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The Morning Paper/College Football Thread

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It's still morning, right? Well, if you're looking for ways to kill time until the 4:30 p.m. PDT kickoff of the Cougs, here are some fun ways to do it.

First, consider this your gameday thread on non-Coug games. Not that there's a lot interesting out there to talk about this afternoon, but something interesting might happen, I suppose.

Next, we move on to the inimitable Vince Grippi, with his great matchup post from last night. Grippi also had a nice report this morning about yesterday's flight down, which I thought you all might find interesting:

From the moment I got on the plane in Spokane I noticed it. The crimson shirts were in greater number this week than usual for a road game. When I got over to Seattle it became even more obvious. The Alaska flight to Austin was chock full of Cougar boosters. So I asked the attendant, who turned out to be a Couger herself, and she said Thursday’s flight was packed with the WSU faithful. I don’t know if this is a cliché or what, be she said – and this is the god’s honest truth – they ran out of vodka, gin, rum.

I seem to remember some saying that starts, "Win or lose, we ..." or something like that. Not that I condone that sort of debauchery.

Other previews today include Howie Stalwick's freelance piece for The News Tribune and this one from the South Bend Tribune.

Also out there is a neat story catching up with Bill Doba, who has retired to Indiana and appears to have become a bit of a fan of the Irish. Doesn't sound like he's going to be at the game today.

Lastly, this audio is a couple of days old, but Johnny Forzani and Terrance Hayward each did interviews on KJR-950 in the Seattle area late this week, and both are highly interesting. Forzani talks about his eligibility situation -- yes, he's a junior, but he's hoping to get the third year of eligibility back after next season -- and Hayward talks about how it is that he ended up on campus as a 16-year-old.

Johnny Forzani with Ian Furness

Terrance Hayward with Mike Gastineau

Hat tip to Grippi for many of the story links above.