December 1, 2010
Why I hate the Huskies
Casey will no doubt pepper this blog with his rather loathsome fandom of the Washington Huskies. I can proudly say that I've never rooted for those purple abominations. Growing up on the east side of the state, it was always Cougars, Cougars Cougars. Since my high school's mascot was the Cougars, I naturally gravitated towards them.
It wasn't easy. Some of my teachers in school were Husky fans and they did their best to sway young minds into believing that the Huskies were the better football team to root for. I never budged. Not one bit. They told us "They're always really good!" and "Look at their cool gold helmets" and "They have a big stadium!"
No sir. I'll take the Crimson and Gray every day. With the smallest stadium in the Pac-10, probably the poorest alumni base in the Pac-10 but certainly the pluckiest football team in the nation.
Back in 1997, the Cougars had this guy called Ryan Leaf. Certainly he ended up being the biggest draft bust in NFL history and a drug addict. Whatever. When I was 12, he was a god out on the football field. It's still emblazoned in my mind when the Cougs thumped the Huskies 41-35 in Seattle to go to the Rose Bowl. It was especially sweet because those teachers who had guaranteed a UW victory were at the game. Coug fans stormed the field and tore down the goalposts, I had secretly hoped they fell into a UW fan section.
Since then, the Cougs have had a heck of a lot of success (the past few seasons excluded) while the Huskies have been terrible. What's weird is that nobody who roots for UW seems to notice. You guys use to win national championships and now you're happy if you make it to a bowl game.
What's your signature win in the past 15 years? The Cougs have had plenty and have been ranked in the top 5 for college football on numerous occasions. What have you guys done?
Sure, the Paul Wulff years have been more than a little rocky, but I'll take the Cougs over you snooty UW fans any day.