The reason I am bringing up Colin Cowherd is because he often talks about Washington State on his radio show. I have been listening to him on ESPN Radio on and off for about 5 years. I heard from my friends (back home) in Washington that he hasn't been on local radio in Washington until recently. I first enjoyed listening to him because he gave the westcoast credit and did not play into the typical eastcoast bias.
He was born in Grayland, Washington and grew up watching the Huskies, Seahawks, Sonics and Mariners. He actually attended Eastern Washington before dropping out.
When he talks about WSU it is usually in a demeaning manner. I know that we are little WSU, a small Pac-10 school and I am fine with that (I know what we are), but when an outsider like Colin Cowherd keeps bringing it up (on a national stage) it starts to get pretentious. He always brings up the phrase "Couged It." He thinks because he grew up in WA and dropped out of EWU, he is entitled to say these things. If this issue was brought up to him he would say with a smug attitude that he is entitled to his own opinion, which he is correct. He would also say I am letting my emotions get in the way because I am a Fan, which is short for Fanatic and that blinds my view point. This may be true that my emotions get in the way, but that's what makes a fan.
This morning he was talking about Pac-10 expansion and he said there was talk about Texas being considered for the Pac-10, but he said why would Texas want to come to the Pac-10 and play teams like Arizona and Washington State. This was a dig towards WSU and Arizona (as if the Big 12 doesn't have smaller teams). Baylor and Iowa St. are not considered huge markets. This is true in every conference. I know we are not Texas, Florida, USC but in all sports we have held our own through the years.
As a avid CougCenter reader this site embraces construction criticism, so maybe I am being emotional towards "The Herd" but when a guy who lives in Bristol, Connecticut is making jabs at your university it gets to you. Maybe, I need to turn the other cheek and invite him to a Apple Cup or a (UW vs. WSU) basketball game (take him to Sella's and The Coug) so he understands what WSU is like and that it is universities like this that make college sports special and without them USC, Florida and Ohio State would not be who they are. We need the Boise States, TCUs, Davidsons and Gonzagas of college sports.
I guess I would appreciate it that even though we are not always on a national stage doesn't mean we have "Couged It." I guess I am also a little disappointed a former EWU student doesn't represent for us a little better, even though it might be seen as bias.
"The whole is more than the sum of its parts." - Aristotle