I have to admit it (and some of you already know): I am, by birth, a husky. I was rescued from this fate in my teens due to some good studying and quick thinking on my part (I balked at a dorm room a 30 minute walk from home), but two generations of my family before me were Huskies on both my mother's and father's side.
Therefore, I have long been aware of the peril of the red (some may say crimson) threat in the Palouse. While we are all ware of the great red threat in Palo Alto, this weekend we face the Cougars, and while you can familiarize yourselves with them Here: Golden Bears vs Cougars coverage or Here: CougCenter. I want to tell you about how I learned about the great red threat of the Palouse.
As you know, my family is full of Huskies, but there were a few select Cougars as well. Each year at thanksgiving my Aunt and Uncle's kids would come to my grandparent's house to have dinner with use. My Aunt and Uncle went to UW, but their three kids all went to Wazzu. Each year during the day these three boys would come up with some premise to pop in a VHS tape in front of everybody (each year the premise got increasingly farfetched, as the trend became clear). It was always an unlabeled tape, but it was always the movie "Volunteers" forwarded to the climactic scene.
Spoiler filled background: Volunteers is an otherwise forgettable movie, maybe likened to a comedic retelling of the "Bridge on the River Kwai" with Tom Hanks playing a young socialite who has fled creditors into the peace corps and John Candy as the upright, upstanding, fresh from Wazzu, volunteer for the Peace Corps. Hilarity ensues, including Candy's "Tom Tuttle From Tacoma Washington" being kidnapped by the local Communist leadership, and signing the Wazzu Fight song while imprisoned in their yard.
cut to the final scene, Hanks and Candy have re-united and have built an essential bridge for the locals, but have come to realize the bridge is also essential to the local communist force. It becomes a race against time to destroy the bridge before the force can cross it, and we can see the force's true colors when they begin to sing... (At around 2:55 in the clip)
Therefore, I am well aware of the great red threat from the north, it has been documented here, and lives with me to this day. Go Bears! Beat the Cougars and the Great Red threat of the Palouse!