One play doesn't win or lose a football game. Or change the direction of a program. Still, you could argue that last year's failure by Cal to stop Chris Polk at the goal line on the final play of the game allowed Washington to 1) go on to beat WSU and become Bowl eligible 2) beat Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl and 3) Sell the Husky program as a "program on the rise"... rather than a program that was struggling to make it back to relevancy after 0-12.
Of course, little of this matters to WSU. But on a day like today where the Cougs are off, thoughts naturally turn to the state's other team and some good ol' fashioned rooting against your rival.
Relevant to your sports interests today:
California at Washington
Colorado at Ohio State
UCLA at Oregon State
Mariners at Rangers (why?)
USC at Arizona State
Oregon at Arizona
Sounders at Whitecaps
I think it's a legitimate problem with college sports that there are about a gazillion games going on any given Saturday and yet they all get squeezed into the same time windows. We have five Pac-12 games today in two and only two time slots. That's ridiculous, and it's something I hope the Pac-12 networks help solve. There should absolutely be a game in the 3:30 window today.
And the Sounders play today for their rivalry trophy. Hey, it's Kasey Keller. Wait... what? Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. WHY WOULD YOU CHOOSE THAT SONG?
So that's what Pat Noonan brings to the table...