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Sterk Stays Above it All, Plus Other Stuff

April 29, 2009


So we all saw the comments from Scott Woodward, UW AD, over their failure in Olympia to secure taxpayer dollars towards their $300 million dollar renovation. For a refresher, Woodward said he held out “remote hope” that something could be done, but knew they were up against it.

“How do you lay off teachers and cut back on programs and then build a stadium?” Woodward said Monday in commenting publicly on the bill’s failure for the first time. “That was the psychological disconnect that a lot of people had a hard time getting around and I understand that wholeheartedly.”

Fair enough. The guy understood that times are tight, and politically this was going to be an extremely hard sell. But he didn’t stop there. When asked about the loud, mouthy WSU alums who had the audacity to actually speak out against UW’s request of using taxpayer funds towards their massive renovation? “It was just an irritant, that’s the best way to put it.”

I’m sure it was irritating. Irritating, as would any individual or group when they complain to the legislature that they oh, I don’t know, might want to second-guess handing over dollars for what would become a single-purpose facility, hosting six or seven events a year? But it’s understandable that Woodward would be irritated. I was irritated, and I’m a WSU guy!

But then, something happened. Instead of taking the high road and ending it there, Woodward lashed out at Jim Sterk and Elson Floyd. “The most disappointing thing about it is that [WSU president] Elson Floyd and [WSU athletic director] Jim Sterk didn’t do anything to try to contain that little group of Cougars that were out there doing that. It was a shame that they didn’t show leadership or courage to curtail something like that.”

Whoa.

Think Jim Sterk took this lying down? He didn’t. Per Grippi yesterday evening, Sterk responded to the call-out:

“It was so inappropriate that I laughed, basically,” Sterk said Tuesday. “I could not believe those comments were coming from him. One, to me as athletic director but then, two, to the president of the university.”

Does it even need to be said?? IT IS SO ON! But there was more, much more.

Washington State made a decision to not get involved in light of the financial stresses on a state legislature dealing with a $9-billion deficit.

“WSU felt it was not appropriate for the institution, for us to ask for any stadium support during this legislative session,” Sterk said. “The legislature and the governor, they were already facing all the significant challenges of the economic crisis. So that’s why we didn’t take a position.

“When the economy improves and if the legislature and the governor change their minds on stadium funding, as long as it’s fair to both institutions, WSU would join UW in the discussions.”

There’s more in the article, so we highly encourage you all to check it out.

Obviously this is a WSU blog. So can you guess what our reaction would be to all this?? But even taking the view from 10,000 feet, it’s clear. Sterk was right all along, and he’s right again here. It was always in WSU’s best interests to stay out of the way on this one. The university was right in the idea of watching how this whole thing plays out, and then, act accordingly. If UW gets access to the treasure trove of tax dollars, well, you can bet Elson Floyd and Jim Sterk will be running up the steps in Olympia, plans in hand, ready to ask for help. Until then, things will proceed as normal, with private donations as the backbone of our renovation.

Sterk’s comments were direct, to the point, and most importantly, STILL ABOVE THE FRAY. He clearly had a chance to return some nasty fire over the Cascades, yet chose to do what he’s done all along. He responded, yet still refused to get in the mud. And you know what happens when you mud wrestle with a pig? You both get dirty, and the pig is happy. It just isn’t worth it. BRAVO JIM STERK!

Moving on, hey, remember the photo contest? Well, we’re down to the LAST COUPLE OF DAYS OF VOTING. We’re up to around 300 votes right now, and it’s pretty tight…

“Mama Sledge”, the mother of rising Coug linebacker Mike Ledgerwood, has a slight lead over “Devard Daaaughling”. But “Bone the Dawgs” is lurking, just a few votes back. Polls close at 11:59 PM tomorrow, April 30th. Check out the link for the finalists, and keep voting. Good luck!

Lost in all the fray over stadiums, dollars, etc, was Grippi’s STRONG spring wrap-up for WSU football. Grippi looks at each position, and weighs in with his “Player to Watch”, “Unanswered Question”, “Time to Step Up”, and “What the coordinator said”. It’s a really good wrap on a spring that, let’s face it, didn’t go according to plan. Not when there were so many freakin’ injuries. I guess the good news is that it doesn’t appear that any of the nicks and cuts suffered by so many players weren’t of the season-ending variety. At least in April, it looks like most of the guys who were out will be ready to go by August. But we’ll see about that.

The most encouraging thing is that, according to Chris Ball in Grippi’s article, the culture is starting to take. Proof of that could be the big change in so many players’ weights, showing that the hard work in the weight room and at the training table was starting to mesh:

“We’ve instilled our culture,” defensive co-coordinator and associate head coach Chris Ball said. “With instilling our culture, the kids understand what to expect out of practice. When we come out here and coach, we’re coaching ball, not coaching how to run on-and-off the field. They’re doing that stuff.”

Sounds like light-years from last year, where they were so far behind they were teaching players how to get into a proper three-point stance?? And as Grippi has said on a few occasions while freezing his behind off for many practices….the team is, in fact, more physical, something we never heard last season. Physical in football is VERY, VERY GOOD! But they still have a full fall camp to survive. August is going to be hot and intense. Let’s hope they save some in the tank for Stanford in early September, and beyond??

Finally, we are hopeful the fund-raising idea can get finalized in the next couple of days. We will have an update for you, of some kind, probably on Friday. Until then, enjoy your Wednesday, and GO COUGS!

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Photo Contest – Vote Now!

March 29, 2009


Greetings, fellow Cougies.

