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HOT COUGAR ACTION: Something Fishy With the Fish?

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The WSU football team returned to the practice field Monday night, but were without a number of players due to a mysterious illness. Nine players missed practice due to the same virus Jeff Tuel had problems with Saturday.

I don't know about you, but something doesn't seem right here. It's almost unheard of for ten people who spend significant amounts of time in close quarters and eat virtually all of the same meals to all get sick at the same time. No, something is up and I have an idea of what it may be.

Remember all of the nice stories Idaho State coach Mike Kramer told the media about WSU? How he grew up a Cougar fan and still cheers for the team, it was all a ploy. I suspect as Kramer was buttering up Paul Wulff and the press, two of his assistants were stealing equipment manager uniforms from the warehouse. They then donned fake mustaches, snuck into the Cougar Fitness Cafe and poisoned the food. Fortunately, for WSU they misread the food poison instructions so it didn't kick in until the game was over. 

Better luck next time Kramer!

Monday Practice Report

WSU fighting a virus as week starts - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 5, 2011
Washington State didn't hit the field tonight until about 7:30 and went for about 70 minutes. And there were quite a few players missing. 

UNLV Related Links

Cougars Set to Host UNLV - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
SATURDAY'S GAME: The Washington State University football team continues its season-opening two-game homestand when it hosts UNLV at Martin Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 10. Gametime is set for 2 p.m. and can be heard across the IMG College Sports Radio Network. Both head coaches are familiar with each other as they faced off numerous times when Paul Wulff was at Eastern Washington and Bobby Hauck coached at Montana.

Quick look at second week's games - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
UNLV at Washington State, 5 p.m.: This is a huge game for the Cougars bowl hopes. With quarterback Jeff Tuel, the Cougars would seem like a decisive favorite at home. Without him, this feels more like a pick 'em. Back quarterback Marshall Lobbestael needs to come up big for coach Paul Wulff. Up next: at San Diego State. 

UNLV's rebuilding project nothing in comparison to Washington State's - Las Vegas Sun
The UNLV football team’s Saturday opponent is a perfect example that rebuilding a program takes time. Washington State, which won just five games from 2008 to 2010 in fielding one of the worst teams on the West Coast, is starting to show signs of winning its way out of the bottom of the Pac-12 standings.

First look: WSU vs. UNLV - Spokesman.com - Sept. 5, 2011
What it means for WSU: Two questions: Can the Cougars play with the same efficiency they showed in the opener against a better-quality opponent? And how will the loss of starting quarterback Jeff Tuel affect the offense?

I Only Linked This So We Can All Watch Grady's Head Explode.

Howie Stalwick: Ichiro needs to take a seat " Kitsap Sun
1. Selfish Ichiro: Hard to believe, but the long-lost Mariners season did not reach its lowest ebb until last week. Trailing Anaheim 12-2 – that's 10 runs, folks – in the fifth inning, Ichiro attempted to bunt to extend his hitting streak. 

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