Washington State fans are very lucky. I know given a lot of the rough seasons they've had the last few years, that might be a shocking statement. But while other fanbases have blogs that deal with failure the same way chickens deal with losing their head, WSU fans have CougCenter. Over at CougCenter, Nuss, Grady, and Dancing Football are the team that manage all the WSU information over there. And they have a cool head, analyzing all the painful losses here reasonably and with extreme intelligence.
After the jump, check out an interview we did with CougCenter. They did a great job there and even if you are overlooking this game for ASU, we aren't. Let's take a further look at the Washington State Cougars. Go Bears!
1. How much is Wazzu going to win by?
But then again, there's a chance you do to us what Oregon did and we win by negative-46.
2. How's James Montgomery doing? What exactly happened to him?
Never heard of acute compartment syndrome? Neither had we, or anyone else we'd talked to, which led us to initially dismiss its severity. Turns out, if left untreated, it can result in loss of limb ... or even death. I am not making that up.*
* It seems that if you want your football career ended by freaky injuries, come to Washington State! Our guys don't just get hurt in the normal way; they get things like acute compartment syndrome, paralyzation in a car accident, a broken neck ...
When the surgery was performed, they had to remove part of the calf muscle where the pressure had built up. That's obviously not good for an athlete, and has led to speculation that Montgomery's football career might be over. However, it seems far too early for such a conclusion, and it sounds like Montgomery is the kind of guy who, if it's possible to come back, he'll make it back. He's reportedly in good spirits, but whether he'll travel to Berkeley this weekend is up in the air.
3. Please tell us about your most dangerous offensive threat, and your best defensive player.
Offense: Let's go with Dwight Tardy. He's an experienced running back who has shown an ability at times to put up big numbers. The only problem is that the opportunities to put up big numbers haven't been there the past couple of years, since there haven't been any holes to run through. He has the ability to break one, although he's not going to remind you guys of Best or Vereen.
Defense: There aren't a lot of standouts on this unit -- just a lot of average guys. It's probably the reason why this defense has been better, but not great, as it lacks any serious playmakers. That said, I'll go with Louis Bland. As the team's fourth linebacker, Bland might not even start -- depends on whether middle linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis is fully recovered from his staph infection -- but when he's on the field, good things happen. He's got a pair of interceptions already this year and just has a nose for the ball.
4. Can you guys give us a brief history of how you tumbled so fast? What did Bill Doba do to you guys???
5. Give us your best upset scenario. Don't skimp on the gory details; the Cal fans who are left after the debacles vs. Oregon and USC absolutely revel in that kind of stuff.
However, if the unlikeliest of scenarios is to happen, I think this is how it goes down: Best gets hurt, Vereen gets hurt, whoever your third running back is can't run the ball, Riley throws multiple interceptions -- at least three of which must be returned for touchdowns -- and the Cougar offense has two touchdown plays of 75-plus yards. A field goal by Nico Grasu makes it 38-35 Cougs.
6. How much should Cal fans fear Dwight Tardy?
7. Please enlighten us with some cougar jokes.
A gorgeous younger guy ends up with a beautiful older woman at a wild club. As the evening progresses with drinking and sexy dancing, she asks the young hunk if he’s ever had a "sportsman’s double?" He says what’s that? She explains that it’s a mother and daughter threesome. The guy thinks, if the mother is this hot then the daughter must be even better, so he agrees! He thinks this is his lucky night! He goes home with her, and as they get in the house, the fabulous cougar shouts upstairs ...
"Mom you still awake?"