I’ve emerged from my winter slumber to find a fresh layer of snow on the ground, here in Spokane. At this rate, I won’t start losing my thick winter coat of back hair until June. We don’t dye our kids’ Easter eggs anymore, we just scatter hard-boiled eggs around the shady spots in the yard that still have snow. This is not what I signed up for when I moved here from beautiful Renton, WA…

The deadline for season ticket renewals was Friday. Raise your hand if you didn’t renew. I myself, did not. Now, I’m not throwing in the towel or anything – I’ll still be there when I’m able. I just don’t want to pay for five games and only be able to go to three, as the case has been the last two years with Mini McBoob playing Pop Warner. I’m not going to miss the Family Section and I’m pretty sure the Family Section won’t miss me.

Unfortunately, this means one of the prizes we planned on giving away for our little photo contest (4 tickets to a 2009 game) is no longer available, so we’ll have to find a substitute.

Speaking of the contest, thank you to those of you who submitted photos (and shame on you to those that did not!). While the number of submissions was not overwhelming, it was a fun way to get you guys more involved with the blog. We’ll keep the photo gallery alive on the site so if you ever feel like contributing, please e-mail us at wsufootballblog@yahoo.com.

Now, some of the photos in the gallery belong to Hawk and I and we’re not eligible to win. If we were, I think I would have won with this one:


I took this one from the sideline before the USC game in 2006. Ah, Pirate Girl. And yes, referee-guy, I’m staring at your girlfriend’s boobs…

There were several good submissions and it was actually quite difficult to pick the finalists. Before I get to those, here’s our runners-up…

This one just barely missed the cut. It’s WSUFootballBlog frequent flyer and ZZU CRU founder, Michelle, with Coach Dreamy. NOTE – PER SPECIAL REQUEST, THIS PHOTO HAS BEEN REMOVED!

From pretty, to ugly. This guy lost points for drinking Mike’s Hard Lemonade. If that were a Schmidt’s tallboy, I’d have voted you on to the finals.


I just thought this one was pretty cool. It’s taken from far enough away that you can’t tell that this is the new Butch who just got back from the eye doctor and his pupils are still fully-dilated.

I’ve seen this picture way too many times to believe that the guy who submitted it is the actual photographer – but it’s always good for a laugh. The only thing more embarrassing that a grown man wearing purple, is a grown man pissing in his pants while wearing purple.

…and now, the Finalists! The winner will be decided by YOUR votes, Loyal Readers – so please make your voice heard!

The best photo will be part of a new blog header we will unveil before the ’09 season gets started. Actually a few of your photos might make it in, but the winner will for sure be a part of it.

But that’s not all – the winner will receive first choice from Uncle Hooty’s prize bag:

* Mark Rypien autographed football
* 2003 Holiday Bowl DVD featuring the ESPN, WSU and Texas radio broadcasts
* Marcus Trufant Autographed Rookie Card
* Mark Fields Autographed Rookie Card
* One pitcher of beer at your Pullman bar of choice – as long as it’s The Sports Page or The Coug – with the WSUfootballblog gang (Here’s a tip: I get very generous when I drink, so one pitcher will likely wind up being eight…).

So, first place gets their pick of one of those five prizes. 2nd place gets their pick of what’s left, and so on. 5th place gets stuck with whatever is left.

And now….in no particular order…..here are your 2009 WSUfootballblog Photo Contest Finalists:

“udub Asskick”

These two Cougs swallowed their pride and donned purple and gold on Halloween, looking like two huskies after Stiffmeister and I met them in a dark alley.

“Bone the Dogs”

I haven’t seen one of these shirts in a long time. Seeing two of them next to each other on the field after an Apple Cup victory is more of a rare occurrence than a Tyrone Willingham smile.

“Devard Daaauugggghhhhrling”

The beauty of this pic is not the three studs in the foreground; it’s Devard Darling puking into a garbage can on the sideline right below them. Awesome.

“Mama Sledge”

Gotta love this one of rising Cougar Head-Knocker Mike Ledgerwood and his proud Mama after the Apple Cup victory. If nothing else, “Mama Sledge” wins the award for coolest nickname for a Mom.

“????”

This pic is of blog regular Stiffmeister and his crew, prior to the Apple Cup. I’m not exactly sure what the guy in front is doing but it looks to me like like he’s sufficiently liquored-up to enjoy the game. Good for you!

“Li’l Cougs”

Couldn’t resist the “Cute Factor” so we wind up with SIX finalists and only five prizes. These little Cougs are cute – but will they be losers? You decide.

There you have it. Voting will be open on the poll in the right-hand column of the blog from now through the end of April (April 30th to be exact).

Thanks again for all the submissions!

GO COUGS!

Keep ’em Coming

January 24, 2009

Just a quick post to say keep the photos coming! We’ve received some really good entries, and some of the best are now posted as a slideshow to the top-right of the page. You can enter as many times as you want, so keep ’em coming. Just email to wsufootballblog@yahoo.com.

Also know that we will NOT share your e-mail addresses or real names with anyone. At least not without your permission.

We also wanted to pass on that we are going to add two more prizes to the deal. One will be an autographed Mark Rypien football. The other is the 2003 Holiday Bowl on DVD, which includes the regular ESPN broadcast. But as an added bonus, on the same DVD you can pick the WSU radio broadcast to play over the video, or, you can even pick the Texas Longhorns radio broadcast. A VERY cool little item.

Check out more after the jump….

Here’s a sampling of what it looks and sounds like on the DVD:

ENJOY YOUR SATURDAY, and GO COUGS!