I just got done listening to Ryan Leaf on the Dan Patrick show. He did a great job in the interview. I can not believe this is the same guy who 10 years ago yelled at that reporter in San Diego. I will admit that I was the biggest Leaf hater for a while. I remember being in Shakers when he walked in with his leather Heisman Trophy Finalist jacket and yelled lets "raise the roof." Then moments later watching him spray a whole pitcher of beer over the crowd in Shakers--then get into a tussle outside of Shakers in the hallway with some students. I think Michael Black broke it up--Michael Black always seemed like a classy guy to me. I apologies for saying "if I remember right" or "I think", but this was over 10 years ago, so a few things are a little fuzzy (possibly the Busch Light), but you will get the just of what I am saying. I think that same night it was reported that Leaf and some lineman got into a fight with a few Frat guys. If I remember right the next year he came back to donate a $150,000 at halftime of a football game and got booed. Mike Price was asked about Leaf being booed at halftime and his answer was, "you would have to live under rock to not see Ryan Leaf is loved by Pullman." His quote was something along those lines. Classic Mike Price quote. These were my experiences with Ryan Leaf.
So, why does this headline read, "Leaf and new facilities." Because of his recent efforts I think Leaf is a great asset to the WSU community. He has been well spoken in all the interviews that I have heard him in during the last month and he has done the right thing with facing his problems and owning up to them. I know I said I was a Ryan Leaf hater for a while, but I didn't completely hate him. It was like being unhappy with a family member; I was just down on him at the time, but I still wanted to see him succeed in the NFL. He was a Coug and will always be a Coug to me. Anyways, I read this article this morning about Damon Huard (my rival in HS & rival in college) coming back to UW to head up fund raising efforts for the stadium renovation. Damon talks about how they can not let Oregon have the best facilities in the Pac10. I got a little sick to my stomach reading this article--but it got me thinking, I hope Moos does his thing and gets our famous Alumni involved. I think Leaf and Bledsoe could do great things in improving our facilities. I am excited to see how Moos gets things going. I am sure Mark Rypien would get involved and help. All three of these guys live in the Northwest. Lets get them involved Moos!
By the way, I haven't been back to Pullman since 1999 and I looked online to find an article saying that Shakers was being closed in 2005. That is shame. I am really out of the loop. Next thing I know Cougar Country and Dissmore's in not there anymore. I really hope Sella's is still there, because I plan on making a trip back soon. Is Shermer's still there with the free Bus ride home? I can't tell you how many times that bus came in handy for me.