If you've ever gotten upset and sent Bill Moos an angry email, you may want to start buttering up a friend to buy you bowl tickets. It turns out Moos read all of those emails and didn't take too kindly to some of the worst ones. So now, he's banning the senders from buying bowl tickets from WSU.
The story comes from our old friend Christian Caple:
The names of the most vitriolic senders were to be placed in a file with others who will not be allowed to purchase bowl-game tickets from the school in the future.
After one fan predicted in an email that "this will go down as one of the biggest disasters in coaching history and Leach will NEVER be a head coach again," Moos forwarded the message to a colleague, along with his own acronym: NBT, short for "no bowl tickets."
Moos' message was clear: If you're not with us now, you won't be with us when we start winning.
Moos said he responded to all of the angry emails and "85-90 percent of the senders are not members of the Cougar Athletic Fund. If those fans want to jump on the bandwagon now, Moos said it's too late.
"I've got a no-bowl ticket file, and I want people on board and believing in what we're doing, and trusting how we're going about it. If they don't want to be on the train, the train's already pulled out of the station."
To paraphrase the poet Mike Jones, "back then they didn't want me, now I'm hot they all on me." There are few things that could make me enjoy this more. And for the record Bill, that time I Photoshopped your head onto the body of a guy making it rain was done with the best intentions. Please don't blacklist me.
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Bill Moos read each email, as he says he always has, and replied to them all with the same, supportive theme.
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