OK, I am going to sound like an old curmudgeon here. Something that will sound like “Back in my day…” But that is exactly what I am going to do here. I will also be stepping away from anything to do with cycling or working out, and concentrating on the main focus of the week, the 2014 season opener for Washington State Cougar football!
This is a Thursday night game in Seattle, and it’s chaffed my hide a bit!
First a little history for those who don’t know. Washington State University is in the small town of Pullman, way over on the Washington/Idaho border. There is NO better place to watch a game than Martin Stadium in Pullman. It is about a 5 hour drive from here to there. Many COUGS live in Seattle, in fact I would call it part of Cougar country even though the other big school in WA is in the north end of town. (I sure as hell hear a whole lot more GO COUGS that I ever hear go huskies around town.)
Back in 2002, the COUGS, came to Seattle to play a home game at Seahawk Stadium (I refuse to call it the Clink). It was a blast! The guys and I met at Pyramid Ales, had beer and lunch, surrounded by a SEA of Crimson. We went to the game, which we won! Then back to Pyramid for more beer and dinner before catching the Mariner game that night. We were exhausted, but it was a memorable day.
Now I read that this may be the last year we have a Seattle game. There have only been 26,000 tickets sold. But honestly is that surprising?
First off it is on a Thursday night, during the first week of classes for the students on campus 300 miles away. Really? Even I didn’t skip classes THAT early in the school year! For students to make it for sure (factoring in rush hour) they would have to skip the afternoon classes Thursday, and unless they drive all night afterwards, they would miss at least the morning classes the next day. There’s a chucnk of tickets gone.
Now Dave and I had a saying: “The sooner you get behind in class, the more time you have to catch up!” But the first week is stupid.
Then, it’s a Thursday. And that gets me all fired up on its own.
Warning: here comes the Curmudgeon speak.
In my day, College games were Saturday afternoon! We could sleep in, eat, have a beer or two, and head for the game. There was no better time for a game, sunshine, cool crisp afternoons, perfect. The game would be over a 4, best case of course would be the Cougs win! And it was time for the postgame festivities!
Scott and I, being the Cougar Marching Band roadies would have everything ready to go for the after game party.
Nowadays, its different. I completely understand that the reasoning behind it is to get more games on TV and more money for the school. But a Thursday night game in Seattle is just not a good time. Traffic, no parking, cranky people. On gamenights like this, parking lots (no lie) have been known to raise rates from $20 to $50. All becuase there is no street parking available. Plus people work. Anyone outside of Seattle would have to plan to get here by 5 (adding 2 hours travel time more than on a Saturday). More lost tickets.
Now given all that, me and mine (including a couple of 2nd generation future Couglettes) will be downtown tomorrow sporting out Cougar Crimson. Michelle, Stu and I are avoiding all the pain in the ass traffic by walking to the game (or the prefunction a couple of hours before).
Who knows, this may be our last Seattle game in a while, but I will do my damdest to let Seattle damn well know this is and always will be COUGAR COUNTRY!