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It's an evening edition of Hot Cougar Action

Time for some CougCenter after dark!

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Good evening. If you're an old person like me, there's a fair chance that you grew up in a town that published two different newspapers every day. That was long before this thing we call the interwebs. For those of us in Spokane, the morning edition was the Spokesman Review, while the evening brought the Spokane Chronicle. We got the evening version, which I liked because it had all the late night scores.

This is a long way of saying that we're publishing an evening HCA on this Saturday. It's not because we're trying something new. No, it's because Aaron Polevoi's computer spontaneously combusted and burned down half a city block.* So here we are, giving you a little evening reading.

This week has seen a plethora of game-by-game predictions from writers throughout the country. We'll list one here tonight, and a couple others on Sunday. Pac-12 writer Jon Wilner made game-by-game predictions for every conference team, concluding with WSU.

Jon's narrative could lead one to believe that he sees WSU having a big season:

I wouldn’t be the slightest bit surprised if WSU won the North, which says much about the Cougars and their competition.

Wow, sounds promising. Let's keep reading.

But when it came time to pick winners and losers, I struggled to envision WSU having the depth needed to win the division and having the frame of mind necessary to handle the success that comes with competing for a title.

Welp. This seems to be a common theme leading up to this season. As a couple writers posited in our running chat, the writers all seem to say "watch out for WSU, they could win the North" in one breath. The same breath tends to end with "but they'll go 7-5." I'd criticize this line of thinking, but, well, you'll see later in the week. Talk to you in the morning. Go Cougs.

*This may or may not be what actually happened


Coaches Poll College Football Rankings: Greatest Pac-12 Programs Of All-Time | College Football News
When I think great Pac-12 football programs, I think Colorado.

College Football Nation Blog- ESPN
Ol' Crimson is in midseason form.

Vote! Who has the best uniforms in the Pac-12?
If there's one thing the Cougs can win, it's an internet poll.


Volleyball Defeats Wyoming 3-1 - | Washington State University Athletics
Senior Kyra Holt's 18 kills led the Washington State volleyball team (2-1) to a 3-1 win over Wyoming (0-3) Saturday afternoon at the Purdue Mortar Board Premier tournament in Holloway Gymnasium at West Lafayette, Ind. Set scores in the Cougars victory were 25-16, 21-25, 25-14, and 25-20.


Best beer I had this week: I can tell y'all were wondering why this wasn't a part of last week's column, based on the zero comments. Well, it's back anyway. Since I'm honchoing this space both times this weekend, I'll venture back to last weekend first.

On Saturday, my awesome wife got us All Access passes to the best NASCAR race of them all, the night race in Bristol, TN. It was there that we got to see this (before it started pouring). Disclaimer: I am NOT a professional photographer, as you'll see.

I don't care who you are, or if you've never cared to watch one second of auto racing. When you see and, more importantly, feel those 40 cars thunder past, you will instantly become a fan. Anyway, before we drove to the race, we stopped by Johnson City Brewing, about 20 minutes away. It is literally a mom-and-pop brewery, as a husband and wife founded the place, and continue to run it.

They are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet, and they make some mighty good beer. The best one I had was the Cascadian Dark IPA. My wife loved the Kick of Coriander, which was accidentally created late one night when the husband/brewer accidentally spilled an entire jar of ground coriander into the batch. It is really good. If you are heading to the Great American Beer Festival this year, stop by, say 'hello' and give them a try.

American Craft Beers Hop Across the Atlantic to Meet Growing British Demand - WSJ
Exports to Britain of American craft beers—and U.S.-grown hops—are growing as tastes shift, even as mainstream beer volumes continue to fall amid health concerns, stricter regulation and competition from wine and spirits.


Apple fixes security flaw after UAE dissident's iPhone targeted | Reuters
This whole thing is fascinating. One guy's phone is targeted, and suddenly tons of people around the globe are getting hacked.