in general...



rufus Sept. 9, 2016, 12:05 p.m.

Been following the Cougars for a long time... same story
Glad I went to both Rose Bowls .
played freshman football at wsu... to date myself again ( when there was freshman football and WSU had an " all wood stadium")


Patrick Sept. 9, 2016, 11:34 a.m.

"I served an infantry platoon leader in the 1960's"
Rufus; you may be as old as TommyCoug (if that is possible).
Or me. Hard to believe.


rufus Sept. 9, 2016, 10:32 a.m.

NFL... watching its slow decline due to PC and rule changes.
no longer must see TV... for me. ( could care less about the Seahawks)
Discussing not having kickoff
Do not stand for the flag... then why stand up for the President ? or show any respect for anything ?
Wonder why kids will disrespect their parents, police, et al ... watching these players
I served an infantry platoon leader in the 1960's ... I take offense.
Overnight ratings for the Denver game down 7%

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James Bliss Sept. 8, 2016, 9:16 a.m.

Mariners 1st Baseman is Adam Lind* not Adam Lynn


HDCoug Sept. 7, 2016, 11:30 a.m.

It's September, VG. You can stop reporting on the M's now :-).

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