On Sept. 28, 2013, the Washington State Cougars got rocked by Stanford 55-17 in a rain-soaked Seattle. The game was a dud, the atmosphere not much better.
But the fans were given something to talk about: Popcorn Guy.
Popcorn Guy has never been identified, has he? If so, I missed it, so I'm just going to assume he's still anonymous.
Well, step aside, anonymous Popcorn Guy. Mullet Man is here to dethrone you.
During WSU's amazing victory over the USC Trojans, ESPN's cameras caught Mullet Man and let's just say this: Mike Gundy's mullet is weak.
Joe Dirt, on the other hand, could provide some competition, though.
The best part about Mullet Man? He has a name! Mullet Man is Lance Lindgren of Oakesdale, Wash., a farming community about halfway between Pullman and Spokane.
Apparently, he was the ball boy for the football team in 2015 and is a really good guy from a nice family, according to my source. He currently works on his family farm in Oakesdale.
So who is my source? Well, sometimes our sources here at CougCenter are difficult to track down, and sometimes you find them sleeping next to you (speaking for myself, of course).
That's right: My wife is my source. She grew up in Oakesdale and if you grew up there, chances are you'd know your fellow citizens when they pop up on ESPN. She recognized him immediately, as well as some of the folks around him.
You vs. the guy she tells you not to worry about pic.twitter.com/NfbjZ6exRG— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 30, 2017
That was retweeted by @WSUPopcornGuy, by the way.
So raise a glass to Lance Lindgren, a.k.a. Mullet Man.
Go Cougs....and Nighthawks!
For those that missed it, and those that want to see it again, Leach spoke with ESPN's Neil Everett (a one-time Spokane native, by the way) after Friday's win and brought up Woodstock:
Mike Leach is an American Treasure. pic.twitter.com/4Ashs2r4KH— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 30, 2017
Washington State joins the playoff conversation with win over USC | Pac-12 Blog- ESPN
Jim Mora Sr. voice: "Playoffs?!?!"
Inside the play Washington State ends USC's rally | ESPN
Jahad Woods, come on down! This really was a nice play by the young linebacker.
The leftovers: Notes, quotes and nuggets from Washington State’s 30-27 win over USC | The Spokesman-Review
There's a nice tidbit in here about Leach dedicating the win to a WSU student battling lymphoma.
Breakout win over No. 5 USC puts 16th-ranked WSU Cougars in title talk | The Seattle Times
This wasn’t just the win of the season — it was the win of the Mike Leach era.
Pandemonium in Pullman: No. 16 Cougars topple No. 5 Trojans for huge win | The Seattle Times
It marked WSU’s first regular-season win against a top-five team in 25 years, and it could vault the Cougars into the top-10 when the next set of rankings are released Sunday.
WSU’s Luke Falk sets Pac-12 record for career completions | The Seattle Times
On WSU’s eighth offensive drive of the night, Falk connected with Gerard Wicks on a check-down throw that gave him career completion 1,188, surpassing the record set by former Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion from 2011 to 2014.
Cougars Post Scrimmage Win Over Central Washington - WSUCougars.com | Washington State University Athletics
Fall ball! WSU crushed Central Washington 23-5 in a fall scrimmage.
WSU Volleyball Falls in Four at No. 20 USC - WSUCougars.com | Washington State University Athletics
WSU is now 12-3 overall and 1-2 in the Pac-12.
Old YouTube Clip of the Week
Let's look at some of WSU hero Jahad Woods' high school highlights:
- This is basically a recruitment video and boy does it showcase Woods' athleticism.
- Woods played at Helix High School near San Diego, Calif. That's the same school that produced Reggie Bush and Alex Smith, among others.
- At about the 30-second mark, Woods forces the quarterback to fumble in a play that looks a lot like the one we saw Friday night to clinch the win.
- The rest of this video features more of Woods' athleticism and speed. His play recently bodes well for WSU's future at linebacker.